Our Innovation By Design Awards took place in SOHO this year.

Jason Chua of SparkTruck and Decelerator Helmet Designer Lorenz Potthast with their Innovation By Design Awards.

Sculpture by Christina Chaey.

Sculpture by Christina Chaey.

Finalists in the spaces category, Whangapoua Sled House.

Winner - Interactive: Google Maps For iPhone

Jorge Colombo (right) created finger-drawn iSketches for attendees.

Jorge Colombo (right) created finger-drawn iSketches for attendees.

The Innovation By Design trophies were created by New Deal Design.

The Innovation By Design trophies were created by New Deal Design.

Edios augmented reality headgear, a finalist in the student design category.

The Eidos headgear augments light, sound, and smell.

Eidos finalists.

The Tattly tattoo station.

Tattly created a custom tattoo for the event.

Tattly created a custom tattoo for the event.

Typography by Sawdust, created for our 10th anniversary Innovation By Design Issue.

Gawd that's a nice trophy.

"Design Changes Everything"

Finalist - Matias Duarte, director, Android Design.

Dj Catchdubs.

The winners' trophies have a mirror-like finish.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer, Google Glass.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer, Google Glass.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer, Google Glass.

Decelerator Helmet, winner in the concepts category, slows down the environment for the person wearing the helmet.

Suzanne LaBarre.

Eric Flood, Capitl, a finalist in the student category.

Paul Cowley, Aidpod, winner of the social good category.

Paul Cowley, Aidpod, winner of the social good category.

Paul Cowley, Aidpod, winner of the social good category.

#secretwalls - art battles.

#secretwalls - art battles.

Jason Chua, SparkTruck, winner of the student design award.

Jason Chua, SparkTruck, winner of the student design award.

Jason Chua, SparkTruck, winner of the student design award.

Aly Blenkin and Luke Keller.

Match - Finalist

Amanda Savitzky.

Match - Finalist

USA Today, Winners for 2-D Design.

Match - Finalist

USA Today, Winners for 2-D Design.

Match - Finalist

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer, Google Glass.

Match - Finalist

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer, Google Glass.

Match - Finalist

Yves Béhar (right), CEO, FuseProject; creative director, Jawbone.

Match - Finalist

Chris Charles, the Luck Fish Project.

Match - Finalist

Shalin Amin, lead designer of Uber, winner in the transportation category.

Match - Finalist

Shalin Amin, lead designer of Uber, winner in the transportation category.

Winner - Concepts

Decelerator Helmet Designer Lorenz Potthast.

Winner - Concepts

The Lapka Team, Finalist, Products.

Bauhaus Meets Bacchanalia: The 2013 Innovation By Design Awards After-Party

Wasn't able to make it to the event? Smokable tequila and time-slowing helmets were just a couple of the night's attractions. Here's a recap.

If design isn't just about how great something looks but how magically it functions, last night's 2013 Innovation By Design Awards after-party was off the hook. With hundreds of the world's best designers crowded together in a renovated space in Soho, then plied with tequila in both liquid and gaseous forms, it was not an event to be missed.

Held amongst 14-foot ceilings, loft-style windows, brick archways, and 19th-century wrought-iron columns at 82 Mercer Street, the awards themselves were like a refreshing 20-minute breather between sessions of drinking, snacking, dancing, and designer hobnobbing. Presented by Fast Company editor, Robert Safian, and publisher, Christine Osekoski, the nine design awards in categories such as Transportation, Interactive, Concepts and more (you can see the complete list of winners here) were handed out quickly, all in the aims of not straining anyone's sobriety any longer than was absolutely necessary.

Thanks to sponsorship from Don Julio Tequila, many guests experienced the party as a swirl of Palomas and Manzanas. Don't like drinking? No problem. At the Innovation By Design Awards, you could smoke it instead, thanks to Le Whaf, a carafe that uses hydrodynamic cavitation to turn alcohol into an inhalable mist, which partygoers sucked up from test tubes.

Of course, what brought so many people from design-centric companies such as Nike, Google, FiftyThree, Wolff Olins, Jawbone, and Leap that night wasn't just the alcohol: There were plenty of opportunities to play around with some tech demos at the forefront of interactive design. Lorenz Potthast, the lanky, effortlessly charming creator of the Deceleration Helmet, beguiled party-goers, inviting them to experience the festivities in slow-motion by placing a gigantic mirrored ball—part diving helmet, part Daft Punk—over their heads. The Leap Motion was also available to play around with, allowing you to scatter schools of virtual fish with the glowing embers of your fingertips. These demonstrations were surreal enough that if you also happened to be sucking tequila mist out of a test tube, you might wonder whether someone had slipped a hallucinogenic tab of something into Le Whaf.

On opposing sides of the venue, street artists JerkFace and Lamour Supreme battled it out to create the best airbrushed mural on the theme "Why Is Good Design Good Business?" while Jorge Colombo, a 21st-century caricaturist, drew elaborate sketches of partygoers using just an iPad and his fingertip. The rhythms and beats of the night were provided by DJ Catchdubs, who—assisted by his mustachioed Hype Man—kept energy levels high and the party jamming into the late hours of the evening.

To sum it all up: Bauhaus meets bacchanalia. If you missed this year's Innovation By Design Awards, don't worry. The next one is just a year away.

[Photos by Emiliano Granado | Joel Arbaje]

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