The Modern World Awards takes its name from a long-standing section of Dwell magazine called In the Modern World, which highlights new products and ideas in the world of design. The awards were broken down into five categories: Work, Play, Eat, Live and Create.
It was a difficult task to trim down the list of finalists but, after a one-day affair of discussion and number-style ranking, the Dwell editorial staff was able to identify 25 worthy objects. Then, it was up to the whole Dwell staff—everyone who worked at the office—to decide the winners.
Without further adieu, here are the Modern World Award winners.
Work: 111 Navy Chair by Emeco with Coke.
Eat: FYRKAT Picnic Charcoal Grill by Bodum.
Live: Mangas Rug by Patricia Urquiola for Gan.
Create: Softwall by Molo Design.
Play: Bike Shelf by Chris Brigham for Knife & Saw.
We weren’t alone in loving the Bike Shelf. It also took home the People’s Choice Award.
The winners all received a beautiful cherry wood block produced by by House Industries. It was silkscreened with the Modern World logo created by Creative Director Kyle Blue and his team.
Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to everyone who voted and see you next year!
Carren Jao is an arts, architecture and design writer from Manila, Philippines now based in Los Angeles. She’s written for local and international publications like Bluprint, Contemporary Art Philippines, Angeleno and the Architect’s Newspaper. She relishes exploring new cities by walking its streets, taking public transportation and listening to its residents’ stories. Find out what else she’s up to at http://carrenjao.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @ccjao.