Top Honors @ ID Mag's 2008 Design ReviewEmail from 6.26.08

Top Honors @ ID Mag's 2008 Design ReviewEmail from 6.26.08

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 7, 2008

I had the honor of being a part of the panel judging furniture this year in ID Magazine's Annual Design Review. I am happy to say that two out of the top three prizes were with my consent. The magazine is just about to hit newstands, so you can have a sneak peak right here...

1. Simpledoubledeux by Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects - This amazingly simple, beautifully sofa bed does exactly what it looks like, it pulls out to sleep two. While there was a lot of debate on our jury about many of our choices, this one was like voting on an iPhone, it escaped all criticism. Nice picture gallery here:

2. Baby Faces Wall Panels by Badham/Norris - These paintable high relief wall panels evoked laughter as most of our group, liked the drama and the humor that they would lend to a room. I thought they were creepy.

3. Ribbon Stools by Nendo - Of all the stuff we looked at, I thought these stools were the most artistic and aspirational. I don't quite know why, but the swooping lines and clean laser cut steel signified a beautiful balance. I was even quoted as saying, "I think it's poetic." I still do, but I had to argue for these. Some of the others were underwhelmed.

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