Kitchen Love

Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 by midcenturyjo

My name is Jo and I have a serious kitchen addiction. You would think that being part way through my own kitchen renovation (think country colonial meets industrial) I would not have a wandering eye but I see a good looking rack of cupboards and I’m planning a little cheating on the side. My latest crush? This wooden kitchen by Swedish bespoke kitchen firm Nordiska Kök. Dark oak, terrazzo worktop, clean lined, Scandi chic. Swoon.

Elysian Landscapes

Posted on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 by midcenturyjo

First day back and I’m already in the garden but who can blame me when my inspiration is provided by Los Angeles-based Elysian Landscapes. Whether a private oasis to escape from the mad L.A. hype or the public face (or should that be space) for high end retailers like Balenciaga, Balmain and Isabel Marant, the design/build firm believes “that landscape is a conduit for social engagement and can inspire meaningful connections between people, places, nature and the seasons. With an ambition toward creating dynamic environments, which join us to our context and community, our projects are vibrant, visible and integrated within our daily lives.” It’s about atmosphere, movement, colour and light, about the public and the private. (Kim’s post from over 10 years ago is here.)

World Design Rankings

Posted on Tue, 1 Jan 2019 by midcenturyjo

News flash! The World Design Rankings have been announced for 2018. 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. The United States takes the first place among 100 represented countries this year with 48 Platinum Design Awards won followed by China, Japan, Italy, Great Britain,Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Australia (yay!) rounding out the top 10. So where did your country came? Check out the list below:

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 2018.


Mozaik system Modulable lamp by Davide Oppizzi


Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center by Hejingtang Design Studio


BEING Lamp by Cecilia Pozzi

Yard Seclusion Accommodation in Farm by Lei Jin, Tianqi Guan, Teng Guo


Globe Floor Lamp by Edoardo Colzani


Little Bo Flower vase by Santiago Bautista


The Mirrored Sight Shelter Viewing House, Tea House by Li Hao – One Take Architects


Meditation Seat Ware by Gao Fenglin


De Vinos Y Viandas Wine Shop by Zooco Studio


Groenlandia Residential House by Fernanda Marques


Brickkiln Folk Inn and Museum Make Village Newborn by Kevin Hu


Zhongnan Mansion Clubhouse by Kris Lin and Jiayu Yang

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 2018-2019 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