The Monocle Design Awards 2021

 

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We have launched our inaugural Design Awards, a formal recognition and celebration of the world’s best designers and new works of design. Having spent the past 14 years profiling the globe’s most interesting architects, urban planners, graphic designers, creative consultants and furniture-makers, we felt that it was time to recognise this talent more formally. There are 50 individual awards including ‘best in field’ categories selected by our editors and network of design correspondents. 

The Monocle Design Awards have been published in our May edition, on newsstands now. Pick up a copy to read more about the furniture, graphics, parks, people, shops, homes and schools that are best in class.

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Monocle’s focus has always been on telling stories about improving quality of life and creating more livable cities – here are the designs that will make your life much better.

1.

best temporary architecture

The Braunstein Taphouse

Denmark

2.

best compact camera kit

D-Lux 7 Street Kit

Germany

3.

best brand refresh

Yamato Holdings

Japan

4.

most fun design

Beams x Ziploc Umbrella

Japan

5.

Design CEO of the Year

Knud Erik Hansen

Denmark

6.

best proposed design

‘Rational Simplicity’

USA

7.

best mascot revival

Oriental Brewery

South Korea

8.

smartest residential building

14 Accommodations

France

9.

best use of materials

Hildebrand

Switzerland

10.

best rural architecture

The Wachthuus

Switzerland

11.

best public furniture

Hamntorget

Sweden

12.

best new talent

Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg

Sweden

13.

best reissue

Round D.154.5 chair

Italy

14.

best packaging

Convenience Wear

Japan

15.

most innovative building company

Timbeco

Estonia

16.

best urban revitalisation

Chaarani Stairs

Lebanon

17.

best material

Spinnova

Finland

18.

best urban intervention

The Underline

Miami

19.

best social effort

Lafarge Holcim

France & Switzerland

20.

architect of the year

David Chipperfield

UK & Germany

21.

innovation in print award

Kohkoku Magazine

Japan

22.

best collaboration

Lafuma Mobilier x Bleu de Chauffe

France

23.

best visual merchandising

Studio Astolfi

Portugal

24.

best social architect

Fernanda Canales

Mexico

25.

most accessible design

LED Wall Lamp

Sweden

26.

best accessory

Hyper Clarity binoculars

Japan

27.

cosiest apartment

Cassandra Bradfield

Denmark

28.

best in craft

The town of Kasama

Japan

29.

best design concept

Casa Mutina

Italy

30.

most enduring design

Braun T2

Germany

31.

best food packaging

Limón

Norway

32.

best design outpost

Cigale & Fourmi

Finland

33.

best new bike

Hermès Ash Wood Bike

France

34.

top property developer

Milieu Property

Australia

35.

best cover design

SZ-Magazin

Germany

36.

best gardening shop

Kinetic Farm

Indonesia

37.

best design for children

‘World Travel with Moka’

South Korea

38.

best education building

Melopee school

Belgium

39.

smartest home solution

Gira switches

Germany

40.

most creative agency

Studio Blanco

Italy

41.

best office design

The Bureau

France

42.

designer of the year

Jenni Roininen

Finland

43.

best for the bar

Tank Stool

Germany

44.

most sustainable design

Tip Ton RE

Switzerland

45.

retail design of the year

The Hyundai Seoul

South Korea

46.

best for vintage

Coroto Berlin

Germany

47.

best monograph

Ando’s Hands 1976–2020

Japan

48.

best brand activation

Truffer showroom and office

Switzerland

49.

best retail concept

Powwowwow Community Mall

Thailand

50.

best restaurant design

Masu

Vietnam

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