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I'm thrilled to announce the winner of the fabulous $150 GIFT CARD from Kaufmann Mercantile. Her name is Sónia Sapinho and lives across the pond in Lisbon, Portugal with her husband and daughter. Interested in everything handmade and the design industry as a whole, Sónia is a very talented ceramic designer by trade who also loves to dabble in graphic design and photography (you can take a peek at her wonderful work here). Hmmm, I wonder if that's why she fancies the entire Kaufmann Mercantile collection, especially that cool Market & Fruit Picking Pack (right) which she's dying to get with her gift card. Hey, and for my other darling readers who didn't win this time, remember that Kaufmann Mercantile is offering you a sweet 15% OFF any purchase from their shop for the next week using code KM-92512—so take advantage of this groovy offer before the code expires. And don't give up, there will be more giveaways coming up. Cheers!



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I'm crazy excited to bring you this great giveaway sponsored by our dear friends at Kaufmann Mercantile. If you haven't heard about it, you're in for a treat. Kaufmann Mercantile is a wonderful online store built on the concept that everyday objects should be designed well and manufactured to last a lifetime—a "luxury" general store if you will. From kitchen and home decor to beauty and grooming accessories, every goodie is carefully selected, long-lasting, and well-designed with substance, wit and inspiration. I love every single item in their collection, and I'm sure you will too. So how would you like to win a sweet $150 GIFT CARD to be used towards ANYTHING you fancy in their store? All you have to do is follow the easy steps below to enter. Additionally, Kaufmann Mercantile is offering TheDesignerPad readers a fantabulous 15% OFF any purchase for the next two weeks using code KM-92512. BTW, did you know that by signing up to receive their newsletter you will, besides getting an extra entry for this giveaway, receive a code that will take $7.00 OFF your first/next purchase? How peachy is that? Now hurry and enter to try your luck by doing the following:

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You're the lucky winners of all these wonderful pieces from the Privet House at Target collection. I'm sure they'll look great in your homes. Enjoy!!



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I love when a brand that has been a long-time staple in the market, looks for ways of reinventing itself to keep up with demands of new generations. Target, or “Tarjay” how I like to call it, is a wonderful example of such innovation that has kept its brand alive by making great design accessible to all through creative retail partnerships. With their latest design program, The Shops at Target, they're partnering directly with specialty shops and boutiques to co-create affordable, limited-edition collections for its guests. For the shelter niche, they're partnering with Privet House in Connecticut to create a signature line of decor and accessories for the home, garden and table reminiscent of the shop’s charming aesthetic. So, to introduce the collection to TheDesignerPad readers, Target is graciously sponsoring this exciting giveaway and giving FIVE of you the chance to own pieces of the collection before its May 6th launch. That's right, five readers will be winning a sweet package from the Privet House at Target line containing the following:

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You're the lucky winner of one of these fantastic Double Candle Holders given away by Apt2B. You're comment “They make me happy when I look at them,” was number 14 and chosen by as the winner. Cheers and enjoy!!



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I recently learned about this innovative online store called Apt2B (coincidently also my apartment number here in NYC). Apart from being a nifty one-stop shop for stylish, high quality home furnishings and decor, Apt2B offers a unique and fun shopping experience to its customers. In a nutshell, they provide affordable and convenient style to the “I'm over IKEA but still not able to afford to furnish my place from Design Within Reach” demographic. One of their coolest features on their site is the pre-priced room packages that allow their customers to select an overall budget before choosing pieces for any given room in their home. How clever of a concept is that? But wait, Apt2B's coolness doesn't stop there. They have generously offered to sponsor this giveaway for all of you, and give a lucky winner the chance to take home one of these super-duper Danes Candle Holders by MENU. The winner will get to pick between the white, black, red or yellow one. So, don't wait any longer and get the skinny on how to enter below. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

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How about starting your week on a happy note? That's right, today you'll be one step closer to winning this über chic iPad case by no other than our trend-setter sponsor D.SGNS. Why not walk around carrying your precious iPad in style with this durable and lightly padded case designed to protect it. It's made in a rich embossed crocodile texture and fully lined in velour for the scratch protection. The lucky winner will have two colors to choose from: Cognac or Kelly Green. So don't wait any longer and enter this giveaway so you can own a piece of D.SGNS' fabulous accessories collection. 

Congratulations Jessica!!
You're the owner of one of the fabulous iPad cases.
How cool is that?

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GIVEAWAY: Design Inspiration Book

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I'm always fascinated to know the inspiration behind the creation of things, particularly when it comes to design. Fortunately, the international creative firm Hangar Design Group has recently published a book showcasing a narrative in images of the creative process of the group's many design projects. "Ideas not Airships” opens a window onto the creative inspiration which has consistently inspired the studio’s thirty-year project. It is a bird’s eye view on their passion for design and for the freedom of the formal research that guides it. A representative view not so much of the many works generated – spanning the areas of graphics, architecture, web design and interior design – but of the creative process underlying each one of these. Today you're in luck. You can now win a copy of this phenomenal book by entering this giveaway sponsored by the Hangar Design Group. You'll have FOUR chances to enter by following the instructions after the jump. 

Congratulations to Katrien for being the lucky winner of this fantastic book. Enjoy!

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