Atelier NL, a Holland-based ceramics company, has been declared the winner of the Re:Vision Design Awards sponsored by Modern Painters for their "Drawn from Clay" series. Each piece of hand-crafted pottery is made from a specific plot of soil taken from different farms across a 460 square kilometer polder. The overriding principal behind the series was to keep the symbiosis between object and origin as pure and integral as possible. "We wanted to make tableware so that the vegetables prepared for dinner could be served from vessels made from the same soil the vegetables came out of," explained designer Lonny Van Rijswijck. To further the correlation, Atelier NL devised a systematic ratio system for the size of each piece and stamped each vessel with a geo-code reference to match the plot the soil came from. The prize carries an award of $10,000 and a feature in the May issue of Modern Painters magazine.
The launch of this new international competition, The 2010 Re:Vision Design Awards, is in celebration of the magazine's long-standing coverage of contemporary design and architecture as well as art. Established in 1986, the magazine showcases creators-artists, designers, filmmakers, and architects who are experimenting with new ways of seeing the world. "Modern Painters is singular in the art world in its commitment to exploring the creative process and mind," said Marisa Bartolucci, Editorial Director of the Louise Blouin Media Group.
In December, emerging designers in the fields of furniture, lighting, product, and interior and environmental design were invited to "revisit, rethink, and re-imagine how we live in our homes and to conceive an object that offers a new, more enlightened lifestyle." The magazine received more than 100 entries from over 20 countries, from Vilnius, Lithuania to Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The international jury included designer Ross Lovegrove; Droog co-founder Renny Ramakers; chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, David Revere McFadden; furniture maker and professor of furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rosanne Somerson; dealer in vintage modern and contemporary furniture, Cristina Grajales; and Design Within Reach founder, Rob Forbes.
"What impressed me greatly with this group of applicants and with the award winners was the elegant simplicity of their concepts and the finesse of execution," said David Revere McFadden. "In these times of economic uncertainty, I think we are all thinking smaller, longer lasting, sustainable, modest. Each of these winners, and particularly the grand prize winner, eloquently express these ideals."
Designer Rochus Jacob was runner-up with his thermodynamic cooler and Pegah Galambor/Jan Hormann for their Klappwand (folding wall). Both were awarded $2,500 each, and will also be profiled in the May 2010 issue of Modern Painters.