Recognising “exceptional design visionaries”, the IDA 2022 announce winners

With STIR as media partner, winners of the 16th International Design Awards (IDA) have been announced

A group of like-minded designers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs created the International Design Awards (IDA) back in 2007, responding to a lack of recognition, and celebrating smart and sustainable multidisciplinary designs across the world. Now, a widely regarded platform recognising and promoting ‘exceptional design visionaries’, the design awards in its 16th edition announced its winners across emerging talents in five coveted categories across disciplines of architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design and fashion design. The Farmani Group founded the IDA as the design sibling of the Annual Lucie Awards for photography, which has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards.

Jill Grinda, VP of Marketing and Business Development for the IDA commented, “The IDA has always been about seeking out truly visionary designers showcasing creativity and innovation. We had a record number of entries in 2022 and the jury had an enormous task in selecting the winners from some truly outstanding design submissions.” With STIR as a media partner, the 2022 International Design Awards attracted thousands of outstanding design entries from almost 80 countries, contending for the top prizes. Members of the prestigious IDA jury, including Amit Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, STIR, Jason Wang, Secretary-General of Asia Pacific Design Center (APDC), and Basak Altan, IDSA West Coast Lead / Design Strategist, Design Educator, are delighted over the high standard of the submissions. “IDA draws attention to the iconoclasm of design worldwide: conceptualising and producing great work,” the organisers share.

Emerging Architect winner: ‘Crassula’ by Mahsa Mohebbi from Azad University, Iran Image: Courtesy of IDA

“We saw diverse and extraordinary submissions in this year’s entries across geographies, typologies and scale. The most successful designs appear to be those which apply creative thinking, crafting innovative and sustainable destinations to connect people with emotion, nature, and context,” said jury member Mark Blackwell, Creative Director, and Chartered Landscape Architect at Morphis. “Once again, the IDA awards have shown a new generation of incredibly creative talented candidates, as well as clear industry professional standouts. I love how these awards bring out the best,” noted Carly Vidal-Wallace, fashion curator, writer, and marketing strategist.

“The major challenge the earth faces is of environmental sustainability. Climate change, environmental pollution, waste production and deforestation threaten the sustainability of our global society. All architects and designers carry responsibilities for a resilient world. International Design Awards (IDA) encourages unique and creative projects those care for clean and green environment,” shared jury member Murat Soygenis, FAIA, Founding Partner and Professor, S+ ARCHITECTURE.

Emerging Interior Designer: ‘Moncler Soho’ by Sheng Wei Yang from New York School of Interior Design, USA Image: Courtesy of IDA

Erik Behrens, Creative Director at AECOM relayed that “this year has demonstrated again that the IDA has truly become a destination for great creative work and the who’s who in the design industry. What makes judging the IDA special is the opportunity to discover fresh ideas from the best upcoming and established designers around the world and amplify them.” Another jury member, Annette Fisher, FA Global / Partner exclaimed—”It never ceases to amaze me, how the human mind has the ability to surprise and provoke the senses with creative design.”

Here is a look at the winning entries:

1. Architectural Design: ‘Shangyu Museum’ by Zhejiang Architectural Design and Research Institute

‘Shangyu Museum’ by Zhejiang Architectural Design and Research Institute, winner of the Architectural Design category Image: Wang Dachou

Led by designers Fang Fang and Yao Zhiyu, Zhejiang Architectural Design and Research Institute formulated a “simple and meaningful design language” for the ‘Shangyu Museum’ in Shangyu City, Zhejiang Province, China. “Its shape is like two superimposed squares, which show special tension after distortion,” the Chinese architects explained. The museum architecture’s lighting design adopts two treatment methods: “For the building body, we used the washing-type lighting to emphasise the (volume’s) mass and its transitionary relationship. For details, we used linear lamps to emphasise the detailed local structure,” the winners share.

2. Fashion Design: ‘INRECON/SOLARIS AW22’ by Jens Laugesen

‘INRECON/SOLARIS AW22’ by Jens Laugesen, winner of the Fashion Design category Image: Jean-François Carly

For AW/22, London-based Danish fashion designer Jens Laugesen of GENERIC SENS LTD / JENS LAUGESEN DESIGN STUDIO developed his signature ‘hybrid design’ vocabulary, which originates from his fascination with the concept of utopian, unisex clothing. “By re-appropriating iconic generic garments such as oversize men’s jackets and shirts by slicing and cutting seams, (the) garments obtain new gender utility and movement with organic folds that adapt to the body underneath,” said Laugesen, known for his conceptual approach to fashion, and for being an exponent of conceptual luxury with the eponymous brand that was part of London Fashion Week from 2002-08.

3. Graphic Design: ‘Limburgs Museum – Van ós. For everybody’ by Total Design

‘Limburgs Museum – Van ós. For everybody’ by Total Design, winner of the Graphic Design category Image: Courtesy of Total Design

The talented graphic designers behind ‘Van ós’ relays its meaning in the Limburg dialect— ‘from us’. “And that is what the Limburg Museum is: a reaching out, a connection, a sharing of experiences. For everybody inside and outside Limburg. Together with this ambitious museum in Venlo, (we) developed a particularly outspoken positioning, branding and communication,” said Edwin van Praet of Total Design. “Interaction with the socio-cultural context is central to the new brand, and the museum always invites people with stories that inspire. But how do you capture the promise of change and development? Behold the movement of the Meuse through the Limburg landscape. A movement that touches people, enthuses them, and makes them look at their world with new eyes,” he added.

Jury member Jonathan Cleveland, Principal of Cleveland Design said—“I was especially impressed with some of the student work and seeing it makes me excited about the future of graphic design! Print, illustration, and web designs were tough to choose from with so much of the work being excellent—well thought out and executed.”

4. Interior Design: ‘Emerald Bay’ by Dina Marciano Design

‘Emerald Bay’ by Dina Marciano Design, winner of the Interior Design category Image: Alex Kroke and Peter Christiansen

Chasing simplicity in a profound, timeless yet futuristic way, the interiors of this Laguna Beach residence in California, USA, was a completely sustainable and eco-friendly remodelling, where the inclusion of natural light and architectural elements become “expressions of tranquil art, physically impacting well-being.” “Inspired by nature and my client’s love for a healthy lifestyle, I wanted to create a sanctuary home where they feel comfortable in a toxic-free environment,” explains interior designer Dina Marciano, founder and principal of Dina Marciano Design, a full-service interior and commercial residential design firm.

5. Product Design: ‘MC2’ by OXOS

‘MC2’ by OXOS, winner of the Product Design category Image: Courtesy of OXOS

“OXOS® Medical puts the first ‘faster, safer, and smarter’ dynamic digital radiography (DDR) in the palm of your hands,” relays Luke Pfost, lead designer, OXOS. Ergonomically designed, the ‘MC2’ mobile DDR, clinicians will be able to see the motion of the anatomy at the point-of-care. Working toward FDA-clearance, the product design is indicated for static and dynamic x-ray imaging in adults and children. “MC2 will capture static and dynamic x-ray images of any anatomy from the shoulder to the fingers and the hips to the toes and generate high quality images with a low radiation profile that promotes safety for clinicians and patients,” Pfost adds.

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