With over 61,000 votes cast, we are thrilled to announce our Dali chair and Minx Wing sofa brought home the best in their categories at design et al’s International Design and Architecture Awards 2017! We are grateful and humbled to be included in this esteemed award winning category of international designers three years in a row. Here’s a little about the awards ceremony and our night in London.
Design et al is a leading United Kingdom-based design magazine that also manages the International Design & Architecture Awards, Hotel & Property Awards and International Yacht & Aviation Awards competitions. The goal of the awards programs is to stimulate the mind and senses and inform and inspire readers about the most original, progressive design statements being made globally. But this is not just any design competition. Design et al Awards are not judged by a panel. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers. “Instead of a panel of 5 or 6 industry professionals we have quite literally thousands of industry professionals involved,” says Design et al Publisher Joanne Beedles. “It is an incredible way to promote your work and reach a targeted global audience.” The competitions gather architects and interior designers from all over the globe – Dubai, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Australia, Russia, China, Venezuela and US to compete in over 35 different categories.
The awards ceremony is held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel London. Leading designers from all over the world gather for a black tie dinner and cocktail party. No winners have been announced at this point, we only know we are nominees in our categories. Like the Golden Globes or Academy Awards, the categories are read, the nominees are named and their projects shown on huge screen. The announcer receives an envelope, opens it and says, “and the winner is….” Spot lights circle the audience, booming music resounds and a big round of applause as the winner/s meander their way to the stage. Greeted by the announcer, the winner is handed the award and a microphone. Each winner then gives a speech – this is the best part – to hear how much time and effort and love went into the projects and who else was involved and where they traveled from. At the end of the night, there is a chic party with DJ, dancing and revelry.
Designed by international award winning designer Tina Nicole, Dali features a unique cover application, an innovative reverse-tufting technique. Sewn in a contrasting color across the chair’s back and side panels, reverse tufting creates a three-dimensional effect, similar to a cascade of floating petals. Gilded modern brass legs add an extra dash of sophistication to the chair, which pays homage to the Art Deco and Midcentury design periods. The Dali model’s name was inspired by the shape of the famous painter’s mustache.
Designed by international award winning designer Tina Nicole, the Minx wing sofa features a pioneering geometric stitching treatment within a swooping modified shelter back. The dramatic shape appears to be sporting angel’s wings, graduates down through each arm to wrap each side of the seat surface – the effect is like a hug for the sitter. Minx floats on gently tapered metal legs to accent its modern silhouette.