2015 Spark Celebrations in Shanghai & San Francisco
Spark has had a busy first half of the year, with exhibitions, parties, the Spark Product Jury and the special AllSpark Awards. It’s been very gratifying to get out and meet the Spark Community and get the scoop on hot design, designers and design firms.
First up, the Spark Designers Night in Shanghai, sponsored by our friends at Whirlpool China. Pudong’s Finest
Designers Night at the Radisson Blu
A good time it was. And we’ll back annually during the CES Asia. See you next year!
AllSpark Platinum Awards & 8th Annual Winners Celebration
Spark Toasts Winners At Spark Summer Celebration—The Spark Design Awards Ends on a High
“We always look forward to the Spark Celebration. It signifies that another cycle has been completed, a new group of innovative designs have been gathered and we’re about to meet many of their designers in person,” according to Peter Kuchnicki, Spark Founder. “This year the Celebration truly reflected design diversity and universality. We had visitors from around the world and delightful designs in the winners exhibition.”
Each year, we are delighted to announce the three newest winners of the AllSpark Platinum Awards, our “Bests of the Best” as Jury Chair, Arnold Wasserman likes to describe the award.
These awards are given to three winning designs that epitomize the Spark mission—Design For Betterment. The three awards are all of the same level and may come from any of our seven competitions. They are chosen by alumni Spark Jurors from 2007 to present.
Design luminary Arnold Wasserman is the AllSpark Jury Chair and our host. Arnold teaches at Carnegie-Mellon and is the Founding Partner of Collective Invention in San Francisco, the Idea Factory in Singapore and a Founder of Denmark’s INDEX Awards.
The AllSpark Winners for the 8th Annual Spark Awards were:
Cultura Bookstore, Spark Spaces, Architect: Marcio Kogan; Team Members: Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Mariana Ruzante, Carlos Costa, Eline Ostyn, Laura Guedes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas & Regiane Leão
da Vinci Xi, Spark Health, Designer: Mike Hanuschik; Team Members: Scott Waters, Anson Cheung, Jaime Caso, Fred Bould, Angel Francis, and the Intuitive Surgical Engineering Team
Anonymous Chalkboard Graffitti, Spark Concept, Designers: Danger Dust – Anonymous Chalkboard Graffiti Artists
Arnold’s comments about these and earlier AllSpark winners may be found >HERE
Clark Kellogg & Colleague
Peter Michaelian, Dolby & Tom Dair, Smart Design
A guy’s gotta eat! Fabulous BBQ from famed SF caterer, CitySmoke
Oldies But Goodies
Past AllSpark winners included:
The BMW i8, Design Lead Benoit Jacob
Door to Door For Change, Lea Ward, Creative Director
and heart 2b, designer Junyoung Park
December Was So China
Every December finds Sparks Over China. We mounted our first public exhibition back in 2009, and this year was no exception. Our 2013 and 2014 winners shows were exhibited in Shenzhen, just a few miles north of Hong Kong in this huge and new mega-city. Mitchell Mauk designed our lovely pavilion, which were the highlights of the fair.
The CIIDF organizer was the Shenzhen Industrial Design Association, which pulled everything together. SIDA announced that over 150,000 visitors attended the 15,000 sm events.
Spark also takes part in the annual meeting of the Global Design Network in Hong Kong.
“The GDN is the best forum of its kind in the world,” said Peter Kuchnicki, Spark Director. “It has an excellent format and really delivers an important, well-rounded program.”
Next stop? Where will the Sparks alight next? That will be announced soon!
RETROSPECTIVE—THE 2012 CELEBRATION
The 2012 Celebration was one of our most successful, with visitors from around the world. We were happy to greet friends from New York, LA, London, Taipei, and Seoul to name a few. Here’s a montage of photos of the event as the evening played on. Hope you enjoy–we sure did!
SPARK:CHINA EVENT: 2012 WINNERS EXHIBITION TOUR
Organized bi-annually by the Guangdong Industrial Design Society, our exhibition of the Spark winners was a grand affair. We exhibited many of the 2012 Spark winners at the Guangdong Industrial Design Week, site of the famous Canton Fairs.
The exhibit was viewed by thousands of visitors, including the governor of the province and charismatic former Party Secretary, Wang Yang.
Mr. Wang was a strong advocate of design during his leadership of Guangdong and spoke highly of the Spark exhibit. Perhaps because of his kind remarks, we received a government request for the Spark exhibition to tour China for six months.
This is our third exhibition in Asia. Next up: USA!
Autodesk Design Gallery Sparkawards Exhibitions
Since 2008, Spark Winners have been on exhibition at the Autodesk Design Gallery, at One Market Street in San Francisco. This is home to Spark, “our” museum and host to Spark Winners Celebrations. We love this place, and you will too. Visitors are welcome every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or by appointment.
Spark holds its Juries in the ADG, as well as the annual Winner’s Celebrations and premiere of the exhibition. A significant portion of the Sparkaward winners are on seasonal display.
We are very excited and proud to announce the continuation of this great relationship, now beginning our 11th year of cooperation.
As Spark Executive Director, Peter Kuchnicki remarked, “Autodesk is Autocad, Revit, Maya and many other incredible tools that touch all of us in many ways, from the soaring buildings we marvel at, to advanced transport, to stunning entertainments. It is a real honor to collaborate with Autodesk, the very company who first sparked our pre-Spark pioneer Designing Worlds competitions back in 2001/’02. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Autodesk Gallery at One Market
This unique design center showcases innovative and important designs from around the world. The Gallery highlights how things are made–from design to engineering to completion, and is the official exhibition site for the inspiring multi-disciplinary jury-selected winners of the Spark Design & Architecture Awards.
The Autodesk Gallery offers both the public and professionals an immersive design environment, exploring how to maximize and stimulate design creativity, increase collaboration across disciplines and facilitate innovation.
ADG showcases design successes and state-of-the art technology from many industries including:
* Games & Film
* Industrial Design
Autodesk Gallery at One Market Street, San Francisco, California USA