Here's a little interior-design eye candy. World Interiors News recently celebrated the 2014 winners of their World Interiors News Annual Awards during a festive evening ceremony at London's Saatchi Gallery.
In the yearly celebration, World Interior News recognizes the most impactful designs in the international cultural landscape from within the past year, with categories ranging from retail and bar interiors, furniture, lighting, and workspace design.
Scroll down further to see some of the winning projects.
Retail Interiors Less than 200 sq. m - Relojeria Alemana Born by OHLAB: "OHLAB have questioned the concept of luxury, using simple, orthogonal boxes to create a sculptural, abstract and unpredictable environment where things are not what they seem. Stephen Jones of Woods Bagot commented this is a ‘truly innovative project, bringing customers a new perspective on retail and the luxury shopping experience, a one-of-a-kind design that not only reflects the brand but takes it to the next and newest level.’"
Retail Interiors Greater than 200 sq. m - Concept Lochristi Store by King George Creative Agency: "A journey to the future that also represents the past and Lochristi’s rich history as a horticultural centre, King George’s store design will easily attract customers with its original, beautiful references and clever detailing. This is a unique idea, out of the retail realm, providing an imaginative and playful space with great juxtaposition."
Lighting Projects - Städel Museum by Licht Kunst: "Licht AG 195 circular skylights provide a multitude of functions for the Städel Museum, in an incredibly clever scheme that provides for diverse conservational or curatorial requirements. Highly engineered yet seemingly simple, the lighting is intelligent, attractive and perfectly refined."
Bar Interiors - Gamsei by Buero Wagner: "This bar interior, designed and executed by Fabian A. Wagner of Buero Wagner with Andreas Kreft, looks for new configurations whilst paying a tribute to the local Bavarian culture and craftsmanship. The result is a new kind of cocktail bar – playful, sharp and bold – and one that provides something novel in terms of relationship between the bartender and drinkers."
Furniture - Wire Lounge Chair by Overgaard & Dyrman: "The Wire Lounge Chair finds inspiration in traditional saddlery and metal work, and challenges the synergy and contrast in the use of materials. It transports traditional craftsmanship into the 21st century with impressive and refined detailing and an amazing shape."
Public Sector - Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum by HGA Architects and Engineers: "A pure and cohesive design that addresses the intimacy of personal grieving and the shared rituals of commemoration, with contextual sensitivity and attention to materiality. Stunning and beautifully considered, for this year’s judges HGA’s mausoleum simply had everything and was unanimously decided on as an unparalleled winner for this category."
Restaurant Interiors - Restaurant & BarNazdrowje by Design by Richard Lindvall: "Richard Lindvall has transformed a parking garage into a Polish restaurant and late night bar, sustaining its raw atmosphere but adding touches of warmth with copper elements and photos of the workers on the walls. Nazdrowje is a demonstration of good industrial minimalism, using everything on trend but in an original way; confident and bold, stunning, sharp and sleek."
Workspace Interiors Less than 10,000 sq. m -T2 Headquarters by Landini Associates: "Respecting and celebrating the detailing of a former industrial warehouse, while creating a dramatic statement to represent the T2 company ethos, Landini Associates have created a space with fantastic blurring of boundaries; encompassing office, tea bar and tea tasting and workshop area. An amazing environment for employees and customers alike that maintains a strong expression of the T2 brand throughout."
Workspace Interiors - Greater than 10,000 sq. m - Federal Center South Building 1202 by ZGF Architects: "A connection with nature was instrumental in this workplace design strategy, providing views to the outdoors from virtually any place within the building to create an environment where employees are excited and proud to come to work. The internal landscape of this design pushes boundaries to create an elegant and beautiful workspace on a large scale."
Hotel Interiors - Al Khan Resort by Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq): "Inspired by the waves of the sea and the lifestyle of Emirati fisherman, the Al Khan interiors manifest this concept using a sleek and contemporary approach that also uses remnants of the existing building’s fabric."
Leisure or Entertainment Venues - Nanchang Insun International Cinema by One Plus Partnership Limited: "One Plus were inspired by connective elements in the mediums of film and book, using a striking black and white palette to inspire the imagination of those visiting this elegant cinema, telling a meaningful story through their design. The space is unconventional yet coherent, with a strong identity that stands out above and beyond that of traditional cinema design."
Lighting Products - Dusk by ByBeau: "Designer Beau McClellan of ByBeau has created a magnificent modular lighting system with multiple materials and coatings available, giving the Dusk collection endless possibilities in terms of shape and form. Dusk is simply extraordinary and a beautiful combination of materiality, clean detailing and fine craftsmanship."
Lighting Projects - Heathrow Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal by StudioFRACTAL & Hoare Lea Lighting: "The scheme for Heathrow Terminal 2 goes above and beyond, providing exemplary quality of environment and delivering a great job on a grand scale. With a cohesive lighting strategy, clutter- free installation, intelligent controls and extensive natural lighting, this is set to be the world’s first terminal to achieve an `excellent’ BREEAM rating."
Museum or Exhibition Spaces - Museum of Old and New Art by Fender Katsalidis: "Fender Katsalidis Architects designed the museum as a three level subterranean structure, with raw materiality that extends from the exterior through to the interior. The space reveals art with a sense of exploration and provides visitors with an individual journey of discovery."
Residential Interiors - Loft MM by C.T. Architects: "A micro-loft, just 3m wide by 25m long and custom-designed for its wheelchair bound inhabitant. Jury member Sally Mackereth of Studio Mackereth commented that this beautiful project ‘sends a message to us all that we have to try harder, because as designers we are faced by constant layer upon layer of rules and regulations and not only have C.T. Architects embraced these, they’ve celebrated them in this sort of immaculate way. I give them huge credit for doing something so accomplished.’"
Restaurant Interiors - Kinugawa by Gilles & Boissier: "Kinugawa embodies the traditional and contemporary soul of Japan with a French touch, with stunning interiors that have been executed in a remarkably unusual way. The design is textural and graphical, with strong attention to intricate details, delivering an extraordinary experience for customers dining there."
Retail Interiors Less than 200 sq. m - Spun by Nick Leith Smith Architecture + Design: "Part laboratory, part wonderland, Spun is a sweet shop whose design put a smile on all of the judge’s faces. Fun, fresh and playful, with strong colours and geometric detailing, the store still evokes the hand-crafted aspect of sweet making, telling a story that’s ‘way better than Willy Wonka!’"
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