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Win Awards in 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Liz

A New Year can bring new opportunities, a chance to inspire and amaze others, to break the mould and to create something original and unique. What better way to start the New Year and celebrate your accomplishments than by entering the World Interiors News Awards?

The WIN Awards programme provides a platform that allows architectural and design firms to receive maximum exposure for their progressive projects and products, showcasing them to our readership of nearly a quarter of a million architects, developers, designers, contractors and consultants.

Last year’s WIN Awards attracted 610 entries from 459 companies across 53 countries. It was a pleasure to review each and every one of those submissions and many of our judges felt the same way. For the 2015 WIN Awards, I will be handing over this fantastic task to our brand new Awards Coordinator Robert Stuart, while I head off to explore the remarkable interiors (and exteriors!) of South America.

Entry into the awards is just £250. However, register before the 16th March and you’ll receive a generous 20% discount on this fee. For further information and more details on how to submit your project, head to our website or contact Steven Penney steven.penney@worldinteriorsnews.com or Robert Stuart robert.stuart@worldinteriorsnews.com.

For now, I’m going to leave you with a few inspirational images of just some of the stunning projects that landed at the WIN news desk and captivated our readers over the past year – I hope that they get your creative juices flowing. I also look forward to seeing all of your new projects and products featured on World Interiors News soon!

DI Telegraph by Archiproba, Photo Credit Ilya Ivanov

Vine Hair Salon by SIDES CORE, Photo Credit Yoshiro Masuda

Science Café Library by Anna Wigandt, Photos courtesy of Anna Wigandt

Livraria Cultura by studio mk27, Photo Credit Fernando Guerra

Grand Tour by UdA Architetti, Photo Credit Carola Ripamonti

Duddell’s by Studioilse, Photo Credit Robert Holden

Takahashi Hiroko Studio by Schemata Architects, Photo Credit Shiori Kawamoto

Miss Clara by Gert Wingårdh, Photos courtesy of Design Hotels™

Silo by Baines&Fricker, Photo Credit Lisa Devlin

The Jane by Piet Boon® Studio, Photo Credit Richard Powers

Apartment in Amsterdam by MAMM Design, Photo Credit Takumi Ota

Sisii Showroom & Office by Yuko Nagayama & Associates, Photo Credit Daici Ano

Sleep: The Hotel Design Event

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Liz

“Sleep is like a precious watch in which all the hand-crafted elements rotate around one another to create a unique piece that perfectly tells the time – in our case ensuring our exhibitors do great business and our visitors are inspired.” Kali Nicholson, Brand Director for Sleep.

Exhibitor Stands at Sleep 2014

Nicholson has encapsulated the experience of this year’s Sleep Event perfectly, in fact it was one of the most brilliantly executed shows our team had the pleasure of attending this year. We jam-packed everything into one day; attending inspiring conference sessions with some of the industry’s most respected designers and hoteliers; exploring over 150 exhibitor stands, finding out more about the companies whose products and services help to create award-winning hotels; and checking out the daring and innovative designs entered into the highly anticipated Sleep Set competition.

The Royale Agricultural Bar, Sleep 2014

The team also enjoyed drinks at The Royale Agricultural Bar, designed by Swedish firm Stylt Trampoli who created a lush, tropical oasis of flora and fauna from which to escape the busy crowds. We took another opportunity to relax during the day by trying out a mycoocoon pod. Here we were asked to pick our favourite scent from three options and answered a colour and mood based quiz to determine the programme we would experience. We then stretched out in the pod and were immersed in the glow of a specially programmed lighting display whilst listening to soothing music – bliss!

mycoocoon, Sleep 2014

Back to the spectacular conference sessions; we were entirely enchanted by restaurateur extraordinaire Jeremy King, currently distilling his magic into his first hotel, The Beaumont. King refuses to impose concepts on buildings. Instead he works with a space to reveal its potential and accentuates already-there qualities in his designs. He still insists on walking the tables, wishing to always be known as restaurateur and never simply a ‘restaurant owner’. For a restaurant to be a success he believes it must have heart and soul, presented through long-lasting interiors and by devoted staff. Design must never ‘shout for attention, but should withstand scrutiny’, and at the end of the day, it’s about the people. We have no doubt that The Beaumont will be as successful as all of his other ventures.

Conference with Jouin Manku, Sleep 2014

Jouin Manku told of the story behind their design partnership – a chance meeting in Paris, and one of those ‘meant-to-be’ situations that has produced a dynamic, collaborative and ever-changing creative office. The duo complement each other harmoniously, describing their working relationship as ‘like playing free jazz. You don’t know who made the melody, who made the bass, it’s just a response’. These ‘realistic dreamers’ respond to each other and to the spaces they work with and believe that ‘you can do anything, you just have to want to do it’. A very encouraging conviction indeed!

Room Four by NoChintz, Sleep 2014

Finally, we listened to the Sleep Set competitors explain their design ideas to the judges, with just five minutes each to present. We particularly enjoyed NoChintz’s model that utilised playful features such as temporary tattoos and takeaway coffee cups to promote the hotel, whilst also connecting it to local businesses and allowing visitors to explore the area. This year however, it was industry outsiders, SKM Design, who triumphed with a design inspired by a Pink Floyd album cover and featuring a double sided wardrobe and floating bed!

Room Three by SKM Design (winning design), Sleep 2014

Keep an eye out for our hotel-themed INSIDE newsletter this week, and to all the hotel designers out there, make sure to enter your projects into next year’s World Interiors News Awards, opening on 5th January! To Sleep, thank you – we are very much looking forward to next year’s event.