There were more than 3,500 architect, interior and design projects submitted for the first ever Dezeen Awards.
The international Dezeen Awards will identify the world’s best talent, showcasing the most unique pieces.
A total of 207 interior design projects have now been selected for the long list including a revamp of a house built by Frank Gehry, a loft apartment in a former tank station and the offices of IKEA’s creative team.
The shortlist will be announced in August and it will be judged by a panel of leading industry figures, including Terence Conran, Je Ahn of Studio Weave, DH Liberty founder Dara Huang and India Mahdavi.
In the design projects category, a total of 171 entries were submitted including an array of quirky pieces such as a table cloth made from flexible concrete cloth and a garment that could allows humans to breathe underwater.
The category features industry-leading names such as Nendo, Barber and Osgerby, Marc Newson and Patricia Urquiola.
It also includes leading brands like Google and IKEA, plus rising talents such as Normal Studio, Tom Fereday and Envisions.
Other highlights from the list include a wax chair pockmarked by melting balls of resin, clothes that grow as a child does, a UV sensor that tracks sun exposure and a reusable tampon applicator.
Dezeen says the winners of each category will also compete to be named design project of the year – one of nine Ultimate Design Awards, a top tier of accolades that will honour the most outstanding design talent of the year.
The architecture long lists have also been announced and include Swiss firm Christ & Gantenbein, UK studio Jamie Fobert Architects and Mexican office Rojkind Arquitectos, while contenders for emerging architect of the year include US studio The Living and South American office MAPA.
Graphic designer, Charlotte Anderson-Barrow impressed the judges from D&AD’s New Blood Festival 2018 with her London Bollards project and took home with her a Graphite Pencil award.
Charlotte is a hand-on designer who enjoys exploring and developing her work using processes such as screen printing and letterpress. She admits she refines her pieces using digital tools, but she prefers manual processes as they excite and inspire her to be creative. The designer finds her ideas in familiar objects, in the things that are out there for everyone to see, but she is also influenced by human behaviour and social commentary.
The project that caught the eyes of the judges is proof of her practical approach to design. To interpret the brief set by D&AD, “Hotel Indigo”, Charlotte studied thoroughly the location of the hotel, Tower Hill, to gain inspiration for her printmaking. Her aim was to accomplish the mission stated in the brief, to “bring the outside in”.
What started out as illustrative screen prints turned into a potential integrated campaign for Hotel Indigo. Charlotte views London’s Bollards as part of London’s street furniture acting as guides for the visitors of this city. This perfectly illustrates her manner of discovering concepts in familiar objects as well as her desire to allow her work to go beyond a self-contained design.
She said, “My work is something that often aims to follow through into a range of applications; a wider context. From the design itself, to the user experience and impact beyond the first impression of a design.”
London Bollards project won her a Graphite Pencil award, which, according to D&AD’s website, means that the designer met the three most important criteria “a good idea, well executed, and relevant to the brief”.
Charlotte is currently working freelance from her home studio named “Studio Stax” in Essex, whilst looking for placements/employment with London agencies.
James Rich, a recent graduate of University of Gloucestershire’s course in BA Graphic Design, has made an independent cafe working solely in egg dishes. Shell Shock is an innovative and unique brand that correlates with its target audience of young adults through informal language, bold aesthetics and positivity.
James’ main interests revolve around brand communications, promotional material and copy writing, however he often works with packaging designs and corporate identities. James‘ current objective is to pursue a career in the design industry with the knowledge and skillset he has developed throughout education.
Context: Trendy cafes with quirky themes are becoming increasingly frequent in towns and cities around the world. From breakfast cereals, to board games, themed cafes are constantly opening to fill gaps in the market and appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Brief: I set myself the brief of creating my own independent, themed cafe that appeals to young adults in urban areas. Rather than blend in with the themed cafe category, I wanted to create a personality that sets my brand apart from the competitive landscape.
Shell Shock: The Shell Shock style is inspired by video games and cartoons, a modern design style that has been adapted to suit a different medium. A collaboration with MyProtein combines the main benefits of eggs (protein) with a brand loved by gym-goers. This expands our audience into new areas, whilst giving a visual representation of how a Shell Shock product could look in a supermarket. The eggnog flavour protein powder and protein bars are a clever way of tying these two brands together. Shell Shock has endless potential to grow – features such as: menus, toilet signs and interior features of the cafe are all in the works as I continue to expand this project and continue my enjoyment of working on it.
See more of James work over at his Instagram – Jamesrichdesigner
Amelia Dimoldenberg, also known as the CEO of Chicken Shop Date, revealed in a talk held at New Blood Festival organized by D&AD her 5 rules to help those who are starting their career in the creative industries.
If you haven’t heard of the Chicken Shop Date already, then you should know it’s Amelia’s YouTube channel where she posts videos of herself going on embarrassing dates in chicken shops with grime artists and other popular figures from UK’s music scene. She “dated” (or interviewed) on her channnel celebrities such as Maya Jama, Big Narstie and Chabuddy G, a fictional character very much loved by Britain.
What makes her channel unique is her rather awkward personality mixed with her ironic sense of humor, both of which came across evidently even in her talk entitled “How I turned my side project at uni into a career?”. This extraordinary combination renders her content hilarious and very relatable to everyone who went on a date that didn’t go too well.
The Chicken Shop Date started for Dimoldenberg as a side project she did during her Fashion Journalism course from Central St. Martin, only she turned it into a career. Her YouTube channel helped her start collaborations with big companies such as Channel 4 and Nike.
Here are Amelia’s golden rules to develop your creative career:
#1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
When Amelia started working as a journalist for a magazine, she met other creative people with all sorts of different skills. And she made the courage to ask them to help her create her dream project – a satirical form of journalism. So her channel is the result of her work, but also other people’s abilities. She warned, however, that you have to be mindful and not demand too much of your connections. This leads us to the next rule.
#2. Be respectful of others
Amelia said she wouldn’t have been able to realize her project without her connections. But you have to understand that they too have a life of their own, that they have their own work to focus on, and you have to be respectful of that. If you respect this rule, you are likely to gain your collaborators trust and loyalty.
Being rejected or not getting any replies can be very disheartening, to the point where you just want to give up. Don’t do it if it’s your dream career. You have to realize it is a long journey and being persistent is a quality you will need to hang on to if you want to make that journey worthwhile. Take Amelia for example. It took her around 2 years until she was able to secure interviews with high-profile artists. She emailed a lot of people, and sometimes she didn’t get anything back. When this happens, she suggests following up with people without being too insistent. One of her emails landed her video on LadBible’s page, which helped her channel grow enormously.
#4. Strive to be different
Dimoldenberg said the first comments she received on her videos were something along the lines “Why am I watching this? What is this?”. But that didn’t discourage her. On the contrary, those comments confirmed what she already knew. That what she was doing was something different, and that was going to set her apart from other YouTubers.
#5. Work on your own projects
If you want to start a career in the creative industries a CV and a cover letter won’t do it. You need something that will show your skills and your initiative. The motto here is: show it, don’t say it. That’s why Amelia recommends working on a side project that will showcase your abilities as well as the fact that you have initiative, that you are a can-doer.
If you want to subscribe to Amelia’s YouTube channel you can do so by clicking here. You might see her one day interviewing Drake, or at least she hopes so. Fingers crossed for her!
When Bibiana Farenzena moved to England to study a Masters course in Design for Communication, she never expected to run her own design consultancy business eight years later.
The Brazilian-born designer is the co-owner of Upcircle along with friends Ophélia Gisquet and Mercedes Alvarez-Fojo.
Upcircle, which was launched in 2017, is a design studio based in London that offers sustainable design consultancy services in digital, graphic, furniture and interior design.
“We are all friends and we bring different skills to Upcircle. The idea behind our business is to promote the circular economy and the tree pillars of sustainability: economic, environment and social”, says Bibiana.
“Ophélia went travelling to South Africa when she discovered places and people that had the ability to design and create from very little resources, recycling and upcycling materials.
“The community had a creative and very clever mindset and it was then Ophelia had the idea of applying this into her designs too.
“The three of us decided to set up Upcircle using our different skills on projects, which support sustainability and recycling.”
She said Upcircle’s approach to projects focuses on design, the type of materials used, how they are manufactured and the impact it has on society.
Bibibana studied a BA in Visual Design at a university in Brazil, going on to study Digital Print in Textiles at Saint Martin’s College in London. She has also completed a Masters in Design for Communications at the University of Westminster.
The 32-year-old has a wealth of retail experience and has worked with Marks & Spencer, Asos, Body Shop and TKMaxx, to name a few.
Ophélia, 32, was born and studied in France where she did a foundation year in design in Toulouse, followed by an interior design course.
She studied a Masters in interior design and architecture and has worked on projects designing offices, homes and hotels across the globe.
Mercedes graduated in Business and Accountancy from the University of Barcelona and holds an MBA degree from the University of Westminster.
The Spanish-born business developer has worked in the construction industry for 15 years working on projects around the world.
Bibiana said: “Our extensive skill set allows us to work on projects together to promote sustainability and recycling.
“For example, we have worked on student accommodation projects where we use materials, which are recycled and sustainable.
“Many people do not realise but furniture in student accommodations usually have a life of five to seven years because the trend of interior design changes, so the contractors decide to refurbish it and the furniture ends up in landfills.
“But if we design with a different mindset by reusing the same furniture or recycling it, we can create a big positive impact on the environment.”
The trio are currently working on a project with PhD students at the University of West England to create a permanent installation to increase awareness about sustainable palm oil.
The set will include trees, ferns, moss and the furniture will be made out from offcut plywood (reusing common waste in joinery workshop). The joinery will be produced by a Bristol-based company who share the same values about sustainability.
Palm oil is one of the world’s widely consumed vegetable oil and it is used in everything from soaps to biscuits and cosmetics.
Bibiana said: “The aim of the project is to raise awareness about sustainable palm oil because production often comes at the cost of the rich of biodiversity in the rainforest.
“We want to change consumer’s decisions about palm oil and how it can be sourced in the future.”
Upcircle is also working on a project with the university to refurbish four external courtyards, adding manifestations on the floor which is an affordable and sustainable solution. Some of the furniture will be supplied by an outdoor furniture company named Vestre that has “strong sustainable values”.
Bibiana said: “Some of the furniture will be produced by Bristol Wood Recycling Project, who use recycled elements.
“It is a charity that offers free training to people who want to learn joinery or develop their social skills.
“We are also designing three new student accommodations with the aim to implement as much sustainable product and finishes as possible.”
In addition to the university projects, Upcircle is gearing up to take part in the London Design Festival in the summer.
Last year they had an installation called Roots Grow Love, which was a striking wooden structure containing plants to celebrate the love of gardening, to promoting Loughborough Farm and bringing the community together.
Upcircle worked with Loughborough Farm and a group of volunteers from different associations to build the structure which was made of recycling wood and plants from the farm.
The last 18 months have been a whirlwind for the team at Upcircle and there is plenty of exciting projects in the pipeline for them.
Bibiana said: “Our approach has been well received by the industry and we are very happy to see more companies working with us.
“We believe that Upcircle will have a bright future thanks to the great collaboration of each business partner and the hard work.
Palm oil project at the University of West England
“Our values at Upcircle will be a plus for our designs and our clients. By producing a great design and having a positive impact in our society, we hope our studio will make a difference in the creative industry.
“At Upcircle we want to be part of this movement of start-ups that have new ways of working, changing lifestyles and perceptions about work.
“It’s time for us designers but also consumers to change the way we live and produce things. Slow design is about time and so is Upcircle.”
See more from Upcricle over at their website – www.upcircle.co.uk
The world is happily suffering of the 2018 World Cup fever, and brands are rejoicing at this. Adidas is one of those that jumped on the football trend with its latest campaign consisting of a trio of films, two of which feature the sport’s newest sensations: Gabriel Jesus and Mo Salah.
At the core of the very cinematic project is the positive message “Here to create”, which is illustrated by the narratives of the videos. The first story is that of Gabriel Jesus, a Brazilian footballer who, last World Cup, was just a 16 year-old teenager painting the streets of his district, Jardim Peri, situated in the famous city Sao Paulo. He talks about his journey from a little boy playing football in the street, to painter, to World Cup player. Jesus encourages people to dream, using his story as proof that anything can happen. At the end of the film, there’s a text that reads the campaign’s message, suggesting he is here to create history.
The second ad of the series shows the emotions, the pressure and the atmosphere players experience on the field. Mo Salah, the star of this film, explains how the large number of people calling his name when he’s out there doing his magic with the ball, inspire him to create. The images alternate between black and white and colour, building a strongly emotional footage.
In the third and last video, Spain citizens, including some big football names like Iker Casillas, demand passion, greatness and creativity of their national team. A child looks straight into the camera and convincingly tells Spain’s team “Show me something I can tell my grandkids about”. Another man assertively says “I want that cup. I want gold”, and is followed by a woman agreeing with him by forcefully saying “Me too”.
The film trio created by Iris, the agency appointed as Adidas’ Footballs Lead Global Agency, adopts the language of the country where each featured footballer is from, and uses English subtitles. This makes the message of the campaign stronger, and wonderfully depicts that the World Cup is rendered a phenomenon by a multitude of nations that made history in this sport.
Jake Coleman is a multi-disciplinary designer from Chicago, currently working in London. Whilst Jake balances his life across two continents, he is a freelance creative director at Haight Brand, a music and film management company out of Chicago. He assists in everyday design tasks that range from tour branding to web design and merchandise. Jakes way of working often varies between each project, frequently switching up his techniques and experimenting, though he is most well-known for combining hand-rendered techniques with digital executions.
Most recently, Jake has been working on tour flyers for Towkio, a Chicago based rapper. These individual show fliers are for the first leg of a 3-legged tour across Australia, Europe and North America. Jake explains Towkio’s new album ‘WWW’ or ‘Worldwide Wave’ was the first album to drop in space. His cover shoot, shot on an iPhone by Marcus Hyde, assisted to visualise this new transcendence. The contrast that’s built between the astronaut suit and the Mayan Pyramids is also used to aid in illustrating that point. So, for each of his four European shows, a simple execution of ripping and masking printed paper behind the artist was needed. This can be interpreted in many ways, one of them being an un-layering of the surface. Another showing the artist entering a new dimension that’s represented by the specific city.
Jakes handmade collages delight in the unique grasps of the imagination. Looking at his work has an immediate impression on the viewer. The constant pushing of his practice allows Jake to constantly evolve, look for answers, avoiding a defined ‘style’, and present us with something new with each project.