SBID International Design Awards Shortlist Announced

by Katie Treggiden in News & Noteworthy

This week, the nominees for the prestigious SBID International Design Awards were announced. Here we look at a few of our favourites… 

The SBID International Design Awards were launched last year to much fanfare at September’s Maison & Objet in Paris. This year they’re back, and with more categories. You can see the complete list of residential finalists here, but we wanted to highlight the ones that stand out for us. The winners will be announced at Milan’s Macef International Home Show in September.

The Design Practice at UBER, run by brothers Simon and Jim Evans, has four projects shortlisted. The brothers have only been in business for a couple of years, but are no strangers to the ceremony, having scooped an award in the Residential category last year. 


‘As a relative newcomers, we are thoroughly delighted to be shortlisted in several categories at this year’s SBID residential awards,’ says Jim. ‘It pays homage to our hard-working and exceptionally talented young team to be credited among such an elite field in interior design.’


The first project of theirs to be nominated is Walmsley Fold, which the brothers describe as ‘a modern and luxurious twist on farmhouse living for a young, fun-loving family, including some stunning talking-point features.’


Our favourite ‘talking-point feature’ is the bedroom ceiling/floor of the mezzanine dressing room. It’s made from glass that shattered when someone accidently dropped a hammer on it. The client loved the effect, so it was laminated for safety and left as it was.

Their second shortlisted project is a seven-bedroom new-build overlooking Gleneagles golf course. The brothers call it ‘a modern country retreat at the famous Gleneagles golf course, built for traditional lodge-style entertaining, but not withholding technology and modern comforts.’

Our favourite feature? The eight-foot gladiator chandeliers flanking the traditional stone fireplace.

The Design Practice at UBER’s third project to be nominated is Huntington House. ‘The client’s brief was simple – to take a 2,000ft2 semi-detached property which sat awkwardly on its plot and design a property which maximised the value of the plot,’ says Jim. Following extensive research with local estate agents, they created a building that sits centrally in its plot and is worth in the region of £16m.

Cochrane Design isn’t going short on prizes, either, having won several prestigious awards in 2010 and 2011. The firm has two projects in the running for the SBIDs. ‘It’s great to be recognised by industry peers and these awards keep us on our toes,’ says MD Sean Cochrane. ‘A bit of competitive spirit helps keep the design industry evolving and creativity flowing.’

One of his shortlisted projects is Clapham House, a Victorian townhouse. Cochrane worked with verticals and cut through floors to create an airy space that’s flooded with light. We love the Pulp Fiction-inspired art in the lounge.

The company’s second project to be nominated is an 80m2 kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and skylights in a Victorian villa near Clapham Common. The brief was to create a space at the heart of the home for family life, entertaining, cooking, watching TV and both casual and formal dining. The result is a calm curation of old and new, with the clients’ grandfather clock sitting comfortably alongside a bespoke 7m hardwood island, and hand-made cupboards. Our favourite touch is the floor-to-ceiling sliding ladder, imported from America.

Having won eight awards since 2005, Suna Interior Design is back in the limelight, this time shortlisted for the SBIDs for its Portobello Road project. ‘We are utterly delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious international award, and from such a highly valued and respected Interior Design organisation as SBID,’ says Director Rebecca Tucker.

The shortlisted project is a two-bedroom show apartment in Portobello Square. The home reflects local tastes and trends, using quirky items sourced from neighbouring Portobello Road. ‘We were delighted to be able to go to town and design and style an apartment with personality and interesting finds at every turn,’ says Tucker.

Our favourite element is the on-trend yellow-and-grey colour scheme used in the guest bedroom.

And lastly, Hill House Interiors also has three projects shortlisted: St George’s Hill, Villa Romana and Ascot Manor. ‘It is a pleasure to work in this fabulous industry – we are thrilled and honoured to be nominated for three projects in the prestigious SBID Awards,’ says Director Jenny Weiss. 

St George’s Hill is a new country mansion in the heart of Surrey’s most prestigious private estate. Weiss calls it ‘the epitome of modern luxury, oozing Hollywood glamour.’ We love the double-fronted, full-height wine fridges…

Meanwhile, Weiss describes Villa Romana as ‘a jaw-dropping four-bedroom villa in the South Of France, which seamlessly blends luxury and practicality.’

The art deco-inspired master bathroom at Ascot Manor is entered through lavish dressing rooms and combines perfect symmetry with opulent details. Our favourite feature here is, without doubt, the mirror-tiled bath, set in the centre of a marble floor – something to behold indeed.

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