The winners of the 15th ELLE DECO International Design Awards (EDIDA) were announced last night

Held at a lavish ceremony, in partnership with MGallery by Sofitel, during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, EDIDA celebrates excellence and innovation in design across 13 categories, from furniture to fabrics, with independent nominations presented by each of the 25 global editions of ELLE DECORATION.

And, the winners are…

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: Formafantasma

Headed up by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, Formafantasma is leading the way in a new approach to designing as part of the industrial process. The works it presented at Milan Design Week were unforgettable, including the Blush Lamp and WireRing lights for Flos. formafantasma.com

YOUNG DESIGN TALENT OF THE YEAR: Studio Swine

Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) is a collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves. They are known for producing work that straddle the spheres of art, design and cinema, blending poetry and research to create spectacular installations. Among them is New Spring, produced for Cos at last year’s Milan Design Week. All their work hinges on their desire to explore important issues through research into materials and manufacturing systems: they’re known for promoting their own brand of design activism to protect the environment and human rights. studioswine.com

BATHROOM: Immersion by Neri&Hu for Agape

The needs of younger generations living in small apartments was the inspiration for this tub. The design is based on traditional oriental bathing vessels where the volume is created through depth, rather than width. Minimal and elegantly proportioned, it’s designed to allow a full-body bathing experience. agapedesign.it

BEDDING: Wings bed by Jaime Hayon for Wittmann

Is it a bed? Is it a flying carpet? Hayon’s trademark figurative language married the two perfectly. The real drawcard here is the moveable wings on either side of the bed, which open and close as required for a good night’s sleep. If there’s a need for intimacy, the bed becomes a protective cocoon, but if the aim is to provide a striking focal point for the room, then it becomes a comfortable, functional platform, as the built-in bedside tables are equipped with movable LED spotlights, making them mini-worktables. wittmann.at

FABRICS: True Velvet Collection by India Mahdavi for Pierre Frey

When it came to creating her first collection of interior textiles, the “Queen of Colour” chose velvet. Her passion for bright hues goes back to her Iranian-Egyptian culture and her memories of a cosmopolitan childhood (the designer was born in Tehran and grew up in the United States, Germany and France). With this collection, she intends to recreate a joyful, welcoming atmosphere. It includes almost 80 shades, along with two prints, one with a diamond pattern (shown here) and one striped pattern. pierrefrey.com

FLOOR COVERING: Hayon x Nani by Jaime Hayon for Nanimarquina

The childlike patterns are somewhat misleading, for there’s nothing elementary about how this carpet is made. At first glance, the lines and colours of the Spanish designer’s hand-tufted woollen rug seem like a pencil sketch, but look closer and a fantasy world emerges, populated with turtles, lips, hands, stools and animals. nanimarquina.com

FURNITURE: Green Light by Olafur Eliasson for Moroso

Among the various post-Millennial practices, humanitarian projects help make our world a better place. One is Green Light – An Artistic Workshop, an ethical participative project that the Danish-Icelandic artist presented at the last Venice Art Biennale. His idea was to invite refugees to collaborate in building modular lamps that project green light (the ray of hope). moroso.it

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KITCHEN: Cove Kitchen by Zaha Hadid Design for Boffi

Turning a block of Corian into a sculptural element is proven possible with this new star of modern conviviality, equipped with futuristic, high-tech features. The compact system is designed to integrate prepping and cooking functions with the shared enjoyment of food. boffi.com

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LIGHTING: Arrangement by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

The Cypriot designer’s modular system of geometric elements of light can be combined differently to create multiple compositions of individual chandeliers. Each module is fixed to the previous one in a simple way, laid out in perfect balance as an element of a light chain which conducts the electric energy activating the LEDs. flos.com

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OUTDOOR: Manila by Paola Navone for Baxter

The Italian designer used just a few natural elements: Manila reed tubing, oxidised copper for the structure and leather-wrapped technical cord for the woven seat itself. It’s available in shades of blue, aquamarine and green. baxter.it

SEATING: Fil Noir by Christophe Delcourt for Minotti

This project is built around the concept of a thread (fil in French), a distinctive design feature that is a metaphor for continuity. The ‘thread’ gives character to the chair, not only outlining its silhouette but actually supporting and enveloping it. Its meticulous details are emblematic of the sartorial craftsmanship that’s gone into its making. minotti.com

TABLEWARE: Wedgwood by Lee Broom by Lee Broom for Wedgwood

Inspired by the English brand’s 250-year history, these sculptural vases and bowls are made up of basic geometric forms; the black and white palette, juxtaposed with glossy red, gives them an iconic allure. wedgwood.co.uk

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WALL COVERING: BeoSound Shape by Øivind Alexander Slaatto for Bang & Olufsen

The Danish designer literally gives shape to sound by transforming a traditional speaker into a wall covering. The modular system consists of hexagonal elements that can be combined at will for an enhanced acoustic performance. bang-olufsen.com

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Congrats to all the winners and thank you to MGallery by Sofitel. With more than 90 upscale boutique hotels in 26 countries, combining the singularity of each hotel with a contemporary global design steeped in the history and culture of each location, MGallery provided the perfect location for this glittering affair.

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