BRITISH DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS 2013

November 28, 2014 / British Design Awards, Past winners
  • BEST BRITISH DESIGNER: BETHAN GRAY – It’s been a great year for the Welsh designer, who has launched a collection of tables in wood, leather and marble under her brand G&T, a collaboration with furniture developer Thomas Turner. She has also created marble tables and accessories for stone specialist Lapicida and oak lights for John Lewis (bethangray.com).

    BEST BRITISH DESIGNER: BETHAN GRAY – It’s been a great year for the Welsh designer, who has launched a collection of tables in wood, leather and marble under her brand G&T, a collaboration with furniture developer Thomas Turner. She has also created marble tables and accessories for stone specialist Lapicida and oak lights for John Lewis (bethangray.com).

  • BEST BRITISH PATTERN: ‘ANOTHER COLOUR’ WALLCOVERING BY TRACY KENDALL – This design emerged as a worthy winner thanks to its originality and craftsmanship, which involves hand-cutting and stitching hundreds of squares of paper onto a wallpaper backing. ‘I found that by having such a deluge of colour, the shades themselves made a natural pattern,’ says Kendall  (tracykendall.com).

    BEST BRITISH PATTERN: ‘ANOTHER COLOUR’ WALLCOVERING BY TRACY KENDALL – This design emerged as a worthy winner thanks to its originality and craftsmanship, which involves hand-cutting and stitching hundreds of squares of paper onto a wallpaper backing. ‘I found that by having such a deluge of colour, the shades themselves made a natural pattern,’ says Kendall (tracykendall.com).

  • BEST BRITISH PRODUCT: ‘SEMPLICE’ LIGHT BY INDUSTRIAL FACILITY FOR OLUCE – British design duo Sam Hecht and Kim Colin are perhaps best known for the electronic products that they’ve created for Muji, designs that sum up their honest, industrially grounded aesthetic. Their glass and metal light won for its mix of practicality and poetry – a signature of Italian company Oluce to which the duo wanted to pay homage. ‘The light source appears to hover above a table – it’s a straightforward idea with honest materials,’ the duo say (industrialfacility.com).

    BEST BRITISH PRODUCT: ‘SEMPLICE’ LIGHT BY INDUSTRIAL FACILITY FOR OLUCE – British design duo Sam Hecht and Kim Colin are perhaps best known for the electronic products that they’ve created for Muji, designs that sum up their honest, industrially grounded aesthetic. Their glass and metal light won for its mix of practicality and poetry – a signature of Italian company Oluce to which the duo wanted to pay homage. ‘The light source appears to hover above a table – it’s a straightforward idea with honest materials,’ the duo say (industrialfacility.com).

  • BEST BRITISH BRAND: PINCH – Husband-and-wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon won for their beautifully crafted designs, inspired by mid-century pieces and traditional cabinetry. New oiled-oak shelving that nods to Post Office storage, and a beech chair created in collaboration with Ercol and Holland Park School reflect their focus on solid timber designs that will stand the test of time (pinchdesign.com).

    BEST BRITISH BRAND: PINCH – Husband-and-wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon won for their beautifully crafted designs, inspired by mid-century pieces and traditional cabinetry. New oiled-oak shelving that nods to Post Office storage, and a beech chair created in collaboration with Ercol and Holland Park School reflect their focus on solid timber designs that will stand the test of time (pinchdesign.com).

  • BEST BRITISH INTERIOR: BURBERRY REGENT STREET – Burberry’s breathtaking Regent Street store is housed in a four-storey listed building, restored by British craftsmen, and boasts Art Deco lighting and a multitude of grand staircases (25 in total). ‘We’ve restored the magnificent historical features, but we’ve also used technology to create multi-sensory experiences,’ says the brand’s chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey (uk.burberry.com).

    BEST BRITISH INTERIOR: BURBERRY REGENT STREET – Burberry’s breathtaking Regent Street store is housed in a four-storey listed building, restored by British craftsmen, and boasts Art Deco lighting and a multitude of grand staircases (25 in total). ‘We’ve restored the magnificent historical features, but we’ve also used technology to create multi-sensory experiences,’ says the brand’s chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey (uk.burberry.com).

  • MADE IN THE UK AWARD: THE ORIGINAL BTC GROUP – Presented by John Lewis, the Made in the UK award celebrates a champion of British manufacturing. Established in 1990 by Peter Bowles and his son Charlie, Original BTC started out as an Oxford-based lighting manufacturer and has evolved to become The Original BTC Group, with six brands under its umbrella. The Bowleses saved English Antique Glass and Branksome China from the brink of demise, and John Lewis felt that they were a fitting winner of this inaugural award (originalbtc.com).

    MADE IN THE UK AWARD: THE ORIGINAL BTC GROUP – Presented by John Lewis, the Made in the UK award celebrates a champion of British manufacturing. Established in 1990 by Peter Bowles and his son Charlie, Original BTC started out as an Oxford-based lighting manufacturer and has evolved to become The Original BTC Group, with six brands under its umbrella. The Bowleses saved English Antique Glass and Branksome China from the brink of demise, and John Lewis felt that they were a fitting winner of this inaugural award (originalbtc.com).

We judged the 2013 winners on criteria that included originality, innovation, price point, the personability and professionalism of the designers and, in the case of the Best British Interior, atmosphere. The final list of winners was a mix of small independent names and big brands.

See the 2014 British Design Award winners

Photography: Suki Dhanda (Bethan Gray, Tracy Kendall, Industrial Facility, Pinch), David Yeo (Christopher Bailey)