Italian visual artist Agostino Iacurci is the latest addition to the Archiproducts Design Award 2023 jury. He joins 40 influential figures from the world of creativity, including designer and urban planner Dominique Petit-Frèreand the South Tyrolean studio NOA.
Agostino Iacurci, NOA, Dominique Petit-Frère
Now that the submission period has closed, the jury has begun its deliberations to select the winners of the eighth edition of the Archiproducts Awards – a platform that promotes and honours the best in architecture and design.
Agostino Iacurci, born in 1986, studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
His practice encompasses various media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, murals and installations. Demonstrating a site-specific approach, Iacurci skilfully gathers diverse materials, transforming and manipulating them to create images and visions. In the process, he weaves together cultural history, personal memories, literary allusions and folk tales, offering a narrative that is both free and rich in association.
Iacurci has exhibited in solo and group shows including Dry Days, Tropical Nights, Torre Treves, Milan (2023); Alien Horti Picti, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin (2023); Of my abstract gardening, Ex Elettrofonica, Rome (2022); Hortus, IIC, Prague (2022); Termoli Prize LXII, MACTE, Termoli (2021); Tracing Vitruvio, Musei Civici, Pesaro (2019); Talent Prize 2019, Mattatoio, Rome (2019); Gypsoteca, M77 Gallery, Milan (2018); Trompe-l’oeil, Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City (2017); Urban Art Biennial, Völkinger Hütte, European Centre for Industrial Art and Culture (2017); Cross the streets, MACRO Museum, Rome (2017); 16th Cairo Prize, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan (2015).
Since 2009, he has been creating murals and monumental installations for public and private institutions, including The Garden of Alabu, Aalborg (2023); Cote-des-Neiges Mural project, mural, Montreal (2022); Ludwigs-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen (2021); Life is Beautiful, Las Vegas (2021); Principal Place, Londra (2020); Yakutsk Biennial, Yakutsk (2017); Distrito Tec University, Monterrey (2016); Govind Puri Metro Station, New Delhi (2016); Istituto Mario Penna, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2014); Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei (2012).
He has participated in such residency programmes as ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), New York (2020-2022) and Plop x Cob Residency, London (2021).
Iacurci has received The New York Prize, promoted by Mibac, MAE and the Italian Academy-Columbia University (2020), and the Award Cantica21, Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere (2021). He has worked with brands and international publishing houses such as Apple, Adidas, Hermès, Herman Miller, La Repubblica, Penguin Random House, Starbucks, and The New Yorker.
Ghanaian designer and urban planner Dominique Petit-Frère, born in 1993, explores inventive and hybrid forms of placemaking. As co-founder and director of the collaborative spatial design studio Limbo Accra, she is involved in architectural projects and art and urban installations in West African cities.
Petit-Frère’s portfolio spans architectural design, urban vision and product design, always considering the geopolitical and environmental ramifications of urban phenomena. Her practice encompasses a broad spectrum, linking the heritage of contemporary African architecture to youth development through social intervention.
Notable collaborations include projects with Virgil Abloh’s Freedom Skatepark in Accra, Ghana.
In 2021, she was part of the inaugural Black Design Visionaries programme, sponsored by Instagram Design, Meta and the Brooklyn Museum. In addition, she won the Monocle Design Awards 2022, presented by Monocle magazine.
NOA, photo Alez Filz
Founded in 2011 by Stefan Rier and Lukas Rungger, NOA is a collective of architects and interior designers that has become a leading force in hospitality architecture and design. With over a decade of experience, the studio has completed projects from the Alps to new developments underway in the Netherlands, Croatia, the United States and the Caribbean.
Known for its inquisitive and unconventional approach, NOA has diversified its portfolio by introducing innovative architectural typologies. Notable examples include the Ötzi Peak viewing platform on the Val Senales glacier, the Transsensorial Gateway sound installation for INTERNI Creative Connections 2021, and a competition proposal for the new European Library in Milan.
NOA’s work has gained international recognition in magazines and on digital platforms. Highlighted projects include the Messner House, where Stefan Rier was both client and designer, the alpine village of Zallinger, and the Hotel Hubertus, celebrated for its remarkable Hub of Huts wellness platform and cantilevered swimming pool.
The idea that a project is a path to knowledge and a medium for storytelling that can heighten the spatial experience is at the heart of NOA’s philosophy. The NOA team consists of over 30 creatives, with founders Stefan Rier and Lukas Rungger joined by three partners over the years: architects Andreas Profanter and Christian Rottensteiner and interior designer Barbara Runggatscher. Headquartered in Bolzano, NOA has expanded to Berlin (2018), Turin (2021) and Milan (2023).
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