| Aug 18, 2010 |
'Best in show' products recognized for innovation
Boh staff
By Staff

A slew of awards were presented for Best Collection and Best Product Design during the bi-annual New York International Gift Fair taking place this week. Judging criteria included innovation, function, originality and design.

Best Product Collection award was given to Paul Smith for Stelton for reimagining Arne Jacobsen’s classic Cylinda-Line collection and introducing color in celebration of Stelton’s 50th year.

Best Product awards went to Wabnitz Editions, Branch Lamps and HeadsUp Design Company Inc.

Wabnitz Editions for Boomerang Wok, by Royal vkb, was recognized for its innovation in industrial design, solving an age old problem. Designed by Nikolai Carels, its unique patented edge shape alleviates the stresses of cooking by reducing the skills necessary for an evenly cooked meal.

Branch Lamps by Rich, Brilliant, Willing was noted for a modern classic used in a multitude of ways. With bent wood arms attached to metal hubs resembling the branches of a tree, the chandeliers, floor lamps and table lamps filter light through perforated brass shades. Ebonized, natural and custom color wood finishes are available. 

The Sasa Clock™ designed by Thorunn Arnadottir for HeadsUp Design Company Inc., received the award for its interpretation on the concept of time in an artistic and poetic manner. Made of a polished stainless steel hub and beech wood beads, time can be read from a color coded necklace—with each bead representing a 5 minute increment.

The selection committee also applauded the direction of the following collectives: American Design Club, Object Design League, JOIN DESIGN Seattle.

The selection committee included Miguel Calvo, Design & Research; David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect; Ilene Shaw, Shaw + Co! Productions; and Wilma Wabnitz, Wabnitz Editions Ltd.

In the home textiles category, the Best of Market award went to Designers Guild for its Orangerie Cushion, designed by Tricia Guild. Manufactured in the United Kingdom, the Orangerie design features hand painted florals on a white base, which are digitally reproduced and printed onto the cushion’s cotton percale front fabric.

The winner in the bed category was Bōdmer Blankets for its Jaspé Blanket, designed and hand woven by Craig Bōdmer. Made of 100% natural baby alpaca yarn and hand-woven silk, the blanket has an all-natural alpaca color. Finalists included Sefte or its Kisma Collection and the Thai Silk Association/Pimplus Co., Ltd. for its Royal Thai Silk Bean Pillow.

The winner in the bath category was Brahms Mount for its Linen Towels, designed by Claudia Brahms. The towels are woven in North America and are 100% linen and anti-microbial. Finalists were Scents & Feel for its batch and hand towel set with lurex and Mastro Raphaël®  for its Carillon II towel set.

In the dining category, the winner was Blissliving® Home  for its Samsara Table Linens, designed by Mei Xu and Amber Kleiner. The linens traditional embroidery is borrowed from their Samsara decorative pillow. Finalists were Scents & Feel for its set of tablecloths and napkins in jacquard stripes and SFERRA for its Quilted Dots Placemat and Dots Embroidery napkins.

In the home accessories category, the winner was Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. for its Travel Set. Designed by owner Alicia Adams and manufactured in Peru, the travel set comes with a blanket and eye mask in a travel-size pouch and is made of 100% baby alpaca. Finalists were Brahms Mount for its Zephyr and Verdura Day Blanket with Matching shams and Bōdmer Blankets (Carlton, OR) for its Dark T throw.

The panel of judges included: Julia Noran, managing partner, The Editor at Large; David Gill, senior editor, HFN; Jenny Heinzen York, editor-in-chief, Home Accents Today; Abby Tabak, marketing editor, House Beautiful; Wanda Jankowski, editor-in-chief, LDB; and Eugenia Santiesteban, senior style editor, Veranda.

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