Recognizing talent from around the world in both project and product design, winners of the 14th FX International Interior Design Awards were recently named at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. A jury of notable design professionals selected winners in nine project categories and five product categories from more than 600 submissions (see the panel of judges here).
Additionally, four special awards were named from a pool of nominees who the international design community deems to be the best designers, the best practices, or have contributed the most to international design. Previous winners in these categories include Luigi Colani, Patricia Urquiola, Nigel Coates, and Sir James Dyson.
From a shortlist of six nominees, the Breakthrough Talent of the Year was granted to Christopher Jenner, who was recently featured in Contract’s November Retail issue for his design of Dyptique’s London and New York boutiques.
“British designer Christopher Jenner, who just began his studio for interiors two years go, is quickly developing an impressive portfolio of luxury interiors,” wrote John Czarnecki in the November 2011 cover story.
The Interior Design Practice of the Year went to L.A.-based Giorgio Borruso Design. The winner of more than 80 international design awards—including Contract’s 2011 Interiors Awards Retail category for his design of Carlo Pazolini’s Milan, Italy location—the architect is known for his unexpected combination of materials to develop sculptural forms.
Working with furniture designer Paola Lenti, the pair developed the process of bonding polymer and wool felt without glue to create display shelving that is “light and resilient and [has] a sharp-edged profile that seems to float in the void,” Borruso told Contract in 2011.
Niels Diffrient was recognized for an Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Design. His commitment to humanizing industrial design has garnered more than 20 awards, including Contract’s 2006 Legend Award.
Jennifer Thiele Busch, Contract’s editor in chief at the time, wrote, “Human factors engineering was a little known concept when Diffrient brought it to the forefront of design principles with the publication of his three-volume reference Humanscale in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, ergonomic function is a highly accepted—or absolutely required—characteristic of office seating, and there are those who would argue that Diffrient still approaches it with more skill and understanding than anyone else in the business. Moreover, it would be difficult to find a more gracious and gentlemanly individual, so Diffrient sets not only a human factors example, but a human example, as well.” (See full commentary on the award here.)
Congratulations to all the winners on their continued success!
Visit fxdesignawards.co.uk to learn more about the program.