For the sixth annual AZ Awards, our intrepid jury narrowed the field from over 800 submissions, received from dozens of countries, to select just 48 finalists that stood above the rest. In addition to presenting the AZ Award winners, Azure recognized these projects, products and concepts with Awards of Merit.
With humorous touches and ample scope, the wares here offer playful yet beautiful furnishings influenced by the remote island’s maritime vernacular. A team of international designers created the 70‑piece collection, which is handcrafted by area artisans. Traditional construction and locally sourced materials are integral to the designs: the Puppy side table (shown) is made from a single piece of wood, using basic tools; while the Punt chair borrows a technique from boat building, with naturally curving juniper and spruce for the legs and back supports.
Team: Zita Cobb and Joseph Kellner, with Markus Bergstrom, Elaine Fortin, Ineke Hans, Nick Herder, Simon Jones, Joe Nunn and Donna Wilson
Manufacturer: Fogo Island Shop, Canada