Architect Amanda Levete on judging the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2017

From her north London home, architect Amanda Levete discusses Design Awards winners Lisbon, Jasper Morrison and more...

‘After London, Lisbon is my favourite city  in the world,’ says British architect Amanda Levete. She has played a big part in ensuring Lisbon is crowned this year’s Best City. In October, her Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opened on the banks of the Tagus river, an elegantly curvaceous 38,000 sq m addition to the city’s waterfront.

Look closely and there’s a bit of Lisbon in her living room, with subtle details such as a fireplace that appears like a slit along one wall. It’s a reference to the artist Lucio Fontana, but it’s hard not to see how its curvy form is echoed in her latest building.

‘Bankside’ seating range, by Designer of the Year winner Jasper Morrison, for B&B Italia

‘Bankside’ seating range, by Designer of the Year winner Jasper Morrison, for B&B Italia

(Image credit: Jasper Morrison)

For Designer of the Year, Levete selected Jasper Morrison. ‘His work is about celebrating the everyday, not grandiose gestures. Every move, every connection, is so thoughtful,’ she says. ‘Everything he designs functions beautifully… Jasper doesn’t know the meaning of “overdesign”.’

This year will see the realisation of one of Levete’s dream projects: a new entrance, courtyard and underground gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ‘I’ve dreamt of working on a major public and cultural project ever since I started as  an architect, and it doesn’t get much better than this,’ she says.

As originally featured in the February 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*215)

Amanda Levette

Levete in her home, with Jasper Morrison’s ‘Bankside’ sofa, left, and ‘Pon’ tables.

(Image credit: Tim Gutt)


See the shortlist and the winners of Design Awards 2017 in full here, including our extra-special Judges’ Awards

Emma O'Kelly is a freelance journalist and author based in London. Her books include Sauna: The Power of Deep Heat and she is currently working on a UK guide to wild saunas, due to be published in 2025.