It’s that time again. Time to get your entries in for the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition. We are excited to share with you not only some of the previous winners but also how you can enter your own designs. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the world’s 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 (you can check out the methodology here) 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 and so many more. Are you inspired? Excited? Believe you’ve got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? The deadline for early submission is September 30 and results will be announced to public on April 15. Of course we will be bringing you the results as well. You n here. and find out exactly what A’Design Award and Competition is here and register here.
Bandage Sofa by Olga Bogdanova and Elena Prokhorova
Cliff House Weekend Residence by Masato Sekiya
Leaf Pendant Light by Daniel Mato
P.R Lounge Chair Lounge Chair by Alexandre Caldas
Villa AT House by Todd Saunders
The Black House Housing by Buero Wagner
Koron Sofa by Reza Salianeh and Hamid Packseresht
Olah Light by Maurice Dery and Jordan Dery
Bo Du Resort Hotel Design Commercial by Zhang Can – CSD Design Office
Quaint & Quirky Dessert House Dessert House by Chaos Design Studio
Sunday dinner at a sexy Italian restaurant? Count me in! Bar M in Sydney, Australia is designed by Jason Mowen and is an an incredible industrial space with tons of exposed bricks (SWOON!). Super sexy with red leather banquettes, a gold and brass bar, and projections of stars like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin, Danny DeVito and others grace the walls. And bring on the pasta!
You know what I’m going to say don’t you? If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend then it helps, oh it certainly helps, if it’s somewhere stylish. The Horse in Manly, Sydney (oh the watches and leather goods!) by Triibe.
Leslie Jenkins of Jenkins Interiors lives in a beautiful 1940’s home in Tyler, Texas and it showcases her signature style of marrying contemporary furnishings with rare artwork and European antiques (that she sources herself on buying trips abroad) and the result is elegant without being overdone or too precious. I admire her use of colour, again not overdone and used in just the right amounts.
I just can’t get enough of Italian design firm Marcante Testa. They absolutely blow my mind with their use of colour, materials like brass, wood and marble, and their attention to detail of every square inch of their spaces. What I would give to be a fly on the wall in one of their design sessions. I mean, read this description and you’ll see what I mean. For this apartment, set within a building from the late 1960 on Corso Sempione, the Turin-based duo has applied its immediately recognizable style to reinterpret a typical bourgeois Milanese home in a highly original way. The floor in “Cipollino Tirreno” marble extends from the entrance hall to the living room, even being used on the walls and “closing” at the ceiling to frame a view of Milan that appears almost like a meditative landscape. Moving towards the dining room, this material gives way to “Verde Alpi” marble, which becomes a “carpet” on the floor for the dining table, a wallcovering, and even furniture itself in the form of a shelf on which to place objects. The floor in “Cipollino Tirreno” marble extends from the entrance hall to the living room, even being used on the walls and “closing” at the ceiling to frame a view of Milan that appears almost like a meditative landscape. Moving towards the dining room, this material gives way to “Verde Alpi” marble, which becomes a “carpet” on the floor for the dining table, a wallcovering, and even furniture itself in the form of a shelf on which to place objects. The cement tiles, the original wood floors updated with resin coatings, the colored metal structures for the doors in wire mesh glass, along with the materials used for the custom furnishings (laminate in the kitchen, the bath furnishings and the storage cabinets) reference the period in which the building was first constructed. They also “dampen” the high notes of more precious materials, such as the brass, marble, and the wallpapers and the fabrics of the wardrobe doors in the master bedroom. In this way, the interaction of materials, forms, colours and surfaces, as manipulated by the designers, is transformed and creates unexpected emotional reactions in the viewer linking the contrasting styles of everyday and sophisticated, high and low, past and contemporary.
Photos: Carola Ripamonti
And other features on Marcante Testa here and here