Recycled glass tiles win Wallpaper * Design Awards
Studio Plastique’s glass tiles win the Best Domestic Design: Wallpaper * Design Awards 2022
Recycled glass tiles from Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni win the award for best home design in our Wallpaper * Design Awards 2022 – meet the winners and explore the shortlist
‘Forite’ tiles, by Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni
Having first explored the idea of recycling the silica found in kitchen appliances with their Common Sands 2018 project, Brussels designers Archibald Godts and Theresa Bastek, from Studio Plastique, have created an eye-catching collection of recycled glass tiles in collaboration with the main Norwegian studio Snøhetta and Italian ceramic tile manufacturer Fornace Brioni. Working together, they developed a process to recycle glass components from discarded ovens and microwaves. These architectural tiles, called “Forite” and available in two different sizes, each have a unique pattern, embracing “the variance and complexity already built into the recycled material”. Their near terrazzo quality includes both opaque and transparent elements, which means they can be used either as classic surface tiles or as room dividers. “The project creates new value for an abundant but untapped material group,” says Studio Plastique.
Main characteristics: a range of terrazzo type glass tiles made from recycled glass from ovens and microwaves
Materials: electronic waste glass
‘Reflect’ kitchen, by Jean Nouvel and Reform
The Reform kitchen, playful and practical, is the result of a collaboration between the Danish brand Reform and the French architect Jean Nouvel. Adding a touch of art deco inspiration to Reform’s sculptural minimalism, it features stainless steel elements and black or untreated metal kitchen fronts. A series of inconspicuous vertical ridges play on Nouvel’s ability to capture light, helping to create different colors and reflections. Grooves in metal are a shiny foil for stainless steel or Fenix dark laminate countertops, which become elegant and bright expanses. The kitchen comes to life with intricate details that were finalized through a long creative process, in part hampered by the pandemic. “The kitchen is minimalist, yet super expressionist – I think that’s what Jean Nouvel does so well,” says Jeppe Christensen, founder and CEO of Reform. “It inspires us to live a life of expression, without drowning everything else. “
Main characteristics: a dazzling kitchen that translates modern minimalism into a welcoming and functional space
Materials: stainless steel, anodized aluminum, Fenix laminate
‘Beosound Emerge’ loudspeaker, by Layer, for Bang & Olufsen
A compact yet surprisingly powerful loudspeaker, “Emerge” is designed to accommodate your everyday life and sit on a shelf, perhaps next to books or other items. It is available in two versions, a Black Anthracite model with pleated plastic, and a Gold Tone model with Kvadrat fabric and oak panels. “It was not designed to look like a book,” admits Benjamin Hubert de Layer, “although it was of course designed to be placed on a shelf. The tapered shape facilitates cooling. Beneath the sleek skin is a masterfully assembled set of components, including three small drivers, carefully packaged to handle heat and sound projections, and arranged to create a full 180-degree audio experience that enhances clarity no matter what. the environment.
Main characteristics: an elegant speaker system that disappears into the design of the house
Materials: precision-cut microblasted aluminum, Kvadrat fabric; oak panels
“Custom” refrigerator, by Samsung
Customizable home appliances are still scarce in kitchen design, but Seoul-based giant Samsung has made customization a key feature of its portfolio of high-end home appliances, of which the ‘bespoke’ refrigerator is without no doubt the star. The refrigerator is both a technically skillful household appliance and an aesthetically-oriented design, as customizable as a piece of furniture and utterly functional. Available in one or two door modules in different heights, it comes with folding shelves and optional wine racks inside, while its exterior panels can be finished in 14 different colors (including lavender, sky blue , beige, peach, navy, white and black), which you can mix and match, as well as four finishes. “This is a modular design that allows users to separate and combine products and replace door panels, effectively extending the life cycle of the device,” said Harry Choi, senior vice president of design at Samsung.
Main characteristics: a fridge-freezer system with modular units and a wide variety of colored front panels
Collection of CruxGG kitchen utensils, by Ghetto Gastro and Crux
This CruxGG collection of kitchen essentials was created by culinary collective Ghetto Gastro and Bronx-based cookware specialist Crux to celebrate their hometown. Its first edition in 2020 was a sold-out success and has now been updated and expanded to include eight products, including a rotary waffle maker, touchscreen and basket fryers, smokeless and searing grills, a grill- bread and toaster oven, as well as a programmable 14-cup coffee maker. Sleek designs are available in ‘Snow’ or ‘Smoke’ colourways, both featuring accents in signature CruxGG Red. Not only do they look great, but they also do good: five percent of the range’s proceeds go directly to a collective of nonprofits working to end food insecurity in poor communities. served from the Bronx.
Main characteristics: Affordable and chic cookware that celebrates the Bronx and gives back to its community
Materials: titanium coating, tempered glass, BPA free plastic