SBID International Design Awards

by theartofbespoke in News & Noteworthy

The SBID International Design Awards is one of the biggest events in the industry calendar. The nominees have just been announced, and there are some starry names on the list.

Image: April Russell

The SBID, or Society of British and International Design, is one of the big hitters of the interior-design world. The organisation is the standard bearer of the British design industry and sets the code that all professional interior designers follow. As such its awards are big news, and industry insiders of all levels have been waiting to hear this year’s nominees.

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Well, the results are now out and it’s an impressive list. There are 15 categories, which include nominees from more than 30 countries. Established names like The Studio at Harrods, Gow Hastings Architects and Buckley Gray Yeoman have all made the grade, while the projects up for consideration include the Danish National Maritime Museum and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York.

The categories include Best Hotel Design, which includes one London project – the Flemings Mayfair, a family-owned boutique hotel known for its afternoon tea. The Best Restaurant and Bar Design category, meanwhile, includes entries from Ibiza, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a couple closer to home. The Velo House, a chic café-cum-bike shop in Tunbridge Wells, is up for an award, as is Cielo Blanco, a Mexican restaurant in Leeds.

One of the most interesting awards is for Best Interior Design Project under £1million. A lower budget forces designers to be creative, and the nominees have certainly made the most of what they were given. There are a number of London projects in this category, including Ascot Lodge, a Georgian grade II-listed property with newly refurbed interiors from MPD London.

AMH Interiors is also up for consideration for its residential project in Mayfair’s Green Street.

Images: NS Interiors

The Intelligent Design category also includes a fascinating collection of projects. One of these is a Stoke Newington apartment that design practice Avocado Sweets turned into a fabulous family home. And Southwell Minster Bookshop & Refectory, a stylish cathedral shop and café in Nottinghamshire, is up for a well-deserved award, thanks to its tranquil, airy new interiors.

Deciding the winners will be a high-profile list of judges, who include John Mathers, CEO of the Design Council, as well as corporate names like Kevin Mau, the Boeing Company’s Senior Creative Director. The public voting has now closed, but the winners will be announced at the Dorchester on Fri 14 Nov. Watch this space.

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