The winners of The Brit List Awards 2021 were announced last night, inside a spectacular setting. The evening, which included more than 500 designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and brands, was full of glamour and a fair amount of glitter. Pauline Brettell and editor Hamish Kilburn were at the centre of the action to capture the atmosphere inside the awards ceremony…
Surrounded by the design, energy and vintage glamour of the roaring ’20s, London’s famous cabaret venue, PROUD Embankment, was a fitting platform for The Brit List Awards 2021 – an awards ceremony, unlike any other, that focused on and celebrated the individuals who are moving design, architecture and hospitality into the new ‘roaring ‘20s’.
Much like the 1920’s, there is an energy that this decade is harnessing, coming out of a period of disquiet and uncertainty, which feels like it is mirroring that same positivity of the era – a chapter in design and hospitality that was characterised by economic growth, accelerated consumer demand and saw the introduction of new trends in lifestyle and culture (sound familiar?). If those glamorous black-and-white photographs are to be believed, all this was done alongside the consumption of copious amounts of champagne – the parallels are clear.
2021 stands as the fourth year of The Brit List Awards, and this year felt significant, as we appreciate and rewarded all the creativity that surrounds us despite – or possibly because of – the year of enforced hibernation that has preceded the event. Importantly, this hibernation brought with it a healthy dose of introspection, as the industry realigns and refocuses on design priorities and responsibilities that have become integral to the design and hospitality processes. Here at Hotel Designs we feel it is important to ensure that the social considerations facing the industry – sustainability, wellness and technology, for example – don’t just become another strap line, but are instead a continuing part of the discussion and debate. We hope this has been mirrored, in part, by the award categories.
Choosing last night’s venue at PROUD Embankment as a place of performance and celebration, was a deliberate coincidence, as Editor Hamish Kilburn explained in his opening address. “Proud,” he said, ” a relevant emotion that I sincerely hope you are all feeling right now as we gather, scarred and not broken, to celebrate the UK remaining an international design and hospitality hub.” And he was right, pride was bursting from the audience because darling… life is a cabaret, and although it may feel like we have been through a protracted intermission, the takeaway from last nights ceremony is that the main performance is about to begin!
While the awards ceremony was about celebrating excellence, it was also a much-needed coming together of an industry that evolves through collaboration, craft and creativity. The event was a ‘who’s who’ – and our photographer was on the floor to capture what happened behind the red curtain. Right on cue, following the announcement of the winners, here are the obligatory social snaps from the from The Brit List Awards 2021.
More than 500 designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers attended The Brit List Awards 2021.
Image caption: Editor Hamish Kilburn getting ‘carried away’ (again) with the team at Crosswater.
Lisa Doren, Marketing and Events Manager, The Fellows House Cambridge
Nick Brown and Ebru Bircan from GROHE
Marie Soliman and Albin Berglund, Co-Founders, Bergman Interiors
Sarah Murphy, Architect, Jestico + Whiles
Charlotte Partridge, Associate, EPR Architects
Yasmine Mahmoudieh, shortlisted finalist in The Eco Award category
Designers from Dexter Moren Associates were out in force at The Brit List Awards 2021
Hamish Kilburn, Editor, Hotel Designs with Mark Bruce, Director, EPR Architects and winner of Architect of the Year 2021
Ed Murray, Associate, Dexter Moren Associates
Herbert Lui, Director, Dexter Moren Associates
The team at Jestico + Whiles were not going to turn down a good party
Franklite’s Mark Lissauer speaking to Conran and Partner’s Tina Norden and Tim Bowder-Ridger
Designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers gathered for the fourth edition of The Brit List Awards 2021
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