Entries to the Surface Design Awards are up 25% on 2013, with over 33% of submissions coming from outside of the UK and a significant number from the US and China.
“It shows there is a strong appetite for these awards” said Christopher Newton from organiser Montgomery. “They are the only truly international showcase of outstanding surface designs, and the only awards of their kind in the UK.”
New this year, the Light and Structure category was one of the most popular. It was created to mark the launch of Light School, an exciting new event at the Surface Design Show which demonstrates how advanced lighting design can transform surfaces.
This year’s bumper crop of entries will be judged by a panel of international design experts including Je Ahn and Maria Smith, Studio Weave, Lucy Spencer, Interior – ID, Christopher Dezille, Honky, Renee Mascari, KBB National Training Group, Andy Macfee, Scott Brownrigg Architects, and are co-chaired by Will Alsop, All Design and Vanessa Brady, President of the Society of British Interior Design.
Sponsors for the twelve awards spanning seven categories for both interior and exterior surfaces are Porcelanosa, Burlington Stone, James Latham, de Magazine and Interface.
The trophies for each award have been exclusively created by Bottle Alley Glass, a company which takes unwanted and discarded glass bottles and turns them into a unique range of beautiful recycled glass products such as tiles, lighting panels and bespoke products.
Launched last year, the Awards were an immediate success with the number and quality of entries far exceeding expectations. With entries up again this year, the Award organisers anticipate that the judges will have a tough but fascinating job separating the very good from the inspirational.
The category shortlists will be announced on 4 November 2013 and the overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, London on 6 February 2014.