The 2020 Winners of Italy’s Most Prestigious Design Awards

In the brand new spaces of the ADI Design Museum in Milan – that will officially open its doors in December – a jury has announced the winners of the 2020 Compasso d’Oro Awards, Italy’s most important industrial design award.

The Compasso d′Oro was launched in 1954, and is now the highest honour in the industrial designing circle in Italy. To date, approximately 300 designs have been honoured the Award, covering a wide range of products from sofas to coffee machines.

This year in addition to the 18 Compasso d’Oro Awards, there are 9 Compasso d’Oro Career Awards, 3 International Compasso d’Oro Awards and, for the first time the Products Compasso d’Oro Award, awarded to objects that were successful over time.


Winners include Carlo and Piero Molteni, sons of Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni, founders of the Molteni Group for the Compasso d’Oro career award. The group are behind many iconic designs, from the Milano chair to the Less Series.

Paolo Ulian’s beautiful marble sink

The Intreccio sink for antoniolupi was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Honor at the XXVI Compasso d’Oro ADI awards.

Designed by Paolo Ulian, the ultra-light marble sink weighing only 55 kg, is created from a block of marble measuring only 11 cm in which the cuts are optimised to obtain the concentric rings which give life to a three-dimensional volume.

Intreccio is classed as an eco-sustainable sink as the technology used for its manufacturing allows for a drastic reduction of raw material waste.

Products Compasso d’Oro Award

Winners of this category include the Arco by Castiglioni brothers produced by Flos (1962), the Nathalie bed by Vico Magistretti produced by Flou (1978) and the Sacco produced by Zanotta and designed by Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro in 1968.

The Arco lamp

Designed by brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Flos in 1962, the Arco lamp is characterised by a suspended spun aluminium pendant attached to an upright slab of Carrara marble via a large, arching arm made of stainless steel.

The Nathalie bed

Originally designed by Vico Magistrettie for Flou in 1978, it is the bows which make the Nathalie bed unmistakable. The headboard and base are upholstered in either fabric, leather or Ecopelle and are completely removable.

The original ‘beanbag chair’ known as Sacco was designed by Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro in 1968. Fifty years later Zanotta continue to produce the popular chair.

Sacco chair

International winners

Among the international winners are Emilio Ambasz and Jasper Morrison.

London-based designer Jasper Morrison created an exhibition of cork furniture for the designer’s first solo show in New York in 2019. The pieces were cut from cork block material left over from wine bottle cork stopper production.

Jasper Morrison’s cork furniture

Karen Walker’s Guide to Experimenting with Chalk Paint at Home

Not everything in the home has to literally be shiny and new to make a statement. A rustic feel and antique look will always been on trend – and they can be easily achieved thanks to the range of Karen Walker Chalk Colour paints from Resene ColorShops.


The collection of chalk colours is an extension of the Karen Walker Paints palette, with the chalk finish creating a velvety, matte look that can be used to upcycle furniture or revamp a room. “I think all chalk finishes give a cosy feel but I especially love a full room in a dusty, cosy colour with a chalky finish,” says Walker. “There’s something about the worn-in, lived-in feel it gives that’s very grounding.”


The paints are available in all 42 of the Karen Walker Resene colours, and Walker says there’s something “comforting and cocooning” about the matte finish that differentiates the new collection. “I’ve always looked for a slightly worn-in, dusty, even attic-y feel for our colours and being able to execute them in an actual chalk finish is the perfect way for them to be seen,” she explains.

Walker has embraced the chalk look in her own home by playing with contrasting finishes. “I’ve always had a dry-looking finish throughout the walls of my home and throw a smoother, slightly shinier finish against it with much of the furniture,” she says.


While people experimenting with chalk paint might be tempted to start small, Walker says not to hold back. “Do the full room and don’t be afraid of the colour,” she advises, adding that we shouldn’t fear trying new things with our interiors. “It’s only paint! You can always paint over it if you don’t love it. Also, our paint colours are selected so that the colours in each story work with all the others.”

It’s true that Karen Walker Paints eliminate a need to wade through overwhelming paint charts. The range ensures timeless and stylish colours have already been selected for you. “There’s no way you can go wrong so just have a play,” says Walker. “The edit’s already been done for you.”


In addition to the new chalk finish, the new Karen Walker range for Resene includes two waxes that can be used to improve furniture’s depth and lustre. Karen Walker Vintage Wax can be used to create a French Provincial-inspired aged look, or Karen Walker Soft Wax helps to keep the matte look of the Chalk Colour paint finish while providing an extra protective layer.


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