BRITISH DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS 2009

November 28, 2014 / British Design Awards, Past winners
  • BRITISH SURFACE DESIGN OF THE YEAR: ‘META TABLE SETTING’ FLOORING BY LINDA FLORENCE – This impressive floor decoration for Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery was inspired by the museum’s collection of locally made metalwork. The installation features giant pieces of cutlery in flocked vinyl (lindaflorence.co.uk)

    BRITISH SURFACE DESIGN OF THE YEAR: ‘META TABLE SETTING’ FLOORING BY LINDA FLORENCE – This impressive floor decoration for Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery was inspired by the museum’s collection of locally made metalwork. The installation features giant pieces of cutlery in flocked vinyl (lindaflorence.co.uk)

  • BRITISH DESIGN OF THE YEAR: ‘HEAVY’ DESK LAMP BY BENJAMIN HUBERT FOR DECODE LONDON – This rugged yet refined desk lamp fuses hand-cast concrete with warm wood. It’s proof that even the most industrial materials can be put to elegant use (decodelondon.com; benjaminhubert.co.uk)

    BRITISH DESIGN OF THE YEAR: ‘HEAVY’ DESK LAMP BY BENJAMIN HUBERT FOR DECODE LONDON – This rugged yet refined desk lamp fuses hand-cast concrete with warm wood. It’s proof that even the most industrial materials can be put to elegant use (decodelondon.com; benjaminhubert.co.uk)

  • ARCHITECTURAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR: TOWNER GALLERY BY RICK MATHER ARCHITECTS –  The gentle seaside town of Eastbourne is an unlikely location for a slice of contemporary architecture. But the Towner Gallery, with its undulating white-rendered walls and views of the Sussex Downs, has already become an iconic landmark and a draw for tourists and locals alike. They have Rick Mather and his team to thank for creating the dramatic façade and gallery spaces, which house a vast collection of equally dramatic art (rickmather.com; townereastbourne.org.uk)

    ARCHITECTURAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR: TOWNER GALLERY BY RICK MATHER ARCHITECTS – The gentle seaside town of Eastbourne is an unlikely location for a slice of contemporary architecture. But the Towner Gallery, with its undulating white-rendered walls and views of the Sussex Downs, has already become an iconic landmark and a draw for tourists and locals alike. They have Rick Mather and his team to thank for creating the dramatic façade and gallery spaces, which house a vast collection of equally dramatic art (rickmather.com; townereastbourne.org.uk)

  • BEST NEW INTERIOR OF THE YEAR: CONNAUGHT BAR, LONDON, BY DAVID COLLINS – Renowned for his unerringly elegant design schemes, David Collins has become the go-to man for restaurants, bars and venerable hotels in need of a stylish face-lift. This thoroughly British institution now has itself a worthy bar, which positively shimmers thanks to platinum silver leaf walls, lilac-grey accents and acres of marble (davidcollins.com)

    BEST NEW INTERIOR OF THE YEAR: CONNAUGHT BAR, LONDON, BY DAVID COLLINS – Renowned for his unerringly elegant design schemes, David Collins has become the go-to man for restaurants, bars and venerable hotels in need of a stylish face-lift. This thoroughly British institution now has itself a worthy bar, which positively shimmers thanks to platinum silver leaf walls, lilac-grey accents and acres of marble (davidcollins.com)

  • BEST BRITISH DESIGN BRAND: THE RUG COMPANY – Since being set up in 1997, The Rug Company has established an unrivalled portfolio of designers creating rugs, wall hangings and cushions. Its founders – husband-and-wife team Christopher and Suzanne Sharp – have almost single-handedly revolutionised the way we think about rugs in our homes, turning them from humble utilitarian pieces into art for the floor (therugcompany.info)

    BEST BRITISH DESIGN BRAND: THE RUG COMPANY – Since being set up in 1997, The Rug Company has established an unrivalled portfolio of designers creating rugs, wall hangings and cushions. Its founders – husband-and-wife team Christopher and Suzanne Sharp – have almost single-handedly revolutionised the way we think about rugs in our homes, turning them from humble utilitarian pieces into art for the floor (therugcompany.info)

  • FASHION CONTRIBUTION TO DESIGN: DESIGNERS AT DEBENHAMS – Debenhams’ savvy affiliation with big-name fashion designers has allowed the store to bring good design to the masses for well over a decade now. The fact that we’re always surprised and delighted by the Designers at Debenhams home range is testament to the strength of their in-house team and a roster of names that reads like a who’s who of British fashion (debenhams.com)

    FASHION CONTRIBUTION TO DESIGN: DESIGNERS AT DEBENHAMS – Debenhams’ savvy affiliation with big-name fashion designers has allowed the store to bring good design to the masses for well over a decade now. The fact that we’re always surprised and delighted by the Designers at Debenhams home range is testament to the strength of their in-house team and a roster of names that reads like a who’s who of British fashion (debenhams.com)

  • BEST RETAIL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: JOHN LEWIS’S ‘BEST OF BRITISH’ CAMPAIGN – This award is a well-deserved nod to the company’s support of British design, specifically this autumn’s Best of British celebration, which features products and designers whose vision, quirkiness and quality continue to make the UK a global style leader (johnlewis.com)

    BEST RETAIL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: JOHN LEWIS’S ‘BEST OF BRITISH’ CAMPAIGN – This award is a well-deserved nod to the company’s support of British design, specifically this autumn’s Best of British celebration, which features products and designers whose vision, quirkiness and quality continue to make the UK a global style leader (johnlewis.com)

  • DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: INDUSTRIAL FACILITY – Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, aka London-based duo Industrial Facility, are known for their love of simplicity and functionality. Their credo? ‘The things we use on a daily basis should last a lot longer than a day.’ In 2009 they’ve launched their own online store, Retail Facility, which brings their clever, democratic designs to a wider audience (industrialfacility.co.uk; retailfacility.co.uk)

    DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: INDUSTRIAL FACILITY – Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, aka London-based duo Industrial Facility, are known for their love of simplicity and functionality. Their credo? ‘The things we use on a daily basis should last a lot longer than a day.’ In 2009 they’ve launched their own online store, Retail Facility, which brings their clever, democratic designs to a wider audience (industrialfacility.co.uk; retailfacility.co.uk)

  • OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DESIGN: SIR TERENCE CONRAN – Where would the British Design Industry be without Sir Terence Conran? It’s hard to imagine. He’s had more influence on the way Britons shop, dine out and decorate their homes than any other designer of his generation. Trained at London’s Central Saint Martins College, he started out with the belief that good design should be something for the many, not the few. It’s an ideal he’s remained faithful to throughout his career - from his popular ‘Nature Study’ ceramics of the 1950s for pottery brand Midwinter to his establishment of Habitat in 1964 and The Conran Shop in 1973. And he’s still going strong (conranshop.co.uk)

    OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DESIGN: SIR TERENCE CONRAN – Where would the British Design Industry be without Sir Terence Conran? It’s hard to imagine. He’s had more influence on the way Britons shop, dine out and decorate their homes than any other designer of his generation. Trained at London’s Central Saint Martins College, he started out with the belief that good design should be something for the many, not the few. It’s an ideal he’s remained faithful to throughout his career - from his popular ‘Nature Study’ ceramics of the 1950s for pottery brand Midwinter to his establishment of Habitat in 1964 and The Conran Shop in 1973. And he’s still going strong (conranshop.co.uk)

British design has always been about ideas first and foremost, as well as a seductive combination of vision, the unexpected, sensitivit and originality. This year’s line-up reflected that pioneering spirit across all nine categories.

See the 2014 British Design Award winners

Photography: Marius Hansen (Linda Florence, Benjamin Hubert, Rick Mathers, David Collins, John Lewis team), Suki Dhanda (Christopher and Suzanne Sharp, Designers at Debenhams team), Rex Features (Towner Gallery), Dean Chalkley/Retina (Sir Terence Conran)