The Good Design Awards recognize design excellence from around the world in a wide array of categories, including home furnishings. They are conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The 2014 winners were recently selected on the basis of innovation, form, materials and construction, concept, function and a number of other criteria. This is a sampling of the winners-for a full listing, visit chi-athenaeum.org.
Pantone's color of the year for 2015-the rich red-brown wine hue called Marsala-is a nurturing, full-bodied color that "embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Consumers will have plenty of Marsala items to feast on this year, as these and many other products hit the marketplace. - Andrea Lillo
The hand of the artist—whether on the potter’s wheel, the glass blower’s bench or the woodshop—will be on great display at NY Now this month, as interest in handmade, artisanal products grows. Lace details and intricate wood carving underscore the movement. In fashion, animal prints and metallics add a little zing.—Allison Zisko
Vibrant color has been trending for the last few years, and now there's no reason to stick with just one hue. Rainbow-themed products bring a playful element to the home category, allowing the homeowner to express herself through the full color spectrum.