The Modern + Design + Function is an annual design contest that DWR has rolled out across the country. The winning entries were celebrated at Studios at the end of April and we thought we’d share some of the results with you. At the Flatiron Studio in Manhattan, more than 50 entries were received. The winning design was the grandly scaled Excel Floor Lamp by Rich, Brilliant, Willing – three young designers who create with the end user in mind. Winner for best sustainable design was Karl Zahn, whose Vladimir Mirror was made using two partially destroyed shipping pallets. The scars on the lumber tell a story of its travels. While the form is reminiscent of old Victorian mirrors, its origin is far from gold leaf.