Displaying posts from February, 2019

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 16 Feb 2019 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it should be somewhere super stylish and your can’t get anywhere more stylish than a designer’s own work space. Neal Beckstedt Studio.

Photography by Eric Piasecki

Like a sea shell

Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 by midcenturyjo

The designer says “Looking directly out to Bondi Beach, this residence captures the very essence of Sydney’s beachside living. Filled with natural light, a palette of muted tones draws in the ocean without competing with the view.

The spaces have a luxurious easiness to them. Materials were selected based on their tactile qualities; kitchen benches are a crackled ceramic, the timber joinery has a raw feel and soft-coloured concrete floors are cool underfoot. The interior spaces flow into one another but thresholds are expressed with deep timber architraves. The result is a residence that captures the colour and easy spirit of Bondi Beach.”

I say the curves and spirals along with the hints of blush pink remind me of a sea shell and as it overlooks Bondi Beach I’m sure if you put your ear up against a wall you will hear the sea. Beach House by Richard Stanisich.

A beautiful garden summer and autumn

Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 by midcenturyjo

It’s almost the weekend and where will you find me come Saturday? Why in the garden of course! It has been a scorching week (we reached 41 degrees Celsius on Wednesday) and I can think of nothing better than zoning out practising mindfulness as I water the garden and tinker about. Now if this wonderful garden in Box Hill by Ian Barker Gardens was mine I’d be belly flopping into the pool instead and drinking in the beauty of this marriage of 19th and 21st century design. To hell with the gardening!

Last call for entries for the A’ Design Award and Competition. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. You can nominate your design here. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and 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.

From the Good Industrial Design Award to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award and so many more. (You can find all the design categories here.) With the competition highlighting, advertising & advocating good design, taking part will provide recognition, publicity and international peer review. 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 and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. The fame, the prestige, the recognition and so much more.

Are you inspired? Excited? 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 A’ Design Award and Competition 2018 –
2019 here. But you better be quick. The deadline for submission is on February 28. Results will be announced April 15 and you will find full coverage of the results here on . Can’t wait!

In the meantime here are some inspiring winners from last year …


Spot Multifunctional Sofa by Vinicius Lopes and Gabriela Kuniyoshi


Exo Chair by Svilen Gamolov


The Curtain Sales Office by Larry Wen – Aoe


Malangen Retreat Family retreat by Snorre Stinessen


The Mirrored Sight Shelter Viewing House, Tea House by Li Hao – One Take Architects


Solar Egg – More than a sauna Public sauna by Futurniture and Bigert & Bergström


Iconic Cloud Chair Rocking Chair by Pia Weinberg – Maison Deux


Joseph Felt Chair Seating by Lothar Windels

Blanco Profina Apron Front Kitchen Sink by BLANCO


Renaissance Armchair by Zaria Ishkildina


Bow Coffe table by Guilherme Torres


Life extension Residential House by Pin-Chi Yu


Globe Floor Lamp by Edoardo Colzani


Mozaik system Modulable lamp by Davide Oppizzi


General Electric Healthcare Interior design by Setter Architects


New Design for DSK Bank Flagship Branch by DA Architects


Roaringwild – Uniwalk Retail Store by Kinson Leung


Health Dandelion Hotel by Yiming Li


Wine credenza II Table by Han Sung-Jae


Light Pink and Coal Living Interior Design by Juliana Pippi

Don’t forget to nominate your designs for award consideration here. Submission deadline is 28 February 2019.

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with A’ Design Award and Competition

Modern rustic

Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 by KiM

Urbanology Designs took a modern, rustic approach to this home in Dallas, Texas and it creates such a casual, warm, and earthy feel. There are so many wonderful textures you almost don’t notice how neutral the colour scheme is.