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Meet our picks for the 2nd Edition of the SIT Design Award

From the winners of the 350 submissions received from 47 countries – these are our picks of projects that are nothing short than a breath of fresh air.

Created to shed light on the efforts of diverse talented designers across the globe – the SIT Furniture Design Award celebrates creativity.

Sharing innovative visions – they select those which stand out based on functionality and aesthetics and reward the most groundbreaking and stimulating designs.

From innovation to furniture and interior design – scroll to get inspired!

1. Innovation of the year – Infinity Air by Centrsvet

With a focus on blending innovation and technology, Russian-based Alexander Vorontsov of Centrsvet designs ‘Infinity Air’.

A pièce de résistance in its own right with an all-in-one solution – it brilliantly combines a functional yet aesthetic lighting system with slot diffusers providing air distribution parallel to the ceiling surface.

“Designed specifically for interiors with its visible trim, it can be placed on both – the ceiling and on the wall. This was the vision” he says.

Innovation of the year – Infinity Air by Centrsvet _ SIT Furniture Design Award
Infinity Air by Centrsvet. Image Credits: Centrsvet

Comprising one line for track luminaires and air distribution – this system looks like a fine line perfectly suitable for push-pull ventilation and air conditioning.

The slot diffusers additionally allow adjusting the width of the airstream as well as its direction and force.

Low resistance and high-quality airflow further make the diffusers absolutely silent in operation.

Innovation of the year – Infinity Air by Centrsvet _ SIT Furniture Design Award
This combines a lighting system with slot diffusers providing air distribution. Image Credits: Centrsvet

2. Furniture Design of the year – May by Jader Almeida

Featuring balanced proportions and a generous amount of luxury, Brazil-based Jader Almeida crafts ‘May’ – a one-of-a-kind lounge armchair that can be used in a mélange of environments right from your lobby areas to living spaces and bedrooms.

Commanding the materialization of projects with a strategic point of view in an extensive line of furniture and objects – Almeida’s pieces make themselves known in layers with each being savored slowly.“My design is the fruit of extreme labor of projected simplification but at the same time they are intricately detailed with the finest finishing” he says.

Furniture Design of the year - May by Jader Almeida _ SIT Furniture design award - 2
May by Jader Almeida. Image Credits: SOLLOS.

The main differentials of this product that transcends its status quo comprise the extreme comfort of the upholstery with its precise cuts and seams that are both firm but delicate, in line with the sculptural forms of the wood.

With its shape seamlessly embracing the upholstery – the wood is valued in particular twists showcasing its natural veins along with the construction of this piece.

The fluidity and continuity of the lines are further an invitation to view closely as well as touch.

Furniture Design of the year - May by Jader Almeida _ SIT Furniture design award - 2
This lounge armchair can be used in a mélange of environments. Image Credits: SOLLOS.

3. Interior designer of the year – Junegrass House by Messana O’Rorke

Based in the United States, Brian Messana & Toby O’Rorke of Messana O’Rorke designed ‘Junegrass House’ – a breathtaking residence in Jackson, Wyoming.

Even though it comprises traditional building materials and architectural details from stone to wood and pitched roofs – this home functions and feels distinctly modern and contemporary.

“Inspired by the humble vernacular residences nearby – we designed a house that feels at one with its rugged mountain setting” they say.

Junegrass House is a breathtaking residence in Jackson, Wyoming. Image Credits: Tuck Fauntleroy

To lighten the visual impact of this 5,000-square-foot abode, they broke the structure down into four volumes connected by see-through glass bridges that buoy the impression of independent pavilions arrayed in a line.

This house is additionally variously clad in stained cedar and stone – accentuating the individual identities of the pavilions.

A treat to the eyes – the interiors of this home is crisply detailed with wide-plank French oak floors and vertical elevations of wire-brushed oak in a warm grey stain.

The juxtaposition of the two interior materials further works in tandem with the combination on the exterior to lend an alternating rhythm to the distilled composition.

Interior designer of the year - Junegrass House by Messana O'Rorke _ SIT furniture design award 2
This home functions and feels distinctly modern and contemporary. Image Credits: Tuck Fauntleroy

Discover more about the award on their official website.

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