The best talents in design by iF Design Awards 2022
A couple of weeks ago, the iF Design Awards ceremony took place, one of the most celebrated and highly regarded awards in the world. In fact, they are one of the oldest, truly independent design institutions. These awards are held in Germany since 1953.
Prizes that back global talent
Among their main values, the following stand out: 1. To identify, support and promote good design. 2. To raise public awareness about design and the role it plays in our lives. 3. To help companies to incorporate design into their long-term strategies. 4. To safeguard the role of professional designers and make this professional profile known. 5. To carry out social change through design and 6. To support young people with talent and create a public platform for young designers.
This year, the gala was held in the mythical and legendary Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin and it managed to bring together almost 1500 guests from 36 countries. The 73 top outstanding products and projects received special acknowledgements receiving iF’s top award, the iF Design Award 2022 Gold. There was an international jury made up of 132 independent experts who were responsible for carrying out this difficult selection, amidst so much talent.
The greatest iF DESIGN AWARD in history
In this edition, the jury has had to assess almost 11,000 candidacies from 57 countries. From the 29th to the 31st March 2022, the experts conferred at the Wilhelm Hallen in Berlin, to assign the iF Design Awards 2022 in the following disciplines: Product; Communication; User Experience (UX); User Interface (UI); and Professional Concepts.
73 candidacies received the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 Gold and a total of 1,973 participants received an award
Our own selection
Ha sido complicadísimo seleccionar estos 21 proyectos, que a nosotros nos han gustado especialmente.
CAKE Kalk AP by Cake 0 Emission (Sweden)
Kalk AP (Anti-Poaching) is an electric off-road motorcycle. It is based on the original CAKE Kalk platform, but modified by the CAKE product team in collaboration with bush rangers for anti-poaching purposes. Most bush bikes run on gasoline, and depending on the location this fuel is brought in by truck or by air. Although the motorcycle-based anti-poaching approach has proven highly successful, the roaring of combustion engines alerts poachers miles away, decreasing the chances of catching them. With CAKEs electric off-road motorcycles, rangers will have a much better chance of surprising and apprehending poachers.
NESTOUT outdoor battery series by ELECOM Co., Ltd. (Japan)
This product series provides mobile energy for camping and other outdoor pursuits. The waterproof, dust-proof, and shock-proof mobile battery can be used to charge various devices, as well as for light and heat with special attachments. The battery can also generate solar power. This new concept of an energy pack mimics the form of a fuel bottle, visually signposting the move from fossil to clean energy.
Ray-Ban Stories by Luxottica Group (Italy)
Ray-Ban Stories are the first generation of smart glasses that let you keep your eyes on the world around you while remaining connected to the virtual world. They allow the user to capture authentic moments hands-free from a unique point of view and share them with everyone. Moreover, you can listen to music/podcasts or call a friend, all while staying in the moment. The smart technology is fully embedded in the frame without compromising style or comfort for all-day wear.
Beosound Level by Bang & Olufsen (Denmark)
Consumer electronics tend to have too short a lifespan, but Beosound Level is made with longevity in mind through a design focus on enduring appeal and solid build. Beosound Level excels in every listening scenario and can be used in standing, hanging, and lying modes. The speaker design invites active engagement with its user. All interaction is joyful, even a normally tedious one like charging. The wall mount doubles as a charger that easily clicks to the speaker with magnetic plugs as you place it in its cradle.
LG OLED Objet Collection (65ART90) by LG Electronics (Korea)
This product was designed for people who are uncomfortable with the dominance of a large TV screen. When not in use as a TV screen, it plays music and displays information. The premium natural wool fabric panel developed in collaboration with Kvadrat, the modern full-metal frame, and the proportions of the screen appear to transform your home into an art gallery. The varying proportions created by the fabric covering reduce the TV’s presence and emphasize the beauty of the interior space.
The Freestyle by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Korea)
This is a compact smart projector that allows quick and easy content viewing anytime, anywhere. The Freestyle can project images into any flat surface. Angle adjustment or key button operations are possible while in use. and the rotating stand allows projection onto a ceiling, wall, table, or floor. Such flexible usage is made possible thanks to innovative functions such as Auto Focus and Auto Projection.
Magic Leap 2 by MagicLeap (EE.UU)
Magic Leap 2 is an Augmented Reality headset that enables direct interaction with 3D digital content in the physical world. This new form of computing unlocks enterprise applications across the healthcare, manufacturing, construction, engineering and education sectors. ML2s design strikes an optimal balance between powerful computing technology that doubles the field of view with a slim, light and comfortable form (50% less volume and 20% lighter than the ML1), which allows it to be worn for extended periods. This hardware architecture sets the standard for next-generation AR.
CS chair by ITOKI Corporation (Japan)
Nowadays most office areas where a variety of people gather and interact require flexibility of layout. However, the design of conventional folding chairs does not easily support spatial rearrangement. This chair transforms public spaces in offices into more casual zones by applying techniques from retail and hotel design. The CS chair has a dining chair-like appearance with an intuitive folding feature and minimal nesting pitch. This chair expands the potential uses of office spaces.
Cuppamoka by WACACO COMPANY LIMITED (Hong Kong)
No larger than a coffee mug, Cuppamoka is a compact and lightweight travel pour-over coffee maker system that was designed to save space in your bag. Easy to use, Cuppamoka assures you the goodness of freshly ground coffee wherever you are.
Karusuta Resin dishware series by CAINZ CORPORATION (Japan)
This design features resin dishware recycled from disposable PET plastic bottles. In terms of expression, texture, and color the dishware resembles ceramics. The curved surfaces support easy stacking and storage, while ensuring that water does not collect after washing. Finally, these versatile modern dishes are both dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
HUSSECHUCK by AMPLLA A.S. (Czech Republic)
This fire extinguisher is a new concept designed for the point of rescue. It re-imagines an essential fixture of every building as a thing of beauty, while enhancing its functionality. This design is attractive, durable, slim (to avoid blocking narrow passageways), easy to use thanks to voice control, highly visible, and comes with additional accessories such as an integrated face mask, heat shield, light, fire blanket, and first-aid kit.
LAVO – Hydrogen Energy Storage System by LAVO (Australia)
LAVO combines with rooftop solar panels to capture and store renewable green energy for use when you need it. The world?s first integrated hybrid hydrogen battery represents a crucial part of a sustainable, reliable, and renewable green energy solution for residential and commercial properties. The system utilizes patented LAVO Hydride to create the world?s first, safe, long-term capture, hydrogen battery. The system allows households and businesses to live off the grid, replace diesel generation and avoid power bills entirely.
Love Not War by Audo (Xiamen) Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
The designers thought long and hard about what users truly desire in an adult toy. They found that consumers want products that not only hit all the right erogenous spots but also have great quality and a sustainable approach to materials and manufacturing. Recyclable aluminum is the primary material. The range was cleverly designed with interchangeable heads so customers only need one set of electronics across the range. The packaging is all made from FSC-approved recycled cardboard.
YiBrick by YI DESIGN COMPANY LIMITED (China)
18 million tons of non-degradable ceramic waste are produced every year. Yi Design’s mission is to help solve this problem by using this waste to create eco-materials for the interior design and construction industries. This permeable brick is composed of more than 90% recycled ceramic. It has a wide variety of potential applications, including for pavements in cities prone to waterlogging and as a heat-absorbant material.
Jiangang Mountain Natural Mineral Water by Huazhou Ligang Town Jian Gang Ling (China)
The designer of this innovative water bottle was inspired by the Jiangang mountain range that borders Jiangxi and Hunan provinces in China. The bottle is cone-shaped with a wide bottom and a narrow top, which departs radically from the typical cylindrical design of water bottles. The unique shape is easy to identify and stands out on the shelf. In terms of logo design, the designer enlarged the font to stylize the strokes of the Chinese character, which means water that rushes from a mountain top.
Premium Olive Oil Dispenser by SOSO FACTORY, S.L. (Spain)
This gourmet olive oil dispenser is a compact, iconic product that playfully communicates the Soso brand and is designed to last. It uses ceramic materials sourced from local producers in Andalusia, Spain. The haptic and aesthetic purity evoke the refined culinary traditions of this region. An innovative stopper seals the bottle hermetically yet opens with a simple twist so that the aesthetics of the bottle are not interrupted. If it is turned fully, it can be removed for refilling. It incorporates a double anti-drip and oil return system.
Whale #2 by Silvercast Media, LLC. (EE.UU)
Whale #2 is public art that transforms the 1,400-square-meter billboard screen in New York’s Times Square into a 3-dimensional undulating ocean environment occupied by a whale freely riding the waves. It creates a hyperrealistic scene where an enormous whale rendered in water element swims and blends into the waves within a confined space. By presenting engrossing art to the public in the midst of involuntary exposure to a myriad of advertising and light pollution, the work suggests a moment of freedom from a sleepless city.
loose kyoto by loose kyoto (Japan)
The aim here was to create a design that is perfectly tailored to the place. The only materials used are wood, aluminum, and mortar, whose textures are retained with only minimal modification. The aluminum table, lighting fixtures, and door handles are all original designs. The existing wooden house was retained as much as possible. To create an ambiance conducive to casual conversation between patron and guest, the counter and bench face each other.
JJJ House by Chung Wen Weng & Sammi Lin (Taiwan)
Located in Tainan old town, JJJ HOUSE is a renovated home filled with tenderly applied details. This 4-story house on a 70 square-meter site is intended for a 3-generation family. The cross-shaped opening accompanied by a vertical skylight creates a bright, comfortable and homely space. Three J-shaped forms define the inner and outer spaces and give the house its name.
Hi Toilet by The Nippon Foundation (Japan)
Covid-19 taught us that we need to be more sensitive to personal hygiene than ever before. But what about public restrooms Hi Toilet is the world’s first contactless toilet, born in July 2021 out of Tokyo’s campaign to reimagine public restrooms. This is a voice-activated toilet experience that is 100% hands-free. This toilet is designed to be universally accessible, physically appealing, and interactive. The final design is the result of several phases of trial and error.
Taisho University Building#8 by Taisho University (Japan)
The training in Buddhist philosophy and practice in Japan has traditionally been associated with mountains. In this university, whose identity is closely tied to Buddhism, the architecture is intended to suggest the campus as a mountain training ground. The building is designed as a three-dimensional place for learning, reminiscent of a valley in a mountain forest, with areas of different nature, whether lively, secluded, or quiet. Within the limited space available on the Tokyo campus the designers successfully created a learning facility that offers maximum options in a single structure.
New design trend report- the iF Design Trend Report
This publication analyses the current trends in design and clearly illustrates its interaction with social trends. It is aimed at designers, internal design departments and product development teams around the world. It is available for download at www.ifdesign.com.
Which has been the one you liked the most or that has had the biggest impact on you?
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