Awards - Isola Design District

Lots of outstanding projects in the race, who is going to be the winner of Isola Design Awards?

Isola Design Awards

The first edition of the Isola Design Awards features 4 categories and 3 prizes per category, that will be assigned by the public, the sponsors, and an extremely varied jury, made up of 22 international members.

Isola’s curatorial team has already evaluated each project according to the categories criteria. Until July 16th it will be the turn of the public, the jury and the sponsors to cast their vote for their favourite projects!

The Awards Ceremony will be held on July 23rd at Teatro Fontana in Milan, with an exclusive invitation to nominees, jury members, sponsors, partners, and press. The event will be streamed on Isola TV.

The Categories

  • FURNITURE
    & PRODUCT DESIGN

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    This category is for projects about home furniture, furnishing accessories, tableware, lighting, bookshelves and storage systems, and any other furnishings that are unique for aesthetic, functionality, creativity, technique, or unconventional materials usage.

  • INNOVATION IN DESIGN

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    This category addresses projects of designers and brands that distinguished themselves for inventing or using innovative production techniques, applying technology in the design industry, or developing technological items for home furnishings.

  • SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
    & NEW MATERIALS

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    This category is for projects distinguishable by a sustainable production system, the material used, the development of biomaterials, or the reuse of waste from any industry. Projects can be functional furnishings or new materials.

  • SMART LIVING
    & MOBILITY DESIGN

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    In this category, participants that have developed design concepts for smart cities, homes, and services will be nominated. The category also includes sustainable mobility solutions, urban furniture, smart architectural systems, and life-changing products.

The Jury

The jury will evaluate all the projects selected for the first prize, which includes a free space to showcase the winners' work during Milan Design Week 2021 in one of the prominent locations of Isola Design District. The 22 international jury members have been chosen for their excellent knowledge of the design industry from many perspectives, combining their different backgrounds, skills, and age to ensure the best evaluation of the projects possible.

Tommaso Spinzi designs the trophy

Tommaso Spinzi, a collectible designer living and working in the Isola district in Milan, is the Ambassador of Isola Design Festival. He discovered the neighborhood in 2015 and witnessed its evolution into the beating heart of the Milanese design scene. His passion for motorcycles, cars and everything mechanical made him feel at home in Isola, dubbed the first “motoquartiere” in the world. In 2018 Tommaso decided to base his firm Spinzi in Isola.

About the trophy

Spinzi was in charge to design the trophy of Isola Design Awards, and it actually perfectly shows his philosophy, characterized by an artistic approach and strong cross-contamination with the automotive industry, while keeping a keen eye on the topics of low environmental impact and upcycling.

3D printed by Caracol AM

The trophies will be produced by Caracol AM, which overcomes the limits of traditional 3D printing offering customized advanced design-to-production solutions. They will be 3D printed using only biodegradable plastic material. The result will be unveiled to the public on May 21st.

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