October 6, 2022

David Adjaye Receives the Queen’s Highest Architecture Honor, Sheila Bridges Partners With Converse, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


Sir David Adjaye Receives HRH’s Highest Architecture Medal

The Royal Institute of British Architects will award Sir David Adjaye the 2021 Royal Gold Medal, an honor that RIBA notes is “personally approved” by the Queen, and awarded to an individual or group who has exerted a notable impact on the “advancement of architecture.” The Ghanaian-British architect—who was knighted in 2017—shared in a statement: “Architecture, for me, has always been about the creation of beauty to edify all peoples around the world equally and to contribute to the evolution of the craft. The social impact of this discipline has been and will continue to be the guiding force in the experimentation that informs my practice.” 

Winners of Cooper Hewitt’s 2020 National Design Awards Revealed

Yesterday, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the winners of its 2020 National Design Awards. Kickstarter won in the Design Visionary category, while Sponge Park took home the top honor for Climate Action. Studio One Eighty Nine was recognized as the Emerging Designer of note, while Snøhetta and OJB Landscape Architecture won in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, respectively. Other honorees included Scott Dadich, Design I/O, Telfar, and Catapult Design.

Bunny Mellon Landscape Design Prize Is Now Open for Submissions

The prize, awarded by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, “recognizes the excellence and creativity of a project from an emerging landscape or architectural design professional whose work is inspired by classical or traditional design, holistically considers the symbiosis between outdoor environments and physical structures, and interweaves garden and architectural elements within their design.” Judges include Bunny Williams and Dr. Gregory Long, president emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden. Open to entrants age 35 years or younger as of December 31, 2019, or who are “within the first seven years” of their design career, the award is accepting submissions through December 15.

Show Houses

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Seeks Designer Applicants for Palm Beach Edition

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House will officially be returning to Palm Beach. And as such, they are issuing an open call for designers to apply. “After a successful opening week in Dallas, we’re thrilled to set our sights on Palm Beach and provide a unique backdrop in South Florida to safely inspire us at a time we all need it most,” Jim Druckman, president of the board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and president and CEO of the New York Design Center, says to AD PRO. “The Palm Beach satellite has grown tremendously since its inception in 2017 and we look forward to again raising critical programming funds to support after-school programs for youth in New York and South Florida.”

New bedding by Lars Nilsson.

Photo: Courtesy of Hästens

Product Launches

Lars Nilsson Reveals New Collection With Hästens

“The response from my Iris Collection for Hästens has been a great success, so we felt it to be natural to do a follow-up and extend the line.” So fashion designer Lars Nilsson says to AD PRO of his latest collection for the luxury Swedish bedding brand. “The inspiration for these two new patterns comes from the various botanical and floral elements of the Iris flower,” he explains further of his color palette. “But this time, with more influence from two unique French Iris gardens: The Jardin des Plantes in Paris and Monet’s garden at Giverny. And of course,” Nilsson adds, “the many wonderful flower shops in Paris are a daily inspiration for me.”

Sheila Bridges Brings Her Harlem Toile to a Converse Collaboration

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