The 2014 Design Awards party in San Francisco

The 2014 Design Awards party in San Francisco

For ten years we have cast our nets far and wide in our quest to uncover all that is excellent for our annual Design Awards. To wrap up the first decade in suitable style last month, we jetted over to San Francisco - the worthy joint winner of this year’s Best City award - to throw a party inside Design Awards partner Airbnb’s brand new headquarters.

A mariachi band serenaded guests - including the likes of Yves Béhar, the Haas brothers, Neri & Hu, Ambra Medda, and Johanna Grawunder – as they arrived en masse at the landmark 888 Brannan. Stepping through the doors, they were met by our gleaming Nendo-designed trophies, displayed on plinths, while pages from the Design Awards issued lined the walls.

Revellers then made their way into the building’s striking atrium, which was lit up in the prismatic colours of the cover of our February issue. Art director, illustrator and filmmaker Christian Borstlap’s eye-popping video of our Judges’ Awards was projected overhead, while shapes a-plenty were thrown on the dance floor below to beats provided by musician Adam Bainbridge of Kindness.

Bubbles flowed freely throughout the night thanks to Veuve Clicquot, while top local mixologist Rye on the Road offered up Caorunn Gin cocktails – including San Franciscos, of course. Guests enjoyed Asian-inspired nibbles with a twist, including steamed Berkshire pork buns and crispy panko-crumbed corn croquettes – a nod to our Best Bar Snacks victors. Our waiters, meanwhile, were clad head-to-toe in Levi’s, winner of our Best Denim gong.

Not all good things must come to an end, however. Guests took home a bespoke tote bag containing a Wallpaper* City Guide to San Francisco, a miniature bottle of Caorunn Gin, chocolate from Pump Street Bakery (our Best Chocolate winner), a Levi’s gift card, as well as a specially designed ‘Best of 10 Years’ commemorative supplement. Here’s to another 10 years...

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