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Ascent Series
Designers
Jonas Ekholst with Hanna Carlsson, Joakim Lundgren, Niclas Dahlström and Andreas Flink, Sweden
Manufacturer
Green Furniture Concept, Sweden
Summary
Besides imagining a more exciting future for public seating, this modular system also endeavours to envision a more sustainable future for the planet. Its palette draws upon mostly recycled and renewable materials, including certified wood, recycled ocean plastic and low-carbon aluminum. The cradle-to-cradle life cycle of these components also informs the bench’s circular form. Moreover, by veering away from the staid linear designs that tend to define most waiting areas, the surprising shape strives to inspire more dynamic interactions between strangers
Finalist
Project
Adell
Designer
Jeannette Altherr of Lievore + Altherr Désile Park, Spain
Manufacturer
Arper, Italy
Summary
Shaped like a keepsake pebble acquired along a beach walk, Arper’s rounded lounge chair looks just as at home outdoors as in. A fully upholstered option makes for an ideal waiting room chair, while a version pairing a plastic shell with a removable cushion proves great for backyards. The versatile design’s regard for nature extends to its construction as well: Because it’s free of glue, the chair can be completely disassembled for disposal at the end of its life, making it easy to put the polypropylene of its shell — already composed of 80 per cent recycled materials — to additional use.
Finalist
Project
Essa
Designer
Pearson Lloyd, U.K.
Manufacturer
Teknion, Canada
Summary
Perfect for home office workers seeking ergonomic comfort that doesn’t compromise the domestic feel of their spaces, Essa — conceived as a return to the essence of task seating — favours refined simplicity over high-tech gadgetry. Its signature feature is its arched arms, which offer sturdy support in a fluid form that’s echoed in the gentle sweep of the chair’s backrest. All of these curves and contours work to ensure a high level of coziness across a wide variety of seating positions, accommodating natural shifts throughout the workday without the need for complex adjustments.
Finalist
Project
Soda Coffee Table
Designer
Yiannis Ghikas, Greece
Manufacturer
Miniforms, Italy
Summary
A splendid merging of modern artistic expression with Old World tradition, Soda by Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas was born of the desire to conjure the seemingly impossible: a large-scale and shapely coffee table made from a single volume of glass. When conceptualizing and researching his design for Italian furniture company Miniforms, Ghikas soon discovered why an all-glass table of this magnitude was in short supply — the technical know-how required to produce it is possessed by only a handful of renowned artisans on the island of Murano, whose workshops have been unmatched for centuries. For both Miniforms and Ghikas, turning to these experts was an opportunity to preserve an inherited skill and apply it in a contemporary way.
Finalist
Project
Lud’o
Designer
Patricia Urquiola, Italy
Manufacturer
Cappellini and Haworth Collection, U.S.
Summary
Slipcovers have gone couture. Taking a page from the fashion industry, removable padded “jackets” wrap around the recycled plastic shell of this haute lounge chair as a way to extend the seat’s lifespan as seasons change and tastes evolve. To match the generous selection of chic upholstery offerings — which include both leathers and textiles — the design is available with three versatile base options: wooden legs, wooden dowels and a playfully exaggerated metal cone (the latter two also swivel). Time to make some more room in the coat closet for Lud’o’s wardrobe.
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Project
Soda Coffee Table
Designer
Yiannis Ghikas, Greece
Manufacturer
Miniforms, Italy
Yiannis Ghikas: 2021 AZ Award Winner in Furniture
Presented By: Keilhauer

A splendid merging of modern artistic expression with Old World tradition, Soda by Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas was born of the desire to conjure the seemingly impossible: a large-scale and shapely coffee table made from a single volume of glass.

When conceptualizing and researching his design for Italian furniture company Miniforms, Ghikas soon discovered why an all-glass table of this magnitude was in short supply — the technical know-how required to produce it is possessed by only a handful of renowned artisans on the island of Murano, whose workshops have been unmatched for centuries. For both Miniforms and Ghikas, turning to these experts was an opportunity to preserve an inherited skill and apply it in a contemporary way. 

“The Soda Coffee Table honours craftsmanship and translates Murano’s heritage in a very effective language. It’s a simple shape that underlines the beautiful imperfections of the glass.”
Ini Archibong, AZ Awards 2021 Juror
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