Scenes from the 2018 AZ Awards Gala

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AZ Awards Guest of Honour Winy Maas takes the stage.
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Winy Maas details the story of one of his projects covered by Azure
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(From right) Azure's Nelda Rodger, Urban Capital's David Wex, MVRDV's Winy Maas, and Netherlands Consul General Anne Le Guellec
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AZ Awards gala MC Laurie Brown kicks things off
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Cosentino's Suzy Margorian and George Brown School of Design's Luigi Ferrara, and Alpi's Pierluigi Corti
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Scavolini's Daniele Busca, Annie Mesenge, and Azure's Mahasti Eslahjou
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The party was lit
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Guest mingled among installations by Giannone Petricone Associates
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George Brown School of Design's Luigi Ferrara in conversation
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Eti Greenberg, urban planner Ken Greenberg and landscape architect Claude Cormier.
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Davidson Rafailidis's Stephanie Davidson, with her People's Choice pendant and jury award trophy for Big Space, Little Space
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Erin Williams and Julien Harcc from Rios Clementi Hale, 2018 AZ Awards winners of the Experiential Design category for their project, Row DTLA
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The team from Montreal's La Shed cheers on as their project is announced as a finalist
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TODO Festival's Michael Madjus and Anony's Christian Lo, celebrating Anony's People's Choice in lighting
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Frontier Studio's Raylene Knutson and Castor Design’s Nathan Watson
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The 2018 AZ Awards attendees join Azure's Nelda Rodger (front left) and Sergio Sgaramella (front right) for the live announcement of this year's winners
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TO DO's Deborah Wang (centre), flanked Lauren Abrahams and Adam Nicklin, by 2018 AZ Awards winners in the Concepts category for The Bentway
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Cosentino's activation saw artist Jessica Gorlicky painting Toronto's skyline on the company's Dekton Trilium surface
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Azure's Elizabeth Pagliacolo thanks all the AZ Awards partners and sponsors
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Canadian broadcaster Laurie Brown was the 2018 AZ Awards' master of ceremony
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Giannone Petricone Associates' Pina Petricone, centre
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2018 AZ Awards gala sponsor Stratus Vineyards displayed their bottle designed by Karim Rashid
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Azure's Sergio Sgaramella toasting Toronto furniture icon Klaus Nienkamper
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From the Netherlands Consulate of Toronto, Consul General Anne Le Guellec and Senior Economic Advisor Sabira Tejani
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Geoffrey Hahn and Will Pilkington of Pure+Freeform
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Beatrix and Klaus Nienkamper
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Centre, Nelson Byrd Woltz's Thomas Woltz and Plandform's Nina-Marie Lister
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Anony's Christian Lo (third from left) and David Ryan (second from right) with friends
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Left, 2018 AZ Awards juror Megan Torza, of DTAH
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Presenting partner Keilhauer's Edwin Ocampo (centre)
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Scavolini's Daniele Busca
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The gang from Toronto's RAW Design
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Sebastián López Cardozo of Artifizi
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The team from Idea Workshop
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Ben Klumper of MoDA and guest
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The team from 2018 AZ Awards gala sponsor Farrow & Ball
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Husband-wife team Kevin McIntosh and architect Heather Dubbeldam
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The team from 2018 AZ Awards sponsor Landscape Forms
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Gusto 54 Restaurant Group's Janet Zuccarini and Partisans' Alex Josephson
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Azure's Sergio Sgaramella with Keilhauer's Mike Keilhauer
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Winy Maas of MVRDV, the 2018 AZ Awards Guest of Honour
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The gang from Montreal's La SHED
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The team from 2018 AZ Awards presenting partner Cosentino
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Celebrating couples: Publisher Louise Dennys and social innovation pioneer Rick Young with architect Siamak Hariri and painter Sasha Rogers
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Mason Studio's Ashley Rumsey, left
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Castor Design's crew celebrating their AZ Awards for lighting
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2018 AZ Awards gala sponsor Alpi's Pierluigi Corti, presenting the People's Choice medallion for the Experiential Graphic Design category
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Montreal landscape architect Claude Cormier, picking up one of two People's Choice – for Montreal's 18 Shades of Gay and Toronto's Berczy Park
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Shir Katz, picking up the A+ Award from George Brown's Luigi Ferrara, for her and University of Stuttgart classmate Kyriaki Goti's Tangible Formations project
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Anne Vos accepting the AZ Award for furniture systems on behalf of Molten&C from Cosentino's Suzy Margolian
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On Friday, June 22, Azure announced the winners of the eighth annual AZ Awards, and celebrated all of the finalists in one fabulous night at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

An epic night in celebration of the best design and architecture from around the world, the AZ Awards gala welcomed some 500-plus guests on Friday, June 22. The revellers included winners and finalists in the 20 categories of the AZ Awards who flew in from Japan, Austria, Mexico and the U.S.

We were joined by our partners at Cosentino, Keilhauer, and Stone Tile and Laminam, as well as our sponsors at Flos, Landscape Forms, Urban Capital and George Brown School of Design. Our gala sponsors were Alpi, DXV, Farrow&Ball, Scavolini and Tas. These remarkable AZ Awards supporters created welcoming environments, immersive installations and interactive experiences, from Keilhauer’s cozy Untucked lounge and Landscape Forms’ Multiplicity bench by Yves Béhar to George Brown’s Subtwist multiplayer games for commuting. Cosentino featured a live painting performance by artist Jess Gorlicky, who depicted the Toronto skyline on a thin slab of Dekton Trilium. Farrow&Ball also made art: Anthony Ricciardi, aka Rich, applied the F&B logo over one of his canvases.

 

The party got underway in a dynamic space brought to life with a witty installation by Giannone Petricone Associates, who stacked shipping pallets and red bricks in tower-like configurations to evoke the bricks and mortar history of the site as well as the enduring materials of the architectural profession. Among our food and drink gala sponsors, Stratus served its crisp wines and showcased a Karim Rashid–designed wine bottle/decanter, and Forno Cultura offered up biscotti and soft-serve ice cream.

Then it came time for the gala presentation. The 2018 AZ Awards Guest of Honour, Dutch architect and MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas, took the stage to talk about the importance of the design media – Azure featured his Tianjin Binhai Library in March/April 2018 – and congratulated all those who entered the awards and the yet-to-be-named winners. And our MC, the legendary broadcaster Laurie Brown, unveiled both the jury winners and People’s Choice against the spectacular backdrop of Frontier Studio‘s visual presentation. Each jury winner took home a trophy designed by Michael Anastassiades and crafted in Carrara marble by Salvatori. With the celebratory dancing and mingling that continued until almost midnight, it was a night to remember. Azure congratulates all of the winners and finalists of our 2018 AZ Awards and thanks everyone who came out to the gala.

You can find the list of winners here. All the winners and finalists are featured in the Annual Awards Issue, on newsstands July 2 and available to order online here.

The 2018 AZ Awards was presented by CosentinoKeilhauer, Stone Tile and Laminam, and was sponsored by FlosLandscape FormsUrban Capital, and George Brown College School of Design. Gala sponsors were Alpi, DXVFarrow&BallScavolini, and Tas.

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A word from our sponsors