Emerging Montréal designers in China to receive their Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents

The Ville de Montréal, Daily tous les jours and the collective Bornéo take top design honours!

Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, congratulates the founders of Daily tous les jours, Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, as well as the members of the collective Bornéo, Thomas-Éric Béliveau, Antoine Dubois, Marilyn Hébert, Alexandre Joyce and Martin Pes, who today received their Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents at the awards ceremony in Shenzhen, China. The city also earned distinction as one of the “Best Nominator” cities, in a tie with Berlin, Germany, and Saint-Étienne, France.

“This recognition strengthens Montréal’s international status as a UNESCO City of Design, and testifies to the creative ingenuity and quality work being produced by local designers and architects,” said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre. He added: “Montréal is a creative laboratory, an artistic melting pot that abounds with originality, intelligence, boldness and innovation. Our administration is actively involved in bringing new talent to the foreground and supporting the next generation of designers.”

Montréal, creative metropolis

The Shenzhen Awards reward the efforts of young designers aged 35 or under who, through their creativity, contribute to improving environmental quality as well as social and economic development—more specifically, making cities more liveable. A total of 150 projects from 16 UNESCO Creative Cities were submitted. Daily tous les jours took home the US$30,000 Grand Prize for its interactive installation 21 balançoires (21 Swings). The duo’s daring urban art piece has been a fixture at the Place des Festivals in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles for several seasons now. Ms. Andraos and Ms. Mongiat are also the designers of Chorégraphies pour les humains et les étoiles, the new digital and interactive public artwork at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, and were the 2010 recipients of the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant.

The Bornéo collective, supported by the Association des designers industriels du Québec, won a US$5,000 Merit Prize for Eau de source urbaine. Its creation is an ingenious device that hooks up to a fire hydrant and allows Montrealers to quench their thirst.

About the Creative Cities Network

In June 2006, Montréal was named a UNESCO City of Design, joining the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO in 2004. To date, the Network comprises 41 member cities in seven centres of creativity (Literature, Film,

Music, Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Media Arts and Gastronomy), including 11 Cities of Design: Beijing, China; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Graz, Austria; Kobe, Japan; Montréal, Canada; Nagoya, Japan; Saint-Étienne, France); Seoul, South Korea; Shenzhen and Shanghai, China.

Through the Bureau du design, the mission of which is to support public commissions in design as well as develop the market for and promote the talents of Montréal designers and architects, the Ville de Montréal is continuing its efforts to remain deserving of this prestigious title, to assist in the emergence of new talents, and to support the next generation of designers.

For more information, visit mtlunescodesign.com.

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