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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.

The Bouroullecs have injected new life into the basic table leg with a simple gesture extrapolated into all sorts of uses. Their first collection for Artek features an innovative base that consists of a solid oak leg flanked by banded steel strips; midway down, each powder-coated strip branches off into a triangular foot – inspiration for the series’ name, Finnish for “arch.” The element lends itself to multiple tabletop shapes and sizes, and it proves so versatile that the collection even includes shelving: flipped around, the foot becomes a bracket.

Designers: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, France

Manufacturer: Artek, Finland

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