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Welcome to our annual Design Awards, a celebration the people, places and things that have rocked our world over the last year. First, meet our six-strong panel of creative high-achievers and the marvels that most tickled their fancies in our extra-special Judges’ Awards. The Breton brothers’ diverse output last year was elegant and modern. When Samsung asked the Bouroullecs to come up with a completely new concept for a TV, the electronics giant was making a well-informed bet that design-savvy consumers were looking for something different from ever-larger speed dating taipei screens.

Serif’, which looks like a rather old-fashioned free-standing TV, with its 1950s legs and rectangular format. Last May, Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli opened the doors to their long-awaited Fondazione Prada, designed by the Rotterdam-based architecture firm OMA. In the works for more than a decade, the art complex, located on a former industrial site in Milan, lives up to the hype that has swirled around it. This toothbrush may look fairly conventional, but it cleans your teeth without the need for toothpaste, thanks to nanoparticles coating the bristles, which are activated when they’re dipped in water. The original concept was developed by Yumeshokunin, and the sleek transparent design is the work of TIDS, The Industrial Design Studio. Ermenegildo Zegna’s Creative director Stefano Pilati envisaged a natural dreamscape populated by sleek eco-warriors who were ready to jump into the urban jungle.

In fact, there were more trees inside the show venue than there are in most Milan parks. Phoebe Philo’s winter collection for Céline, where dresses were left incomplete on the backside and skirts swooshed along in unfinished, asymmetrical layers. The clothing was painstakingly put together with eccentric touches such as fancy bell-sleeve cuffs or patch fronts on dresses, but the no-nonsense footwear allowed the models to whiz by at the speed of modern-day life. High style and tech smarts have never been more in sync than in this year’s surprise pairing: the Apple Watch Hermès.

The Danish capital is growing increasingly extrovert and adventurous. Christianshavn, Papirøen is a fertile enclave of creativity. Cradling one of Europe’s most distinguished design traditions has been a mixed blessing. The influence of the midcentury greats had previously eclipsed contemporary talent. Located on the third floor of a mixed-use complex, between two of the Colombian capital’s most buzzing districts, Zona T and Parque 93, Juana La Loca was designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld.

Located in the capital’s business district, occupying six floors of the newly built Otemachi Tower, Aman’s Tokyo property marked the brand’s entry into Japan and is also its sole city hotel. Resembling a stack of wooden boxes, Lattice House is located in a rapidly expanding suburb on the outskirts of the city of Jammu in north India. Associates, the structure features a permeable skin made up of timber lattice screens, which are used to create balconies and storage, as well as offering shade and privacy for its residents. This is a sophisticated solution to a technically challenging problem: combining multiple bath and shower control elements in one single panel.

The goal was to take the clutter out of the bathroom and reduce it to an intuitive object, streamlining all water-related operations. Axor One’ offers an all-in-one shower control. Serif’ TV, which in some ways looks like a rather old-fashioned freestanding TV, with its 1950s legs and rectangular format. What we love about it is the fact that the Bouroullecs really thought hard about how we use TVs these days, and also how they integrate into domestic spaces. Featuring a simple curved design in off-white plastic, this electric kettle and toaster are the latest products to become available in the UK and US from the prolific collaboration between Naoto Fukasawa and minimalist homeware brand Muji. The kettle resembles a porcelain pitcher and comes with a clever base in which the electrical lead can be neatly wound up, while the toaster has totally flat sides so it can sit next to a wall.

Italian silverware specialist San Lorenzo’s patented Pure Silver is not only bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal, but is also a champion heat conductor, so you can use it to cook quickly and at low temperatures, preserving the nutrients and antioxidants of many ingredients. In 1999, it launched the Cooking with Pure Silver collection, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. A previous Design Awards winner and a previous judge, this year Nendo staged a retrospective of a year’s worth of work during Salone del Mobile. The exhibition included Glas Italia pieces in a variety of colours, and whimsical doors for Japanese manufacturer Abe Kogyo.

This year the Bouroullecs’ work ranged from outdoor furniture for Kettal and Hay to porcelain tiles for Italian brand Mutina. However, two projects in particular caught our attention. For Artek, the duo designed Kaari, a collection of tables and shelves that introduced the company’s Scandinavian aesthetic to new forms. With a mix of vintage styling, contemporary sleekness and technology, the brothers are proving ever more versatile. Earlier this year, Lamb exhibited a collection of 41 chairs in a warehouse during the Milan furniture fair. The designs, dating from 2006 to 2015, were presented in a circle, and the mix of the raw, the sculptural and the sleek made clear Lamb’s creative reach. Bakker is a master of soft, delicate forms, carefully rendered in ceramic, wood or metal in a marvellous blend of sculpture and craftsmanship.

Swing’, a slender seat carved out of maple wood. This year’s output from Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby is perfectly poised between dramatic industrial design and human-centric craft. Pilot’ chair for Knoll, while a collection of tableware for Royal Doulton played on the contrast between matt exteriors and glazed interiors. Housed in a former sausage factory stripped bare to leave a framework of iron beams, Usine combines three gastronomic concepts over 2,000 sq m under one strikingly high roof. Stark concrete floors are juxtaposed with an eclectic mix of interior accents, such as oyster baskets from France, lighting from China and custom carpentry from Lithuania. Meanwhile, a spacious corridor connecting the various dining areas houses a photography gallery curated by Dennis Blomberg of local agency Noll Images.