COLANGELO WINS IDA: Fashion designer Gabriele Colangelo is the winner of this year’s International Design Award for Fashion.
Started in 2007, the IDA was created to “uncover emerging talent” in architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion design. The group’s editorial-heavy jury consists of a wide range of design-minded professionals. Objekt International editor in chief Hans Fonk, Trends & Living editor in chief Lise Coirier, Taxi founder, publisher and editor in chief Alex Goh and architect David Hertz are panelists who chimed in to help select the winners.
Colangelo started his career at Versace and Roberto Cavalli, and introduced his own label in 2008 in Milan. A stickler about high-quality fabrics and textiles, Colangelo is also known for sophisticated constructions and elegant color combinations. From two generations of furriers, he signed up his father Sergio to help see his fall collection through.
On another front, Colangelo has been creative director of the Giada collection since January 2015. Started by Rosanna Daolio in 2001, the label is well-established in stores in China and will soon be expanding in Europe and the U.S.
Other IDA honorees include the Japanese firm Curiosity for Interior Design for Fendi’s flagship in Rome. The store features such unexpected accents as a red marble staircase, a contemporary take on Italian Renaissance-inspired design and the use of materials like the silver leaves on mirrors on the ceiling. Curiosity’s Gwenael Nicolas led the project. The design firm described the thinking behind the layout as “to create an intimate relationship between the Roman origins of Fendi and the modernity of the brand. The contrast of traditional materials like antique marble is reinterpreted into contemporary patterns.”
IDA’s Graphic Design of the Year award went to Mert Kizilay for his Frank Riggio – TTTT music video. He is a Los Angeles-based artist, designer and director
Arup Associates has won the Architectural Design award for the Singapore National Stadium, a 55,000-seat facility which has a movable roof and retractable seating to change depending on the events being staged. And Volvo will receive the Product Design award for its XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the world’s first plug-in hybrid, seven-seat SUV.