The Frame Moooi Award launches into its second year with the collaboration between Frame magazine and Dutch furniture group Moooi offering €25,000 in prize money to the 2013 winner. Last year's winner was Dutch designer Bertjan Pot (his winning design Stairway to Heaven pictured), with top 10 finalists including Australia's Facet Studio. The concept developed by Moooi and Frame aims to unite innovative interiors with equally inspiring furniture and lighting in response to both product designers who work on commission for manufacturers, and to architects and interior designers who make furniture and lamps that satisfy an architectural need, respond to a new function or address a specific problem.
Many of the high-profile design pieces we know are designed for a specific context–the Barcelona Chair, designed by Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona and the Ear Chair, an object that Jurgen Bey conceived in 2003 as a mini meeting room for Dutch insurance company Interpolis. These and other iconic products have experienced large-scale production across a wide range of interior projects. Many are so innovative that they have gathered a following, eventually inspiring other designers to come up with similar models. Both Moooi and Frame see the award as a very public way to strengthen this bond between interior architect and product designer.
The all-star juror, last year Philippe Starck and this year Jana Scholze, Curator of Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will determine the top 10 finalists who will then unite in Milan during the 2013 Salone del Mobile where the grand prize winner will be announced.
The award is open to Interior and product designers, architects and creatives worldwide for projects completed between 1 January 2011 and 1 September 2012. To apply go online here. Applications are due by 1 December 2012.