The finalists have been announced for the New Design Britain Awards 2014, which run in conjunction with Interiors UK, organised by UBM Live Built Environment. The shortlisted entries will be displayed at the show from 19th-22nd January at the NEC Birmingham, at which the overall winners will be announced.
Now in its 10th year, the New Design Britain awards celebrate young design talent. The awards are judged according to four categories – Furniture, Furnishing Accessories, Fabrics and Surfaces. Shortlisted from 150 entries, the 2014 finalists are as follows:
• Elizabeth Ret’s You Have Been Framed desk chair
• Joe Buttigieg’s Red line chair
• Alexander Mueller’s Woven easy chair
• Charlotte Millett’s Ercol Burst roll up bed
• John Hollington’s Elica pendant light
• Juliette Bigley’s Whirling beakers
• Bilge Nur Saltik’s Share food containers
• Clea Jentsch’s Desk tidy
• Clair Whyman’s Urban Perspectives
• Chloe Atkins’s Hunger Games
• Liz Ramsey’s Cool Heat
• Joanna Hughes’ Geometric Constructions
• Rebecca Tudor-Price’s Barbules Paradise
• Eleanor Walton’s Hand printed throw
• Elizabeth-Jane Winstanley’s Illusions
• Seema Shah’s Wooden Tiles
This year’s awards are being judged by a host of industry experts. Overseeing the Furniture and Furnishing Accessories categories are furniture designer and previous New Design Britain winner, Rob Scarlett; designer Anthony Rayworth from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers; and Heal’s furniture buyer, Elaine Boyle.
Presiding over the Fabrics and Surfaces categories are Diane Goode, buyer at Fromental; John Lewis buyer Anna Rigby; and director of Rubelli, Vivienne Griffin. Furthermore, Barbara Chandler from the Evening Standard and Dids Macdonald from Anti Copying In Design will be joining the judging panel at the show in January.
Anthony Rayworth comments on the awards’ potential for aspiring designers: “It shows that they’re being recognised by an independent group. It’s one thing to be put forward by your tutor, but it’s another thing to have been taken to that next stage by people you’re actually working with in the industry.”
Readers should visit the Interiors UK website to register for a complimentary ticket to the event.