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AZURE, Canada’s leading contemporary design magazine, revealed the winners of its first annual AZ AWARDS, the international competition recognizing excellence in design and architecture.

“The AZ AWARDS shows the high calibre of Canadian design by pitting it against the best in the world,” said Nelda Rodger, editor-in-chief of AZURE. “This competition is the next step in AZURE’s mission to provide our readers with visionary and engaging coverage of the international contemporary design scene.” These awards are the first of their kind: the only international, multi-disciplinary design competition in Canada. Representing a global snapshot of the world of design, submissions were open to designers, architects and firms of all disciplines, as well as students in these fields. To be eligible, designs and concepts had to be realized by 2010.

An impressive 600 entries arriving from 25 countries to a shortlist of 52 finalists. From there, a selection of 14 winners, included Valcucine.

Here i s the complete list of the WINNERS (*Indicates both jury-selected and People’s Choice Winner)

Furniture Design: Ply Shelves, by Matter Design and CW Keller (USA)*

Furniture Systems Design: Invitrium Recyclable Kitchen, by Valcucine (Italy)*

Lighting Design: Softlight, by Molo (Canada) People’s Choice: Canopy, by United Visual Artists (UK)

Interior Product Design: SensoWash Stark, by Duravit (Germany)*

Residential Architecture: Linear House, by Patkau Architects (Canada) – People’s Choice: 60 Richmond East, by Teeple Architects (Canada)

Commercial and Institutional Architecture: Long Studio, by Saunders Arkitektur (Norway)*

Landscape Architecture: Ballast Point Park, by McGregor Coxall (Australia) – People’s Choice: Trinity College Quadrangle, by gh3 (Canada)

Temporary and Demonstration Architecture: NY-11-18-02-10, by Campaign (UK) – People’s Choice: Ontario Pavilion, by Hariri Pontarini Architects (Canada)

Residential Interiors: Surry Hills Warehouse, by Ian Moore Architects (Australia) – People’s Choice: Crosstown Loft, by Campos Leckie Studio (Canada)

Commercial and Institutional Interiors: Scandinave Les Bains, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada) – People’s Choice: DRU Cultural Factory, by M&R Interior Architecture (The Netherlands)

Unbuilt Concepts: Musée National des Beaux-Arts, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada) – People’s Choice: Openair, by Jet Architecture, CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group (Canada/China)

Other Unrealized Concepts: Metropolitan Vertical Amusement Park, by Ju-Hyun Kim (USA)*

Student Work: Temporary Mosque, by Alex Josephson, University of Waterloo (Canada) – People’s Choice: Visions of Settlement, by Katherine Kovalik, University of Waterloo (Canada)

For the Jury Award: Hydroelectric Lamp, by Hierve (UK) – People’s Choice: OMS Stage, by 5468796 Architecture (Canada)

The 2011 AZ AWARDS exhibition will be open to the public from June 18 – September 25 at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W) in Toronto, Canada.

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About 600 entries across 25 countries were submitted to Azure’s AZ AWARDS 2011, the magazine’s first annual international competition recognizing excellence in design.  Of these submissions, international experts – Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier Landscape Architects, Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, product designer Patty Johnson, Eero Koivisto of Claesson Koivisto Rune and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg – have chosen the finalists and winners.

We are proud to announce that Valcucine’s Invitrum Base System was chosen as finalist for the category Furniture Systems. Thanks for voting and supporting us!
Do you know Invitrum? Discover more about it…

What happens now?
On June 16 the winners selected by the jury and the public will be announced during a private ceremony and exhibition at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. All winners and finalists will be featured in Azure’s Awards Annual on newsstands in June. The AZ AWARDS private ceremony and exhibition opening will take place June 16 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The AZ AWARDS winners exhibition will be open to the public June 18 to September 25.

Since arriving in Hong Kong, we have been trying to promote the local design industry. To do that, on the 29th October we invited the top talents across design industry to join a cocktail party at Rimadesio Flagship Store at Happy Valley, our brand new flagship store in hong Kong, to preview the artworks of entrants of the “Dress Up Your Kitchen” competition organized in conjunction with Perspective magazine.

2010 AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Ceremony

Now we are delighted to announce we were the Title Sponsor of The 2010 AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Ceremony and Celebration Dinner, as the support of Hong Kong design industry is for us very important. The AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Ceremony was held on the 20th October 2010 at the Rotunda, Exchange Square; in this year’s edition it was The American Institute of Architects Hong Kong’s annual Design Award Program that recognizes excellence in architectural design of projects. The aim of the program was to increase awareness of outstanding architecture and to honor the AIA member architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment we all share. There were mainly two categories of Awards: Design Awards and Scholastic Awards. The Awards winners included Nelson Chen Architects Ltd., Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Arquitectonica, Ronald Lu & Partners, CL3 Architects Limited, Yuchang Chang AIA, AEDAS Ltd, Richards Basmajian, HOK International Asia Pacific Ltd, Integrated Design Associates Ltd.
We participated to both events by displaying a model of Artematica, our 100% recyclable kitchen programs, which perfectly matched with the design projects of members of AIA and guests, especially because we could share the same commitment and devotion to protect the environment.

In nature substances circulate, are transformed and, in the end, everything is reabsorbed and reutilised. We also have to learn how to reduce the quantity of rubbish we produce and favour the reutilisation and recycling of materials in every possible way, also because the resources we have are limited.
Valcucine has devised the simplest and most complete recyclability of its products by designing them so that the elements of which they are composed can be easily identified and separated when discarded. The plastic parts are marked so that they can be easily identified at the end of their life cycle. To promote recycling of its products, Valcucine is working on having them picked up in the future and on the total recovery of the materials of which they are composed. An example is the new base units that are made entirely of glass and aluminium: completely recyclable and with no toxic emissions.

We highlight here the International E-Waste Design Competition, made with the aim to explore solutions to this problem at the local level and beyond. Electronic Waste, or “E-Waste,” generated by computers, TVs, cameras, printers, and cell phones, is a growing global issue. The spirit of this competition is to prompt the industrialized world to dialogue about product designs for environmentally responsible green computing and entertainment. The goals of this competition are to learn about ways to re-use E-Waste for new and productive means, explore your own ideas for how to address E-Waste problems and contribute to the body of knowledge that advances the practice of environmentally responsible product design for current and future computing technology products. We invite you to create a broad range of design concepts and innovations for technology products that demonstrate fresh approaches and responsible solutions for green computing technologies. Engineering, design, sustainability, or business knowledge will be helpful but not required for success in this competition.

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