Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Faces of Design 2011

The year began on a high note for Bryant Park Corporation's Director of Design, Ignacio Ciocchini, who was recently distinguished with a 2011 Faces of Design Award!

Based in Berlin, the Faces of Design Awards program has been helping connect designers with industry powerhouses since 2009. Rather than awarding a specific project or design, the program considers a designer's comprehensive body of work.

Ignacio's portfolio, which includes Bryant Park's litter receptacles and Holiday Shops kiosks, made it through two rounds of judging alongside hundreds of other entries before being honored as one of 25 award winners. Of the 25, he and only one other designer are based in the US.

Since Ignacio has won at least one award for his designs every year since 2000 (and a handful more before that), I asked him about the most exciting aspect of this particular win. In his words: "For designers based in the US, it is not easy to gain visibility in the European and global markets. This awards program accomplishes that and much more."

And it's true. The Faces of Design competition culminates in the publication of a beautifully designed book (would you expect anything less?), that showcases the 25 awardees and their work. Then, the book is distributed to a network of over 1,200 leaders at companies and firms like vitra, Ikea, the Richemont Group (including prestigious brands such as Montblanc, Cartier and ChloĆ©), prestigious designers’ studios, and the design press.

It's fun to imagine the day when we'll be able to point at something in Ikea and say "I saw it at Bryant Park first!"

You can learn more about the Faces of Design Academy and view the full winner's list here.

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