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The 2023 edition of the annual Monocle Design Awards, published in the May issue of the magazine, is here. It’s our recognition of the industry’s finest work, from leading architecture and smart urban planning to the best in furniture production and transport design – see Cake’s new, zippy electric motorcycle (pictured) for a taste of what we mean. Here, we celebrate the winners and highlight a few of our favourite projects.


Opinion / Nic Monisse

Eyes on the prizes

What makes good design? Our view has always been that it involves people and projects that improve quality of life. So it’s only natural that the Monocle Design Awards build on this approach, with prizes highlighting the ways in which enjoyable, beautiful and practical design can enhance our homes, offices and cities.

For the third edition of the awards, as in previous years, Monocle’s team of editors and correspondents have scoured the globe for people and projects setting benchmarks. There are 50 prizes, presented in no particular order, covering works from six continents and 25 countries; among the winners are a leafy office building in Vietnam, a sculptural play space in Turkey, a compact car from Japan and a heritage textile factory in Portugal.

While the complete list is provided below, you’ll find full profiles of every winner and project in Monocle’s May issue. It’s essential reading for anyone hoping to build a better world. Pick up an issue, out now on newsstands or online.

Nic Monisse is Monocle’s design editor. For more fresh insights delivered to your door, to Monocle now and you’ll never miss an issue.


WINNERS / Graphic design

Picture perfect

1. Best brand collaboration
Odakyu Railway saké by Agnavi, Japan
Food and drink start-up Agnavi has created the perfect partnership between packaging and its contents. Its Ichi-Go-Can brand sells limited-edition saké produced by makers around the Odakyu Railway lines, with cans designed to look like trains. We’re onboard.

 YRR

2. Leading wayfinding
Collingwood Yards nameplates and signage by The Company You Keep, Australia

3. Best in type
Road Research Society, Hong Kong

4. Leading editorial design
Studio Joost Grootens, The Netherlands


WINNERS / Architecture & landscape

Ground game

5. Most unifying project
Abrahamic Family House by Adjaye Associates, UAE
Few architectural projects could claim a goal as lofty as uniting the three major Abrahamic religions – but that is what Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye has achieved with the design of the newly opened Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi. The interfaith complex comprises a mosque, a synagogue and a church, set around a central welcome forum and verdant elevated garden. The effect when the three buildings are taken in at the same time is one of unity and visual harmony. It’s a higher power that we can all look up to.

6. Top temporary activation
Mané Market by Bloco Arquitetos, Brazil

7. Best business campus
Norrsken Kigali House by Mass, Rwanda

8. Best in timber
Küng Holzbau by Seiler Linhart Architects, Switzerland

9. Best for longevity
55 Rigaud housing complex by Bonhôte Zapata, Switzerland

10. Best ecological effort
Grand Junction Park and Plaza by David Rubin Land Collective, USA

11. Best in brick
Localworks, Uganda

12. Best at going green
Urban Farming Office by VTN Architects, Vietnam

13. Best play space
Tophane Park by Carve, Turkey

14. Best urban park
Khalifa Pocket Parks by SLA, UAE

15. Most verdant vistas
Leach Botanical Gardens by Land Morphology, USA


WINNERS / Interior architecture & design

Inside track

16. Best restaurant design
Brutus by Sandra Tarruella Interioristas, Spain
Sandra Tarruella has taken the bare bones of this brutalist structure and transformed them into features. The gridded ceiling becomes a clever magnifier of downlights, while warmth emanates from the smaller details. But what truly gives this restaurant a sense of warmth and movement is the open kitchen against the back wall, where the food spectacle comes alive atop a stone benchtop that appears almost like a stage.

17. Best showroom
V-Zug showroom in Paris, France

18. Best small gallery
Denis Goldberg House by Noero Architects, South Africa

19. Best renovation
Vasto Gallery by Mesura, Spain

20. Top restoration effort
Ipiranga Museum by H+F Arquitetos, Brazil

21. Best in the kitchen
Tinyküche, Switzerland

22. Best boutique
Asaru Studio, Singapore

23. Top retail fit-out
Toteme by Halleroed, USA


WINNERS / Transport & vehicle design

Moving on up

24. Best urban getaway
Delica Mini by Mitsubishi, Japan
Mitsubishi has partnered with camping outfitter Coleman on the Delica Mini, a miniaturised version of the Japanese car-maker’s famous off-road van. The new release features a roof rack, all-terrain tyres, bed kits and storage compartments. The perfect ride for escaping the urban jungle.

25. Best boat
Toy 36 Fly by Toymarine, Italy

26. Tidiest two-wheeler
Kalk & by Cake, Sweden


WINNERS / People & community

For the many

27. Best training programme
Goldfinger, UK
British furniture firm Goldfinger is going against the grain and carving a new niche by making high-end timber pieces and nurturing talent in its local community. The London-based firm has risen to prominence by building bespoke tables and chairs for world-renowned architects and high-end department stores such as Selfridges. But it’s the work that it does beyond the shop floor that we are celebrating here. It partners with schools and supports marginalised youths through various workshops and traineeships. Since 2013 it has helped 20 of its “graduates” successfully start their own creative businesses. Here’s hoping for more.

28. Best community connector
Mobile Makers, USA

29. Preferred production company
Shelter, Australia

30. Best re-edition
Phantom Hands, India

31. Best creative studio
Studio Atebo, Switzerland

32. Emerging designer
Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Nigeria

33. Architects of the year
Snøhetta, Norway

34. Designer of the year
Sabine Marcelis, the Netherlands


WINNERS / Furniture & textiles

Object lessons

35. Finest table
​​Largo by Barber Osgerby for Marsotto Edizioni, UK
Working with Italy’s Marsotto, London-based studio Barber Osgerby has designed a new series of marble tables named Largo. Shaped by skilful craftsmen at the Marsotto factory near Verona, the design explores geometric elements, with its triangular bases interlocked with rounded tops. Its sturdy, elegant form is perfect for a laid-back lunch under a tree or for dancing around at night.

36. Best for the terrace
Crate by Rietveld Originals X Hay, the Netherlands

37. Outstanding outdoor effort
Chop by Philippe Malouin for Hem, Sweden

38. Best side piece
CH004, Nesting Tables by Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark

39. Most iconic reimagining
Rubbish bin by Vipp, Denmark

40. Best in bedding
Bold by Magniberg, Sweden

41. Best production
Poltrona Frau’s Impact Less Leather, Italy

42. Finest for furry friends
Berberé pet bed by Opinion Ciatti, Italy

43. Best in textiles
​​Burel Factory, Portugal

44. Best in the bathroom
Roca Nu tap, Spain

45. Brightest light
Fragile lamp by Marset, Spain

46. Best design revival
Pira G2 shelving unit by String, Sweden


WINNERS / Product design

The thing itself

47. Sharpest shooter
Leica M6, Germany
Ditch your DSLR or smartphone because shooting on film is well and truly back, following German manufacturer Leica’s relaunch of its iconic M6 analogue film camera. Designed in the 1980s, it still feels contemporary, thanks to its compact size and quiet shutter, which made it a favourite of photographers such as monocle.com Davidson, William Klein and Nan Goldin.

48. Most practical tool
Replica 1897 Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox, Switzerland

49. Best way to wake up
AC02 alarm clock by Punkt, Switzerland

50. Best table setting
La Mère tableware collection by Serax, Belgium

For more on the Monocle Design Awards, pick up a copy of our May issue, available now on newsstands and at monocle.com.


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A rundown of the winners of the Monocle Design Awards 2023 London / Zürich / Toronto / Los Angeles / Hong Kong / Tokyo Thursday. 27/04/23 Design Awards special The Monocle Minute Monocle IN TOP FORM The 2023 edition of the annual Monocle Design Awards, published in the May issue of the magazine, is here. It’s our recognition of the industry’s finest work, from leading architecture and smart urban planning to the best in furniture production and transport design – see Cake’s new, zippy electric motorcycle (pictured) for a taste of what we mean. Here, we celebrate the winners and highlight a few of our favourite projects. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OPINION / NIC MONISSE EYES ON THE PRIZES What makes good design? Our view has always been that it involves people and projects that improve quality of life. So it’s only natural that the Monocle Design Awards build on this approach, with prizes highlighting the ways in which enjoyable, beautiful and practical design can enhance our homes, offices and cities. For the third edition of the awards, as in previous years, Monocle’s team of editors and correspondents have scoured the globe for people and projects setting benchmarks. There are 50 prizes, presented in no particular order, covering works from six continents and 25 countries; among the winners are a leafy office building in Vietnam, a sculptural play space in Turkey, a compact car from Japan and a heritage textile factory in Portugal. While the complete list is provided below, you’ll find full profiles of every winner and project in Monocle’s May issue. It’s essential reading for anyone hoping to build a better world. Pick up an issue, out now on newsstands or online. Nic Monisse is Monocle’s design editor. For more fresh insights delivered to your door, to Monocle now and you’ll never miss an issue. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / GRAPHIC DESIGN PICTURE PERFECT 1. Best brand collaboration Odakyu Railway saké by Agnavi, Japan Food and drink start-up Agnavi has created the perfect partnership between packaging and its contents. Its Ichi-Go-Can brand sells limited-edition saké produced by makers around the Odakyu Railway lines, with cans designed to look like trains. We’re onboard. YRR 2. Leading wayfinding Collingwood Yards nameplates and signage by The Company You Keep, Australia 3. Best in type Road Research Society, Hong Kong 4. Leading editorial design Studio Joost Grootens, The Netherlands ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / ARCHITECTURE & LANDSCAPE GROUND GAME 5. Most unifying project Abrahamic Family House by Adjaye Associates, UAE Few architectural projects could claim a goal as lofty as uniting the three major Abrahamic religions – but that is what Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye has achieved with the design of the newly opened Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi. The interfaith complex comprises a mosque, a synagogue and a church, set around a central welcome forum and verdant elevated garden. The effect when the three buildings are taken in at the same time is one of unity and visual harmony. It’s a higher power that we can all look up to. 6. Top temporary activation Mané Market by Bloco Arquitetos, Brazil 7. Best business campus Norrsken Kigali House by Mass, Rwanda 8. Best in timber Küng Holzbau by Seiler Linhart Architects, Switzerland 9. Best for longevity 55 Rigaud housing complex by Bonhôte Zapata, Switzerland 10. Best ecological effort Grand Junction Park and Plaza by David Rubin Land Collective, USA 11. Best in brick Localworks, Uganda 12. Best at going green Urban Farming Office by VTN Architects, Vietnam 13. Best play space Tophane Park by Carve, Turkey 14. Best urban park Khalifa Pocket Parks by SLA, UAE 15. Most verdant vistas Leach Botanical Gardens by Land Morphology, USA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN INSIDE TRACK 16. Best restaurant design Brutus by Sandra Tarruella Interioristas, Spain Sandra Tarruella has taken the bare bones of this brutalist structure and transformed them into features. The gridded ceiling becomes a clever magnifier of downlights, while warmth emanates from the smaller details. But what truly gives this restaurant a sense of warmth and movement is the open kitchen against the back wall, where the food spectacle comes alive atop a stone benchtop that appears almost like a stage. 17. Best showroom V-Zug showroom in Paris, France 18. Best small gallery Denis Goldberg House by Noero Architects, South Africa 19. Best renovation Vasto Gallery by Mesura, Spain 20. Top restoration effort Ipiranga Museum by H+F Arquitetos, Brazil 21. Best in the kitchen Tinyküche, Switzerland 22. Best boutique Asaru Studio, Singapore 23. Top retail fit-out Toteme by Halleroed, USA ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / TRANSPORT & VEHICLE DESIGN MOVING ON UP 24. Best urban getaway Delica Mini by Mitsubishi, Japan Mitsubishi has partnered with camping outfitter Coleman on the Delica Mini, a miniaturised version of the Japanese car-maker’s famous off-road van. The new release features a roof rack, all-terrain tyres, bed kits and storage compartments. The perfect ride for escaping the urban jungle. 25. Best boat Toy 36 Fly by Toymarine, Italy 26. Tidiest two-wheeler Kalk & by Cake, Sweden ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / PEOPLE & COMMUNITY FOR THE MANY 27. Best training programme Goldfinger, UK British furniture firm Goldfinger is going against the grain and carving a new niche by making high-end timber pieces and nurturing talent in its local community. The London-based firm has risen to prominence by building bespoke tables and chairs for world-renowned architects and high-end department stores such as Selfridges. But it’s the work that it does beyond the shop floor that we are celebrating here. It partners with schools and supports marginalised youths through various workshops and traineeships. Since 2013 it has helped 20 of its “graduates” successfully start their own creative businesses. Here’s hoping for more. 28. Best community connector Mobile Makers, USA 29. Preferred production company Shelter, Australia 30. Best re-edition Phantom Hands, India 31. Best creative studio Studio Atebo, Switzerland 32. Emerging designer Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Nigeria 33. Architects of the year Snøhetta, Norway 34. Designer of the year Sabine Marcelis, the Netherlands ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / FURNITURE & TEXTILES OBJECT LESSONS 35. Finest table Largo by Barber Osgerby for Marsotto Edizioni, UK Working with Italy’s Marsotto, London-based studio Barber Osgerby has designed a new series of marble tables named Largo. Shaped by skilful craftsmen at the Marsotto factory near Verona, the design explores geometric elements, with its triangular bases interlocked with rounded tops. Its sturdy, elegant form is perfect for a laid-back lunch under a tree or for dancing around at night. 36. Best for the terrace Crate by Rietveld Originals X Hay, the Netherlands 37. Outstanding outdoor effort Chop by Philippe Malouin for Hem, Sweden 38. Best side piece CH004, Nesting Tables by Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark 39. Most iconic reimagining Rubbish bin by Vipp, Denmark 40. Best in bedding Bold by Magniberg, Sweden 41. Best production Poltrona Frau’s Impact Less Leather, Italy 42. Finest for furry friends Berberé pet bed by Opinion Ciatti, Italy 43. Best in textiles Burel Factory, Portugal 44. Best in the bathroom Roca Nu tap, Spain 45. Brightest light Fragile lamp by Marset, Spain 46. Best design revival Pira G2 shelving unit by String, Sweden ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINNERS / PRODUCT DESIGN THE THING ITSELF 47. Sharpest shooter Leica M6, Germany Ditch your DSLR or smartphone because shooting on film is well and truly back, following German manufacturer Leica’s relaunch of its iconic M6 analogue film camera. Designed in the 1980s, it still feels contemporary, thanks to its compact size and quiet shutter, which made it a favourite of photographers such as monocle.com Davidson, William Klein and Nan Goldin. 48. Most practical tool Replica 1897 Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox, Switzerland 49. Best way to wake up AC02 alarm clock by Punkt, Switzerland 50. Best table setting La Mère tableware collection by Serax, Belgium For more on the Monocle Design Awards, pick up a copy of our May issue, available now on newsstands and at monocle.com. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWSLETTER / JOIN US WELCOME TO OUR WORLD Has this been forwarded to you by a friend? 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