Now in its sixth year the Surface Design Awards recognise progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects, both in the UK and internationally. The Awards are part of the Surface Design Show; the only event in the UK that solely focuses on interior and exterior design, allowing innovative materials to connect with architects and designers.
Launched in 2013, Surface Design Awards has grown in both stature and quality. The 2018 Awards is unlikely to be short of variety; with 94 projects from 10 different countries having entered in 2017. There are 13 Awards across seven different categories with most being divided into exterior and interior. Each project is judged on a variety of criteria including materials used, type of surface and aesthetic design.
The 2018 judging panel will be co-chaired by Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design and Tina Norden from Conran and Partners. They will be joined by six fellow professionals from the architecture and design world:
Jenny Jones of Jenny Jones Studio
Sacha Leong of Studioils
Jo Littlefair of Goddard Littlefair
Howard Sullivan of YourStudio
Nir Gilad of Nous Design
Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London
In 2017 there were 34 finalists with ARUP/ Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensle,r receiving the honour of becoming Surface Design Awards Supreme Winner 2017 for The Broad Museum in Los Angeles (above left).
Pavlina Arkitas, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup, said: “It’s clear that this is an incredibly special, visually stimulating building and it’s great for it to have been recognised with this award. The airy, honeycomb-like ‘veil’ that envelopes the structure effectively filters natural daylight across the space, which was a unique and exciting challenge for us to work with. I really believe that this project wouldn’t have been possible without the close collaboration between the client, the architect and the design team”.
Sponsors for the 2018 Awards are Business Design Centre, James Latham and Eden Anglo Veneers.
Projects can be submitted by the client, architect or designer, surface supplier or their representative. Entries to The Surface Design Awards should be made via the website before Friday 29th September 2017.
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