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Azure's July/August 2019 Issue cover
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July/August 2019

From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

2018 AZ Awards of Merit: Furniture

 

Product: Q! Designer and Manufaturer: Springboard Working Surfaces, USA

While the move to a paperless office has its advantages, the need to jot notes on a whiteboard or explain ideas with a quick sketch isn’t going anywhere. Q! is a whiteboard for the smart office: Double-sided and highly mobile, its partition-like form can serve as a semi-permanent space divider or as the focal point for an impromptu meeting. Its genius is in the details: The sleek and stackable powder-coated stand doubles as marker storage, while the eight-millimetre-slim writing surface is customizable in 12 shades of high-gloss safety glass. Sandwiched around a steel core, the glass holds papers in place wth the help of magnets.

 

Cila

Product: Cila Designer: Lievore Altherr, Spain Manufacturer: Arper, Italy

Cila is a born performer. The contract-ready chair is highly adaptable: Five base options include everything from wooden legs to steel sled runners and aluminum swivels, while the durable plastic seat and back can be customized in one of five colourways or upholstered in a wide range of matching or contrasting fabrics. But it’s the seat back that really sets Cila apart. The distinctive curve, configured to look striking from all angles, was inspired by the image of layers of clothing enveloping the human form.

 

Mantis
Product: Mantis Designer: Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Canada Manufacturer: Two Degrees North, Canada

Mantis is a family of tables that wears its intellect on its sleeve. In tackling the assembly, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe set an additional challenge for themselves: Could a singular approach to stabilizing the tables’ legs be adapted to tops of different sizes and dimensions? The pair realized that, by 3D-printing custom components from stainless steel, they could join metal struts at any angle of their choosing and thereby float circular, rectangular or elliptical surfaces of solid walnut high above sculpted wooden legs. This process leaves the architectural supports in full view and creates a striking look.

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