The six winning studios of the 2021 Dezeen Awards have been revealed, with Neri & Hu named architecture studio of the year and Superflux named design studio of the year.
Helsinki firm Fyra took home the interior studio of the year award, while ODDO Architects was named emerging architecture studio of the year, WGNB was named emerging interior studio of the Year and Studio Raw Material was named Emerging Design Studio of the Year.
Studio categories celebrate overall excellence across a body of work produced by architecture, interior and design studios. Judges also take into account the work ethic and studio culture of the practice itself.
There were 273 entries for studio categories at this year’s Dezeen Awards. Of these, 32 were shortlisted by an international jury. After that, juries of masters of architecture, interiors and design came together virtually to ratify the winners.
You can read more about the master juries here.
The studio categories are the latest Dezeen Awards 2021 to be announced this week. The winners in the architecture categories were announced on Monday, the winning interior projects were announced on Tuesday and the winners in the design categories were announced on Wednesday. Yesterday we announced the sustainability winners and the new media category winners.
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Check out the winning studios on the Dezeen Awards website or read more below:
Architecture studio of the year:
Neri & Hu
Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office is an interdisciplinary architectural design firm based in Shanghai.
The firm has carried out work all over the world, with projects ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, installation, furniture, product design, branding. and graphic work.
The lead jury said, âNeri & Hu is a practice that has been constant in navigating their in-depth knowledge and precise skills in the design of city-wide furniture and interiors, shifting discipline, practice, craftsmanship and education of architecture and architects across East and West seamlessly. “
Emerging Architecture Studio of the Year:
Founded in 2016 by Mai Lan Chi Obtulovicova, Nguyen Duc Trung and Marek Obtulovic, ODDO Architects is a young architectural firm based in Vietnam and the Czech Republic.
The main objective of the studio is to create sustainable projects and to rekindle the connection between people and nature through architecture and town planning.
“This new practice shows a commitment to reinventing architectural design,” said the jury of the master of architecture. “The selection of materials and spaces they achieve in this first work shows a promise of values ââthat respond to the current challenges facing society, including how to stretch modest budgets while achieving excellence in design.”
Interior Design Studio of the Year:
Fyra is an interior design studio based in Helsinki, Finland.
The studio was founded in 2010 by Eva-Marie Eriksson, Hanna Neuvo, Niina Sihto and Tiina NÃ¤rkki. Specializing in workspaces and hospitality interiors, the studio has helped many companies rethink and redesign their work environment to meet their specific needs. This year, the studio also won the Retail Interior category at the 2021 Dezeen Awards for its Box by Posti online order collection center.
The main interior jury commented: âFyra demonstrates innovation and versatility. The studio has a new approach to interior design with a great appreciation and understanding of space, form, materials and colors.
Emerging Interior Design Studio of the Year:
WGNB is a Seoul-based space design studio, which was established in 2015.
Working through architecture, interior design, furniture and product design, the studio aims to blur the boundaries between multiple disciplines to create new interactive spatial experiences.
âWGNB has an interesting and different take on retail design in this evolving climate of online retailing and the need to make physical space a bigger experience,â the lead jury said interiors.
Creative Studio of the Year:
Superflux is made up of a team of multidisciplinary designers, researchers and creators who work together to create installations and experiences that inspire us to engage and understand the rapidly changing world around us.
Founded by Anab Jain and Jon Arden in 2009, Superflux has carried out projects including an immersive forest installation for the Vienna Bienalle pour le changer in 2021, a film on potential technological futures and a dinner gathering several species around the same table. .
After a year of such overwhelming changes, it is clear that we humans must face our neglect of the planet and nurture this inherent connection between ourselves and our environment. Superflux is a studio pioneering change in this field and, for this reason, was named Design Studio of the Year at the 2021 Dezeen Awards.
“This studio has led the way with its social and sustainable projects,” said Jane Withers, judge of the 2021 Dezeen Awards, who was part of the jury of design masters this year. “He works with both large companies and small studios. He has a great social conscience and is committed to change.”
Emerging Design Studio of the Year:
Workshop raw material
Studio Raw Material is a collaboration between Dushyant Bansal and Priyanka Sharma, graduates of the Royal College of Art.
Founded in 2016, the studio is based in the desert plains of western India, a region rich in minerals and materials such as salt, marble and clay. Much of the studio’s work uses scraps of marble in conjunction with techniques focused on balance and gravity to produce pieces devoid of adhesives.
The interest underlying Bansal and Sharma’s practice is to explore materiality in relation to history, culture and geography. The design master’s jury wanted to reward Studio Raw Material because of its “sophisticated response to a very different geographic and cultural context”.