I. D. Best of Awards

Since 1954, the Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic, and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure. Throughout the years, this annual showcase has chronicled the evolution of design, and highlighted its impact on our material and visual culture. I’ve hand picked a few of the 2009 winners, highlighting their sleek design and keen sense of style.

The new 8.5 once aluminum bottle took home another  ‘Best of Packaging’ in the 2009 I.D. Design Awards. The sleek design, inspired by the traditional 12 oz glass, was dreamed up by Turner Duckworth. As did Johnson & Johnson’s new First Aid Kit, now a proprietary entry in the dictionary, woah. Designers at Harry Allen  took into consideration the practical nature of this kit, while simplicity and uncomplicated use was important, the new ‘grip and run’ shape reaches ‘mac design standards’. Another favorite must be this fabulous wooden chair, submitted by design student Shelly Shelly, sponsored by Bernhardt Design. I love that the wood grain is so rich in color (Walnut) and the texture goes in different directions. So sleek. At $1,957 I may have to cut out a few americanos a week to afford one : )

All of the I. D. Awards winners are on display at Material Connexion, 60 Madison Ave,  New York,  through August 21 ( Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm) Designers were honored in these categories: Consumer products, Graphic Design, Furniture, Packaging, Environments, Equipment, Concept, Interactive and Student Work. The print version of I.D. Magazine is available on stands now, retailing for $34, or check out a slideshow here.