Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in partnership with The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the 65th annual Good Design Awards just named the best in design across a range of categories, including Tabletop, Floor and Wall Covering, Household Products, Lighting, Bath and Accessories, Furniture, Textiles and others.
Among the winners: the Rivage chair by designers David Karásek and Radek Hegmon of mmcité; the Tiempo seating by Jorge Pensi Design Studio; and the Mars wallcovering collection by designers Randall Buck and Jee Levin of Trove.
Originally started as a partnership between the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the program has given out about 40,000 Good Design Awards since it was founded in 1950.
Italian lighting company FLOS won three awards, for the brand’s Shade, Ipnos and Running Magnet 2.0 products. “FLOS is honored to be recognized with three Good Design Awards this year,” shares FLOS USA CEO Jan Vingerhoets. “We’re seeing a high level of creativity in design due to new technologies that FLOS is researching and bringing to light. Shade, Ipnos and Running Magnet 2.0 are undoubtedly beautiful, but it’s the surprising details and playful illusions that make each one truly spectacular.”
Brown Jordan’s Connexion furniture collection, created in collaboration with designer Richard Frinier, also won an award. “We are very proud to receive this distinguished award of design excellence for Connexion,” said Stephen F. Elton, SVP sales & branding at Brown Jordan. “The collection has been well received in the marketplace since it was launched, because of its versatility and ability to be customized. It is an honor to have the design acknowledged by one of the oldest and most prestigious architecture and design award programs in the industry.”
Alessi also took home three awards, for the Opus centerpiece by Guido Venturini, the Condiment Set by Peter Zumthor, and the Ossidiana coffeemaker by Mario Trimarchi. “This award sets the tone for what ‘good design’ means, celebrating creativity in form, function and innovation, and Alessi is honored to be recognized,” shared Paolo Cravedi, managing director at Alessi USA. “Each of Alessi’s designers honored this year works meticulously to create something new, useful and beautiful in every Alessi product, and we are thrilled to see them celebrated by the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum.”