Fabio Fantolino, founder of the Turin studio of the same name, Francine Houben, founder of the Dutch firm Mecanoo, and Satoshi Kurosaki, founder of the Japanese Apollo Architects, are once again on the jury for the Archiproducts Design Awards 2023.
Fabio Fantolino, Francine Houben and Satoshi Kurosaki
Submissions are officially open for the eighth edition of the Archiproducts Awards, which celebrate design excellence worldwide.An international, multidisciplinary jury made up of 40 of the most influential names in global creativity will evaluate the entries.
Architect and designer Fabio Fantolino, on the ADA jury for the sixth year, founded a studio in Turin in 2001 and a second office in Milan in 2014.
His projects range from architecture to interior design, residential and commercial. He has recently moved into product design as designer or art director thanks to numerous collaborations with major brands. His strong and recognised customising approach informs his design not only of bespoke solutions for his own projects but also of objects that can potentially reach everyone.
His projects all have a strong identity, the result of his creative sensibility and extensive knowledge of international design. Over the years, the studio has balanced creative trends and techniques, fundamental ingredients of architecture, which he doses and mixes daily to achieve unique and emblematic results.
Fantolino’s work is carefully balanced between aesthetics, client needs and his personal interpretations and design skills. In this way, an idea becomes a singular work in which each element, be it material, light or furnishing, is studied and introduced as an accessory or as the main theme, reinforcing the project while always respecting the individuality and specificity of the key design goal and the balance and livability of the space.
Francine Houben, who has been reappointed to the jury for the fifth consecutive year, founded Mecanoo in Delft in 1984. She has led the studio to success in the Netherlands and abroad with a vision of a sustainable society, amassing a portfolio of wide-ranging work inspired by global challenges. Mecanoo combines the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture and interior design to produce unorthodox design solutions born of a strong sensitivity to context and a highly interdisciplinary design process.
Every project illustrates the four fundamental elements of Francine’s architectural vision:People, Place, Purpose and Poetry.
Francine Houben was Professor of the Aesthetics of Mobility at Delft University of Technologyand has taught at Harvard, Yale and Mendrisio. As curator of the First International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (2003), she brought the topic of the aesthetics of mobility to the forefront of international design consciousness. She is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and has received the International Honorary Fellow Award from the Architecture Institute of Taiwan, as well as a lifetime membership of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
In 2014, Francine was named Architect of the Year by Architects’ Journal. In November 2015, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands awarded her the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for her wide-ranging career. She received honorary doctorates from the University of Mons, Belgium (2017) and the University of Utrecht (2016) and the BNA Kubus Award for her work in 2018, the International Prix des Femmes Architectes in 2019, and the TU Delft Alumnus of the Year in 2020. In 2021, Mecanoo and Francine received the European Prize for Architecture.
Francine Houben, Copyright Roger Neve
Satoshi Kurosaki, on the jury of the Archiproducts Design Awards for the seventh consecutive year, founded APOLLO after a career in product development for a housebuilder and as chief engineer in an architecture firm.
APOLLO’s work ranges from the architectural design of villas, holiday homes and resorts to corporate product development and brand design. The firm has won international recognition including the Wallpaper Design Award for best new private home.
The call for entries for the 2023 edition of the Archiproducts Design Awards is officially open!
Each brand can nominate between 1 and 5 products, from furniture to lighting, from contract to building.
Those who also want to compete for the title of Winner Sustainability ADA 2023 must declare their candidacy and provide documentation demonstrating the use of sustainable materials and technologies.
The deadline for submissions is 8 September 2023.
In October, the long list of proposals for the final phase of the Award will be announced.Winners will be revealed in November.
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