Best Housekeeping 2011
Sarah Coffey
Jan 31, 2011

Our favorites from Wallpaper* Magazine's annual design awards are the renegade categories that break away from typical shout-outs like "best new fashion collection" or "best upholstery." One such category — appropriate for Apartment Therapy as we wrap up a January full of 'fresh starts' — is the "Best Housekeeping" awards for 2011, which went to a hotel, a stepladder, a laundry rinse, and a modular cleaning system.

The Connaught London

Operated by the Maybourne Group (owners of Claridge's and the Berkeley as well), the Connaught is a five-star establishment with a Michellin-starred restaurant. Following a $140 million restoration a couple of years ago, it's maintained its reputation for attentive staff and luxurious details.

APC + Aesop Fine Fabric Care

Australian apothecary chain Aesop created this laundry rinse in collaboration with French clothing company APC. Specially formulated for handwashing delicates, a bottle of 'fine fabric care' sells for $35 through APC.

Stepladder by Karl Malmwall for Design House Stockholm

This stepladder folds flat, so you can hang it against the wall. Available in a glossy red, black, or white finish, it's an object of beauty with a high price tag — buy it for $295 via Design House's US division.

Modular Cleaning System from International Studio

Designed by by Marc Bell and Robin Grasby for International Studio, this cleaning system is similar to one of our favorite products — MUJI's Modular Cleaning System. Currently in prototype production (we couldn't find a version for sale?), it's made from maple, aluminum, and silicone with natural fiber brushes.

What would you nominate for Best Housekeeping 2011? Let us know in the comments.

Wallpaper* Magazine 2011 Design Awards

Photos: The Connaught London, APC, Design House Stockholm, International Studio

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