winners of the WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016 just revealed! winners of the WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016 just revealed!
jan 14, 2016

winners of the WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016 just revealed!

winners of the WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016 just revealed!




designboom partners with WALLPAPER* magazine to announce the winners of the 2016 WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS highly anticipated judges’ awards. each year an esteemed panel of creative high achievers are invited by WALLPAPER* to nominate international projects and design protagonists across 11 categories — from best domestic design to best new public building — that have made headlines in the creative industry over the past 12 months. 

wallpaper design awards 2016 designboom
industrial designers konstantin grcic and patricia urquiola, WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016 judges 
photo by gianluca fontana




this year the renowned WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS judges included industrial designers konstantin grcic and patricia urquiola, along with architect david adjaye, who together selected the cream of the crop — those works that celebrate the world’s most exciting and provocative architecture, products, creations and innovations — with top prize given to ronan and erwan bouroullec as ‘designers of the year’.

wallpaper design awards 2016 designboom
architect david adjaye, WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016 judge 
photo by stefan ruiz



konstantin grcic on awarding ronan and erwan bouroullec ‘designers of the year’: all of the contenders were great. but the bouroullec brothers have done such fantastic work over such a long period of time, they deserve it just a little bit more than the others. they’ve been going at it for 15 years, always at the top level. it’s incredible.’


it was very easy for me. they did a fantastic job this year,’ said patricia urquiola of the decision.


their designs not only refine, but enrich the everyday experience through an acute observation of it,’ concluded david adjaye.

wallpaper design awards 2016 designboom
‘serif’ TV by ronan and erwan bouroullec for samsung
winner of best domestic design, WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016




the judges also named the bouroullec’s ‘serif’ TV for samsung as the ‘best domestic design of the year’, while OMA’s fondazione prada in milan was given the title of ‘best new public building’, and ‘apple watch Hermès’ by apple and Hermès named ‘life enhancer of the year’. wallpaper design awards 2016 designboom  
‘fondazione prada’, milan by OMA / rem koolhaas
winner of best new public building, WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016



other winners of the WALLPAPER* judges’ awards 2016 are: juana la loca, bogotá – ‘best new restaurant’; aman, tokyo – ‘best new hotel’; lattice house, india by sameep padora & associates – ‘best new private house’; copenhagen – ‘best city’; misoka.ISM toothbrush by kosho ueshima – ‘best new grooming product’; ermenegildo zegna couture – ‘best men’s fashion collection (A/W 2015)’; and céline – ‘best women’s fashion collection (A/W 2015)’. more about the winners of the judges’ awards and WALLPAPER* editors’ selection can be found online at WALLPAPER*!

wallpaper design awards 2016 designboom
‘apple watch Hermès’ by apple and Hermès
winner of life enhancer of the year, WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2016



the february 2016 print issue of WALLPAPER* is out in newsstands today, and is dedicated to the magazine’s annual design awards.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news