It is with great excitement that we reveal this year’s winners of the Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2015. The event took place at the British Museum in London, and the evening was opened with a key note speech by the inspiring Deyan Sudjic, who shared his views on the future of design and special insight into the new Design Museum that will be opening soon in Kensington.
Before we reveal this year’s winning designers, we would like to thank the judges, who invest many hours in this event, from trawling for those worthy of a nomination to debating the merits of each winner on judging day. We would also like to thank Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, which supports the awards presentation, and floral designer Simon Lycett for his striking displays.
To see the full shortlist, please click here.
A short video of the evening event:
BATHROOM PRODUCT DESIGNER Dick PowellThis renowned British industrial designer graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1976, and went on to co-found the design agency Seymourpowell in 1984. His winning product was the Dea range, an extensive collection of bathroom ceramics and furniture with softly rounded shapes. “We thought about colour, materials, finishes and detailing so that form and function can truly work together in harmony,” says Dick.
KITCHEN PRODUCT DESIGNER The Design Team, PoggenpohlThe design team of this leading kitchen manufacturer won for its Fourth Wall kitchen system, which puts food preparation and storage on display and combines cooking, socialising and dining in one agreeable space.
SURFACE DESIGNER Eleanor PritchardFrom weaving fabrics on a handloom for Christian Lacroix to running a thriving design studio using three UK mills, Eleanor Pritchard demonstrates how, with talent and hard work, one-person craft can grow into a successful business.The judges were particularly interested in Aerial, Eleanor’s first upholstery collection, which features geometric patterns in black and white and hot orange and is used on the Cebl furniture collection for Hitch Mylius.
USE OF MATERIALS DESIGNER Stuart CareyOriginally from Newcastle, ceramicist Stuart Carey trained at the Glasgow School of Art, and then at the Royal College of Art, from which he graduated in 2011. While there, he developed a set of semi-porcelain functional vessels in a soft colour palette of blue, cream, lemon and beige. Now Stuart has a studio in London’s Shoreditch where he has refined this range, available through Contemporary Applied Arts.
LIGHTING DESIGNER Michael AnastassiadesBorn in Cyprus in 1967, Michael Anastassiades is admired for his simple geometric lighting designs in reflective materials, such as mirrored glass and polished bronze. The judges considered Michael’s suspended String light for the Italian manufacturer Flos. This bold and innovative design is available in two simple shapes fitted with LEDs: a metal/glass globe for all-round lighting and a metal cone for a spotlight effect. These come with super-long flexes, which can be used to draw architectural lines in space.
FURNITURE DESIGNER Samuel ChanOriginally from Hong Kong but educated in Britain, Samuel Chan spent seven years training as a furniture designer at London, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire universities, then worked in hotel design. In 1995, he set up Channels, a studio/showroom on London’s King’s Road backed by his own workshops. The judges considered the Kerning range and in particular the sideboard, which reduces wood to the simplest form. It features ultra-thin timber panels with no handles to disturb the rhythm of the doors.
YOUNG DESIGNER Lucy KurreinAt the age of 29, Lucy Kurrein already has many designs in production. She graduated from Buckinghamshire University in 2007, and set up her own design studio two years ago, launching products with SCP in the same year. Last year, she began working with Spanish makers Capdell, designing the Panel chair in leather or wool felt with a steel frame.
RETAILER OF THE YEAR Heal’sIn May 2013, Will Hobhouse, chairman of Heal’s, appointed Carmel Allen (editor and marketing expert) as creative director to help give this venerable store new direction. Carmel has now re-energised the Heal’s Discovers scheme, focusing on young designers, and is working with the University of Bedfordshire on a new product development course. Heal’s is now known for its original events, including design nights and supper clubs, workshops and children’s craft activities.
BACKER OF BRITISH DESIGN Design EventWhen Karin Nairstone ran a design shop in Newcastle, she discovered a wealth of local talent that was not finding its way to market. Using her expertise in marketing and business development, she set up Design Event in 2005 to foster northern design. The starting point was a festival, which has grown into the Northern Design Festival – attended by more than 90,000 people. In 2010, Design Event took the work of its designers to The London Design Festival; now there is a group show there every other year. Design Event also runs workshops and masterclasses and mentors designers.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Sir John and Lady Sorrell
Sir John set up his first business when he was 19. Later, between 1976 and 2000, with his wife, Frances, he built Newell and Sorrell into one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design agencies. Against the background of their hugely successful commercial careers, the couple have played a pivotal role in the wider design community; Sir John became a UK Business Ambassador for the creative industries, championing and promoting Britain’s interests abroad. The London Design Festival was his idea, and he is now its chair. Thirteen years after its launch, it includes 300 events. He was knighted in 2008 for services to the creative industries.
The particular passion of this dynamic husband-and-wife team has been The Sorrell Foundation, which has set out to democratise the rarefied world of design. Set up in 1999, its aim is to inspire creativity in young people, improving their quality of life through appreciation of – and involvement with – good design. The Foundation runs the National Art & Design Saturday Club, offering 14 to 16 year olds the unique opportunity for free creative study every Saturday morning at local colleges. “Frances and I both went to Saturday art classes in our early teens and it changed our lives,” he says.
Sir John has chaired both of the UK’s public design bodies (the Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). He was appointed CBE in 1996 and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 1998; he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002 and of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2009. Currently, Sir John is chair of the Court of Governors of University of the Arts, London. The couple’s combined contribution to design and to its future has been invaluable and transformative.Tweet