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15th June 2018


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First I must congratulate the winners of the New Design Britain awards which were announced during a drinks reception at a buzzing 'interiors 2010' this week.

The New Design Britain awards, in cooperation with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and sponsored by Willis and Gambier, are the culmination of months of hard work by the students and the organisers to find the very best product designs the UK has to offer. With over 150 entries from over 80 universities, the final 16 were showcased throughout the event.

I have to agree with Judge Damian Walton, who believes it is hugely important for the next generation to feel that the industry and professionals within it are interested. "Product is all about design and if you don't invest in design, you won't progress the products," he argued.

There were three categories in the competition and each was then divided into 'Made in Britain' and 'Designed in Britain'. The winners were:

Accessories : Made in Britain – Ruler by James Cadogan / Designed in Britain – Contoured Blind by Helena Carelson
Fabrics & Surface Coverings : Golden Stag wallpaper by Lynsey Henderson / 4 countries fabric by Jennifer Jones
Furniture : Coat stand by Lorna Wilby / Multi function dining station by Phil Crook
The judges also singled out Tamar Balakjian for a special mention, feeling that her table cover was "in a class of its own".

Next week we kick off our 'rolling' preview of another much anticipated industry event - kbb Birmingham 2010, which is celebrating its 25th year at the NEC, Birmingham, from 21st -24th March. If you're exhibiting at the show and haven't yet told us why visitors should make a point of going along to your stand, please do so quickly and ensure you don't miss the chance of sharing your news with KBZine's many readers throughout the world.



Jan Hobbs

29th January 2010

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