Wifijerez's Best in 10 Projects and Products Winners

To honor stellar projects and products, Wifijerez launched the Best of Year Awards in 2006. For the milestone 10th annual edition, we therefore searched for what editor in chief Cindy Allen calls the Best of the Best, the winners that continue to shine for their game-changing design and pure wow factor. 

Project Winners

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Category Project Designers Year Standout
Bar/Lounge Conga Room, Los Angeles 2009 Traditional ornament, inspired by the rumba, morphed into abstract pattern, most spectacularly with a canopy of acrylic-coated composite triangles. 
Institutional Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust 2011 A poignant nonlinear journey, through subterranean galleries, both begins and ends in a park filled with daylight and children's laughter.
Exhibition/ Installation Out of Memory, Los Angeles 2011 Digitally mapping music generated the pattern CNC-carved into polyurethane foam that was then embedded with speakers and LEDs.
Kitchen/ Bath Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto 2014 A single swoop of solid-surfacing integrates trough sinks, at adult and child heights, while faucets double as air jets for drying hands.
Communal Space Nanchang Insun International Cinema, China 2013 Books, not movies, were the inspiration, as witnessed in a theater wall's spinelike angles upholstered in acoustical material.
Hotel Fontevraud L'Hotel, Fontevraud- l'Abbaye, France 2014 A medieval abbey's vaulted chapel became the hotel's iBar, where touch-screen tabletops epitomize the designers' concept of "monk tech."
Fine Dining Pump Room, Chicago 2012 A constellation of 500 individually custom-cast resin orbs updates a fabled celebrity haunt, now part of an Ian Schrager Company hotel.
Education Hatfield- Dowlin Complex, University of Oregon, Eugene and 2013 The lobby's 64-screen video wall, displaying Ducks football scrimmage and game-day action, is just one enticement to high-school stars to sign up.
Beauty/Spa Private sauna, Sans Souci Island, Ontario 2014 A freestanding structure's grottolike interior was sculpted from laminated white cedar to emulate glacier-formed rocks nearby.
Office Macquarie Group, Sydney, Australia 2010 Jutting out from all 10 levels of the central atrium, boxy meeting pods reference the shipping containers along the city's harbor.
Healthcare South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute, Adelaide 2014 Because an ordinary curtain wall couldn't negotiate the curves of the building, glass triangles do the job, aided by triangular sunshades. 
Retail Guerlain, Paris 2014 An expansion in honor of the cosmetics brand's 100th anniversary features a glass-mosaic mural of eyes, peering over a polished-nickel vitrine.
Cafeteria Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany 2012 Since the newspaper's name means mirror, the showstopping ceiling boasts a 4,230 reflectors in micro-perforated satin-polished aluminum.
Showroom/ Manufacturer's Headquarters Steelcase, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2012 To serve 10,000 employees visiting from six continents, a concierge desk sits right at the bottom of the staircase in solid walnut. 
Apartment New York apartment and 2012 At a four-level penthouse, a steel column is reimagined as a climbing wall, rising to pierce a balcony with chintz-upholstered seating.
House Southampton, New York house and 2007 Impeccable mid-century furnishings make a statement in concrete surroundings that verge on the austere.
Casual Dining Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma 2008 Circles of color-changing LEDs create a soda bottle sculpture, signaling the reinvention of the roadside burger joint along Route 66. 

Product Winners

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Category Manufacturer Product
Contract Textile Layers Garden Double
Kitchen Product Professional
Contract Accent Quickstand
Contract Guest Seating Forest
Outdoor Furniture Orbit XXL
Contract Task Seating Zody
Architectural/Building Product Sliding Barn Door Hardware
Soft Flooring Full Volume
Residential Textile Orchidea
Wall Covering Flexi Mother of Pearl Mosaic
Contract Furniture Public Office Landscape
Lighting Ameba
Bath Product Axor Massaud
Residential Furniture Husk
Hard Flooring EGE Atelier by Jean-Paul Gaultier