2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Exhibition Design

Best in Show

2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Exhibition Design

2019 Best of Design Award for Exhibition Design: Calder: Nonspace
Location: Los Angeles

The design aimed to transform the Hauser & Wirth gallery to create a presence for the show. Deleting the strong classical framework of the existing South Gallery established a neutral context. Adding an illuminated, cloudlike ceiling scrim compressed and unified the two lengths of the interior, establishing a shadow-free volume that emphasized the lines, edges, and negative spaces beyond the Calder sculptures. These interventions created a strong, identifiable language, one that encouraged a dynamic energy and quietly concentrated the viewer’s experience. The works presented an opportunity to capture moments of closeness, to discover their otherworldliness—and to see the many relationships between them.

Honorable Mentions:

Project Name: VENTS
Designer: TEMPO | Catty Dan Zhang

an installation inside of a museum of gallery
Exhibition Design: Honorable Mention: VENTS (Toby Shearer)

Project Name: Nature—Cooper Hewitt Triennial
Designer: Studio Joseph

Interior photo of hanging glass bulbs
Exhibition Design: Honorable Mention: Nature—Cooper Hewitt Triennial (Courtesy Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum)

Editors’ Picks

Project Name: Common Threads
Designer: ikd

Project Name: Model Projections
Designer: Agency—Agency