Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary Is ‘Life-Enhancer of the Year’ in Wallpaper* Design Awards


Wallpaper* kicks off the new year with a look back at the people, places, pieces, and phenomena that have raised the magazine’s pulse over the last 12 months. A jury including architect Thom Mayne, designer Ron Gilad, and art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac weighed in to select the winners of the 2014 Wallpaper* Design Awards, which are revealed in the pages of the February 2014 issue (and below). Among the fresh picks is ShaoLan Hsueh‘s Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary. The book, slated for publication in March from Thames & Hudson, is part of a larger, Kickstarter-assisted initiative to help people learn to read Chinese easily by recognizing characters through simple illustrations–the book’s are by Noma Bar. Read on for the full list of winners.

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The subscriber cover of Wallpaper*‘s February issue, inspired by the film Her, was designed by Spike Jonze and Geoff McFetridge.

Wallpaper* Design Awards Judges’ Award Winners
Best city: Marseille, San Francisco (tie)
Designer of the year: Neri & Hu, Philippe Nigro (tie)
Best new public building: Centro Roberto Garza Sada for Art, Architecture, and Design, by Tadao Ando
Best new restaurant: Monsieur Bleu, Paris
Best new private house: Geneses House, by Isay Weinfeld
Best women’s fashion collection (A/W 2013): Céline, by Phoebe Philo
Best men’s fashion collection (A/W 2013): Prada, by Miuccia Prada
Life-enhancer of the year: Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary, by ShaoLan Hsueh with illustrations by Noma Bar
Best new grooming product: Perfume tools, by Jody Kocken
Best domestic design: ‘Terra.Cotto’ pots, by Stefania Vasquez, for Sambonet
Best new hotel: The Naka Phuket, Phuket