Surface Design Awards – finalists announced

The Surface Design Awards champion the best in progressive design and innovative surfaces and are the only international awards to focus exclusively on surface design.

Organised by Montgomery Exhibitions, this year’s Awards attracted an extremely strong field of entrants, 25% more than in 2013, with submissions from architects and interior designers around the world. 33% of entries were from outside the UK.

The finalists were chosen by a judging panel of design experts comprising Andy MacFee, Scott Brownrigg Architects ; Christopher Dezille, Honky; Maria Smith, Studio Weave; Lucy Spencer, Interior – ID and Renee Mascari, KBB National Training Group. The judges were co-chaired by Professor Will Alsop of All Design and Vanessa Brady, the President of the Society of British Interior Design.

Lucy Spencer of Interior ID said:

“It was certainly rewarding to be part of the judging panel for Interior surfaces this year. I was particularly impressed by the level of creativity and the truly stunning use of materials and craftsmanship in often challenging projects.”

The entries stimulated much discussion amongst the judges who were delighted by the wide variety and the international flavour of the entries. Projects and designers from the USA, China, Japan and the UAE are among the finalists. The key trends emerging from the strongest entries included the creative use of natural organic materials, a delight in craftsmanship, retro themed designs and an imaginative use of light and light technology

Andy MacFee of Scott Brownrigg Architects said:

“There are some very high quality entries showing distinctive and original design. We have seen an increased confidence and willingness for architects to engage with surface design, sometimes created by the repetition and variation of exquisite components.”

This year saw the introduction of the new ‘Light and Surfaces’ category, dedicated to light, surfaces and the importance of innovation in the field. “Until now most designers considered light and surfaces separately” said Sharon Stammers of Light Collective. “This year’s entries show that at last they are beginning to consider them together”. Renee Mascari of KBB National Training Group said:

“We need to inspire to educate, and the finalists are without doubt inspiring. Through these awards, Surface Design Show is supporting innovation in the industry”

Sponsors for the twelve awards spanning six categories for both interior and exterior surfaces are Porcelanosa, Burlington Stone, James Latham, Design Exchange and Samsung. Interface has sponsored the Supreme Award.

The trophy for each award has been created by Bottle Alley Glass.

The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre in London on 6 February 2014.

The shortlisted projects are:

Commercial category sponsored by Burlington Stone

Exterior Surface Finalists:

  • South Molton Street Building, London by DSDHA
  • 24 Britton Street, London by Stephen Archer and Michael Sanders

Interior Surface Finalists:

  • Backlit Wood Walls at National Cancer Institute, USA by HOK/MCLA
  • 10 Portman Place, London by Jestico and Wiles
  • Sonos Studio, USA by Rania Alomar

Housing category sponsored by Samsung

Exterior Surface Finalists:

  • Abode at Great Kneighton by Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews
  • High Barn by Astronaut Kawada Architecture
  • Mayfair House, London by Squire & Partners

Interior Surface Finalists:

  • The Anderson’s Apartment, Manchester by Sharon Jane Whitehurst and Sophie Allen
  • Bedroom Wall, Belgium by Giovanni Barbieri
  • Tex-Tonic House 2 – Brick Wall, London by Paul McAneary

Light and Surface category

Light and Exterior Surface Finalists:

  • Glamp® by Cat Martin
  • Glass Lens, London by Luke Lowings and James Carpenter

Light and Interior Surface Finalists

  • Luminescent Surfaces, London by Alessandro Tosetti
  • Tex-Tonic House 2 – Lava Stone, London by Paul McAneary
  • Backlit Wood Walls at National Cancer Institute, USA by HOK/MCLA

Public Building Exterior Surface sponsored by James Latham

Exterior Surface Finalists:

  • Nanjing South Railway Station, China by Chen Wu
  • UCH, Hastings by Andrew Matthews and Stephen Proctor

Interior Surface Finalists:

  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh by Allison Architecture
  • University Square Stratford, London by Charles Jordon, AWW-UK (Atkins Walters and Webster Ltd)
  • Silver Mountain & Red Cliff, Japan by Kunihide Oshinomi
  • The Scotsman Steps by Martin Creed with Haworth Tompkins / McGregor Bowes

Retail Exterior Surface sponsored by Porcelanosa

Exterior Surface Finalists:

  • South Molton Street Building, London by DSDHA
  • Alex Monroe Studio, Snowsfields by DSDHA

Interior Surface Finalists:

  • Aesop, Selfridges, London by Cheungvogl Architects
  • Sonos Studio, USA by Rania Alomar
  • Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall, UAE by Giles Miller
  • Durham Cathedral Undercroft Gift Shop, Durham by Purcell UK

Temporary Structure sponsored by De Magazine

  • Call and Response, London by Neil Musson & Jono Retallick
  • Designed to Win, London by Urban Salon
  • Heart of Architecture, London by Giles Miller

The winner of the Supreme award sponsored by Interface will be selected from the list of finalists and announced on Thursday 6th February 2014.

You can review the full list of finalists on the Surface Design Show website