The ELLE Decoration International Design Awards (EDIDA) are the ‘Oscars of the design community’. Every year the 25 editors-in-chief of the ELLE Decoration network select the best of the best in global interior design. DECO Editor Bielle Bellingham was at the awards ceremony as part of the Salone de Mobile in Milan and got to meet the 2016 winners…
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity has allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions, resulting in collections for very diverse clients. He has melded his concern for the conservation of craft skills with high-end companies concerned with the evolution of their work. His ranges of furniture, lighting fixtures, accessories and wristwatches, as well as his thought-provoking interiors, have put Jaime at the forefront of a new wave of creators that have blurred the lines between art, décor and design. His main interest is to continuously find new challenges and perspectives.
YOUNG DESIGN TALENT OF THE YEAR
Created by British-Finnish design duo Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn, &New is a furniture brand producing modular, multifunctional and colourful steel pieces that add a touch of pep, order and comfort to living spaces. Distinctly modern with elegant lines, &New’s collection is recognisable by it’s minimal powder-coated steel form. The airy designs combine an aesthetic of British wit and Nordic simplicity. ‘Steel was the perfect material for us’, says Jo. ‘It has the strength, purity and delicacy we were looking for to produce pieces that are long-lasting and strong, as well as beautiful.’
Based on a simple, yet intelligent component, this is the first collaboration between Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Finnish design company Artek. Driven by their desire to challenge the traditional design of the table, Ronan and Erwan created a system that is based on an innovative table leg that allows for various types and sizes of tabletops. The wooden element holds up the vertical load and bent steel banding provides diagonal support, the interplay between wood and metal creating a light appearance and distinct silhouette.
Numi marks the start of the collaboration between Italian tile company Mutina and Konstantin Grcic, as well as the designer’s first foray into ceramic surfaces. The collection consists of squared tiles with a different, partially glazed geometric form, in six dusty colours. These shapes create a pattern that magnifies the architectural space in which they are installed. Also a part of the collection, the smaller Numini are characterised by an embossed pattern on a smooth finish and the mosaic pieces are made in homogenous porcelain stoneware. In their arrangement, every geometric shape is laid in the same way to emphasise light and shadow.
Crafted for bedroom specialists Flou, this double bed is a conversation between function and poetry. It boasts sumptuous fabrics, which are clearly visible in the geometric shapes of the large upholstered headboard that resembles finely sculptured wooden panelling. Carlo Colombo took his inspiration from women in India who dye and plait large swathes of fabric. The headboard is available in two versions and can be supplied in fabric or leather with a removable cover.
Reflecting French designer India Mahdavi’s creativity and playfulness, her charming collection of decorative tiles allows for a kind of visual dialogue between the components. Optical graphic motifs, with sleek lines and bold colour combinations, show aspects of Pop and seventies inspiration. Tiles with stripes, polka dots, bubbles, squares and multi-coloured patterns in undulating shapes create a dynamic effect through endless repetition. Each cement tile is handmade, fusing design and craftsmanship and revealing a refined trendiness.
Industrial designer Japser Morrison strives to create understated, useful and responsible design. Drawing formal and functional influences from the moon, Superloon appears as an impressive flat disc of light. Using edge-lit LED technology, the light is mounted on a tripod and rotates through 360 degrees. The gyroscopic axis allows the light to be directed in infinite directions, and the light it gives out is broad and diffused. The intensity and colour temperature can be controlled using the optical sensor, making it ideal as an ambient and reading lamp.
French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s range of outdoor furniture contains high and low tables, dining and lounge chairs, benches, stools and sofas and are ‘strong without being bulky; elegant without being fragile’. The 13 elements are made from powder-coated tubes of steel – round for the frames and rectangular for the slats of the seats – in three colours. ‘We conceived the collection without a specific context in mind, and hope it will perform well in a wide variety of environments,’ explain the designers.
London-based design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s interactive shower control for Axor was conceived as a focal point for the senses. Axor One seeks to eliminate the need for various control units by incorporating four separate functions into a single control system. The device allows users to easily control the shower settings, water temperature and water flow, and also revolutionises how such controls are used. Simply tap the large buttons (with symbols for added simplicity) with a finger or elbow and the water flows.
Italian-Danish duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi’s Targa sofa and lounge are suited to an intimate, secluded atmosphere or an unconventional residential space. The seating pieces are shaped by a bentwood structure that is a signature of the Gebrüder Thonet brand. While the fully upholstered wide cushion seat and padded backrest are supported by the wooden frame, the Vienna woven cane is fixed into the construction, creating a small screen along the backrests. This cane edge holds the rounded element, the plate (targa), after which the design is named.
Inspired by the tactile quality of heavier fabrics, Raf Simons memorably used the glamorous upholstery fabrics produced by Danish textiles specialist Kvadrat to create suits and coats in his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. Now he brings his exceptional sense of style to the home in a collection of textiles and accessories that are sophisticated and playful. It shows a strong interplay between colour and weave, with an emphasis on texture and sculptural shapes. The collaboration between Kvadrat and Raf is built on a mutual appreciation for fine craftsmanship, reflecting Kvadrat’s commitment to quality and Raf’s refined elegance.
Ikat, an Indonesian woven pattern of dyed textiles with a storied history in both Eastern and Western cultures, has long been associated with wealth and prosperity. Referencing the global appeal of these fabrics found on journeys along the famed Silk Route, French luxury brand Hermès has created a porcelain dinner service at the crossroads of East and West. Decorated by craftsmen in France, more than 20 hues of lush jewel tones (sapphire, ruby and emerald) and 24-carat matte gold overlap in intricate designs.
Tokujin Yoshioka‘s transparent cooking space offers a more open concept for preparing meals, while providing units for keeping pots, pans and tableware on show. The design comprises several modules that are brought together by a steel grid and finished with a veil of smoked glass, allowing the kitchen to become a central focus of a home.
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