In the Press: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2018: best of the rest


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SOURCE: WALLPAPER*

Each year, we celebrate an explosion of glittering creative talents for the Wallpaper* Design Awards. What follows is a visual feast of the hottest design, architecture and fashion high-fliers for 2018, from see-through seating to wellness labs and chocolate faucets.

Best descent

‘Vidre’ slide, by Eckersley O’Callaghan and Cricursa

This striking glass slide pushes the boundaries of playground aesthetics. Created by James O’Callaghan and Lisa Rammig of London-based engineering firm Eckersley O'Callaghan and Spanish curved glass specialist Cricursa, the one-off features a 4m stairway seamlessly connected to a 9m-long glass half-tube, supported at the base by a steel structure and kept in place by adhesive bonds, with no need for mechanical fixings. Called ‘Vidre’ (Catalan for glass), the slide offers a playful insight into the collaborative approach of engineers and fabricators, testing the practical application of emerging glass technologies to create the structures of tomorrow.

Pictured: the ‘Vidre’ slide consists of two long glass elements, propped against each other and held together at their base by a steel structure. The glass treads are bonded to the curved glass surface using transparent structural silicone adhesive.

Photography: Jean-Pacôme Dedieu. Interiors: Maria Sobrino. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

See all the winning designs here