Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler

Posted on Tue, 4 Jan 2022 by KiM

I was a tad embarrassed to realize we have never featured iconic British interior decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler before. This round up of spaces from their portfolio shows their style is quintessentially English but with some fun subtle touches that make it a bit more modern and edgy.

A colourful family home

Posted on Tue, 4 Jan 2022 by KiM

Notting Hill based design firm Barlow & Barlow embraced colour in this project for a fashion stylist who appears to take family life pretty seriously. 😉 This home has such a great energy for children to grow up in and is so lively and whimsical. I’d take this over stuffy and over-done any day.

World Design Rankings

Posted on Mon, 3 Jan 2022 by KiM

NEWS FLASH!!! The World Design Rankings have been announced for 2021. Who do you think topped the list? Where did your country come in? But first – 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 took the top spot again among the 114 represented countries, followed by the US, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Taiwan, Turkey, Germany, and Australia rounding out the top 10. Canada was ranked 18th! You can check out the complete list here and when you’re there you can even zoom in to country level, click on the country name in the rankings table and you will be able to see top designers from that country (ranked in order starting with the best).

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 2020-2021.

Slope House Residence by Kyungsik Kim

House of Tubes Residential by Enrique Leal

Cobogos House Residential Project by Cibelle Costa Barbosa

House On The Cliff Residential Building by Shamsudin Kerimov

Peloponnese Rural Residential House by Ivana Lukovic

The Inhabited Roccolo Private House by Edoardo Milesi – Archos srl

Hacienda Summer House by Hany Saad

House in Akashi Residential by Yousaku Tsutsumi

Hill House Private Residence by Edoardo Milesi – Archos srl

Nestled in the Green House by Tomomi Omachi

Minimal Techno Arm Chair by Sebastiaan Van Beest

Spring Multifunctional Chair by Navid Ghandili

Zero Sun Lounger by Roberta Banqueri

Watch Tower Cat Climbing Tree by Fei Chen, Lei Yang and Qi Wu

Hourglass Multifunctional Shelf by Yu Ren

Birds Multifunctional Table by Oksana Belova

Bamboo Leisure Chair by Wei Jingye and Li Jiashu

Inspiring Interactive Candlestick by Junqiang Lyu

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 2021-2022 A’ Design Award and Competition here.

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