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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!

AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Officina Sofa
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Stefan Novakovic
AZ Awards, Meridiana, Davide Groppi
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Meridiana
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The Arbour, George Brown College, Moriyama Teshima, Acton Ostry, Toronto
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: The Arbour
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Imago, Kanva, Montreal, AZ Awards
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Imago
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AZ Awards 2019 Winner: BRIGHT
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Michigan Loft, AZ Awards 2019, Vladimir Radutny Architects
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Michigan Loft
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Stefan Novakovic
AK/25 Faucet, AZ Awards
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: AK/25 Faucet
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Xorel Vue, Carnegie Fabrics, AZ Awards
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Xorel Vue
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Park Collection, Allsteel, AZ Awards 2019
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: Park
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520 West 28th, Zaha Hadid, AZ Awards
AZ Awards 2019 Winner: 520 West 28th
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Stefan Novakovic
Spotlight on Kitchens
Andrea and Matteo Serboli, Barcelona kitchen
A Royal Blue Kitchen Brightens Up a Barcelona Home
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Are Matte Finishes Spelling the End of Stainless Steel?
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Ktichen Studio Suiba
In Tokyo, a Rentable Cooking Space for the Sharing Generation
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4 Kitchen Systems that Marry Intuition with Versatility
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Jimi Yui
Lessons In Design From a Restaurant Industry Insider
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Spotlight on Kitchens
Andrea and Matteo Serboli, Barcelona kitchen

“It could not have been neutral,” says Andrea Serboli of the kitchen in his 75-square-metre apartment. “It would have made no sense.” Located in the Eixample neighbourhood of Barcelona in a 1914 building that once boasted prime Catalan art nouveau features, the apartment had seen some wear and tear by the time Serboli purchased it, with many of those historic details irreparably neglected. 

Andrea and Matteo Serboli, Barcelona kitchen
A curved arch in the millwork, a porthole window and the dark grey veining of Portobello marble add to the small kitchen’s cabinet-of-curiosities feel.

While the loss of the period elements was certainly lamentable, Serboli also saw it as an opportunity. Working with Matteo Colombo – with whom he co-founded Colombo and Serboli...

Vario 200 Series Cooktop by Gaggenau

A black anodized-aluminum finish has been added to Gaggenau‘s Vario 200 series of compact cooking systems. Like a kit of parts, the modular elements can be freely combined to suit individual needs, and include a 28-centimetre-wide gas cooktop (shown), electric grills, flex-induction cooktops, downdraft ventilation and a wok. These pieces can be flush- or surface-mounted.

Matte Collection by Café

Along with a rich, subtly textured matte black finish, this full suite of appliances from new brand Café offers complete customizability: The hardware can be easily swapped as style preferences change. Brushed stainless is standard-issue, while brushed copper, bronze and black...

Ktichen Studio Suiba

In high-density cities like Tokyo, London and Hong Kong, where the square footage of studio apartments is more akin to that of walk-in closets, the co-sharing lifestyle offers a clever solution for those living in small spaces.  

Just as a freelancer without room for a home office might lease a desk in a co-working space, home cooks and budding chefs are now renting well-appointed shared kitchens to throw family-style dinner parties or experiment with new recipes. 

In Tokyo, local firm Schemata Architects has designed Kitchen Studio Suiba, an 85-square-metre shared kitchen and two-storey dining room in the business district of Kyōbashi. 

Principal architect Jo Nagasaka considered how the steel volume, wedged between towering...

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Unit by Cesar

Defined by its slightly softened edges and rounded legs, Unit combines the functional aspects of the kitchen workspace with more versatile furniture. For instance, the freestanding island shown is paired with Platform, a circular table that mounts on the worktop’s corner. Designed by García Cumini, the system is available in a range of finishes, including new offerings such as the colourful Rosso Jaipur Fenix laminate pictured.

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Plate by Studio David Thulstrup for Reform

It’s appropriate that David Thulstrup based his kitchen design on the idea of a sandwich. He began with a structural core, which is clad on either side with aluminum plates of staggered heights. The space between the...

Jimi Yui

Jimi Yui, winner of a James Beard Award for restaurant design, has more than a little insight on what it takes to craft hard-working kitchens: In his more-than-30-year career, he has designed back-of-the-house spaces for such high-calibre chefs as Thomas Keller, April Bloomfield and Nobu Matsuhisa. Here, Yui offers some strategic advice to those considering professional kitchen design.