Surface Design Awards 2018 finalists announced

The finalists of this year’s Surface Design Awards have been announced, unveiling some of the best projects from across the globe which feature innovative and exciting materials and surfaces. The Light and Surface Interior and Light and Surface Exterior categories saw a range of inspiring projects which impressed the judges.

The Surface Design Awards are part of Surface Design Show (6-8 February 2018), the only event in the UK focusing solely on interior and exterior surface design, facilitating thousands of innovative and thrilling materials to connect with an audience of architects and designers.

The Surface Design Awards celebrate amazing examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

Launched in 2013, Surface Design Awards has grown exponentially in both stature and quality. International growth has been staggering this year with project entries from 16 different countries. There were 39 entries from the UK, 69% of these being from London.

The judging panel was co-chaired by Tina Norden, of Conran and Partners, and Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design. The judges included Jenny Jones of Studio Jenny Jones, Sacha Leong of Studioilse, Constantina Tsoutsikou of HBA London, Jo Littlefair of Goddard Littlefair, Howard Sullivan of Your Studio and Nir Gilad of Nous Design, all of whom are experts in their fields.

30 projects have been named finalists, with awards to be given out across 11 categories. Each project was judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and the aesthetic design. 13 of the shortlisted projects are from the UK, 8 of those from London. International finalists include 5 projects from China, 4 from Portugal as well as entries from India, Belgium, Lithuania, Taiwan, Hungary, Canada and Italy.

There were a number of returning entrants. 2017 winner Maria Ana Vasco Costa has been shortlisted 3 times with 2 different projects, Vicente Borga Hostel and President Arriga Building. Last year’s double winner Giles Miller is again shortlisted with The Bolt, as is Kris Lin Interior Design with Twisting.

Light and Surface finalists include Beach Hut Monument for Beachy Head Lady by Stephen Foley. Made of translucent corian the beach hut offers a light airy space during the day, but comes alive at night when the lighting provides a warm glow. Co-chair of the judging panel Ab Rogers described the project as “A joyful multifaceted illuminated beach hut with a strong story attached to the design”.

An acoustic panel with integrated light called Soundscapes by ZUMI from Belgium is a finalist in the Light and Interior category. The three-in-one element combines energy efficient LED lighting with a high quality acoustic panel and the option to integrate speakers. Judge Jenny Jones said “The integration of light texture and acoustic performance in one product as well as the proportion and materiality was successful”.

Winners of the categories will be announced at an awards ceremony at Surface Design Show on Thursday 8 February, with a supreme winner also being unveiled.

Sponsors for the 2018 Awards are Business Design Centre, James Latham and Eden Anglo Veneers.

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Explore the full list of finalists here:
Interior Finalists
Exterior Finalists

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