SBID has announced the finalists for its International Design Awards and UK KBB retailers have taken the lion’s share of nominations in the KBB Design category.
The awards run by the Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID) attracts entries from around the world, with finalists this year spanning the UK and Ireland, Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
The awards are intended to recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence across a broad range of categories, taking into account factors such as the creativity of design schemes, the quality of materials and products specified. As well as the craftsmanship of the final installation.
The awards are broken into three categories. Interior Design, which includes KBB Design, and covers all aspects of interior design, including retail, public space, healthcare and well-being, residential, clubs and bars, office spaces and hotels.
The other categories are Products Design, which focuses on the design, innovation and functionality of products for the interior design sector, while the Interior Fit-Out sector is for specialist interior contractors fulfilling the successful interior design fit-out projects across the commercial and residential sectors, assessed for finishes and detailing.
Among the finalists were design practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Rigby & Rigby, Hirsch Bedner Associates and Hill House Interiors.
In the KBB Design category, 11 of the 19 finalists were from the UK.
The finalists from the UK were:
Roundhouse Design in London for its ‘Brand’ project in Surrey, which included a kitchen, utility room, walk-in pantry and boot room.
Ashton Bespoke in Hampshire for its ‘Longwood’ project in collaboration with Applegate Homes.
Halo Designs in Surrey for its Lowndes Place project in London’s Belgravia, which included furniture, joinery and architectural elements.
The Myers Touch in Winchester for a luxury bespoke kitchen in Windsor.
Diane Berry Kitchens in Manchester for its kitchen and bespoke wine room design.
Extreme Design in London for its ‘Monolith’ project, which incorporated a monolithic stone island and floating breakfast bar.
Snug Kitchens in Newbury for its handcrafted shaker kitchen with marble worktops and utility room project in Otterbourne Manor, Hertfordshire.
Pippa Paton Design in Oxfordshire for its Oxfordshire Village House kitchen, designed for two professional chefs and including a seven-metre island.
Sophie Mills Studio in Suffolk for its Riverside Warehouse project in London.
Sola Kitchens in London for a Scandi Asian Fusion kitchen in London and finally Bocchetta Interiors in Dorset for its kitchen project for a new-build family home.
Other KBB Design finalists were, from New Zealand, Du Bois Design, Designck, Detail by Davinia Sutton, German Kitchens, Celia Visser Design and Cronin Kitchens, plus Studio Minosa from Australia.
Finalists in the KBB product awards are the Crosswater 3ONE6 basin monobloc, Grohe’s Allure three-hole basin mixer, HiB’s Bellus mirror range, California Faucets’ Christopher Grubb Style Drain collection, Armac Martin’s Digbeth range, Symphony Group’s Freedom kitchen in urban grey walnut, VitrA’s Liquid range, the Nikola Tesla Unplugged extractor hobs from Elica and the HEWI Life System from HEWI Heinrich Wilke.
The judging process is in three parts, looking at the technical and creative aspects of the finalists’ projects. It then goes to a public vote that closes on August 24.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Intercontinental London Park Lane hotel on Friday, October 21.