Philippe Starck, Marva Griffin & More Honored at Salone del Mobile.Milano Awards

Salone del Mobile.Milano Award Honorees

Salone del Mobile.Milano has announced the honorees of their second annual awards! This program honors the top exhibitors, designers, and leaders from the past edition of Salone.

For 2017, 11 winners were selected, recognizing the ideas, creativity, innovation, and technology that was showcased at the fair.

In addition to the exhibitors, three special awards were given: Philippe Starck was awarded Best Designer, Ernesto Gismondi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Marva Griffin was honored with the Special Jury Prize.

Full press release below:

Salone del Mobile.Milano Award Mark II

The 11 winners of the second edition of the international award, devised by the Salone del Mobile.Milano to give further prominence to the outstanding sectoral exhibits at last April’s 56th edition, have now been announced. 

The Salone del Mobile.Milano is repeating last year’s successful first edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Award, a special prize for the very best showcased by the furnishing and design world at the most recent edition of the fair. 

The award is intended to recognise the value of ideas, creativity, innovation and technology that together contrive to make the event the world’s most acclaimed international vehicle for cutting edge design trends and the very latest in home living. The award is presented to well-known and emerging designers, displays and products.

The Salone del Mobile’s idea was that this award would allow the emotions aroused by the trade fair to live on, recognising the enormous creative, productive and organisational commitment of our companies and all the designers and people who help to attract the most innovative products and manufacturing processes to Milan”, said President Claudio Luti.

The awards were split into 11 categoriesBest Product – Workplace3.0, Best Product – Euroluce, Best Product – xLux, Best Product – Classic, Best Display, Best Furnishing Product, Best Emerging Designer, Lifetime Achievement Award, Special Jury Prize and Special Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Prize. 

The submissions were judged by a prestigious jury made up of the same prominent sectoral figures as last year, in order to maintain continuity of evaluation. As before, they circulated anonymously among the exhibitors at the fair to single out the contenders: Silvana Annicchiarico, Director, Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Domitilla Dardi, Design Curator, MAXXI, Rome, Massimo Mini, CEO, designboom, Ettore Mochetti, Editor, AD Italia; Margherita Palli, scenographer, Livia Peraldo Matton, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Decor Italia, and Davide Rampello, Professor of Arts and Regional Skills at Milan Polytechnic University.

The following 11 winners were announced at the award ceremony held Thursday 8th June, at Triennale Teatro dell’Arte:

Best Product – Workplace3.0: Io.T / Studio Gtp and Tecno

Best Product – Workplace3.0: Io.T / studio Gtp and Tecno

For their skill in combining innovative technological features and functionality with the human relational demands of the contemporary office environment.

Best Product – Euroluce: Filo / Andrea Anastasio / Foscarini

Best Product – Euroluce: Filo / Andrea Anastasio / Foscarini

For his ability to reread tradition in a contemporary and international vein, bringing new structural meaning to the notion of decoration and personalising mass production.

Best Product – xLux: D.Vision3 / Ferruccio Laviani / F.lli Boffi

Best Product – xLux: D.Vision3 / Ferruccio Laviani / F.lli Boffi

For the ability to carry forward traditional classic design codes into contemporary culture. A sign of a new eclecticism that underscores the powers of craftsmanship.

Best Product – Classic: Black & White Collection / Provasi

Best Product – Classic: Black & White Collection / Provasi

For their skill in combining contemporary materials, processes and decorations (the coverings in nubuck leather and fabric, the faintly Orientalist silver studs) and shapes drawn from the great models of the past, thus informing an original and in its own way innovative style, while maintaining continuity with traditional classical elegance.

Best Display: Flos / Calvi Brambilla

Best Display: Flos / Calvi Brambilla

A display that goes beyond the traditional concept of a trade fair stand thanks to its ability to draw visitors through the light sources as if in a narration. From the exterior to the interior, where lights, colours, materials and solids and voids play out masterfully.

Best Product – Furnishing: Pack / Francesco Binfaré / Edra

Best Product – Furnishing: Pack / Francesco Binfaré / Edra

Because it turns a functional object into a sort of transitional metaphor: a comfortable sofa with a new take on posture, welcoming and cosy. It is also a domestic landscape that becomes a manifesto for the great changes wrought across the ages.

Best Emerging Designer: Elena Salmistraro

Best Emerging Designer: Elena Salmistraro

For her ability to enable her own expressive powers of imagination to dialogue with mass production, fuelling new food for thought.

Best Designer: Philippe Starck

Best Designer: Philippe Starck

For the consistency with which, over the years, he has created objects that speak an international language. A contemporary master who never fails to surprise.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ernesto Gismondi

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ernesto Gismondi

For his sense of contemporaneity, his innate talent at working up boundless formal solutions that meld lightness with evocations of a near future.

Special Jury Prize: Marva Griffin

Special Jury Prize: Marva Griffin

For her generosity and far-sightedness in believing in a project for and with young people: a massively deserved tribute to a woman to whom we are all grateful and indebted.

Special Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Prize: De Castelli

Special Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Prize (institutional partner Salone del Mobile.Milano): De Castelli.

For “Tracing Identity”, an inclusive project that makes the very most of the company’s manufacturing capabilities, channelling the work of designers left to interpret the raw material according to their own personal vision.