FURNITURE & DESIGN BRIEFS


Las Vegas designer eliminated from show

Las Vegas interior designer Teresa Keegan was eliminated from Bravo's "Top Design" show earlier this week.

On the show, which aired Wednesday, contestants competed in a design triathlon. Keegan placed in the bottom two of two of the three events.

During the episode, designers were asked to share their personal visions through a chair, tablescape and small space using only items found at a garden center.

In her Bravo blog, Keegan wrote that the limited time and intense competition was not realistic.

"To be truthful, at this point I was not into the whole racing/time crunch/crazy factor. ... I took it all too literally ... because in the real world it just does not work like that. People/designers are not pushing and shoving and sometimes injuring themselves and/or others to get a vase ... I tried to remain calm and I found all kinds of items that would work together and thought I would just make the best of what I got," she wrote.

Jonathan Adler, one of the show's judges, agreed.

"Teresa. Adored her, couldn't have been lovelier, and I think she hit the nail on the head when she said that her talent isn't suited to a competition which gives designers a half hour to whomp up a space. That isn't how it works in the real world and not everybody can make it happen so quickly," he wrote.

ASID seeks entries for first Bloom Awards

The American Society of Interior Designers is calling for entries for its inaugural Bloom Awards, which are dedicated to recognizing the achievements of sustainable products in interior commercial design.

To be presented in partnership with Interiors & Sources magazine, the awards will recognize product winners in five categories: furniture, flooring, textiles, lighting and innovative materials.

"ASID is constantly looking for new ways to become involved in the sustainable movement and this new program with Interiors & Sources is another venture I'm proud of," said Michael Alin, ASID executive director. "Green design is not a fad for our members, it's part of practicing responsible design."

Submissions will be judged upon the extent to which the product is environmentally innovative and aesthetically pleasing; how the product promotes sustainability; materials selection within the manufacturing process; resource efficiency within the manufacturing process; recycling and waste management within the manufacturing process; and recycling and waste management after the product has completed its life cycle.

All entries must be submitted electronically at www.interiorsandsources .com/bloomawards by Jan. 15, 2009. Product samples may be sent to ASID headquarters, attn. Korenna Cline at 608 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC.

The entry fee is $395 for the first product submitted; each additional product is $145 and the product must have been introduced to the marketplace after Dec. 31, 2006, to be eligible. Product concepts will not be accepted. Third-party sustainability certifications of product entries are not required, but will be taken into consideration during the judging process.

Visit www.interiorsand sources.com/bloomawards .rules.aspx for the complete list of entry criteria, eligibility and guidelines. For specific questions, contact Allison Kundel at allison.kundel@ stamats.com.