Design Blogfest Window Competition Finalists


About a week ago, Treehugger and five other blogs invited designers to submit prototypes to be shown in The Apartment's SOHO-facing windows during our Blogfest. The deliberation was hard, but we've picked the finalists; now it's your turn to choose the winner. Read on to find the finalists, photos of their designs, and the chance to vote on your favorite:

Cribcandy chose the Drawing Pod
I chose the drawing pod, because it solved a very simple problem
that I encountered when i was an architect, but which anyone who has
tried to extract a poster from a cardboard tube will relate to. Rolled
up drawings tend to unwind and stick to the sides of tubes making them
difficult to extract without tearing. The solution: make the tube
tear-drop shaped, in section.

TreeHugger chose the Keyboard Waffle Maker
Chris Dimino's Keyboard Waffle Maker proves that a little whimsy
and sense of fun is often critical to a recycled design's success. It
just wouldn't be as interesting (or as green) if the typewriter's
metal and plastic were melted down and turned into another forgettable
appliance. The design also celebrates the typewriter's patina and
imperfections instead of attempting to hide them, which I think is a
growing movement away from iPod-like super-slickness in design as a

Apartment Therapy chose The Bean Screen and Lettuce Coffee Table
These two designs stood out for the ambition of their design and
practicality. As we move into the green age, designs like these will
challenge the way we think about our interiors and our furnishings.
These were beautiful and simple as pieces and inspired curiosity as we
wanted to take one home and try it right away.

Curbed chose designblogfest_v1_window display
Simple. Something we've talked about doing at the Gawker HQ down
the block. And solidifies the idea of this stretch of Crosby Street as
Blog Alley for a night. Fun!

Both NOTCOT and Cool Hunting chose Pet Plus Series
Per NOTCOT; There's a playful style to her pieces that make you
stop, pause, giggle, and then realize how fun it would be to gift
someone with those. What puppy wouldn't want to be a part of the
family and partake in some wine at the dining table (with a collared
shirt and all)... or for the lonely ladies out there who want to "hold
hands" as they walk the dog, there's the boy leash.

Design Blogfest is all about people connecting with other people
and design, a concept embodied in Shannon South's FLIRTSTATION. "Two
can share this bench that will naturally allow connection to occur by
keeping one focused on the other through the window that connects yet
separates them.".