Celebrating the 10th annual AZ Awards Gala Azure is excited to share what we have planned. Taking place on Friday, September 18 – in a year that has changed the ways in which we tackle all types of endeavours – the gala will be online. We believe our first-ever digital celebration will create more opportunities for our finalists’ work to be seen and shared. It also means we can invite a few famous friends along for the ride. There are lots of great highlights to look forward to – in both the cocktail pre-show and the gala reception.
Let’s start with the trophy. Every year, Azure asks a notable international designer to depict the letters A and Z in a novel way. We’ve seen Omer Arbel, Karim Rashid and Michael Anastassiades, to name a few, experiment with methods and materials to turn our logo into a bold, three-dimensional form. As befits this unprecedented year, AZ Awards juror Luca Nichetto decided to strike a less overt, more enigmatic note. His trophy, which will be delivered to the 20 winners announced next week, takes the shape of a subtly flared upside-down tumbler, one that measures 25 centimetres tall by nine centimetres in diameter at its base.
Made of blown Murano glass by storied glass manufacturer NasonMoretti, a frequent collaborator of Nichetto’s, each unique piece combines opaque orange and tinted glass and features the AZ Awards logo laser-etched on its sloped top. The trophy is a reflection of Nichetto’s philosophy and practice: Venetian glass is near and dear to his heart, and he has made it a hallmark of his studio to bring the renowned artisanship of his hometown to the rest of the world.
Our AZ Awards Gala All-Stars are also bridging the local and global – as well as the digital and analogue. Special appearances by design-world luminaries, joining us on-screen from their homes and offices around the world, will take place throughout the event. You’ll hear from Yabu Pushelberg, Martha Schwartz, Yves Béhar and many more former jurors and Guests of Honour of the AZ Awards – as well as both new and longtime friends of the magazine – providing inspiration and words of wisdom.
The official gala program fills you in on all of the essential details – it even includes the ingredients for Amaro Amore, the official cocktail of the AZ Awards 2020, and a promo code for new Azure magazine subscribers – and how you can actively participate. During the cocktail pre-show, we also encourage you to send us selfies in your best gala garb by tagging us on all the social platforms with #AZAwards20. This party is going to be lit!
The 10th annual AZ Awards Gala is around the corner! Check out what we have in store for you during #AZAwards20.