The winners of the Regent Street RIBA Windows, sponsored by The Crown Estate, were announced at an awards ceremony held at the RIBA in London and are:
- Best Collaboration Award Winner – SMEG with Coffey Architects
- Best Collaboration Highly Commended – L’Occitane with Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects
- Publci Choice Award Winner – Jo Malone London with Thomas-McBrien Architects with Paper & Wood
The windows are still live on the street until the end of the month and the full pairings for 2018 are as follows:
7 For All Mankind – canalGRANDE
canalGRANDE was established in 2007 as an identity for a practice where the ethos and emphasis are placed on discovery.
Their installation is sensitive to light, the movement of people and the colour of their clothes. How each person chooses to dress tells a story and this installation turns each story into a unique lighting display to engage with the public on a personal level .
Camper – Freehaus
Established in 2012, Freehaus comprises a multi-disciplinary team of architects and designers who work ethically and sustainably to ensure that its projects resonate with its users and have a positive effect on environments.
The inspiration for the design is Camper’s origin story, which started when the founder’s grandfather travelled from London to Mallorca with the island’s first sewing machine. Drawing on Mallorca’s light, sky, vegetation, terrain and sea, the design combines natural and artificial materials to reference a core sample of the island and celebrate the uniqueness behind Camper’s spirit .
Jo Malone London – Thomas-McBrien Architects in collaboration with Paper & Wood
Thomas-McBrien Architects is an emerging practice whose projects range from temporary installations and residential projects to new larger scale developments.
In collaboration with Paper & Wood, they have designed and created a handmade paper window display in the theme of a secret garden. The project celebrates the quintessential British garden and offers a moment of escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, aiming to capture and heighten the immersive experience offered.
L’Occitane – Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects
Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects is an architecture and design practice based in Soho, London.
The Golden Hour ‘As the day draws to a close, the sky is set alight, embracing all the shades of gold. This is the golden hour.’ Inspired by the magical Golden Hour of Provence, the installation explores the sensorial relationship between light and smell. Over 2000 Fresnel and Plano-Convex lenses are
suspended in space to form a delicate veil that refracts and converges light whilst scent diffusers emit L’Occitane’s fragrance ‘Terre de Lumière’ to create an immersive and interactive experience.
Lululemon – KSR Architects
KSR is a highly reactive design-led practice based in Camden Town, London.
Their installation celebrates lululemon’s ‘Sweatlife’ Festival through movement, colour and the human form. Dynamic contoured layers combine to create a bright and active sculpture which transforms as you pass by.
SMEG – Coffey Architects
Coffey Architects have a reputation for highly crafted projects that surprise and delight, while creatively adding value.
Creating intrigue and delight through threshold and repetition, Coffey Architects has utilised the cast iron pan stand from Smeg’s newly launched Linea built-in collection to create an intricate patterned screen. The multiplication of this heavy and industrial component paradoxically creates a landscape that resembles a delicate weave, whilst showcasing Smeg’s rich heritage.
Uniqlo – Red Deer
Red Deer is a London based practice with a European soul and an international outlook.
This installation celebrates the process behind the fabrication of linen which is a key material used in UNIQLO’s SS collection. Each tube represents a different stage of the evolution from flax seed to fabric and clothing. Texture, surface, grain and quality highlight the tactility of each stage, whilst the colours, hues and tones are also praised.
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