第2回受賞作品
AWARD WORKS IN THE 2ND COMPETITION

We proundly announc that the winners of each prize in the 2nd Annual Kengo Kuma & Higashikawa” KAGU Design Competition held by Higashikawa, the Town of Photography” in collaboration with the architect the Kengo Kuma.

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Photo © J.C. Carbonne

Head Judge's Comment

The final judging was completed as scheduled on June 26th, 2021. Receiving the Kengo Kuma Award, the grand prize, is the work of 21-0133. It combines a piece of soft cloth and a wooden frame, nicknamed "Mochi” (“rice cake” in Japanese) by the judges. The cloth on the bottom can adapt to various terrains, you can have a fluffy seat even on a green slope, in a hollow, or on a rough rock. I think this work was the most conscious of the location, "Higashikawa". One of the challenges of this competition was how to bring out aspects of the region and community, and see what one could propose to them. In accordance with the name of this competition, “KAGU”, this proposal surpassed a simple furniture design. It took the surrounding space into account, and, in a sense, connected to the larger universe, responding to the judges’ hopes and dreams.

The selected Excellence Awards are three works below:
The work of 21-0909 was highly regarded because it was a very ingenious proposal not only in terms of form but also in terms of technology: Its shape was excellently beautiful and well-finished. Moreover, it used a very rare technology in the world of furniture called "swaging structure", which is three components are inserted into a single hole and stabilized by adding weight.

The work of 21-1331 was an "origami-like form," yet the origami form was not only morphologically interesting, but also included a very interesting technical proposal: it can be made into a complete flat board, and it locks into place when you stand it up three-dimensionally.

The work of 21-0347 used the beautiful curves of curved wood. It was designed with a consciousness of nature, as you can rock and move your body freely and naturally; therefore, I think it was a proposal that befitted this competition held in Higashikawa.

We had a quite interesting discussion at the final judging. There were various opinions from the judges who had different backgrounds, and thus the discussion went beyond furniture alone and mentioned major social issues and challenges in the world of design. We all enjoyed a very thrilling discussion. The presence of these wonderful four award-winning works in the first annual competition, bodes very well for the future.

June 26th, 2021
Kengo Kuma
Chairman / Architect, professor at the University of Tokyo

Kengo Kuma Award (Grand prize)

22-0600
Wang Pin Huai
Ding Yi Jun
TAIWAN

ワン・ピンホワイ Wang Pin Huai ディン・イージン Ding Yi Jun

22-0600
Wang Pin Huai
Ding Yi Jun
TAIWAN

Winner's Comment​

I am honored to receive such a wonderful award. While creating this work, I reaffirmed the importance and potential of furniture in a space. In this way, I am pleased to be able to propose one of the forms of furniture, which connects people and the world. I hope to create the world through the furniture and architecture: people will find their own answers to the question, “What is the rich and mindful life,” and live taking pride in their surroundings.

Excellence Award

22-0696
César Ikumoto
JAPAN

幾本聖申 César Ikumoto

22-0754
Tobias Pålsson
SWEDEN

トビーアス・ポールソン Tobias Pålsson

22-1441
Minwoo Jeon
KOREA

チョン・ミヌ Minwoo Jeon

Honorable mention / Jury’s Special Award

22-0243 [Jury’s Special Award]
Nazuna Konishi
JAPAN

小西なずな Nazuna Konishi

22-0111
Kousei Shishido
JAPAN

宍戸宏誠 Kousei Shishido

22-0745
Ricard Hiroyuki Makino
BRAZIL

リチャード・ヒロユキ・マキノ Ricard Hiroyuki Makino

22-0930
Teruyoshi Kaneko
JAPAN

金子照由 Teruyoshi Kaneko

22-1023
Alisa Watanabe
JAPAN

渡部ありさ Alisa Watanabe

22-1027
Jeon Seung Hyun
Lee Chan Whi
KOREA

チョン・スンヒョン Jeon Seung Hyun イ・チャンフィ Lee Chan Whi