One of my favorite things is the Best of the Year issue of Interior Design magazine. Some day one of my projects shall grace those pages. In the meantime, I can admire the inspiring successes of others. Here are my favorite projects and products featured.
artechnic: Tunnel of Love, Karuizawa, Japan [Freestanding House] This place just blows my mind. Completed in 2008. You simply must go to the artechnic site to see more photos to better grasp the breathtaking architecture.
CL3 Architects Limited: Illegal Structure, Hong Kong [Exhibit/Installation] Down to basics - I love it!
WOHA: Genexis Theatre, Singapore [Institutional] Channeling the undulating wood canopy of Banq (now Ginger Park) but there is so much more to design of this theatre - go to the WOHA website to find out more.
Rapsel: One Collection by Matteo Thun [Bath Fixtures] Speaking of undulating wood - I love that Matteo Thun & Partners have brought this look into the bathroom basin, shown above right. You may recall the stunning design work of Matteo Thun from my article on the new flagship Hugo Boss store in New York.
Thos. Moser: Pasadena Rocker [Residential/Lounge] Typically Thos Moser uses mostly cherry wood, this rocking chair is available in walnut (shown above).
Big Ass Fans: Isis [Eco Products] It is a big ass steel fan...for such a whimsical name, the company has created an innovative, sleek fan for commercial spaces that provides the perfect combination of gentle air circulation, energy efficiency, and silent operation.
IZM: VisualizmFurniture [Residential/Storage] IZM is a high end Canadian manufacturer of minimalist modern furniture. This sleek walnut/smoked glass AV unit would make quite a statement in a living room.
Vibia, Inc: Ameba Pendant [Lighting] I love anything that can adapt to numerous environments. The ameba pendant is composed of five shapes that combine to form a variety of ways to work in your space.
Check out INTERIOR DESIGN magazine for all of the 2009 winners.