Thanks to Amy Butler, David Netto, and Aaron Lown & John Roscoe Swartz of BUILT for serving on our esteemed panel of judges. Their votes are in, and their top pick is…
Congratulations to the winner, Tamar Gilad, who will receive $10k in advertising on our network and daily emails. The judges offered insight into all their picks — read more about their favorites below.
To get the judge's overall winner, we applied a simple three-point scoring system to each of their ranked picks. You can see the final scores at the bottom of this post.*
Great design with caring. Tamar's design is sensitive to cat comfort and to design simplicity. It's important to me that it reflects a true desire, and compassion that she has found through her volunteer work. Clearly her inspiration came from a place of love.
Bottles of Hope
Peter's brilliant use of repurposed glass bottles en masse is a testament to seeing beyond the single object and using keen balance of scale to create wonder from the ordinary.
Great design leads you to unexpected discoveries. I feel that John's Quandry table is a very soothing work of art. It is captivating in its simplicity, yet your eyes seem to follow it around forever.
I like the strong visual reference to an architectural truss. I like its guts and simplicity. I like the fact that as a decorator I could use this table in many different environments, not just the proverbial White Loft (picture it in room of stripped down 18th C. French paneling—fantastic. Now in a Lautner house—also fantastic). The designer seems to have a very sure hand when it comes to proportion: look at the relationship between the thickness of the glass top and the heft of the wood elements. They enjoy perfect interrelation of scale, which is not so easy to get right and not so easy to notice when it IS right. Here, it is right. This table is the successful product of somebody who is interested in the nature of materials but also proportional harmony, and who wasn't afraid to stop designing in time, before things might have gotten a little too complicated.
My younger daughter has a thing for cats, so I have love for this project because I know she would love it. There's an old saying which is a perfect putdown for those who exhibit the tendency to delegitimize nice fun stuff as insufficiently intellectual. It goes, "If you didn't like that, you'd probably kick a puppy." I could go on about the relationship of materials, and construction technique, and whatnot of this Cat Hammock, but I just think this was conceived as a happiness-giving object—and as that, it is a success. Whether the cats lies in it or not. And I've never seen one before, so to me, it is original...
Bottles of Hope
One has the definite feeling one has seen similar things out there, but I have a weakness for a designer who is not afraid to invest the familiar with new purpose. The recyclable aspect of this lighting system seems to me what its real premise is: using the reclaimed bottles and putting a message into the heart of the house of somebody who is interested in design that's Green as a way of life. It's hanging over your head at every meal. If you manufactured this fixture from scratch, it would be what the similar ones in the market already are: pretty lights at Conran's or some place that has a retail-driven design point of view. This to me has a message beyond merely its own form, and I feel that it is a timely idea, and that the object successfully conveys that. I'm very suspicious of the integrity of most Green design—I don't have that problem here.
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I always ask myself whenever in a hotel bathroom, "Should I get one of these curved shower curtains for my bathroom at home?" The answer is always no because of the fact that it makes your bathroom smaller as it makes your shower larger. This is a real "why didn't I think of that" solution. Nicely done.
This makes perfect sense to me. Unlike pet 'pillow beds' that many times require being placed on a piece of human furniture, this collapsible hammock allows both you and your cat to sit in comfort, and when Sparkles is out on the hunt you can easily stow it out of site. Love it!
Iconic and beautiful. I want two!
It's just a darn good idea. It answers a question I have often asked about the curved shower curtains, which work great in the shower but then rams into the bathroom like an unwanted guest.
Beautiful, elegant, lovely colors. I want one.
This is an interesting design. Being a furniture maker at one time, I am curious about how it will be constructed.