I’m excited to share the news that designythings has been nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award. The 8th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards recognizes exceptional design and remodeling blogs. According to the organizers, the award continues to strengthen in reach and influence, with tight races in several categories in last year’s competition. The annual award, run by San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling, highlights the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog categories. Last year’s winners include the blogs by interior designer Sarah Sarna, Decoist, and others. Designythings is running in the Interior Design category. If you’d like to vote, please click here. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2017 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display. Voting opens March 6th and closes April 24th, so please take a moment to vote now!
The Italian accessories brand Alessi has brought together a range of collaborators — from star architects to new talent — for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection of tabletop products. Below are a few of my favorites from the new collection. Forma Grater by Zaha Hadid The Forma Grater was the late Iraqi architect’s final project for Alessi. Like many of her works, its shape was inspired by organic, natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and wind. It consists of two elements: a sculptural black melamine base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater. $80 Va Bene by Miriam Mirri The Va Bene cooking utensil for testing pasta, vegetables, and other hot foods is produced via a complex sheet metal processing technique of molding, cutting, and welding to create a form that recalls part of a musical instrument. $45 T-Timepiece by Titus Wybenga Inspired by the shape of an antique pocket watch, this infuser was a result of the “Life in Transition” workshop organized in collaboration with Dutch University TU Delft, with a mission …
The accessories brand Kontextür has introduced two new model kits created by the Brooklyn-based designer Matt Cavanaugh. Shark and Diver feature flat pieces of vinyl and plastic screws that come in an accordian-style package with graphic step-by-step assembly instructions. So will you be the shark or the diver? ($39.50 each or $79 for the set) Images courtesy of Kontextür.
The British lighting brand Anglepoise and renowned British designer Paul Smith have collaborated on a third edition of the Type 75 Desk Lamp that evokes the primary colors of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s De Stijl style. The lamp has been launched to coincide with the run up to next year’s De Stijl centennial. The lamp has had quite a history. Designed by Sir Kenneth Grange in 2004, the Type 75 lamp is inspired by a 1970’s version of the Anglepoise Model 90, which was in turn inspired by the Original 1227 design launched in the 1930’s. The lamp features a matte paint or brushed aluminum finish with an aluminum shade and utilizes Anglepoise’s constant tension spring technology. The UL-listed lamp is wired for the U.S. and is supplied with a 13-watt, E26 CFL bulb. $240. All images courtey of Anglepoise. Photos by Jake Curtis and Styling by Despina Curtis. Images shot on location at Paul Smith Westbourne House.