Charlotte Millett, Bilge Nur Saltik, Chloe Atkins and Seema Shah beat out 16 finalists with their creative and functional designs in furniture, furnishings accessories, fabrics and surfaces, respectively. The New Design Britain Awards took place just outside of London for the annual INTERIORS UK last week.
“We pride ourselves on celebrating young design talent and giving them a platform to the industry, and I for one, am absolutely delighted with the caliber of entries this year and think we have four very worthy winners,” said Suzie Ager, brand director for INTERIORS UK.
Charlotte Millett's Burst Chair
Judges overseeing the furniture and furnishing accessories categories included furniture designer and previous winner Rob Scarlett; designer Anthony Rayworth of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers; and Heal’s furniture buyer Elaine Boyle. Presiding over the fabrics and surfaces categories were Diane Goode, buyer at Fromental; John Lewis, buyer for Denise Phillips; and Director of Rubelli, Vivienne Griffin.
Chloe Atkins' fabrics
“I am so happy to have won this award,” said Millett. “It’s such a great accolade and makes all the hard work worthwhile. It’s great that the show supports emerging young design talent.”
Bilge Nur Saltik'a Share Food Bowl
Saltik was also the winner of the People’s Choice Award and received £250 of Ercol vouchers.
“I am ecstatic to be a winner; it’s just great to get industry recognition and best of all being part of the show has given me the opportunity to network and get my product out there,” said Saltik.
Seema Shah's tile
Each winner was presented with a glass award, live on site at the NEC Birmingham to an audience of media, industry, independent and multiple retailers.