Category Archives: WIN AWARDS 2014

Two Days to Sleep!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Liz

If you thought things had quietened down at the WIN office following our Awards night, you’d definitely be mistaken! We’ve been busy attending copious meetings in London as well as making sure certificates safely reached those entrants who could not be with us on the night, putting together a very special edition of INSIDE (out early December) and, of course, preparing for the WIN Awards 2015. There are some exciting things happening next year, so watch this space!

Curiousa & Curiousa, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

We’re also excited as Sleep 2014 will be opening its doors this week at London’s Business Design Centre. For two days, an exceptional array of ground-breaking ideas and newly launched products will be on offer for architects, designers, specifiers, hotel operators, owners and developers with an eye on future trends.

FRONT London, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

WIN will be heading up on Wednesday to join other press members in the morning, before having a nosy around the place and catching up with friends. We’re extremely excited about the Conference programme this year, packed with inspiring and informative talks from a plethora of industry professionals including Afroditi Krassa and Conrad Smith, who helped to judge the WIN Awards 2014. Conrad also happens to be judging the Sleep Set competition – we can’t wait to find out who the winning team is whilst having a drink or two in the ‘Royale Agricultural Bar’, designed by Award-winning studio Stylt Trampoli, with contractor Famos Scandinavia AB.

Ultrafabrics, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

Every exhibition stand has been sold out this year. The latest we’ve heard on participating exhibitors is that FRONT London will be returning for a second year with a new bespoke collection of luxurious nature-inspired rug designs and Moroccan Bazaar will make their debut with a select range of finely handcrafted lighting and accessories. Additionally, UK lighting designer and manufacturer Curiousa & Curiousa will also debut with striking contemporary hand-blown glass lights and Ultrafabrics will present its high quality synthetic leather products.

Moroccan Bazaar, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

We will of course report back on everything next week. If you’re attending please make sure to say hello!

World Interiors News Annual Awards Dinner 2014

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Liz

The WIN Team can’t quite believe it but this year’s World Interiors News Awards are officially over! We ended on a high, celebrating at our annual event held at the Saatchi Gallery on 30 October. Numerous cocktails were consumed, fantastic food devoured, new friends made and our extraordinarily talented winners were announced.

All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everybody involved and to all who joined us for what was definitely a very memorable and incredibly exciting evening. We’d like to pay a special thanks to our sponsors; first of all our headline sponsor Poliform (see their beautiful installation from the night below!) and not forgetting Duravit, OVI and Fever-tree, your support this year has been utterly indispensable.

Please enjoy the photos and we’ll see you next year!

Cocktails by Fever-tree. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Cocktails by Fever-tree. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Abundant thanks to all those on the WIN team for such an amazing event… It seemed to be effortless, but that is certainly due to all your hard work and dedication to perfection! You should be very proud.” Alicia Sheber, ESP Business Development

Installation by Headline Sponsor Poliform. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Kristale and Perparim Rama, 4M Group. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Thank you for a lovely evening and for a fantastic, effortless awards.” Bronwen Harris, Poliform

Cocktail Reception. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Our host for the evening, Tom Dyckhoff. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Thank you to the whole WIN team for such a wonderful award ceremony. We had a ball and it was an honour to be nominated and part of this great event.” Koldo Gil, Koldo&Co.

Headline Sponsor Poliform‘s Table. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

George Khachfe, Poliform presenting the Furniture Award to Overgaard & Dyrman. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“The setting was magnificent, the food was outstanding and the crowd terribly interesting.  I had a wonderful evening.” Giovanni Corrado, Baroncelli

OHLAB, Winners of Retail Interiors Less than 200 sq. m. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Martin Carroll, Duravit presenting the Hotel Award to Shurooq. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Our team thoroughly enjoyed the event and we are all very excited to have won the hotel category. Hopefully many more participations to come!” Noora Lootah, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

King George Creative Agency rushing to receive their Retail Interiors Greater than 200 sq. m award. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Judge Clementine Rodgers with shortlisted certificates for Speirs + Major. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“I had a really enjoyable night and it was so lovely to be among so many creative people. I thoroughly enjoyed the judging this year too – really inspiring work and fellow judges. Here’s to a great 2015 for both WIN and WAN!” Sean Hatcher, MCM Architecture

One Plus Partnership Limited, Winners of Leisure or Entertainment Venues (plus two more projects shortlisted!) Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Brigada, Shortlisted for Museum or Exhibition Spaces. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“A wonderful evening – full of some hugely inspirational projects!” Farrell Chandler, Bolon

ByBeau, Winners of Lighting Products. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Amazing after-awards entertainment from singer Matthew vanKan. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“An unforgettable evening.” Aleksandra Grzonka, Cechownia

Soho House Chicago

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Liz

Let’s just start off by saying that WIN simply adore Soho House. Our Editor has been a member of every House for many years and we hold the judging for our Awards each July at the original club on Greek Street – in fact this year Founder and CEO Nick Jones joined the panel judging the Hotel Interiors Category. Our team are eternally impressed by the superb service from delightful staff members, the inviting interiors with an enviable selection of eclectic furnishings and of course the perfectly crafted coffees that see us through our busy days. We’re also partial to their Eggs Benedict in the morning!

Soho House Chicago

Pizza East, Soho House Chicago

Unsurprisingly, the group has expanded rapidly over the years, with multiple Houses opening up across Europe and North America. Their portfolio also includes cinemas, hotels, Cowshed spa and salons and 15 public restaurants. This week marks the group’s fifth opening in North America, an exciting development which we are delighted to share with you. Presenting Soho House Chicago.

Screening Room, Soho House Chicago

Soho House Chicago

Housed in a six storey warehouse dating back to 1907, the club is inspired by and celebrates its bustling city setting, with many of the building’s original elements repurposed to capture distinct moments in Chicago’s history. Other features have been left untouched, such as the ornamented entrance and large, open floor plans with exposed concrete structures. Additionally, curators for Soho House, Jonny Yeo and Francesca Gavin, collaborated with Chicago based artists to seamlessly weave local artwork throughout the property in the group’s signature mismatched style.

Soho House Chicago

Soho House Chicago

There are 40 guestrooms in Soho House Chicago, all decked out with uniquely sourced furniture and art pieces. They contain an aura of luxury that pervades every storey of the club: from the second floor with fully outfitted fitness centre and boxing ring fashioned by Chicago’s famous Horween Leather Company to the fourth with its cosy 40 seat screening room and the Club Floor on level five with drawing room, bar, house kitchen and grill.

Fitness Centre, Soho House Chicago

The Allis, Soho House Chicago

To top everything off, at the building’s highest point there is a glass enclosed rooftop bar and kitchen and outdoor deck with 80 ft swimming pool. We’re already imagining ourselves sipping a cocktail poolside, gazing at the stunning architecture on the horizon.

Soho House Chicago

Soho House Chicago

Non-members are also able to indulge themselves at Soho House Chicago, enjoying delectable delights from the kitchens of public-facing restaurants Pizza East and Chicken Shop or a well-edited selection of wine and craft beers from Allis Bar. The Cowshed spa and salon is likewise open to the public, ready to pamper with a fine selection of thoughtful scents, botanical ingredients and herbal remedies.

Chicken Shop, Soho House Chicago

Cowshed spa and salon, Soho House Chicago

The photos speak for themselves, it seems all that’s left to do is book our flights and visit our Chicago based ‘home away from home’.

Soho House Chicago

Soho House Chicago

Soho House Chicago

Chicken Shop, Soho House Chicago

Screening Room, Soho House Chicago

Soho House Chicago

What’s on at The Saatchi

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Liz

We truly love The Saatchi Gallery here at WIN – it’s a spectacular venue that shares thought provoking and inspiring contemporary art with the world, a global meeting place for all who visit and accessible for anyone and everyone as all exhibitions are free! We are extremely lucky as it is also where we will be holding our World Interiors News Annual Awards Dinner later this year, following the success of last year’s event (we can’t wait!). So what’s been going on at The Saatchi so far this year?

Kostas Agiannitis – Lifestyle. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery

Firstly, an exciting partnership with Google+ has allowed for motion photography to be introduced as an art form for everyone. As technology continues to develop, photographers from all backgrounds are embracing new ways to tell their stories. Motion photography is a new trend that used to require special tools and know-how, but Google+ have simplified the process, allowing users to effortlessly and automatically animate a series of still photographs and turn them in to motion photography.

Matthew Clarke – Night. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery

In recognition of the exciting potential of this new technology came the Motion Photography Prize, inviting photographers all over the world to celebrate this new creative art form, the first global entry competition of its kind. This was judged by an amazing panel of forward-thinkers including film director Baz Luhrmann and artists Shezad Dawood and Cindy Sherman. The competition was tough, with over 4,000 entries from 52 countries, but an overall winner was recently announced. Christina Rinaldi, with her black and white motion photograph of a New York window cleaner, has won a once-in-a-lifetime trip with a photographer or film-maker as her mentor. Her entry, along with those of the five other finalists, plus the shortlist of 54 motion photographs is now on exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery until 24 May and will also be featured online at Saatchi Art.

Christina Rinaldi – Urban. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery

Another fantastic exhibition that is currently on display until 31 August, is Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America. Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major survey reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition celebrates and explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices, as they begin to receive recognition in the increasingly globalised art world.

Aboudia – Enfants dans la rue 2, 2013. © Aboudia, 2013. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery

The artists in Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America, respond to present day complexities in diverse and innovative ways. Years of colonial rule, rapid urban expansion, migration and political and economic unrest remain subjects for many of the artists whose reflections on the richness of their environment translate into an intense visual experience. The full scope of work on display in this exhibition, which includes new painting, photography, installation and sculpture, encapsulates this sense of diversity – a bubbling energy surfacing in the two great continents that were once Pangaea.

Rafael Gómezbarros – Casa Tomada, 2013. © Sam Drake, 2014. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery.

Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America features work by Aboudia, Leonce Agbodjélou, Fredy Alzate, Antonio Malta Campos, Rafael Gómezbarros, David Koloane, José Lerma, Mário Macilau, Ibrahim Mahama, Dillon Marsh, Jose Carlos Martinat, Vincent Michea, Oscar Murillo, Alejandra Prieto Boris Nzebo, Christian Rosa. A stand out piece is definitely Gómezbarros’ Casa Tomada, with giant ants that address issues of diaspora and internal displacement suffered in Colombia for several decades due to the armed conflict wreaking havoc on the country. Aboudia’s vast canvases are also striking, occupied by a multitude of characters displaying menacing weapons, a record of the sudden escalation of violence following electoral chaos in the city of Abidjan in 2011.

Vincent Michea – Before the Bigger Splash, 2012. © Vincent Michea, 2012. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery.

With all this on and more, it’s quite simple really – get yourself down to The Saatchi as soon as you can to experience some amazing art!

Milan Moments

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Liz

Our Editor has returned from Milan suitably tired but with multiple stories, contacts, photos, bundles of press kits and of course feeling hugely inspired by the gorgeous and innovative designs exhibited this year. It’s impossible not to feel slightly overwhelmed with appreciation for such varied and widespread talent! Of course I could ramble on about the brilliance of the furniture, accessories and lighting we’ve seen for hours, but as they say, a picture paints a thousand words and so here are some 20,000 on the highlights of Salone del Mobile. First up, some of our Editor’s personal photos during her busy week.

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Inga Sempé’s Ruché armchair for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

North Light Series by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau for e15

Exploring EDIT by designjunction

Ed Richardson, Founder of Modus in their Lily Chair designed by Michael Sodeau

Happy crowds discussing design over Prosecco in the courtyard at EDIT by designjunction

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Canvas Chair by YOY for Innermost at EDIT by designjunction, also featured in a previous blog here

Grillage Chair by Francois Azambourg for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

Lampyridae Lamp Series by Monica Correia at EDIT by designjunction

Onto our top product picks. Having delved through an array of intriguing press kits, which also ended up in us painting our nails ‘Knoll Red’ (a great shade if you’re interested!), the team at WIN have chosen just a small selection of our favourite designs from Milan. The trends tend towards simple, clean lines, pops of bright colour, bringing outdoor furniture indoors and vice versa, and use of playful prints and patterns. Definitely perfect for the approaching summer months!

SwingMe and SwingUs, Outdoor Floating Living Room Collection by Daniel Pouzet for DEDON

Taffeta Sofa by Alvin Tjitrowirjo for Moooi

The Washington Collection by David Adjaye for Knoll, his first furniture collection. Photo by Dorothy Hong

Foundry Floor Lamp by Nat Cheshire for Resident

Patch di Fiammati collection by Missoni Home

Babel drinks cabinet by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

Phoenix Kitchen by CR&S Varenna for Poliform

Bassotti Sideboards by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Poke stool by Kyuhyung Cho for Innermost

Hope you enjoy these images and products as much as we do! We’re also looking forward to being similarly inspired by the entries into the Lighting Projects, Lighting Products, Furniture and Interior Accessories Categories of our World Interiors News Awards 2014. There’s just six weeks left before our close, so if you’d like to enter or just want some more information about the Awards, just email!

The Early Birds Catch our Attention

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Liz

Our Early Bird Registration for this year’s World Interiors News Awards has now officially closed, and what an amazing response! The team at WIN have been inundated with remarkable projects across all interiors categories; it’s been an absolute delight working with everyone to feature their submissions and we’re excited to see more over the coming months. With entries from Australia, Mexico, Norway, Dubai, Bulgaria, Japan, Ecuador, Canada, USA, UK, Thailand, Ukraine, Poland, Brazil and every other location you could think of, we’ve extremely happy to have connected with so many talented architects and designers worldwide to showcase their work.

We’ve also been busy securing some fabulous jury members who will reviewing the designs this year, including Conrad Smith, Managing Director of ReardonSmith, Nick Jones, Founder and CEO of Soho House, Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder and Director of Studiofibre and Guzmán de Yarza Blache, Master Director in workspace design at the IE School of Architecture and Design. Additionally, the team have been working hard to put together special editions of our INSIDE newsletter, each one based around an Awards Category in order to present the entries so far, giving them even more of the exposure they deserve.

There is plenty of time left to enter into this year’s awards with our overall deadline of 06 June still over two months away. Below is a snapshot of just some of the entries we’ve received, we hope it’ll inspire you to get involved! For further information on the Awards, please don’t hesitate to contact me at liz.naven@worldinteriorsnews.com or on +44 (0)1273 201 117

Café Ki, Tokyo, Japan by id. Entry into Restaurant Category.

El Magatzem de la Bodegueta, Barcelona, Spain by Pilar Líbano Studio. Entry into Bars Category.

T2 Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia by Landini Associates. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Nanchang Insun International Cinema, Nanchang, China by One Plus Partnership Limited. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

57C Lambert Road, London, United Kingdom by Karsten Weiss. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Minneapolis, United States by HGA Architects and Engineers. Entry into Public Sector Category.

St. Cecilia, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

Barrancas House, Mexico City, Mexico by EZEQUIELFARCA architecture & design. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

The Barbarian Group, New York, United States by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Raheen Library, Melbourne, Australia by Woods Bagot. Entry into Public Sector Category.

Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom by Studio Octopi. Entry into Museum or Exhibition Spaces Category.

King + Duke, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

One Hot Yoga Studio, Melbourne, Australia by Robert Mills Architect. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

Restaurant & Bar Nazdrowje, Stockholm, Sweden by Design by Richard Lindvall. Entry into Restaurants Category.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Posted on January 31, 2014 by Liz

Gong Xi Fa Cai or Gong Hei Fat Choi – it’s Chinese New Year! For many of our readers and for many businesses across the globe this means a holiday and lots of time for food, family and general celebrations. Last year I was living with a Chinese family in Singapore so I got to take part in the fun and learned a lot about their traditions at this time of year. At WIN we are of course still hard at work in the office, however we’ve been in contact with some great designers who have an oriental influence in their products and there’s one in particular that stood out for us. A New Year can symbolise a fresh start in many different ways, so why not a fresh start in the home? New wallpaper in particular can completely transform a room and with an amazing new collection from designer Steve Leung and Graham & Brown there’s no excuse not to start transforming your house.

Steve Leung is a Hong Kong based designer best known for his beautifully designed hotels, restaurants, club houses, show flats and retail spaces. He has also won the Best International Interior Designer Award an unprecedented ten times at the Andrew Martin International Awards. His wallpaper collection for Graham & Brown features seven contemporary designs, inspired by the Orient with a distinct Western influence. The range includes hand-drawn climbing florals, stylised geometrics and classical stripes in a balanced palette of auspicious earthy shades, sultry metallics and cooling neutrals. Delicate glitter embellishments have been added to give the wallpapers a delicate sheen. We’ve chosen some of our favourites for you below.

Juan, Graham & Brown

Juan uses a simple geometric pattern, with charcoal and bronze colours. An enhanced glitter and metallic effect reflects the beauty and simplicity for which Oriental design is renowned. This wallpaper is charming and we think it would look particularly great in entrance halls, workspaces or the bedroom.

Ling, Graham & Brown

Eastern design inspires Ling with its trellis effect, another geometric wallpaper from the collection. The mix of textures and heights within the design give a stunning three dimensional effect and the metallic highlights add a touch of decadence. The beige and green tones blend really well which will add warmth to your home. This is definitely one for the kitchen or dining room!

Jiao, Graham & Brown

Jiao is a beautiful floral wallpaper. The background is light blue with a white floral design that has shimmering highlights, producing a three dimensional effect on the flowers. It coordinates with some of the plainer wallpapers in the collection and so could be combined, perhaps using Jiao on one feature wall for maximum impact.

Bao, Graham & Brown

Finally there is Bao. This elegant geometric design is inspired by screens from the Orient, combining the traditional with the contemporary. Its clever use of tones and heights give a sophisticated three dimensional effect and again it uses metallic highlights. This wallpaper gives a particular air of elegance and decadence and works well with minimal furnishings and colour schemes of red, black and white.

There are many more designs in the collection and we’re certainly feeling inspired, looks like a weekend of planning my new bedroom! We hope the New Year brings lots of luck for everyone, especially those entering our WIN Awards 2014! For those of you celebrating, we hope you have an amazing time and to everyone else have a wonderful weekend. Until next time!

WIN Awards now open!

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Liz

We’re delighted to announce that we have now opened the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2014, following phenomenal success in 2013. Recognising and promoting the designs that have made the biggest impact on the cultural landscape over the past year, the awards programme spans 13 categories covering a whole spectrum of interior design. Interior projects include Residential, Workspace, Retail, Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Leisure or entertainment venues, Museum or exhibition spaces, Public sector, Workspace, and Lighting design. The Products section focuses on Lighting, Furniture and Interior Accessories.

Ranging from emerging designers to long-established ones, our Awards have attracted submissions from over 120 countries. Judged by some of the most distinguished figures in the design world – many of whom have gone on to collaborate with award recipients – this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase innovative designs and boost your commercial potential. Previous judges have included Sir Terence Conran, Lee Hallman (Foster & Partners), Mark Majors (Speirs & Major), Vanessa Brady (interiors Designer and President, SBID), and Rabih Hage (Architect & Interior Designer).

Entrants receive considerable media coverage to our global community of over 220,000 architects, designers, developers and clients. Plus, all winning and shortlisted entries will be published in a Special Winners issue of INSIDE, our monthly round-up of the latest news, views and issues from the world of interior design. Many of our past winners have testified that this exposure contributed significantly to their business success.

Entry is just £250, but register before 14 March and you’ll receive a generous 20% discount on your fee. The winner from each category will be announced later in the year at a ceremony – date to be confirmed.

So if your designs have advanced practice and helped push the boundaries of both beauty and ingenuity, enter our World Interiors News Annual Awards and see how we can transform your business.

For further information about the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2014 and full details on how to enter, contact Liz Naven liz.naven@worldinteriorsnews.com or call +44 (0)1273 201 117.