Alicia Rosauer and Robert Segal from Unison chose Strand Design (above) for their top honors and gave an honorable mention to Susanne Thurn from Hamburg for her wallpaper designs.
Ted and Sharon Burdett of Strand will receive $10k in advertising here on Apartment Therapy to kick their business up to the next level. Jump below to hear what Alicia and Robert said.
Design: Lug Trugs
Materials: Recycled Tire Rubber
Designer: Ted and Sharon Burdett
Link: Strand Design
Location: Chicago, Illinois
What Alicia and Robert said:
TITLE: Unison Co-Founders and Designers
"We select Strand Design's Lug Trugs as our top pick in the AT Design Showcase 2012 for many reasons. The product stands out in form and material contrast - it's soft matte black contrasts great with the natural handles of wood and rope, and we're always a fan of contrast stitching. We're in awe that each piece is hand stitched, making these even more an outstanding product displaying true dedication and craftsmanship.
We also appreciate that it is offered in more than one style (or function) which reveals the designers' thoughtfulness in the design process. Lastly, using recycled rubber has been around for a while in the realm of modern design products, but this is by far the sleekest, yet down to earth design we have seen. Does it help that they are fellow Chicago designers and a husband-and-wife design team as well? Perhaps. But really we are proud such great design does come out of Chicago and these guys deserve the recognition for a truly unique product line."
"Our runner up is Susanne Thurn Wallpapers out of Germany. Of course since we are designers of textiles we can appreciate her work, especially since it is hand screened. Her designs and color use are sincere and we enjoyed reading her INSPIRATION, it mirrors our own views a lot. Lastly the material use (acrylic on fleece) is very tactile and we think reflect the imagery very well."
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