Winners were selected from companies and designers from over 27 countries for this year's Society of Brtish Interior Designers (SBID) International Design Awards, which were announced during Macef, Italy's oldest B2B trade show. The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony in London in November, where a surprise Overall Winner will be announced in both the residential and commercial categories. For a complete list of finalists, click here.
The Best Product award went to Dornbracht for its Horizontal Shower.
In contract, the Best Technology winner was Studio Lux for its design of the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Washington, DC, a category judged by Inge Moore, principal of HBA London, the Overall winner from last year's show.
There were two winners for the Best Commercial Space (office, healthcare, retail, public space) award, judged by Theresa Dowling, Group Editor for FX, X2, Blueprint magazines, who said: “I chose Moriyuki Ochiai Architects' Arkhe Beauty Salon in Japan (below left) for its wild sculptural design, giving a whole theatrical experience to having your hair done."
Dowling selected Kris Lin Interior Design's Chinese Modern Garden for "its divided space that uses luxury materials but not dazzling crazy, as befits the property market, and offers the order of a Chinese garden to transform the office into a quiet oasis against the backdrop of a crowded, noisy and urban setting in China."
In the Best Entertainment Space (restaurant, bar, hospitality, wellness) category, the European Hotel Managers’ Association’s President Peter Bierwirth rewarded VONSUNG for their Viet Hoa Mess restaurant.
In the Residential sector, the Visualisation category was judged by Pasquale Natuzzi, founder of Natuzzi. The award went to the House on the Sea 3D project by Nataly Bolshakova, Ukraine.
In the Interior Design Project over £25,000 category, 1508 London's The Knightsbridge residence won the coveted award. Judging this category, Simon Joy from the Poltrona Frau Group said: "I consider this project as the most balanced, coherent and sophisticated of the projects presented. The Knightsbridge appears fortunate enough not to have been presented with budget constraints, and even so, the design team have avoided an excessive use of overly rich materials and incongruous styles. 1508 London's design team had clearly sought to understand the limitations and challenges created by areas of the building and overcome them with a consistent aesthetic narrative."