Montréal designers make the city proud


Last February, two Montreal design collectives were recognized in the context of China's Shenzhen Design Award for young talents.

Designers from the 41 cities that make up the UNESCO Creative Cities network, including Montréal, were invited to submit projects that enrich the quality of life in their cities of origin. 

The team of Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andros, a.k.a. Daily tous les jours, won the grand prize with their interactive installation 21 Balançoires, a collective musical instrument that drew millions of visitors to the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des spectacles, before starting to tour the United States. The Bornéo team earned a merit award for its project Eau de source urbaine, a device that offers free and easy access to drinking water by drawing on the city’s water system. The device is now being tested in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.

Together with Berlin and Saint-Étienne, Montréal was also honoured for having sent a large number of prize-winners to the competition, as well as for supporting and working with Shenzhen in organizing the awards.