Winners of the 2019 Best of Design Awards for Exhibition Design


Best of Design Award 2019 for the design of exhibitions: Calder: Non spatial
Site: Los Angeles

The design aimed to transform the Hauser & Wirth gallery to create a presence for the show. The removal of the strong classical framework of the existing south gallery established a neutral context. The addition of an illuminated cloud-like ceiling canvas compressed and unified the two lengths of the interior, establishing a shadowless volume that emphasized the lines, edges and negative spaces beyond Calder’s sculptures. . These interventions created a strong and identifiable language, which encouraged dynamic energy and quietly focused the viewer’s experience. The works offered the opportunity to capture moments of closeness, to discover their other world and to see the many relationships between them.

Honorable mentions:

Name of the project: VENTS
Designate: TEMPO | Catty Dan Zhang

Exhibition design: Honorable mention: VENTS (Toby Shearer)

Name of the project: Nature — Cooper Hewitt Triennial
Designate: Studio Joseph

Interior photo of hanging glass light bulbs
Exhibition design: Honorable mention: Nature—Cooper Hewitt Triennial (courtesy of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum)

Editor’s Choice

Name of the project: Common threads
Designate: ikd

Name of the project: Model projections
Designate: Agency — Agency

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