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    London Design Festival medal winners announced

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    London Design Festival medal winners announced

    London Design Festival has announced the four winners of the 2019 London Design Medals…

    Launched with the aim to recognise the contribution made by the leading design figures and emerging talents in London and the industry, London Design Festival historically kicks-off the week-long design event by presenting four London Design Medals awarded.

    The 2019 medals were presented yesterday at The House of Commons, Westminster, while the capital came to life for the start of this year’s design spectacular.

    And the winners are…

    London Design Medal: Tom Dixon OBE
    Design Innovation Medal: Daniel Charny
    Emerging Design Medal: Ross Atkin
    Lifetime Achievement Medal: Dame Vivienne Westwood

    A panel of established designers, industry commentators and previous winners met to debate and judge the possible recipients of the four medals. This year’s jury members were: Ozwald Boateng OBE, Ian Callum CBE, Sheridan Coakley, Njusja de Gier, Es Devlin OBE, Sarah Douglas, Ben Evans CBE, Dr Tristram Hunt, Domenic Lippa, Jay Osgerby OBE, Raoul Shah, Joff Sharpe, Justine Simons OBE, Sir John Sorrell CBE, Dr Paul Thompson and Jane Withers.

    “Each year the jury selects four eminent people who have made a major contribution to design in the UK,” said Ben Evans CBE, London Design Festival Director. “This year the winners are as interesting and deserving as ever.”

    Tom Dixon OBE

    The London Design Medal, supported by British Airways London City, is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence.

    This year’s winner, Tom Dixon, rose to prominence in the mid 1980s as a self-taught British designer. He set up the creative think-tank space, which acted as a shop front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980s, he was working for Cappellini, for which he designed the iconic S chair. In the late 1990s, Dixon became Creative Director at Habitat and was responsible for rejuvenating the brand while maintaining Terence Conran’s vision of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design.

    His works have been acquired by museums across the globe, including the V&A, MoMA and the Pompidou Centre. In 2002 Dixon established his own eponymous brand with own stores in New York, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan and Tokyo. More than 600 products are created by the company, ranging from lighting to furniture, from tableware through to fragrance, and are distributed to over 90 countries.

    In 2007 Dixon launched Design Research Studio, an interior and architectural design studio. High‑profile projects include the Restaurant at the Royal Academy, Shoreditch House, le Drugstore in Paris and Alto in Hong Kong. In 2018, Dixon opened the Coal Office, his new London Headquarters, in King’s Cross. Created by Design Research Studio, the Coal Office functions as a multi-displinary hub, including an office, restaurant, design studio and shop all under one roof.

    “I’m still confused as to why I won’t be getting the ‘Emerging Design Medal’,” said Dixon on the news of his win, “as it still feels very much like I have only just started – I’ve so much left to design! But I’m very touched to be noticed by this super Jury, thank you very much.”

    Daniel Charny

    Design Innovation Medal, supported by SAP, celebrates entrepreneurship in all its forms, both locally and internationally. It honours an individual for whom design lies at the core of their development and success.

    Daniel Charny is a creative director, curator and educator with an inquiring mind and an entrepreneurial streak. He is co-founder of the creative consultancy From Now On, where clients include Dartington Hall, the Design Museum, Google, Heatherwick Studio, Nesta and U+I. His most recent initiative is the creative education think-and-do-tank FixEd.

    Charny is best known as curator of the influential exhibition Power of Making at the V&A, which drove him to found the award-winning learning programme Fixperts, now taught in universities and schools worldwide. Other projects include the Aram Gallery, the British Council’s Maker Library Network and the Central Research Laboratory accelerator. As Professor of Design at Kingston University he is interested in the roles of design and making for social benefit.

    Charny is active internationally as a speaker and expert advisor, advocating his vision of design, creativity and making as essential tools to unlock a better future.

    “Engagement, education and access to design are all critical to assuring the creative responses to a changing world that we all need,” said Daniel Charny. “I’m proud to represent this idea and delighted to be recognised for it in London, a city of unparalleled creativity.”

    Ross Atkin

    Emerging Design Medal supported by Storey, recognises an impact made on the design scene within five or so years of graduation.

    Ross Atkin is a designer and engineer based in east London. His work focuses on two areas: helping disabled people to live more independently, and introducing design and engineering to children.

    He maintains his own design and development practice, creating assistive technology and accessibility-focused products that span the digital-physical divide. These include: Sight Line, a system for improving the accessibility of roadworks developed in partnership with The Royal Society for Blind Children and Transport for London; MSE Genie, an app and connected hardware that allows a sensory room to be tailored around the needs and capabilities of the person using it; Responsive Street Furniture, a system created in partnership with Marshalls that enables pieces of urban infrastructure to provide assistance automatically, such as by making street lighting brighter, or by lengthening the duration of road-crossing signals; Smartibot, the world’s first A.I. enabled carboard robot; and LiftCheck, a system that allows lift users to see if the lifts they need to complete their journey are operational before they set off.

    Atkin’s design practice is heavily informed by observational research. He regularly conducts participatory shadowing of disabled people as they make journeys around cities.

    “I never thought the kind of work that I do would be recognised, so I feel doubly honoured,” said Ross Atkin. “It’s beyond my imagination to be in the company of true legends of design, and it also is an amazing privilege to be representing the world of inclusive design on such a prominent platform as London Design Festival. I look forward to more designers from that world being recognised in the future”.

    Dame Vivienne Westwood

    Lifetime Achievement Medal Winner supported by Fortnum & Mason, honours a significant and fundamental contribution to the design industry over the course of a career.

    Vivienne Westwood was born in 1941 and moved to London 17 years later. She began designing in 1971 along with her then partner, Malcolm McLaren. In 1984, she launched her own fashion line and in 2004 the V&A hosted a Vivienne Westwood retrospective to celebrate her 34 years in fashion – the largest exhibition ever devoted to a living British fashion designer.

    Westwood has always used her collections and catwalk shows as a platform for activism. She has personally spent many years speaking out about the effects of climate change and over‑consumption – and inaugurated the ‘Climate Revolution’ at the 2012 London Paralympics closing ceremony.

    Along with husband and design partner Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood actively supports the charity Cool Earth in its efforts to halt rainforest destruction. She has also campaigned for a number of NGOs and charities including the Environmental Justice Foundation and Friends of the Earth, and is an ambassador for Greenpeace: in 2013 she designed their official ‘Save the Arctic’ logo.

    Since 2011 Westwood has worked with the International Trade Centre – a joint body of the UN – to produce accessories through their Ethical Fashion Initiative. The programme currently supports the work of thousands of women from marginalised African communities. Westwood has written her ideas in a manifesto called ‘Active Resistance to Propaganda’, rooted in culture as a stimulus to save the planet, and more recently designed a set of playing cards to set out a global economic strategy to stop climate change.

    Main image credit: LDF 2019

    Unidrain wins three international film awards

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    Unidrain wins three international film awards

    Unidrain received a GOLD REMI at the WorldFest-Houston, the Silver Award at the US International Film and Video Festival, plus a Silver World Medal at the New York Festival Awards, which took place earlier this year…

    It’s not often you hear the words “international film awards” and “drains” in the same sentence. However, Unidrain is not your average drain company; in the last year they have won three prestigious international film awards for their corporate video.

    Unidrain received a GOLD REMI at the WorldFest-Houston, the Silver Award at the US International Film and Video Festival, plus a Silver World Medal at the New York Festival Awards, which took place earlier this year. Here Unidrain was competing against top brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and the Amsterdam Airport/Schiphol.

    All three Awards celebrate the company’s transition from floor drain manufacturer to an international lifestyle and design brand.

    The video encapsulates this journey and has now culminated in these two awards. Birgitte Arendsdorf Olsen: Marketing Director at Unidrain is proud of the awards and emphasises that the film demonstrates not only the products but the holistic side of the brand.

    “Our approach to the market is to create a story, showing that we are not just a supplier of products, but a high-end designer brand,” said Birgitte Arendsdorf Olsen, Marketing Director. “We have established ourselves within that niche in Denmark and are well on the way to rolling it out not just in the Nordic countries but the rest of the world. Part of the process was the production of our corporate film, it is an important tool in delivering this message and therefore it is a huge honour to receive these awards for it.”

    They also have a special significance for the CEO of Unidrain; Henrik Handschuh: “Winning gold and silver for the best corporate film means so much to us; the Awards recognise us as a designer brand and not just a manufacturer. It is also a great honour for the film producers Kongshaug Productions, who have helped us achieve recognition for Unidrain as a key player on the global design scene”.

    Established in 2003 they have gone from inventing the linear floor drain to creating a leading international brand, spreading Danish design ethics and Nordic minimalism to the rest of the globe. From five star hotels in the Maldives, to the Award winning Herman K in Copenhagen Unidrain products and accessories play a key role in the look and feel of the most stylish bathrooms on the planet.

    Unidrain is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Zoe Guerrier by clicking here.

    Signbox wins FESPA award for third consecutive year

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    Signbox wins FESPA award for third consecutive year

    Recommended Supplier Signbox has won an award for the third year in a row at FESPA Awards 2019…

    Signbox, a leading signage manufacturer that works closely with architects and contractors to design and install the right architectural signs and signage, has won an FESPA award for the third consecutive year. The company received Silver for the outstanding and remarkable signage solutions we manufactured for IAG Cargo as part of rebranding its workspaces at London Heathrow and hubs in Dublin and Madrid.

    Signbox received the Silver Award at FESPA’s annual Gala Dinner, which took place on Wednesday May 15 at Löwenbräukeller in Munich, Germany, during FESPA Global Print Expo 2019.

    This refit for this winning project included an extensive list of signage solutions for the company’s buildings in the UK, Spain and Ireland. Our solution was devised to transform tired, lacklustre meeting rooms and spaces into calm, professional settings and to restyle exterior areas while rationalising an intelligent new brand and giving a fresh impetus to IAG Cargo’s high-traffic, 24/7 environments.

    “In 2018, IAG Cargo undertook a significant global rebrand across over 200 stations worldwide,” said Adam Chaudhri, Head of Marketing and External Communications at IAG Cargo. “Part of that rebrand involved substantial signage and office changes at our stations. It also required significant team work, collaboration and a creative edge. Signbox, working with our in-house team, managed to execute a complete revamp of our business in just a seven week window. Incredible planning and flexibility meant that we maximised our impact and delivered a substantial project whilst being cost conscious throughout. The Signbox team were a major contributor to the success of our brand launch.”

    IAG Cargo’s external signage comprised direct-to-surface printed ACM trays manufactured using our Durst P10 with HP latex-printed and laminated vinyl graphics completing the external cladding elements. Internal signs were printed using our HP Latex 3650 on Metamark high-tack with a scratch resistant over-laminate for easy maintenance within high traffic areas.

    The result is a cohesive and impactful implementation of a large-scale rebrand that has significantly enhanced both IAG Cargo’s corporate identity and its workspace.

    Main image credit: Signbox

    The Brit List 2018: Days to go

    Hamish Kilburn

    There are now just four days left for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to claim their tickets to one of the most anticipated hotel design awards events of the year… 

    With just four days until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled – and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced – time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with Britain’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

    Hamilton Litestat is confirmed to switch on The Brit List 2018 to unveil the top 75 interior designers, hoteliers and architects operating in Britain today. Following this, the winners of The Brit List’s newly launched awards will also be crowned. The categories are:

    • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Award Sponsor: Tarkett Flooring)
    • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
    • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
    • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Award Sponsor: DLAppTapp)
    • The Eco Award
    • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

    Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard LittlefairEPR ArchitectsBespoke HotelsGleneaglesRosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

    The Past President of the British Institute Interior Design (BIID) and co-founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design, Charles Leon, will speak on Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit. Leon, who was one of the five judges for The Brit List 2018 and the awards, said ahead of the awards: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at The Brit List 2018. Two of the UK’s major contributions to why Britain holds its place as a major international hub has always been its quirky education system and its ability to send out into the world innovative thinkers, not just in design and the arts, but in science, technology and research too. If we don’t teach people how to think, rather than what to think, our future is doomed – and I am excited to speak about this and the future of British hotel design and architecture on the night.”

    In addition to Leon’s speakership, guests will also enjoy a talk by lighting expert to the stars, Moritz Waldemeyer. The experimental lighting expert, who exhibited a tactile personalised lighting display at London Design Festival this year, will speak to the audience on how hotel lighting has changed in recent years how lighting technology is allowing for more creative interiors.

    Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

    6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
    7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, and The Brit List 2018 winners unveiled
    7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
    7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
    7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
    8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
    8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

    Directions to BEAT London:

    Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
    Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

    BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

    BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

    BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

    BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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    The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

    DLAppTap confirmed as sponsor of The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award

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    The newly launched app, which has been confirmed as the official sponsor of The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award, helps improve and revolutionise revenue streams for hospitality retail…

    Following its official launch at the Independent Hotel Show last month, DLAppTap has been confirmed as the official Sponsor of the Innovation In Technology Award at the The Brit List 2018.

    Taking place at BEAT London on November 22, The Brit List 2018 will welcome the industry’s leaders and visionaries and will unveil the top 75 influential interior designers, hoteliers and architects as well as unveiling the winners of the newly launched six new awards.

    The award of which the company will sponsor, Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology, has been launched at The Brit List 2018 in order to amplify the finest example of technology within hotel design and was judged by a leading panel of hotel design experts, including the President and Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design.

    The innovative iPhone and iPad app allows hotels to easily sell their products to guests in their properties without the need for in-house retail operations. With DLAppTap, hotels can capitalise on new revenue streams, achieve ROI from refurbishments and improve and provide higher levels of guest-centric services.

    “Having seen the impressive guest list for The Brit List 2018, we are proud to support Hotel Designs recognising and celebrating the industry’s most influential interior designers, hoteliers and architects working in Britain today,” said Justin Kandiah, Director of DLAppTap. “With technology evolving at such a rapid pace within international hotel design, we are proud to sponsor this year’s Tech Award and look forward to my partner, Jane Moriarty, and I handing out the trophy to the winner on the evening.”

    How to attend this year’s Brit List and join the elite!

    If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and architects at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

    If you are a buyer to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

    To discuss the various sponsorship packages still available, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050

    The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award sponsor: DLAppTap

    Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana celebrates 2017 World Travel Awards win

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    Kempinski is delighted to announce that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has been honoured by the 2017 World Travel Awards. The new deluxe hotel is the winner of the award for Cuba’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 – for the Suite Presidential Lorca.

    The most luxurious and spacious space in the hotel, Suite Presidential Lorca, overlooks the Central Square and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The Suite Presidential Lorca consists of a large living room with four large French doors/windows, a separate dining room, a guest toilet and a small kitchenette. The bedroom features one king size bed, a large walk-in closet and a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, separate rain shower cabin, two sinks and a bidet. The suite connects to a Gran Deluxe Twin Room. Room amenities include high ceilings, flat-screen TV, work desk, coffee and tea facilities, and safe. The Suite Presidential Lorca measures 150 square metres or 1,615 square feet.

    The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

    “We are most excited about this win and what it means for our property. Kempinski is one of the most famous luxury brands in the world that represents the best in quality and the highest standards in European hospitality. We are confident in saying that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has already began to set new standards for hospitality in the Caribbean. When making every decision, we strive for excellence and individuality, and we deliver. Cuba hasn’t seen a luxury hotel like the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana,” says Xavier Destribats, Chief Operating Officer The Americas,

    Guests can choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 40 to the stunning presidential suite’s 150 square metres – all with ceilings of four to five metres. The rooftop terrace and swimming pool, with views over the old town, are just one of the property’s many dazzling features.