Kindle Packaging, Meyerhoffer Surfboard Among I.D. Annual Design Review Winners

meyerhoffer.jpgDearly departed I.D. magazine lives on in the I.D. Annual Design Review, which since 1954 has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic, and environment design. This year’s winners range from Thomas Meyerhoffer‘s performance-enhancing surfboard (pictured) and the “unmistakably Swiss” first-class seats designed by Priestmangoode for Swiss International Air Lines to Lab 126’s no-nonsense packaging for the Amazon Kindle DX and the color-based approach to nutritional information dreamed up by IDEO and Hakuhodo.

The winning entries in all ten categories are featured on the retooled I.D. Annual Design Review website and at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City, where they’re on exhibit through September 10. In addition to the all-designer jury‘s impressive selection of best of category, design distinction, and honorable mention recipients, this year’s Design Review introduces the Rado Young Talent Design Award, which grants a $10,000 prize to one student whose work was distinguished by the innovative use of technology and materials. The winner is a Zaha Hadid-flavored room divider called “Phenomena” designed by recent Cranbrook grad Sang Hoon Kim of KEAME Studio. Created (somehow) from 92 pieces of wood, the divider’s eye-boggling curves succeeded in inducing a double-take from Rado president and CEO Roland Streule, who was struck by its “creative, visionary shape which brings dynamism into a room.”