Australian studio Edition Office was named best emerging architecture studio, while Linehouse from China won best emerging interiors studio and Takt Project from Japan scooped best emerging design studio.
They made their selections based on evidence of strong vision and achievement, business success, client satisfaction and positive impact.
The jury, which consisted of Sou Fujimoto, Lyndon Neri, Kunlé Adeyemi, Sonali Rastogi and Jing Liu, championed Edition Office’s “persistent pursuit of clarity in all projects”.
“There’s a dichotomy between remaining rigorous and at the same time being experimental,” the judges explained.
“The studio is interested in context and locality, testing different design methods to create unusual atmospheres,” explained the judges.
Judges praised the Japanese design studio, which is led by Satoshi Yoshiizumi, for its “aesthetically and conceptually driven work”.
“Takt Project turns the counter intuitive upside down and make it feel intuitive,” they said. “It deconstructs typologies and makes us rethink them in ways that almost seem magical whilst remaining legible and honest.”
“The studio is producing work that excites us,” the jury explained. “It is inspiring and makes us feel curious about what design can do.”
The design master jury commented on the high quality of entrants in the emerging designer category.
“We had a hard time choosing a winner for this category,” they said. “This was the most inspiring part of the day and all of the shortlisted designers give us hope for the future.”
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