Bright, warm and neutral in Barcelona

Posted on Tue, 5 Jan 2021 by KiM

Bright, warm, neutral and an organic vibe in this Barcelona home leaves me smitten. Putxet House designed by The Room Studio. We expanded the upper floors and reconfigured the spaces. This house measuring 700 m2 house in the upper area of ​​Barcelona is large, bright, and functional. Both facades of the house were kept intact, respecting the structure’s original state and paying homage to its history. The large staircase was made on site and functions as the heart of the house. Next to it is located the courtyard, which extends vertically through the house. An industrial style was achieved without losing warmth by using natural woods combined with metals, hydraulic tiles, and microcement.

Modern farmhouse style in California

Posted on Tue, 5 Jan 2021 by KiM

Loving the casual and warm vibe of this Newport Beach, CA home that looks a bit mid-century but reads more contemporary farmhouse. Lots of pale wood, stone, tile, marble add lots of texture and the neutral colour palette really allows these features to take centre stage. The to-die-for views are a welcome distraction. Designed by Denise Morrison.

Photos: Shade Degges and Anna Gex

World Design Rankings

Posted on Mon, 4 Jan 2021 by KiM

News flash! The World Design Rankings have been announced for 2020. Who do you think topped the list? Where did your country come? What are World Design Rankings? WDR ranks all the countries based on the number of designers that have been granted an A’ Design Award. This year China beat the United States to the top spot among among the 108 represented countries, followed by Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Taiwan, Germany, Turkey and Australia rounding out the top 10. You can check out the complete list here and when you’re there you can even zoom into a country level, click on the country name in the rankings table and you will be able to see top designers from that country. Best designers in that country will be displayed first.

The ultimate aim of the World Design Rankings is to contribute to global design culture through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings provide a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses and available opportunities. The “Design Business Insights” section provides a ranking of countries based on their success in diverse design fields and creative categories. Using the “Design Business Insights” section, media members and design lovers could discover leading countries for specific design sectors and get answers to their questions such as “Which country is best in industrial design”, “Which country is best in interior design?”,  “Which country is the best in fashion design?” etc.

With the best of the best showcased in hundreds of design fields and categories the Design Classifications allow you to choose the top ranking designers, artists and architects for your next project be it in architecture, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, graphics design and packaging design and more.

For several years Desire to Inspire has partnered with the A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest annual juried design competition that honors the best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. Such an exciting competition. Such a prestigious award. Here are some of my favourite winners from 2019-2020.

Images of Qi Leisure Chair by Wei Jingye and Cui Yueming

Ravaq Table by Ali Sharifi Omid

Liquid Fuel Candle by Mohammad Meyzari

Mix and Match Seat by Joao Faria

Forging Office by Wei Jingye and Zhang Tianyou

Ring Chair Novelty and Comfortable by Wei Jingye and Sun Kezhao

H Chair Chair by Xiaoyan Wei

Terry Vase by Ombretta Bellomi

Acorn Leisure Chair Multipurpose by Wei Jingye, Chen Yufan and Wang Ruilin

Lido Expandable Table by Nak Boong Kim

Cecilia Armchair by Linda Martins

Little Thunder Armchair by Grasset Francois

Loover Sofa by Christos Yordamlis

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 2019-2020 A’ Design Award and Competition here but time is short so get your entries in now.

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This post is in collaboration with A’ Design Award & Competition