Design 21 prizes awardedSeven young designers will be awarded the international DESIGN 21 prizes during a ceremony at Headquarters on November 14 (Segur Hall, 6.30 pm). UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Kazuhiko Yazaki, President of the Felissimo Group, will present the awards for the fifth edition of this international contest.
Launched in 1995 by UNESCO and the Felissimo Group (Japan) the contest encourages young amateur designers between 18 and 35 years of age to submit projects linked to daily life: the home, fashion, new technologies, tools and gadgets in the area of communication, work, domestic tasks, travel, and alimentation.
The theme “Love/Why?” was chosen for this year’s contest to stimulate thinking on the need to imagine new concepts adapted to today’s lifestyles, and based on understanding and harmony between people and peoples. This theme also illustrates the main objective of the DESIGN 21 project to favour human relationships through design.
The US$10,000 Grand Prize was awarded to Tamar Meshulam from Israel. The jury also awarded three first prizes of US$3,000 each to Kunio Osawa from Japan, Zhanar Turekulov from Kazakhstan, and Carla Tennenbaum from Brazil. Karen Olze & Gisa Wilkens from Germany and David Altit from Israel received, respectively, the Special Jury Prize and the Special Felissimo Prize, each worth $1,000.
A selection of 30 works by young designers who took part in the competition as well as 50 original creations by professional designers and artists on the theme “Love/why?” are on display at UNESCO’s Headquarters from November 2 to18, after being exhibited in Tokyo, Kobe and New York. Well-known designers involved in the project include: Tadao Ando, Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, the Campana Brothers, Geatano Pesce or Tom Dixon. Yoji Matsumura created the scenography for the exhibition.
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