As in previous years, the School of Art and Design Superior of Valencia (EASD) hosted the awards ceremony of the International Design Competition 2017. Design, music, awards and an exhibition with the winning models of this edition and over the years converged during the award ceremony.
The members of the jury 2017Robert Thiemann, Director of the magazine Frame; Alfredo Haberli, Designer María de Corral curator and art critic Stefan Geenen, Project Director of the Miralles-Tagliabue studio and Alvaro Castro journalist, announced the winners of this year to more than a hundred guests and students of the school.
This year the jury awarded the first prize to the project "Mediterranean" designed Hélène de Salvatore from Brussels (Belgium), based on its simplicity, elegance and uniqueness in its type of seat, which gives it a great flexibility of finishes, conferring a special differentiation to the piece. It is a bench that stands out for its vision of continuity with the philosophy of Andreu World. It is a piece that can be imagined differently.
For its part, the second prize went to the project "Cestino" designed by Chung-Yen Chang, resident in Milan (Italy), for being a very fun and contemporary chair, and very consistent with its development. In the words of the jury, "stands out for the resolution of its back and its casing. It is a different piece and represents a challenge for its production. It also stands out for its starting point, whose original idea is based on the concept of folding like a basket ".
The special mention went to the Bough table project by Natasa Njegovanovic, from Pozega in Croatia. A simple looking table, but its challenge resides in finding the right solidity. Its engineering style, the design of the legs, solves problems of stability and at the same time is original and aesthetic.
It was the journalist Alvaro Castro who was in charge of revealing the name of the winning projects, which were collecting students from the EASD on behalf of the winners. Finally Alfredo Haberli, and María de Corral on behalf of the jury, addressed a few words to the attendees, encouraging the design students, to explain their "design" briefly in "6 or 7 sentences, to make it a clear design , clean and functional. "
After the event, a small party was held with the performance of a Disc Jockey who accompanied the celebration of the awards, which this year brought together more than 200 different projects, from 35 different nationalities.
The live music enlivened the evening, which also saw an exhibition of the winning models of the XVI International Design Competition Andreu World.