Frame and Moooi are excited to announce the 9 finalists for the year’s biggest interior design award.
This year, the Frame Moooi Award received 861 submissions from a total of 71 countries. The finalists were selected by juror Jana Scholze, Curator of Contemporary Furniture at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The selection process was anonymous: Scholze did not know the names or nationalities of the designs she reviewed.
Scholze will personally award the winner, who will receive a €25,000 grand prize, on Wednesday April 10 during the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
In alphabetical order, here are the top 9 finalists:
BBC North Atrium Pods by ID:SR/ Sheppard Robson
These steel-clad pods were designed for the office of the British Broadcasting Corporation in Salford, England. Catered for use as individual booths and as a gathering place, they fit into office corridors, converting unused spaces into workplace hubs.
Impulsive Furnishing Unit by Christian Fiebig / Itay Ohaly / Thomas Vailly
Created to furnish the lounge area of the C-Fabriek exhibition at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which emphasized the means of production in design, the designers used a CNC machine on a plywood pallet to produce a range of bright furniture that can be flat packed and easily assembled.
Lightweeds /UMNH Salt Lake City by Studio Simon Heijdens Ltd.
Settled in the lobby of the Utah Museum of Natural History, USA, this interactive light project brings nature inside. Reacting to data from environmental sensors located outside, plants grow, move and behave as their real counterparts would – and visitors help pollinate by moving ‘seeds’ from wall to wall.
Social 01 by i29 interior architects
For this social workplace in Delft, Netherlands, i29 interior architects created a range of chairs, tables and carpets that are both serious and colourful. Set against a grey background, ‘islands’ of activity are arranged through red, green and blue furnishings.
Socialization Spaces by Menendez y Gamonal Arquitectos SLP
Designed to encourage students to interact, this table for the Milan campus of Oviedo University, Spain, was inspired by Gruyère cheese and a painting palette. The curving design creates nooks and spaces where students can study and brainstorm.
Spaceship HEART – Madrid by Collective Paper Aesthetics
Formed out of cardboard blocks, this ‘spaceship’ formed a public installation in Madrid, Spain. The hand-made blocks, which were assembled using neither glue or tools, double as kids-size stools.
Studio mk27 hq by Studio mk27
For their office in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Studio mk27 expanded onto their terrace by creating a large ceramic-tiled table for meetings. The lengthy table was designed around hand-painted blue tiles by artist Calu Fontes that draw on Portuguese, Japanese and English influences.
Tumble Seed by Carmela Bogman
For a pension administration company in The Hague, Netherlands, Carmela Bogman created free-floating stools crafted from aluminium and wood. Based on the shape of a seed, these stools require the sitter’s balance and concentration.
Zementa by Pakamoko (Patrick Kaczmarek / Moritz Koehn)
Produced for a ‘slow food’ restaurant in Germany, Pakamoko’s apparently soft, pillowy lamps are formed from an unexpected material: concrete. The lamps were left with a raw and unvarnished look, and formed in individual moulds.
The Frame Moooi Award was created in 2011, seeking to award brilliant designers and raise the bar for furniture and interior design to an all-new level.
Both Frame and Moooi stand for innovation: The glossy pages of Frame magazine focus on cutting-edge interiors, while Moooi strives to create spectacular furnishings and lighting.
Many iconic pieces of contemporary furniture were designed for specific interiors, from Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair in 1958 for the Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen to Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair for the 1929 International Exposition.
The Frame Moooi Award seeks to promote the next generation of innovative furnishings - pieces that not only enrich the interior for which it was designed, but transcend it.
The Award Ceremony and VIP cocktail will take place on 10 April during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. The ceremony will be held at Area 56 (via Savona 56) at 20:00 and is by invitation only.
An exhibition on the 9 shortlisted projects will be available throughout the entire week of the Salone onartistic, informative panels at via Savona 56.
A panel discussion will take place following the ceremony, on Thursday 11 April at Area 56 (via Savona 56, Milan) from 13:00 - 14:00. The panel will include, Jana Scholze, Curator of Contemporary Furniture at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Robert Thiemann, editor in chief of Frame, and special design and architecture related personalities. Details will be announced closer to the event.
For imagery, interviews with the nominees, winner, and the award initiators please contact:
Laura Ramos Bello - Kluit / Moooi / firstname.lastname@example.org / M. +31 (0)6 3 882 3122