A’ Design Award & Competition: Call For Participants

Designed by Italian designer Davide Conti , the Magica and Magica2 are chairs that appear to defy gravity. When you first get a glimpse of these super minimal chairs, you wonder how in the world they stand up, much less how they hold a person up but upon closer inspection, you realize they are outfitted with clear Plexiglas.
The white and black seats and backs Stevan Ridley Authentic Jersey of the chairs are also made out of Plexiglas defining each piece with simple, rigid lines. The clear Plexi gives each chair the support it needs while providing the illusion that it’s floating in mid-air.

Straw Salt and Pepper Shakers

The following post is brought to you by  A’ Design Award and Competition . Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. We appreciate any competition that values good design and offers more than just a few bucks as a prize. A’ Design Award & Competition is a well-respected annual design competition honoring the best in design, as chosen by a distinct jury . Not only do winners receive a pretty hefty prize package , but the competition helps them reach new markets, launch their product and connect with the right business people to help them realize or promote their products. Plus, you get a shiny trophy.

Trompe L’oeil Carved Wooden Upholstery by Rüskasa

Taiwanese company Rüskasa focuses on modern wooden furniture built by hand using labor-intensive techniques. Incorporating inspiration from Scandinavia and Japan, the heirloom pieces feature clean lines, stripped of any unnecessary adornment, leaving the wood to shine. The stellar craftsmanship paired with their use of maple, beech, and walnut, mean these pieces are built to stand the test of time.
The RU-ST007 Bench features a trompe l’oeil effect on the wooden seat looking as if it’s upholstered when it’s really carved. The bench is available in maple or walnut.
Other pieces from Rüskasa:
RU-DS009 Dining/Side Chair
RU-HH003 with RU-HH004 cart
Rüskasa will be showing as part of Fresh Taiwan Vince Wilfork Womens Jersey at Tent London , part of the London Design Festival .

I’ve kind of fallen in love with these straw-shaped salt and pepper shakers by DesignK . Inspired by bendy drinking straws, they’re just long enough that you can stick them in a glass when you’re not using them.

Jason McHenry is Making One Million Paintings

This guy is my new hero. His name is Jason McHenry. He and artist Christopher Dyer have embarked on a life project called One Thousand Thousand , which entails making 1 million uniformly-sized, original mixed-media works on paper. They’ve been making new pieces just about every day for the last 20 years and the project is nearing the 330,000 mark. WHAT!?

Paul Smith’s New London Flagship Shop

With that in mind it was time to expand his London shop , located on the corner of Albemarle and Stafford Street, into the neighboring building. Selling everything from clothing and accessories for men and women, along with a selection of furniture, it’s no wonder a larger space was needed, so the in-house team at Paul Smith got to work creating the the perfect backdrop for the brand. The designer walks you through the entire space: Looking to make a statement with the newly expanded shop, Smith worked with 6A architects to design a one-of-a-kind exterior made of cast iron panels discreetly detailed with some Smith’s own drawings. The drawings blend into the wall, semi-disguising them from rest of the traditional architecture in the area, all while being true to Smith’s vision. The mesmerizing facade is layered over black painted walls creating the perfect textural exterior to go along with his signature designs. The curved window panels bump out into the street displaying the wares that are for sale inside.

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