April is an exciting time in the ELLE DECORATIONS offices, not only because we follow the Furniture Fair in Milan with avid interest, but because the week of events includes the Elle Decoration International Design Award (EDIDA) ceremony.

So, without further ado, here are this years winners…

Designer of the Year: Inga Sempé

Copyright Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Inga Sempé and her deceptively simple pieces have been causing a stir at all the international design fairs. The French designer’s works, ranging from the ‘Ruché’ quilted sofa for Ligne Roset to her Wästberg ‘W103’ desk lamp, reflect her playful approach to materials and techniques. Read more about Inga here.


Young Design Talent: Scholten & Baijings

Stefan Scholten, a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, and creative Carole Baijings have been life and work partners since the 1990s. The Amsterdam-based design duo has produced a portfolio of well-crafted, covetable objects that are defined by an impeccable sense of color and a playful sense of humour, and include textiles, furniture pieces and crockery.

 

Seating: ‘Ruché’ by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset

The ‘Ruche’ sofa consists of a simple wooden frame topped with a quilted cover that may look casually draped, but is actually a complex combination of foam layers and a sprung-steel grill. With its airy look and sparing use of materials, it’s easy to see that Inga Sempe was inspired by swing sets.

Fabrics: ‘Wooden Carpet’ by Elisa Strozyk for Böwer

 

Available in four different woods and a variety of patterns, the ‘Wooden Carpet’ is what its name suggests: a carpet made up of wooden tiles that have been stuck by hand onto a textile base.

Tableware: ‘Metroquadro’ by Paola Navone for Richard Ginori 1735

‘Metroquadro’ is a collection of six dinner plates, bowls and dessert plates that are lavishly decorated on the outside. The set comes with wall hooks and brackets for display.

Bedding: ‘Bed Bug’ by Paola Navone for Poliform

 

A ‘night-time island’, the ‘Bed Bug’ is a soft, rounded, slightly asymmetrical double bed with a split-level surface on one side for sitting on or resting books.

Wall covering: ‘Phenomenon’ by Tokujin Yoshioka for Mutina

The ‘Phenomenon’ collection of small ceramics tiles are based on the irregular textures found in nature.  The tiles in the three different lines –  Rain, Honeycomb and Snow – are left white so that the play of shadows emphasises their textures.  ­

Floor covering: ‘Perished Persian’ by Studio Job for Nodus;  ‘Wood’ rug by Richard Woods for Established & Sons

Antwerp-based design firm Studio Job used imagery based on the skeletons of long-extinct animals for  ‘Perished Persian’, a modern reinterpretation of classic carpet patterns and colours.

Using traditional wood-block printmaking techniques, Richard Woods creates woolen panels of printed wood flooring to make up this hand-woven rug.

 

Kitchen: ‘Aprile’ by Piero Lissoni for Boffi

With its treated wood finishes and stone worktops, the ‘Aprile’ kitchen system celebrates natural materials, while sophisticated integrated lighting and stainless-steel peninsular eating areas add to its clean, elegant lines.

Furniture: ‘Arc’ by Foster & Partners for Molteni&C

Inspired by tensile fabric structures in contemporary architecture, the ‘Arc’ dining table features a fluid-shaped base made of cement and organic fibres and a glass top.

 

Lighting: ‘Wall Piercing’ by Ron Gilad for Flos

These sculptural lighting rings designed by Ron Gilad are a fusion of architecture and lighting. LED light sources are mounted onto mobile plaster panels that are integrated into the wall.

 

Bathroom: ‘Axor Bouroullec’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Axor Hansgrohe

With the aim of creating solutions for a variety of bathroom spaces, the ‘Axor Bouroullec’ collection is made up of 85 items, including basins, mixers and bathtubs – ­ all of which can be arranged according to one’s needs.

Outdoor: ‘Cloud’ by Carlo Colombo for Arflex

The ‘Cloud’ collection features pieces designed to embrace a lifestyle nearer to nature. The cushions, fabrics and leather have been treated for outdoor use, as has the matte, lacquered-steel supporting structures.