AWARDS BONUS PODCAST: The design judges…

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Welcome to another very special episode of The kbbreview Podcast all about The kbbreview Retail & Design Award 2024

Your host is Andy Davies and give or take a day or so we are just three weeks away from the big ceremony on Monday, March the 4th in Birmingham. We’re as excited as we are absolutely terrified as we’ll be welcoming about 900 of the industry’s top designers, retailers, suppliers, opinion-formers and influencers for the biggest night of the year.

All the judging is complete and we now have the full list of winners in front of me and I promise it’s going to be a good one.

In this awards episode we’re going to take another look into the minds of our design judges to see what they thought of this year’s entries, what themes they spotted and how much they get out of the prices themselves.

The process itself is really important and it works like this – designers submit their written entries and the judges go through every single and score them independently against the list of criteria. I add up all the scores and the top four in each category become the shortlist.

But it doesn’t stop there and that’s the big difference of our awards – we have two further judging sessions. We have two panels – one for kitchen and one for bathroom – and we put them in a room and all the shortlisted finalists then present their projects to them in person via Zoom. This is where the judges get to quiz and question the designer on all the details.

So Andy ran the bathroom panel at the Roca Gallery in Chelsea Harbour and my esteemed colleague and kbbreview editor Rebecca Nottingham ran the kitchen panel at Halcyon Interiors in Wigmore Street.

Once all the presentations were over we grabbed some of the judges for a post-match chat…

These special bonus awards episodes of The kbbreview Podcast are brought to you with the help of our friends Sonas Bathrooms – our 2024 Awards Podcast Partner.

They’re a hugely successful company over in Ireland andnow they’re here in the UK with their stylish and high-quality range of products. You can find out more about becoming a Sonas Bathroom retailer by going to or you can go and see them in person at kbb Birmingham where they will be a must-visit exhibitor. You can find them on stand F30 and say hello from me.

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