A decade of Design Awards: we look back through the years
The Wallpaper* Design Awards is now in its tenth year. For our debut awards issue in 2005, our first panel of judges named Herzog & de Meuron’s de Young Museum in San Francisco Best building site, so it seems only fitting that we returned to the city last week, taking over the new Airbnb HQ, to celebrate a decade of design honours (see more from the party on Wallpaper.com soon).
Each year, our ultimate edit of the hotly contested awards is chosen via a combination of discerning, informed and highly opinionated Wallpaper* staffers, our global network of editors, photographers, writers and contributors, and a panel of six carefully chosen, current and super-savvy international judges, each a leader in their respective fields who kindly gift us their time, insight and commitment.
This year’s judging panel includes Victoria Beckham, Michael Chow, Ron Gilad and Spike Jonze, and they join an illustrious list that we have been honoured to have on our judging panels over the years.
This includes major players from the worlds of fashion, design, photography, architecture, food, and popular culture; Richard Meier, Jil Sander, Peter Saville, Mario Testino, Donna Karan, Norman Foster, Ian Schrager, Ron Arad, André Balazs, Wong Kar-Wai, Donatella Versace, Pharrell Williams, Mario Bellini, Raf Simons, Marc Newson, Jean Nouvel, Kanye West, Pedro Almodovar, Ferran Adrià, Rick Owens and Julian Opie.
Our judges don’t just tick boxes and send us shortlists but offer astute and considered perspective on their choices and the wider design world. Here we present some award highlights from the past ten years - buildings, business jets, brave design mavericks, life enhancers and lunches - the stuff that has inspired us during the last decade. Plus we offer up a snapshot of the other key Design Awards ingredients, from the trophies to the parties.