2019 Venice Design Awards

ECC Design Award: Barrisol lamp mod. 1954 by Piero Castiglioni

Piero Castiglioni started his career in the 1970s,  at a time when the first halogen light bulbs were being introduced on the European market, raising a lot of curiosity and interest around sizes and performances previously unheard of. An analysis of these new sources led to the development of the Scintilla lighting system; lighting projects, luminance calculations, custom production of lighting fixtures for art galleries, shops and living spaces were all done in-house at this time. The simultaneous approach to designing, producing fixures and installing them combined craftsmanship and research, experimentation and on-site testing, becoming a legacy and a defining characteristic of all future work. Commissions to design the lighting of important museums, historic city centers, new urban developments, monuments, parks and gardens have led to collaboration with other architects, to the development of new lighting systems and to their production and marketing by industrial manufacturers, all designed to meet specific lighting requirements and in the absence of suitable models on the market. This is perhaps why Piero Castiglioni likes to call himself an electrician rather than an architect.

2018 Venice Design Awards

2018 ECC Design Award: Ying Gao  

In 2018 the ECC Award for Design was awarded to Ying Gao (CAN).
Ying Gao is a Montreal-based fashion designer and professor, Ying Gao has achieved personal distinction through her numerous creative projects: six solo exhibitions in France, in Switzerland, in Canada and participation in seventy group exhibitions around the world.  Ying Gao questions our assumptions about clothing by combining urban design, architecture and media design. She explores the construction of the garment, taking her inspiration from the transformations of the social and urban environment.

2017 Venice Design Awards

2017 ECC Design Award: Oki Sato

In 2017 the ECC Award for Design was awarded to Oki Sato, Studio Nendo (JPN) for his contribution to the world of Design.
Oki Sato is a Japanese designer and architect. He is the head of the design office “Nendo". His wide range of works includes product design, interior design, architecture, graphic design and corporate branding.
Their bookcases have a central place in an architectural cabinet program consisting of several Collar ‘building blocks’. Cabinets with doors, drawers, small, bigger, to be placed on the floor or mounted to the wall. All with the possibility to be placed stand alone or as beautiful graphical compositions. With tranquil colors or with more outspoken combinations.

2016 Venice Design Awards

2016 ECC Design Award: Karim Rashid

In 2016, the ECC Award for Design was awarded to Karim Rashid (Canada/USA) for his personal contribution to the world of Design, and his Digital Nature installation at the ECC as part of VENICE DESIGN 2016.  Karim Rashid is an Egyptian-born and Canadian-raised industrial designer. His designs include luxury goods, furniture, lighting, surface design, brand identity and packaging. Digital Nature is designed to be a fantastic, ocular space. It captures the essence of multisensorial living in our digital age. Karim believes that patterns, symbols, signs, and textures should be a commentary about the 21st century. His desire is to see people live in the modus of our time, to participate in the contemporary world, and to release themselves from nostalgia, antiquated traditions, and meaningless kitsch. In other words, to be sensorially attuned in the moment that we are alive.