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Austin officially landed on the international design stage this year; vote on the top story of 2012

Austin officially landed on the international design stage this year; vote on the top story of 2012

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The creative minds behind Domy's super-collaboration. Photo by Jessica Pages
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The entrance into Easy Tiger. Photo by Keith Davis Young
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Inside drummer Thor Harris' home. Photo by Ramona Flume
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A rendering from MVVA and Thomas Phifer & Partners, the winner of the Waller Creek design competition. Courtesy of MVVA
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Block 21. Courtesy of W Austin
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H&M comes to Austin. Courtesy of H&M
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One could say that Austin officially found its place on the international design stage of fashion, architecture and other creative concepts in 2012. To help us take the pulse of where Austin's design community is heading in 2013, we want you to vote on the most exciting story of the year as it draws to a close.

On the interior design front, CultureMap took readers into the handcrafted house of Shearwater drummer Thor Harris, which took him seven years to complete between tours. We also explored the quirky, Wes Anderson-inspired design of Austin's best beer garden, Easy Tiger. 

Architecturally, Block 21, the new home of ACL Live in the 2nd Street District continued to plant its routes firmly into the ground as the entire space was awarded worldwide recognition for environmentally responsible — and chic — design.

And no one missed the competition to redesign the public space of Waller Creek, which brought in advanced thinking and inspiring ideas from as far away as Beijing.

As far as shopping goes, fashionistas across the city waited in anticipation for the opening of Austin's first H&M at the Domain, while independent bookshop Domy borrowed a retail concept from Japan, allowing other vendors to open up pop-up shops within the bookshop's four walls, resulting in increased revenue, larger awareness and rad merchandise.

You can vote once a day, and we will reveal the winner on December 27.