News flash! The World Design Rankings have been announced for 2019. 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 106 represented countries, followed by Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Germany and Australia (yay!) rounding out the top 10. You can check out the complete list here (Sorry Kim Canada came in at 18) 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.
Bandage Sofa by Olga Bogdanova and Elena Prokhorova
Raw Radiator by Davide Diliberto
The Black House Housing by Buero Wagner
Aestus Vase by Oliver David Krieg
Bo Du Resort Hotel Design Commercial by Zhang Can – CSD Design Office
Flow Chair by Alexander Diaz Andersson
Kirin Wetland For Vanke Town Sales Office by Wang, Shaoqing
Quaint & Quirky Dessert House Dessert House by Chaos Design Studio
P.R Lounge Chair Lounge Chair by Alexandre Caldas
Cliff House Weekend Residence by Masato Sekiya
Shimao Loong Palace Residential landscape by Shimao Group
Sabrab Office Interior design by Sabrab Miguel Barbas
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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How the Quality of your Mattress Affects your Sleep
Your mattress and bedding determine the quality of your bed, which affects your sleep in return. Sleeping is essential for everyone to give rest to your body after a long day of work. Using the best mattress will improve the quality of your sleep by surrounding you with positive energy. An uncomfortable bed will lead to inadequate sleep that leads to stress build-up, depression, and other physiological problems in the long run. A quality mattress will relieve body aches and pain by providing uniform body support and ensuring healthy sleeping postures. The best mattress will support your spine, distributing weight evenly and while removing undue stress on body parts to minimize chronic aches and pain. It also prevents allergic risks which are caused by old mattresses that accumulate dust, body oils, and dead skins that are risky to people with sensitive skin and asthma. The right mattress will make a comfortable bed hence improve the general quality of life to give you better sleep that enhances your memory, performance, and productivity. When looking for a new mattress, consider the brand Casper. Casper deals with sleep products, both online and in retail locations, and deals with quality mattresses, pillows, and memory foam for better sleep. The famous sleep company has made a lot of sales and gained massive support from customers and celebrities all over and was considered best mattress in 2019 by Which?. Moreover, it ensures that your products get delivered in a box within four days and with a mattress, you get a 100-day trial. Visit their website to buy Casper’s memory foam mattress online to improve the quality of your sleep and make a comfortable bed. The level of comfort on you is determined by the type of mattress you are using, which relatively affects the quality of sleep. A mattress can impact a person’s rest according to Michael Decker, professor at Georgia state university “ideally, a mattress that reduces the pressure points on your body should give you a better night’s sleep.”
Improving your bed and Bedroom for Perfect Sleep
To get better sleep, you need to adjust the entire bedroom to create a pleasant sleeping environment. It all begins by finding the best mattress, of course, and cover it with cozy bed sheets, get a soft comforter, and firm pillows. Improve the smell of your bedroom by ventilating it adequately, and using preferred scents put some flower vessels on your desk too; there are various sleeping scents such as the Lavender. Keep your room with beautiful decorations like artwork, postcards from your friends, or even hang photos on the wall. Determine the theme color of your room, choose your favorite color, and match all linen. Keep the room as uncluttered as possible, and this will help to clear your mind boosting a happy mood. Organize your dresser, it improves the general appearance of your room, and adjust your window coverings to block excess light at night. Adjust the lighting; colored bulbs will bring an elegant look in your room. Reposition your bed, if your bedroom is spacious, consider moving the bed away from the wall to create a cozy environment and allow free air circulation. Cover your bedroom wall with tapestries; they will make the room beautiful and attractive to sleep. Add some patterned wallpapers to your door and furniture, dust off the surfaces, and wipe your electronics. You can also use a bed in a box riser to lift your bed to the desired height.
Tips to Improve your Sleep
Avoid consumption of caffeine late in the day for better rest, for it stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from relaxing adequately at night. Optimize your bedroom environment, consider adjusting light, noise, and furniture arrangement, make sure your bedroom is clean and have a comfortable bed with a quality mattress. Exposure to light may make it harder to get better sleep; consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan, or other devices that suit your needs. Establish a sleeping pre-soothing routine like taking a bath, the rising and falling of body temperature as you bathe soothes you to sleep. You can also read a book, watch a program that will help you relax and sleep. Go to sleep when you are tired, and avoid having naps in between the day. Eat healthy meals a few hours before bed; avoid food that could lead to indigestion. Pay attention to what you eat to avoid heavy snacks and too many drinks. Stick to a sleeping schedule of the same bedtime and waking up hours to regulate your body’s sleeping habits. Exercise regularly to improve your sleep, the task will reduce symptoms of insomnia, by speeding up your metabolism, elevating body temperatures, and stimulating cortisol hormones.
Making your bed to Enhance sleep
Change your beddings often, and select high-quality linens. Synthetic materials have a tendency to trap heat, making your sleep to be uncomfortable, cotton materials have better reviews. Make sure you clean your sheets before putting them on your bed, use seasonal beddings to maximize warmth during cold seasons, and reduce heat on hot nights. Buy new linens and replace the old ones after a considerable period. Choose single-ply sheets which are softer and are likely to last longer than double-ply threads. Give your bed a neutral foundation, avoid including too many colors and patterns on your bed. A bed will look great with a big fluffy duvet that is layered but avoid the cumbersome covers that are difficult to tuck. To make your bed comfortable, invest in good pillows. Casper’s, which were mentioned at the beginning f this article, are meant to keep your spine in a neutral position by aligning your neck with the rest of the body for a good posture. Sleeping on a comfortable pillow will also alienate neck pains. A well-made bed will set a relaxed sleeping mood that makes it easier to fall asleep; an untidy room with untucked sheets can cause stress and anxiety that keeps you up at night. It also makes sleeping easier since a made bed will lift your mood and lighten your emotions, and even makes you feel happier. A made bed looks cleaner; thus, it will make you feel better at the end of a long day.
Quality sleep is essential in every person’s life to Increase body health, productivity, and general appearance. The quality of sleep is determined by various factors like the type of beddings. Adjust the conditions of your bedroom and add a bed in a box to enhance comfort. The qualities of better sleep are taking little time to sleep, not waking up more than once during the night and restful sleep. You can also buy a memory foam mattress, a luxurious type of bed that responds to heat changes by shaping itself around your body and is among the best mattresses in the UK. Good sleep is associated with various benefits like spurring creativity. It consolidates memories by making them stronger and reorganizing them, which may improve your creativity. It also helps in maintaining a healthy weight, according to researchers at the University of Chicago, who found out that dieters who had a quality sleep lost more fat than those who got deprived of sleep.
This post was contributed by a guest writer.
The prestigious A’ Design Award & Competition is ongoing for the 2019-2020 season and with over 100 categories the A’ Design Award & 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, 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 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 & Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. Note: There is still time to get entries in for the late deadline. You can register here.
Today I thought I would share some of the top winners in the Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design category (one of MANY categories that are included).
A’ Design Award & Competition is organized and awarded annually and internationally in a wide range of categories – the one I featured above is just one of a very vast range. 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. If you’d like to register for 2019-2020 you can still do so here.
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I have two more books to share with you that Vendome press recently released. Again, I must say these are fantastic from start to finish and must-haves. And them to your Christmas list. You can thank me later.
First up is interior designer Tom Scheerer and More Decorating, with photos by Francesco Lagnese. After his first book the people said “give me more” and so here you have it 😉 This guy is BUSY, and this book features nothing but his own projects. And each one is full of life, drama, colour and expertly curated. (I added a few photos from some recent projects as a bonus, also photographed by Francesco). In Tom Scheerer’s second book, twenty of his latest projects are featured, including city houses and apartments in New York, Dallas, and Paris; summer houses in Florida, the Hamptons, and Maine; and tropical houses in Palm Beach, Antigua, and Abaco. Each project exudes a serenity and a sense of comfort and ease that derives from its perfect proportions combined with fresh, unpretentious beauty. It all seems completely effortless, belying the fierce intelligence and impeccable eye behind every decorating decision.
Next is one I was excited to get my hands on when I first heard about it, having been following photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna on Instagram since the inception of his first epic book Haute Bohemians. A Wandering Eye is eye candy from front to back… capturing the magical places Miguel has visited and without using an actual camera! Books helped him discover places both literally and figuratively, creating romantic visions of lands he wanted to visit, and he has gone on to document his peripatetic life with his camera, recording places as he feels they should be rather than as they are. In this irresistible volume, Flores-Vianna shares some 250 of his favorite images taken all over Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas—captured only with his smartphone—in the hope that viewers, seeing the world through his eyes, will learn to love these most wondrous of places as much as he does.
I had the absolute pleasure of getting my hands on copies of several books recently launched by Vendome Press. And let me warn you that each one is a must-have for your coffee table or strategically placed pile on a shelf or table somewhere. I’ll start with Beige Is Not A Color by designer Carlos Mota. I love that title and think he may have something there, which was then solidified once I got to the end of his book. It really shows how much impact and drama colour can have in a space. Bland is anathema to Carlos Mota. As he travels the world—from Lisbon to Tangier, India to Santo Domingo, New York to Paris—producing feature stories and ad campaigns for countless publications and companies, he exults in every spark of originality and creativity he sees. Fortunately for us, he not only documents his sightings with his camera but also collects images by a Who’s Who of interiors and architectural photographers. And in this volume, he has culled some 280 of his favorite images, all wholly different but all sharing one quality: the beauty of color, both literally and figuratively. There are interiors, table settings, fabric swatches, tiles, floral arrangements, sculptures, architectural ornamentation—whatever captures his discriminating eye.
Next up is Inside Tangier by Italian interior designer Nicolò Castellini Baldissera (Photos: Guido Taroni). Honestly I really knew nothing about Tangier before reading this book, but WHOA these spaces really captivate and make you want to book a flight to this Moroccan city. Absolutely stunning homes featured in this must-have book. A white-walled city perched between Morocco and Europe, Tangier was long a haven for the literary and artistic avant-garde—and black sheep—of Europe and America. Now a new generation of residents are blending color, pattern, and taste to create an interior aesthetic all their own. Inside Tangier explores a selection of these exceptional properties and their eccentric inhabitants—from antiques dealer and collector Gordon Watson and interior designer Frank de Biasi to the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and antiques dealer Christopher Gibbs—providing rare insights into the sometimes bohemian, sometimes extravagant, but always stylish “Tangerine” lifestyle.
And the last book of this round (more to share soon) is Near & Far by textile designer Lisa Fine with photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna. It is a treasure trove of homes where colour and pattern and textures are abundant and make you rethink your need to de-clutter or paint your walls greige. Lisa Fine invites us into her homes in Dallas, New York, and Paris and takes us along as she visits the places and people who have been her greatest sources of inspiration. Among her favored treasures are the Mughal palaces and gardens of India, the 18th-century home of Carl Linnaeus in Sweden; the whitewashed retreat of interior designer John Stefanidis on Patmos, the idyllic country house and garden of London-based designer Penny Morrison, and the storied house in the Tangier Casbah belonging to collectors Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani.