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Wednesday
Mar152017

New art in my dining room from Minted

I have been on the hunt for some art for my dining room wall for a while now and wasn't really sure what I wanted until the folks at Minted got in touch and offered me a framed limited edition fine art print. I was so excited to go through allllllllll the prints on their site. They have so many talented artists on board. I thought it would be an intimidating experience but I was immediately drawn into so many gorgeous prints and quickly realized their website is incredibly user-friendly. It's so awesome I have to show you. 

This is the print I went with - take a seat by Eric Eikenbary. When you select the size and frame you want on the right side, the left side shows you the photo framed, in a room, the frame close-up and how the print looks to scale. Freaking genius!!!! I seriously love this, and it's great for people who are dimension-challenged and order items online only to receive it and go "huh, I thought it was alot bigger than that". Now you can see before you buy! Anyway, they have lots of options for the frame material and borders/matting and all that good stuff. I went with a simple matt black metal frame and no matt/border. I am thrilled with my selection. It is so much better than the vintage metal sculpture I had there instead. I was hoping for something more graphic and I love photographic art so kudos to Eric Eikenbary for knocking this photo out of the park. I also need to share this photo I took on my phone just as I was digging into the package. 

My framed print was soooo well packaged, especially given I ordered it in 30x40' so I was a bit anxious to see how it was going to make the trip up from the States (California I think). It was completely unscathed, which is not surprising given their packaging methods. And the herd of cats lounged on the boxes for 2 days until I got tired of stepping over them. :) Anyway, let me show you more of my new art!

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Monday
Feb132017

A' Design Awards & Competition - Last Call for Entries

Last call for entries for the A' Design Award and Competition. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. You can nominate your design here. With over 100 categories the A' Design Award and Competition is the worlds' largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A' Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure.


From the Good Industrial Design Award to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award. (You can find all the design categories here.) Are you inspired? Excited? Believe you've got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? You can register for the 2016-2017 A' Design Award and Competition here. But you better be quick. The deadline for submission is on February 28. Results will be announced April 15 and you will find full coverage of the results here on Desire to Inspire. Can't wait!

In the meantime here are some inspiring winners from past years ...

Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2015

One Main Office by Mark Goulthorpe, Raphael Crespin

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category in 2015

Dom Pechati Public Space by Nikita Zhilyakov Workspace

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Friday
Feb102017

5 Desks for 5 Interiors By Robyn Ashley

Home offices often have a bad reputation as dreary, neglected spaces, reserved for dreaded hours of endless emails and piles of unsightly paperwork. There's no doubt that a dull interior can make working at home feel tedious and uninspiring. A statement desk can be the perfect piece to base your room decor around, and is a worthwhile investment in combining style and practicality to provide a work surface as well as a storage solution. Here are 5 stunning desks from Barnebys for 5 different interior styles:

Swedish Country

Bring a touch of the Swedish country style interior with this antique Swedish writing desk. Dating to around 1780, the desk features a slant-front which drops down to provide a work surface. Behind the drop are several banks of stepped drawers - ideal for storing writing equipment - alongside two disguised document drawers which slide out from either side of the central compartment. Below the writing surface are five larger drawers which sit on the original shaped bracket base. The desk retains its original brass hardware fittings and has a distressed wood finish. £5,200

Hollywood Regency

Hollywood regency style is characterised by its drama and opulence, and this mid-century style desk fits the bill perfectly. Handmade in Italy, a black mirrored surface and brass linear accents creates a stark contrast and a sleek finish. Two joint drawers with brakes are pulled out from the face of the desk by mirrored handles. The mirroring continues on the edges of the drawers, which are crafted from a rich dark wood. This desk sits on pointed brass legs, which are both elegant and functional in their resistance. £2,900

Colonial

Campaign desks were originally used by officers on military campaign, designed in a way which made them easy to transport. This striking three-piece flat top desk from the 1950s features metal hardware along its pedestals and desktop, which is covered with the original tooled leather top. Originating from England, the desk is a fantastic storage solution with eight drawers as well as a large middle drawer; the top three drawers are also fitted with locks. The gold-tone hardware is emphasised by the desk’s deep mahogany, which is elevated by the eye-catching high bracket base. £4,200

Modern

 

A truly unique piece, this lacquered and chrome desk has been designed in the style of 20th century modern furniture designer, Milo Baughman. A lucite box forms the work surface, sitting on a white lacquered desk in a contemporary finish. Inside the box is a display of white porcelain flowers scattered across a velvet backdrop, co-produced by artists Alicia Kowalski and Patricia Kagan. The organic feel is juxtaposed with the industrial chrome 'X' base of the desk, as well as a chrome hexagonal handle on the single drawer. £2,300

Art Deco

Furniture designer Donald Deskey played a vital role in the 'Streamline Moderne' design movement, which emphasised curving forms and long horizontal lines. This 1930’s art deco asymmetric desk is one of Deskey's more masculine pieces, with a rectilinear design in the lacquered surface and base, as well the cast monel draw handles. Black lacquer is drastically contrasted by the walnut burl two-tone finish of the desk. Four of the drawers are graduated in size and a broader drawer sits above the knee hole. £4,600

Barnebys is the largest search service for art, antiques and collectables, with around half a million unique items from over 1,800 auction houses and dealers around the world.

~~~ This post is brought to you by Barnebys ~~~


Monday
Feb062017

A' Design Awards & Competition - Call for Entries

Have you entered the A' Design Award and Competition yet? Nominate your design here. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. With over 100 categories the A' Design Award and Competition is the worlds' largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, bringing your design front and centre before design companies and professionals.

From the Good Industrial Design Award to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) With the competition highlighting, advertising & advocating good design, taking part will provide recognition, publicity and international peer review.

Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members. Unlike other awards the competition follows a peer-review process with anonymous voting and evaluation of all entries. And the benefits to the winners are inspiring! The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A' Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

You can find out more about the A' Design Award and Competition here and register here. But hurry as the deadline for submissions is February 28. Results will be announced here on the blog (and worldwide) on April 15.

To get you inspired to enter here are some past winners!

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Monday
Jan232017

Let there be light

Nicole Hollis

I have a "thing" for lighting. Table lamps and floor lamps, wall washers and pendants. Layer upon layer of ambiant lighting. I think it's like adding jewellery to an outfit. Little sparkles and highlights. Time for a little lighting eye candy, in particular pendants.

Damien Langlois-Meurinne

AD France

Joy Tribout

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