Wallpaper Magazine February 2022 (the Design Awards Issue) is available now on loremnotipsum.com. Welcome to the Wallpaper* Design Awards issue – celebrating the very best in design over the past 12 months. And what an exceptional year it was, with tremendous creativity that helped us through challenging times to build a brighter future.
We are delighted to welcome multimedia artist and impresario Doug Aitken, filmmaker and interior designer Luca Guadagnino, London Design Medal laureate Ilse Crawford, architect Sou Fujimoto, culinary evangelist Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro, and fashion designer Simone Rocha as our esteemed panel for the Judges’ Awards. A heartfelt thank-you to all our judges for the time, care and wisdom they put into their selections.
The remaining awards have been selected by Wallpaper* and our family of contributors from around the world. Tom Sachs’ brilliantly imaginative Rocket Factory is a particular highlight, signalling his first foray into the world of NFTs (and the best montage we’ve seen of Miami Vice credits).
We have transparent audio equipment that feels indistinguishable from magic; a jaw-dropping mitten watch by Cartier, 3D-printed in rose gold and meticulously set with nearly 1,600 diamonds; LG’s next-level face mask, incorporating Hepa filters and a voice amplification system; Anne Boysen’s ‘Moonsetter’ lamp for Louis Poulsen, a kinetic design with a celestial glow; Kengo Kuma’s IWA sake brewery in Japan, with a remarkable roof profile; Hussein Chalayan’s tableware for Karaca, which stacks into sculptural compositions; and Porky Hefer’s marine monsters, sounding the alarm for the burgeoning problem of ocean waste. We also round up the best looks from the S/S 2022 shows, a handsome drinks cabinet and top tipples for our dream drinking den, fantastic furniture upcycled from offcut marble and wood, metallic marvels, and sensational sculpted forms.
And no awards should be complete without fireworks – so we invited artist and feminist icon Judy Chicago to design our limited-edition subscriber cover – which showcases Forever de Young, her biggest ever public performance, staged in front of San Francisco’s de Young Museum on the occasion of her first retrospective. Epic and exhilarating, this is a fitting celebration for a visionary for whom widespread acclaim is long overdue.
There are so many wonderful things to choose from over the past year – yet at the same time I have been relieved by the more focused selection of designs being presented, which enables designers and brands to tell stronger stories with greater clarity and conviction.
Wallpaper Magazine is the global design authority, leading the way in architecture, design, art, entertaining, beauty & grooming, transport, technology, fashion, and watches & jewellery. Founded as a print magazine in 1996, it has evolved into a multi-channel media brand. With a strong track record of discovering next-generation talents and creative matchmaking, Wallpaper Magazine is at the forefront of the global creative community. It continues to change the way the world thinks about design. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Wallpaper Magazine brings home in glorious colour the latest architecture, design, art and entertainment to make our lives that bit more interesting and stylish. Launched in 1996, Wallpaper Magazine is the world’s no. 1 global design destination. It delivers the core values of modern living to a new generation of urban nomads. Aimed at an international audience, it celebrates the best in design, fashion, travel and technology.
Details: Wallpaper Magazine – February 2022