Submissions for the Archiproducts Design Awards 2023 are now closed, and the jury is already hard at work selecting the winners of the eighth edition of the awards, celebrating global design excellence.
Four Awards “historians” have confirmed their participation: collector Edoardo Monti, illustrator Emiliano Ponzi, architecture studio Quincoces – Dragò & Partners, and Massimo Roj, CEO of Progetto CMR.
Quincoces – Dragò & Partners, Massimo Roj, Emiliano Ponzi, Edoardo Monti
Born in Bergamo in 1991, Edoardo Monti is an art collector, curator and founder of Palazzo Monti, an artists’ residence and cultural centre in Brescia.
Monti is on the board of several institutions, including GAMeC Club and the Italian Art Trust. He is a member of the selection committee of the Collectible Design Fair in Brussels and is responsible for the VIP and digital strategy of ArtVerona.
Monti is also director of Belle Arti, a cultural association chaired by Massimo Minini.
Emiliano Ponzi, Ph. Emanuele Zamponi
Emiliano Ponzi is a Milan-based illustrator and writer who works in publishing, magazines, fashion and advertising.
His clients include: Apple, New York Times, New Yorker, Le Monde, Moma NY, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Martini, Hyundai, Pirelli, Tim, Barilla, Moleskine, Android, Einaudi, La Repubblica, Airbnb, Lavazza, Bulgari.
He has won numerous awards, including gold and silver medals of honour from the Society of Illustrators New York, the Young Guns Award and the coveted Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club of New York, the IDA Award, and the MGIP Award. Awards of Merit from American Illustration, Print, How International Design.
He has written and illustrated four books: “The Journey of the Penguin” (2015) for the anniversary of Penguin Books; “The Great New York Subway Map” (2017) for MoMa New York; “American West” (2018) chronicling a trip first published as a travelogue on the New Yorker’s Instagram account and, later as a collector’s book by Corraini; “Chronicle from the Red Zone” (2020), a daily diary of Italy’s early lockdown, published first as a column in the Washington Post and then as a limited edition book by Tapirulan.
He has lectured and taught in institutional and illustration-related venues such as MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, the Italian Cultural Institute in London, Madrid, Berlin, Pretoria, Triennale Design Museum (Milan), SIPicturebook (Seoul), WebMarketing Festival (Rimini, Italy), Visual Play Ground (Bucharest).
Solo and group exhibitions include Collezione Permanente della Farnesina (Rome), Open File, Shanghai (China), Triennale di Milano, Mambo (Museo d’Arte Moderna) in Bologna, Gamec (Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) in Bergamo, 7 gallery (The New York Times, New York), Italian Consulate in New York, Museum de Arte Moderna da Bahia (Brazil), NLB Galerija Avla, Ljubljana (SLOVENIA), Galerie Trieze-Dix (Paris), Mixed Melt Global (Seoul), SOI New York, Base Milano.
Quincoces – Dragò & Partners
Quincoces – Dragò & Partners is an architecture and design studio founded in 2008 by David Lopez Quincoces, who was joined in 2013 by Fanny Bauer Grung. Together, they run offices in Milan and Madrid and their design gallery, Six Gallery in Milan.
The philosophy underlying the Quincoces-Dragò aesthetic is to create a natural link between project and context, always the main source of inspiration for their restorations and new projects.
The studio aims to respect a space for its intrinsic qualities (with or without specific heritage value) and to increase the visitor’s awareness of it by manipulating light and natural materials to give it a timeless aesthetic. The overarching goal is to create harmonious environments that give users and visitors a sense of belonging without interfering with a place’s spatial sensations, namely its original genius loci.
Ambassador of Italian Design since 2017, Massimo Roj is the CEO of Progetto CMR, an integrated design company founded in 1994, specialising in urban planning, architecture, engineering and design. The group includes companies whose activities range from creating offices and sports facilities to digitalisation and BIM, with a turnover of over 22 million euros in 2021. Progetto CMR employs more than 200 professionals, including architects, civil and mechanical engineers, spatial planning experts, project managers, designers and environmental certification experts. Author of several publications on architecture and sustainability, Roj regularly participates in events and conferences on these topics in Italy and abroad.
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