SBID International Design Awards

by Becky Hoh in News & Noteworthy

The finalists in the SBID International Design Awards 2013 have been revealed and there is plenty of interior eye candy to feast your eyes upon.

The Society of British and International Design (or SBID) is a standard-bearer organisation of the profession of interior design in Britain and represents members in practice, higher education and industry. The organisation supports the profession locally, nationally and internationally and is part of a global network of 50,000 designers who are professionally accredited. The Awards are now in their third year and are firmly established as a leading celebration of excellence in the interior design industry across the globe.

The shortlisted finalists in the fourteen categories were drawn from over 30 countries across five continents.

Vanessa Brady, interior designer and SBID President, said: “The SBID Awards have truly developed into a global event. This year we had a record of just under 400 entries. There were so many brilliant and innovative projects submitted, deciding on a final shortlist was an extremely difficult task for our team of judges.”

The panel includes Nicholas Candy, CEO and Founder, Candy & Candy Design; Theo Williams, Head of Design at John Lewis and Tony Ash, Managing Director for UK and Middle East and a special Guest Judge Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC.

The gongs are split between private client work and the field of contract interior design, so we have put together our fave picks from the Residential selection, by interior designers in our Sourcebook and talked to them about the projects.

Company Name: Suna Interior Design

Category: Residential Interior Design Under 50K

Submission Name: The Filaments

The brief given to Suna Interior Design was to provide an elegant design for sophisticated young professionals.

We kept the overall design current and followed the design through with the mix of contemporary finishes and splashes of colour. We wanted the three double bedrooms to all feel a little unique and to express their own personality.

We used a walnut wood finish to provide warmth and a rich tone to which we combined neutrals and fresh accents of yellow and turquoise. The colour palette was purposefully not too co-ordinated to provide a more ‘real’ environment rather than a more typical shop window approach.

Company Name: Hill House Interiors

Category: Residential Visualisation

Submission Name: Private London Spa

The brief for this Private Spa was to create an opulent and intensely luxurious spa and pool for a superluxe property in London, using only the finest materials.

The theatrical space incorporates a 70 ft swimming pool, with a majestic backlit waterfall in glass and Swarovski.

The innovative “jelly fish” wall, is the work of a Miami based artist. The colours of the sea are emulated in mother of pearl mosaics, inset with fibre optics- creating a truly mesmerising effect.

Elevated above the pool area is a glamorous yet relaxing chill out area featuring a backlit Brazilian Quartz bar.

Company Name: Oliver Burns

Category: Residential Interior Design Over 100K

Submission Name: Oliver Burns – Walpole Mayfair

Walpole Mayfair, Oliver Burns’ most recent prestigious development, is located opposite The Ritz London and next to The Wolseley. Launched in May last year, it comprises a a collection of five beautifully designed, turn-key apartments.

Company Name: The Design Practice by UBER

Category: Residential Intelligent Design

Submission Name: The Vicarage

Originally commissioned by the Greenalls Brewery family before being passed to the Church, the house now stands proud giving back some much needed heritage to the specific area.

Overall it is a classically elegant home lovingly restored and expanded to a respectfully formal standard, yet with an injection of modern character.

Company Name: Intarya

Category: Residential Interior Design Over 100K

Submission Name: Hyde Park Residence, London

Intarya was commissioned to create a characterful, contemporary interior scheme for this duplex apartment. The interior has a subtle mid-century influence, where lighting, furniture and fabrics reveal a vintage aesthetic, resulting in a striking and glamorous interior.

Company Name: Hill House Interiors

Category: Residential Interior Design Project 50k-100k

Submission Name: St Georges Hill Study

A beautiful study combining timeless elegance with attention to detail.

The space features a large aquarium, which creates a dramatic yet tranquil feel to the room, while acting as a piece of moving art within the monochrome scheme. There is a stunning Partners Desk, in specialised lacquer and black croc leather.

The scheme combines an opulent melange of luxurious textures.

Company Name: The Design Practice by UBER

Category: Residential Interior Design Project 50k-100k

Submission Name: Private Residence, Worsley, Manchester

To redesign the bar and cinema space making it an enticing place to relax on an evening with the family fully immersing in state-of-the-art cinema experience and an enviable semi-club themed entertaining space for long nights with friends.

Our young client had installed a cinema system as an early adopter in the very early days but they recognised not only had the technology and audio had moved on considerably, but the interface was so complex and un-user friendly, they had lost the will to bother with it. The system needed to show no speakers with as little as possible technology on display. The lady of the house also found the rooms too dark, plain and uninspiring with a separate bar area that was underused due to lack of an inviting atmosphere. More lighting was requested but not at the cost of altering the darker mood.

SBID will announce the winners at a ceremony on Friday 29 November at The Dorchester hotel.

There are still few tables left. Tables and individual reservations are priced in a three tier seating system for a ten person table. To book your table please visit the website, complete your registration form or get in touch with the SBID Awards team at if you have any questions.


SBID International Design Awards 2013 –

Suna Interior Design –

Hillhouse Interiors –

Oliver Burns –

The Design Practice by UBER –

Intarya –

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