24 sqm of Parisian chic

Posted on Wed, 12 May 2021 by midcenturyjo

Small space big style. If you need a little pied-à-terre (or let’s face it with increasing housing costs in capital cities across the globe perhaps a permanent base) this little studio space in Paris may just be the stylish solution for you. Bastille by Intérieurs de Collection.

Photography by Laetitia Tomassi

Sophisticated seaside living

Posted on Wed, 12 May 2021 by midcenturyjo

“With incredible views towards the southern wild ocean and northern views to the enclosed and stunning pool lawn and flourishing vegetable garden, we wanted to create an ‘Australian’ villa in the landscape by the sea. Internally, we aspired to creating spaces rather than surface, creating atmosphere rather than rooms; creating both a generosity of spirit and serenity as a background for happy family life.”

As stunning as its rugged setting this sophisticated contemporary beach house is definitely no shack with its expansive views through large glass windows, open plan living and a sheltered oasis of a garden behind. Flinders House by Melbourne-based Susi Leeton.

Photography by Lisa Cohen & Sharyn Cairns

On a hill in an orange grove in southern Portugal is a guesthouse built as a series of white boxes based on traditional farmhouse buildings. Minmimalist interiors provide a simple escape from the heat of the sun while connecting effortlessly with the exterior. Spread over two floors the original shepherd’s hut contains the living room and kitchen opening to roof terraces including a pool. Casa Um by Lisbon-based Atelier Rua.

 

With 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. Categories such as Interior Space and Exhibition Design; Architecture, Building and Structure Design; Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design; Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design; Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design; Landscape Planning and Garden Design and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) 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. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

The A’ Design Award & Competition has ended for another year. Entries have been judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members. The prize? The trophy, of course, 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. Yes finally the winners have been announced.  Can you imagine the scale of this competition?  2094 Winners from 108 countries in 104 different design disciplines.

Here are some of my favourite winners for 2020 from the following categories: Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design; Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award: Architecture, Building and Structure Design; Lighting Products and Projects.

I think what I liked the most about these entries was the interesting use of natural materials and the almost organic lines of most. You can see all the winners here.

Once again an emphasis on organic, sinuous lines as well as an exploration of mass and voids, positive and negative space, monumental and intimate spaces.

From organic lines (and organic principles) to brutal and monolithic there is so much to explore in this year’s winners.

I love the exploration of what is light, the shape of light and changing direction of beams. As for the play on an hour glass to time a light … what fun!

A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories. Every year projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Award. While realized projects find opportunities to get published, reach new markets and meet a wide range of buyers for their existing products, the organization also helps the creative minds and startups to meet with the business people to realize their product ideas. Early Registrations to A’ Design Award are now open, enter your works for fame, prestige and international publicity. To register for next year’s competition you can do so here.

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with A’ Design Award and Competition.

Under the stairs

Posted on Mon, 10 May 2021 by midcenturyjo

When you live in a mews house in London space is at a premium. Add the need to store a couple of bicycles and creative design is needed. This rough, sawn oak staircase with an illuminated, recessed handrail lifts on a gentle counterweight pivot to reveal a storage area for bikes beneath. Clever! Bentinck Mews by Studio Mackereth.