A’Design Award & Competition Winners: Architecture

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A’Design Award & Competition is an international juried competition which creates a platform for companies, designers, architects and innovators to showcase their works across varied categories while garnering press and publicity to help carry these inventive design concepts forward.

We at Chic Tip have gathered our ‘Top Ten’ A’Design Award Winners for the Architecture/Building/Structure Design category. Enjoy these sites to be seen!:

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Golden Moon by Laboratory for Explorative

A remarkable modern derivative of a traditional Chinese lantern and homage to the burning love story of Chang’e the Moon Goddess of Immortality, this six-story incandescent public space structure is comprised of a computer-generated steel grid, bamboo, concrete and finally stretch fabric in fiery hues of red, orange and bordeaux. A sensational abstract flame, the sphere was installed upon a reflective pool in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park as a choreographed sound and light pavilion to be enjoyed by the public during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

A’Design Award & Competition Winners: Furniture

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A’Design Award & Competition is an international juried competition which creates a platform for companies, designers, architects and innovators to showcase their works across varied categories while garnering press and publicity to help carry these inventive design concepts forward.

We at Chic Tip have gathered our ‘Top Ten’ A’Design Award Winners for the Furniture/Decorative Items/Homeware Design category–hope you enjoy these as much we did!:

 

 

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Butterfly Chair by Eduardo García Campos

A luxurious sculptural chair, the aesthetic is almost ethereal while taking on the appearance of a Monarch butterfly. The Butterfly Chairs, which are manufactured as one homogenous piece, are equally as stunning when placed individually or together, forming the silhouette of the Monarch. Materials include aluminum, plastic, carbon fiber and bronze and colors range the gamut of a rainbow, creating a versatile chair for indoor or outdoor living.

The Lawn on D Installation in Boston, MA by Höweler + Yoon Architecture

If you’re planning to be in Boston any time soon don’t miss “The Lawn on D” installation by Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

“SWING TIME is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. The installation activates a temporary park between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and D Street to create an experimental public space.

Custom fabricated from welded polypropylene, the swings are designed in three different sizes so that the community can engage, exercise, and play with SWING TIME as individuals or in groups. LED lighting within the swing is controlled by a custom micro-controller, signaling the swing’s activity level. An internal accelerometer measures the acceleration forces of the swing. When forces are static and the swings are not in use, they emit a soft, white light that illuminates the area. When the swings are in motion, the micro-controller switches the light from white to purple, creating a colorful glowing effect. SWING TIME’s responsive play elements invite users to interact with the swings and with each other, activating the urban park and creating a community laboratory for play in the Innovation District and South Boston neighborhoods.

SWING TIME is sponsored by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and located at The Lawn on D, a 2.7-acre outdoor experimental event landscape”.

Be on display until October 31, 2014.

The 2014 Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Like every year ChicTip reporting live from the Javits Center in New York City where the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) taking place and bring you the best designs that are out there.

The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) hosts more than 500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and features everything in design that one could imagine—contemporary furniture, seating, carpeting and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.

For more information visit the ICFF site.

French design studio Moustache has launched their new collection during Maison & Objet in Paris recently. The collection consist of furnitures and objects designed by home designers François Azambourg, Inga Sempé, Big-Game, Ionna Vautrin, Benjamin Graindorge, Sébastien Cordoléani, Dylan Martorell and has revealed the firsts products issued from their new collaborations with Bertjan Pot, Constance Guisset and Jean-Baptiste Fastrez.

Clerkenwell Design Week, London

Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the international design calendar, winning Best Festival and Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards to attest to its success. Boasting over 60 showrooms, a wealth of creative businesses and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, CDW takes advantage of this creative hub every May for 3 days.

Starck Organic by Phillipe Starck for Axor

Our next stop at this years NYCxDESIGN was to the Axor Showroom, where we had the pleasure of meeting Phillipe Starck himself. Stark was there introducing his gorgeous new line of bathroom fixtures for the long-established designer-favorite, German brand, Hansgrohe.

He took us through his design process, explaining how he always likes to start with hand sketching rather than jumping in with software-enabled design. Starck further commented on this, saying that he believes when you use computer software for the embryonic stage of a given design ones creativity is limited to the framework or workflow imposed by the software. When one hand draws designs onto a blank canvas, there are no such limitations. For the beautiful Axor bathroom fixtures, Starck had spent months of drawing and re-drawing, and even modeling his designs in order to strip down any unnecessary parts, materials and form.One of his guiding principals is that minimalist design is both elegant and timeless; and therefore we should strive to achieve this wherever possible.

Even considering the fact that I got to meet one of my favorite designers, and certainly one who provides me with a great deal of inspiration. I have to say that I enjoyed this event tremendously and much more than I expected to do so prior to hearing him speak. For this was no ordinary product launch event, in which we typically get a reasonable amount of background information and an unreasonable amount of marketing focus, primarily because Phillipe Starck is both personable and, as it turns out, very funny with an endearing sense of humor. Starck was a showman on this (mini) stage. experienced, witty and able to connect with the audience, he achieved what so many of these launches fail to, an engaging, entertaining and informational product overview, sprinkled with a sense of humility. A chance to enjoy the product, the designer, and the manufacturer, and leave feeling informed and not overwhelmed was a refreshing take on so many product launches that rely on a little champagne or glitz to keep the audience focused. Maybe it was heady mix of design icon and organic theme that swept us off to utopia? While Monsieur Starck was the highlight of the event, of course, it would be rude not to mention the delightful, and organic, lunch snack, as well as the promotional gift bag full of goodies that I proudly photographed when I got home.

Thank you, Phillipe Starck, for a memorable product launch. Thank you, Axor, for the invite – and, lest we forget, a wonderful range of bathroom hardware perfect for my next project!