BRITISH DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS 2011

November 28, 2014 / British Design Awards, Past winners
  • DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: LEE BROOM – This wunderkind of London’s design scene is an unstoppably prolific creator of both furniture and interiors. In 2011 alone, he designed the personal shopping suite for Topman’s Oxford Street store, parquet floor-inspired ‘Parq Life’ furniture for UK brand Deadgood, lighting for Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in east London (pictured) and his own shop within London lifestyle store The Shop at Bluebird (leebroom.com)

    DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: LEE BROOM – This wunderkind of London’s design scene is an unstoppably prolific creator of both furniture and interiors. In 2011 alone, he designed the personal shopping suite for Topman’s Oxford Street store, parquet floor-inspired ‘Parq Life’ furniture for UK brand Deadgood, lighting for Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in east London (pictured) and his own shop within London lifestyle store The Shop at Bluebird (leebroom.com)

  • BEST BRITISH RETAILER: JOHN LEWIS – The eponymous founder opened his first shop on Oxford Street in 1864. In the 1960s, the brand hired Robin and Lucienne Day as design consultants and commissioned the likes of Jacqueline Groag to create textiles. This season, it invited fashionistas Clements Ribeiro, artist James Joyce and textile designer Ptolemy Mann to customise Ercol cabinets: the results are refreshingly left-field yet bang on trend. Pictured is Paula Nickolds, buying director for John Lewis home (johnlewis.com)

    BEST BRITISH RETAILER: JOHN LEWIS – The eponymous founder opened his first shop on Oxford Street in 1864. In the 1960s, the brand hired Robin and Lucienne Day as design consultants and commissioned the likes of Jacqueline Groag to create textiles. This season, it invited fashionistas Clements Ribeiro, artist James Joyce and textile designer Ptolemy Mann to customise Ercol cabinets: the results are refreshingly left-field yet bang on trend. Pictured is Paula Nickolds, buying director for John Lewis home (johnlewis.com)

  • BEST BRITISH PRODUCT DESIGN: ‘CHEST OF DRAWERS’ BY RUPERT BLANCHARD – This young designer uses mismatched drawers – taken from a 1960s dressing table and a 1950s science lab desk, say – to create striking hybrid chests (rupertblanchard.com)

    BEST BRITISH PRODUCT DESIGN: ‘CHEST OF DRAWERS’ BY RUPERT BLANCHARD – This young designer uses mismatched drawers – taken from a 1960s dressing table and a 1950s science lab desk, say – to create striking hybrid chests (rupertblanchard.com)

  • BEST BRITISH INTERIOR DESIGN: THE CORINTHIAN CLUB, GLASGOW, BY GRAVEN IMAGES – The 169-year-old, five-storey Grade A-listed building – now a 24-hour venue housing a speakeasy-style bar, brasserie and casino – has been renovated by Glaswegian design consultancy Graven Images and an army of skilled Scottish craftspeople, who resurrected a mosaic floor made of more than half a million tiles. Pictured are Corinthian Club venue director Michael Bergson, second left, with, from left, Kirsten Dewar, Jim Hamilton and Ross Hunter of Graven Images (thecorinthianclub.co.uk; graven.co.uk)

    BEST BRITISH INTERIOR DESIGN: THE CORINTHIAN CLUB, GLASGOW, BY GRAVEN IMAGES – The 169-year-old, five-storey Grade A-listed building – now a 24-hour venue housing a speakeasy-style bar, brasserie and casino – has been renovated by Glaswegian design consultancy Graven Images and an army of skilled Scottish craftspeople, who resurrected a mosaic floor made of more than half a million tiles. Pictured are Corinthian Club venue director Michael Bergson, second left, with, from left, Kirsten Dewar, Jim Hamilton and Ross Hunter of Graven Images (thecorinthianclub.co.uk; graven.co.uk)

  • BEST BRITISH PATTERN DESIGN: ‘CURIOSITY SHOP’ FABRIC BY EMILY SUTTON FOR ST JUDE’S – Dreamt up for Norwich-based textiles company St Jude’s, Emily Sutton’s brilliantly whimsical design on heavyweight linen – which fuses a love of nature with intriguing museum artefacts and a mid-century aesthetic – channels her British illustrator heroes Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious (emillustrates.com; stjudesfabrics.co.uk)

    BEST BRITISH PATTERN DESIGN: ‘CURIOSITY SHOP’ FABRIC BY EMILY SUTTON FOR ST JUDE’S – Dreamt up for Norwich-based textiles company St Jude’s, Emily Sutton’s brilliantly whimsical design on heavyweight linen – which fuses a love of nature with intriguing museum artefacts and a mid-century aesthetic – channels her British illustrator heroes Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious (emillustrates.com; stjudesfabrics.co.uk)

  • BEST BRITISH ACHIEVEMENT: HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD BY DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS – As the 5,000 square-metre Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire goes to show, architecture needn’t be about flashy showmanship. Indeed, at Britain’s largest purpose-built gallery outside London, simplicity rules. Housing major works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the building’s concrete façade looks appropriately sculptural. For David Chipperfield Architects (whose director Oliver Ulmer is pictured), surroundings are as important as interiors, and this gallery boasts views of its picturesque riverside setting (davidchipperfield.co.uk; hepworthwakefield.org) 

    BEST BRITISH ACHIEVEMENT: HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD BY DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS – As the 5,000 square-metre Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire goes to show, architecture needn’t be about flashy showmanship. Indeed, at Britain’s largest purpose-built gallery outside London, simplicity rules. Housing major works by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the building’s concrete façade looks appropriately sculptural. For David Chipperfield Architects (whose director Oliver Ulmer is pictured), surroundings are as important as interiors, and this gallery boasts views of its picturesque riverside setting (davidchipperfield.co.uk; hepworthwakefield.org) 

  • BEST BRITISH DESIGN BRAND: DESIGNERS GULD – Synonymous with extrovert colour and pattern, Designers Guild is going from strength to strength. Not one to rest on its laurels, its panache has remained undimmed since Tricia Guild (pictured) founded it in 1970. Today, from its Chelsea and Marylebone showrooms, it touts its own-brand designs as well as textiles and wallcoverings by such stellar names as Christian Lacroix (designersguild.com)

    BEST BRITISH DESIGN BRAND: DESIGNERS GULD – Synonymous with extrovert colour and pattern, Designers Guild is going from strength to strength. Not one to rest on its laurels, its panache has remained undimmed since Tricia Guild (pictured) founded it in 1970. Today, from its Chelsea and Marylebone showrooms, it touts its own-brand designs as well as textiles and wallcoverings by such stellar names as Christian Lacroix (designersguild.com)

  • OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DESIGN: ROBIN DAY – Britain’s best-known 20th-century furniture designer, Day was part of a generation of Modernist pioneers whose admirably democratic goal was to make good design available to all. He fulfilled his ambition, and then some, with his universally popular affordable, stackable polypropylene chair of the early 1960s

    OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DESIGN: ROBIN DAY – Britain’s best-known 20th-century furniture designer, Day was part of a generation of Modernist pioneers whose admirably democratic goal was to make good design available to all. He fulfilled his ambition, and then some, with his universally popular affordable, stackable polypropylene chair of the early 1960s

Readers voted in their thousands for the tenth year of the British Design Awards, which recognised useful, beautiful and original new work by British designers for UK-based and international brands. There were seven main categories, plus the coveted Outstanding Contribution to Design award.

See the 2014 British Design Award winners

Photography: Ben Miller (Lee Broom), Jake Gavin (Paula Nickolds, Rupert Blanchard, Oliver Ulmer and Tricia Guild), Walter White (Graven Images and Emily Sutton), Tara Darby (Robin Day)