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OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION
- 1 March to 29 June 2003
can help to choose the winner of the £25,000 prize in the Design
Museum’s new Designer of the Year award by voting for one of four
shortlisted designers – Solange Azagury-Partridge; Tord Boontje;
Jonathan Ive of Apple and Rockstar Games – in an exhibition of their
work at the Design Museum running from 1 March to 29 June 2003.
of the Year is a major new national award launched by the Design Museum
which will be given to the UK designer or design team that made the biggest
contribution to design in 2002. The shortlist was chosen by a jury of:
fashion designer Sir Paul Smith; product designer Marc Newson; Paola Antonelli
of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and design historian Emily King,
chaired by Alice Rawsthorn, director of the Design Museum.
nominees were selected on the basis of work produced during 2002. Jewellery
designer Solange Azagury-Partridge was nominated for her signature range
and new collection for Boucheron, the 150 year-old Parisian jeweller.
Product designer Tord Boontje was chosen for the chandeliers he devised
for Swarovski. Jonathan Ive, vice president of industrial design at Apple
Computers, was shortlisted for the new iMac computer and iPod MP3 player.
Rockstar Games was selected as the designer and developer of Grand Theft
Auto: Vice City, the fastest-selling video game ever launched.
the nominees’ work for themselves in the Design Museum, visitors
can vote for their favourite as Designer of Year in the gallery. The public
can also vote on the Design Museum web site, regardless of whether they
have visited the exhibition. The outcome of the public vote will count
towards the final choice of Designer of the Year together with the votes
of the four jurors. The winner of the £25,000 Designer of the Year
prize will be announced at an evening event at the Design Museum on 2
of the Year award is sponsored by MFI.
more about the designers shortlisted Designer of the Year and vote for
the winner of the prize on the Designer of the Year website at www.designmuseum.org
information and images on Designer of the Year, contact Ruth Jindal on
020 7940 8765, Charlotte Laing on 020 7940 8787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR - THE NOMINEES
Originally a linguist, Solange Azagury-Partridge’s first attempt
at jewellery was in 1987 when she made her own engagement ring. So many
people admired it that in 1990 she opened her own business. Born in London
in 1961, Azagury-Partridge has no formal training as a jeweller and adopts
a lateral approach to stones and settings in the iconoclastic pieces she
makes for clients at her West London shop. Now creative director of Boucheron,
she unveiled her first collection for the 150 year-old Parisian jeweller
last summer. It is a spectacular combination of her ingenuity with Boucheron’s
design heritage, its magnificent gems and the skills of its artisans.
emerald ring, 2002.
Working on the cusp of design and craft, Tord Boontje uses advanced technologies
to create exquisite glassware, lighting and furniture. Born in Enschede
in the Netherlands in 1968, he studied industrial design at Eindhoven
and the Royal College of Art in London, where he now lives.
As well as limited editions, such as his Blossom chandelier for Swarovski
and floral patterned Wednesday Light, he develops mass-manufactured projects
for Dartington Crystal. Tord Boontje was nominated for Designer of the
Year because of the intelligence and ingenuity with which he imbues industrially-made
products with decorative, sometimes magical qualities.
aehrWednesday Light, 2002
Described by the New York Times as "perhaps the most influential
designer in the computer world", Jonathan Ive is vice president of
industrial design at Apple. Born in London in 1967, he studied art and
design at Newcastle Polytechnic before co-founding Tangerine, a London-based
product design consultancy. One of his clients was Apple, which hired
Ive in 1992. Working closely with Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs,
Ive has since developed such iconic products as the iMac, iBook, PowerBook
G4, the Cube and iPod MP3 player. The iMac not only sold 2m units in its
first year but transformed product design by bringing colour and light
to the drab world of computing.
fhbfApple iMac, 2002.
Founded in 1998, Rockstar Games has since become one of the world’s
most successful video games publishers. After launching the best-selling
Playstation2 game Grand Theft Auto 3 in 2001, the creative development
teams at Rockstar North in Edinburgh and Rockstar Games in New York designed
a sequel, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which has broken video games sales
records all over the world since its launch in November 2002. Set in the
early 1980s, Vice City is a visually seductive and dramatically compelling
game. “Grand Theft Auto 3 is a national obsession,” commented
Time magazine. “Its sequel borders on something more: art.”
Still from the Sony Playstation2 game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, 2002.