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Selecting designers to be featured in this annual issue is never an easy task. Globally, there is so much talent, vision and expertise from a design community that is shaping the world - in literal terms. In fairness, we could feature countless designers, however a list has to be drawn up each year and for 2020 this is our selection. The individuals chosen are all shortlisted or award-winning designers; their work is broad, varied, diverse and reflects their geographical standpoint and cultural ideals. They have been selected for their

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KAREN HOWES TAYLOR HOWES FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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“For Taylor Howes, awards are a brilliant reflection of the passion, commitment and hard work of the team, as well as being a great way in which to provide our clients with the knowledge and confidence that we are an esteemed and respected studio.”

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Karen Howes consistently challenges the way interior design and luxury product design is perceived, actively pushing the boundaries of British craftsmanship, and injecting passion and soul into the projects produced by Taylor Howes. Acting as the ‘first client’, Karen works with a strong team of carefully selected directors, ensuring efficient and well-delivered projects for their clients. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) A passionate interior designer. Even as a young girl I used to rearrange my room as well as re-designing it, smiling at the outcome. When I was eighteen, I was sharing an apartment in King’s Cross with Martin Waller, worldwide furniture retailer and founder of Andrew Martin. Soon after, my career started. I started Taylor Howes in my spare room in Pimlico in 1993. At the time, I was working as an estate agent and so I continued to work for the agents for four days a week and the other three days were spent building up enough clients so that I could achieve my dream of becoming a leading interior designer. I used my own apartment as a show apartment and invited developers to come and view my designs – a move which led to my first commissions. Taylor Howes is now an international interior design practice that has completed over a thousand worldwide projects. We are widely considered to be one of the top three UK companies that highnetwork individuals turn to when seeking an interior designer. Acting for both private clients and many of the UK’s top developers, we are proud to act for a number of repeat clients who return to use the team’s services again and again. A great example is St George, part of the Berkeley Group, who we have been working with for over fifteen years, designing their Thames based penthouses. Over the last twenty-five years, Taylor Howes has grown from a two-woman business, to a studio team. In 2015 we invested in a 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art studio in Knightsbridge that will allow for further expansion, help us cement our reputation as one of the world’s leading interior design practices, and help us reach our aim of becoming a ‘super brand!’ How would you describe your personal interior design style? At Taylor Howes we don’t really have a signature look as we prefer instead to concentrate on giving clients a home that is truly personal to them. As we tend to work with cosmopolitan individuals, our

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client’s request glamorous, but practical interiors. We like to design our own joinery and most of the furnishings to distinguish ourselves in the market. Clients at this level do expect that kind of attention to detail. We like to think our interiors are elegant, yet easy to live in, we understand the importance of combining flexible and functional design solutions with elegance and glamour. We love using bursts of colour in a bold and confident manner, and place great emphasis on finding show-stopping artwork and unusual objects in order to fulfill our client’s needs. Where does your design inspiration come from? Inspiration is all around you. I travel a lot for both work and pleasure and always come back with new ideas. I am also lucky that I live in London, and our museums and exhibitions are a wealth of inspiration. We hold regular creative meetings in the studio with our team and that also brings about a wealth of ideas. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. So we will be seeing a lot of black coming through on finishes, all very dark and moody, both matte and gloss. Lots of black ceramics and opaque black glass. However, we are still loving our use of colour! 2. Vintage style light fittings, but a whole feature wall of them - Guadarte had a great one at Maison. 3. Dyed parchment is going to be a big trend, we will be using this in our interiors and it is featured in some of the pieces of our first capsule collection, Love At Dusk. 4. A lot of Raffia and Rattan coming through on chairs. 5. Overall, the Scandinavian companies stood out on both lighting and furniture. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? We are very strong believers in the importance of taking a step back and reflecting on the work that we have completed, and congratulate ourselves on our achievements. To receive recognition from well-respected peers within the industry is a testament to the hard work that the team puts in, allowing them to take a moment to consider their accomplishments rather than moving straight onto the next project. For Taylor Howes, awards are a brilliant reflection of the passion, commitment and hard work of the team, as well as being a great way in which to provide our clients with the knowledge and confidence that we are an esteemed and respected studio.

What projects are you currently working on? Currently we are working on some beautiful residential projects; the Knightsbridge Apartment, the Old War Office Residences, Cotswold Estate, and Knightsbridge Penthouse. We currently have about thirty projects on the go at various stages in the design studio. We have just recently launched our first furniture collection, Love at Dusk, as it made sense that our next move was to launch our own collection as we are constantly designing bespoke products for our clients. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? In recent years we have launched an industry networking club, The Business of Design, that has evolved over the last year and hope to grow over the coming years. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? My Barbara Hepworth painting. Your favourite holiday destination? Cornwall – when the sun shines there is nothing nicer than a walk with the dog along Daymer Bay. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? I love the Costes in Paris for its restaurant and bar. Your favourite film / book / song? My favourite book is The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck, favourite film Pretty Woman, and favourite song Lovely Day by Bill Withers. Your favourite food and drink? Lobster spaghetti and champagne or a good Montrachet. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? It would start with a long lunch with friends, followed by a walk with the dog, some pruning in the rose garden, picking a few vegetables for supper, and then relaxing in front of a great movie. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I love stone so I could well have been a geologist or better still a gemmologist! Anything else interesting? My first landlord was Martin Waller of Andrew Martin, who instilled in me a lifelong passion for collecting - I collect British 20th Century Art.


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LONNI PAUL LONNI PAUL DESIGN PRINCIPAL

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“I find inspiration in fashion, architecture and my travels around the world. Travelling and living in different countries has helped me understand and appreciate the beauty that can be found in different cultures. I find design inspiration in many different forms.�

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Lonni Paul started her career in design by designing and building Spec Homes. Based on those homes, Lonni Paul was asked to do many high-profile interior design projects. Lonni Paul attended the UCLA school for Architecture and Design to build upon her real-life experience! How would you describe your personal interior design style? My design style is classic, and I am attracted to sophisticated and elegant forms — but I will always put a modern twist on the classic. Where does your design inspiration come from? I find inspiration in fashion, architecture and my travels around the world. Travelling and living in different countries has helped me understand and appreciate the beauty that can be found in different cultures. I find design inspiration in many different forms. An Armani jacket in Italy, origami in Japan or a yurt in central Asia. There is design inspiration all around us. What products/services could you not live without when designing? I cannot live without studio webware, which is the program I use to run the business end of my company, and my Livescribe pen to take notes on job sites and fabric books, which includes my own line of performance fabrics. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Design has become much more “accessible” through the internet and TV design shows. This wealth of access and information, however, does not make the design process easier - and in some ways can complicate it, giving client’s too many options and ideas to select from. For this reason, I believe the importance and expertise of a designer will become much more invaluable and apparent. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. Liveable luxury – No room in a home should be off limits, and with new technologies available in fabrics, you can have luxurious looking rooms that are able to withstand the everyday wear that comes with having children and animals. 2. Elevated living – Surround yourself with beauty and meaningful items that bring you joy. People sometimes underestimate the powerful effect that their surrounding environment can have on their mood and general state of being within a space. It is important to tap into what’s important for a client and create that environment for them to experience every day. 3. Celebrate family – I believe a home should be a reflection of the life you live in - and that means making sure all family members feel comfortable in the space. I love to include children in the decisionmaking process as I feel it gives them “pride of ownership” in their own space within the home.

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4. Display a life rich in experiences – With the way the future is moving forward, the world is becoming much smaller. Designer’s and our clients can use this to our advantage by collecting inspiration from around the world and by being influenced by more exotic themes and collecting meaningful and unique pieces to adorn a home. 5. Enjoy the process – Design should be fun and not taken too seriously. There are so many “rules” and sometimes you need to break a few for a space to come together without feeling too formal or unliveable. Colour, on walls and pillows together with art and accessories are great ways to add a sense of playfulness to a space. Keep the larger “investment” pieces more classic so they last beyond passing trends. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Take chances but always remember the client will be living in the space long after your job is done. Always keep in mind that the goal of residential design is for the client to feel that their home is a sanctuary. How important are The Design Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It is very prestigious to be recognised by The International Design & Architecture Awards. The awards are voted on by our peers which makes it a distinct and validating honour. What projects are you currently working on? Currently I am working on several high end residential and commercial projects across the country, as well as abroad and in the middle east. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To design a boutique hotel and continue to build my business globally. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favourite place to travel to in the world? Europe. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Any Aman Resort. Your favourite food and drink? My favourite food is Sushi. The place that enables you to totally relax? Airplanes. It might sound strange but on long distance flights, when I am unreachable, I can just relax, read, watch movies and sleep. Of course, I need a spa appointment after those long flights which is another chance to relax. Any final thoughts? I am grateful every day that I’m able to work in a profession that I’m passionate about.


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JONNY HORSFIELD H2 YACHT DESIGN OWNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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“Always remember this interior is for your client, and let them connect emotionally with the project. Surprise them and push them to create something unique.”

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Established in 1994, H2 Yacht Design is now widely recognised as one of the most innovative and technically competent design teams in the yacht world, specialising in interior design and exterior styling of superyachts. H2 Yacht Design moved into the new build market in 2005, particularly in the PROTEKSAN shipyard in Turkey and have since then launched a number of yachts. The team is made up of a multi-disciplined group of designers and assistants, including Exterior stylists, Interior Architects, 3D visualisers and FF&E Designers, working collectively in a relaxed and informal environment. The studio was specifically designed to inspire our team in their work, with open plan work spaces filled with light. Our comprehensively stocked fabrics room has thousands of samples, allowing us to generate colourboards in a cohesive and imaginative way. Our suppliers are all close-by and play an important role in resolving and refining their products to meet our exacting standards. The director, Jonny Horsfield, and senior consultants have between them over thirty years’ experience in the yacht industry during which time they have been involved in over one hundred superyacht projects. The team shares a deep commitment to their work as well as enthusiasm for each project. They are continuously evolving their creativity, resulting in some of the most spectacular yachts, jets and residential properties in the world today. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) After studying transport design I went straight into yacht design working firstly on exterior design for Martin Francis, and then trained under Donald Starkey for five years where I realised my passion for interior yacht design. In 1994 I established the H2 Yacht Design studio in London. In the early years of the business we worked almost exclusively on yacht refit projects, which gave us a broad experience of working to strict time frames in different design styles with varying budgets. During this period H2 Yacht Design built an enviable reputation amongst the yacht community for being the refit design experts. How would you describe your personal interior design style? We are a design company here to serve our customers and, as such, H2 Yacht Design pride

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ourselves in not having a “house style” that is replicated for each client. Instead our portfolio is wonderfully diverse, enabling us to work in any style the client prefers. This is both stimulating for us as designers and comforting for our customers. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Client’s priorities have changed somewhat with more emphasis on lifestyle and functionality rather than ostentation and statements. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. Relaxing ambience 2. Functionality and flexibility 3. Cost effective solutions 4. Maintaining the highest quality 5. Exquisite materials If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Always remember this interior is for your client, and let them connect emotionally with the project. Surprise them and push them to create something unique. How important are The International Yacht & Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It is always an honour to be shortlisted for such a recognised award. They rightly highlight to the wider audience the quality and diversity of product emerging constantly from the yacht industry. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue to service my clients to the standard they expect as well as challenge my office to keep finding new products, ideas and solutions. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favourite holiday destination? For its diversity it has to be the United States. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? The Wolseley restaurant, London.


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MICHAEL FIEBRICH MICHAEL FIEBRICH DESIGN MANAGING DIRECTOR

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“The Awards provide a platform that promotes the sharing and appreciation of our industry and our work, which is paramount to all our success and growth as designers. It makes us all better designers to see and be inspired by what our peers are achieving worldwide.”

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With 20 years’ experience within the hotel and residential design industry, Michael Fiebrich Design is an exceptional, full service, architectural interior design firm. The team has worked with some of the most renowned groups in the industry and have built a successful reputation that delivers notable projects for a global client base.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Always design for the client. You can create the most beautiful space in the world but if it isn’t appropriate for your target market or the end user, it will not be successful.

Tell us a little about your background in design I graduated from the University of Texas in my hometown of Austin with a degree in Architecture. After graduation, I went to work for one of the largest hospitality design firms in the world, based in Dallas, Texas, and was eventually relocated to Singapore as Design Director of their new Asia headquarters. After many wonderful years with them in Singapore, it was time to venture out on my own and Michael Fiebrich Design was born. Our team has had the wonderful opportunity to work with the most renowned hospitality and development groups in the industry and we’ve walked away from every association further enlightened. We specialise in the hospitality market; Hotel, Resort, Casino as well as Spa and F&B, but also enjoy high-end residential design.

How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The Awards provide a platform that promotes the sharing and appreciation of our industry and our work, which is paramount to all our success and growth as designers. It makes us all better designers to see and be inspired by what our peers are achieving worldwide.

How would you describe your personal interior design style? The basic tenets of great design always apply to our work - timelessness, elegance, comfort, functionality and an understanding of service operations, however we try to ensure that our projects also have a sense of escapism. We feel that great design should always make the mind travel, whether it’s to a place of relaxation and serenity, or excitement or anything in between. The designs we provide have less to do with a personal style and more to do with the clients goals and objectives. Our team always designs with our client’s needs and the target market or end user in mind and we’re comfortable working in any style from cutting edge contemporary to classic. Where does your design inspiration come from? As designers, we take inspiration from everything around us from architecture to nature to fashion, but the wonderful opportunity to travel extensively and experience different cultures and countries first-hand for our projects has provided our team with the most creative inspiration. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? We tend to avoid trends in design and prefer a more timeless approach instead. Having said that, we have seen shifts in what our guests and end-users expect, ranging from connectivity to sustainability. We also feel that with the globalisation of the market, our guests are becoming savvier. With this comes an even higher expectation of a unique experience and a strong sense of relevance. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond. Guest experience. Comfort. Function. Ease of operations. Timelessness.

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What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Continue to expand our brand and services, through art consultancy and the MFD Collection of exquisite furnishings, lighting, textiles and decorative accessories. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My partner David, friends and family are the only things I couldn’t live without. Your favourite holiday destination? There are too many to list – Venice, Marrakech, and Bali are a few of my go-to destinations, however we usually tend to gravitate toward the mountains or the beach when we think of a holiday. Our favourite beach destination is the Maldives and our favourite mountain destination is our home in Wyoming. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? We always stay at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angelesthe rooms are tasteful, chic and spacious with large garden terraces and the grounds are beautifulbut my new favourite is the Crown Towers Resort in Perth, Australia. The Lobby is grand, elegant but very masculine. Nobu Restaurant in Perth, Australia is one of my favourite dining experiences. Nobu always has an incredible menu and both the restaurant and the bar are top of my “sexy interiors” list. Your favourite food and drink? I will never say no to good Mexican food or an icecold bottle of Chardonnay. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Spending the day puttering around in our tropical garden in Singapore. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Landscape Architect, I love watching things grow.


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CHRISTIAN SCHNYDER BELECO OWNER/PRINCIPAL

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“The concept that people have to spend some time to review all projects and make an informed decision gives the Awards a legitimacy that not many others do. Our professional peers and design enthusiasts are the judges, which makes the Awards meaningful.�

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Putting good design first, Beleco is a multidisciplinary firm that provides enhanced services on interior design, product and furniture design, branding, and web design. Delivering unique and well-thought out designs, Beleco is a company that is able to cater towards exquisite tastes and create designs that are expressions of the client. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I am a native of Switzerland, and came to Los Angeles in order to gain my Masters Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Back in Switzerland I already had a certificate as a draftsperson and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. As with many things in life, I found interior design by accident - or it probably found me. I was immediately drawn to hospitality and residential design. It allows me to create all kinds of bespoke things, specific for each project. How would you describe your personal design style? In one word - eclectic. I certainly have a European, if not Swiss, sensibility of finding clean solutions for any design challenge. There is also that common thread of creating inviting and ‘feel good’ environments, and the use of colour. However, I don’t have a specific design vocabulary that is applied to every project. Our clients don’t come to us because we have a look, they come to us because we will find the right design for them and the project. Where does your design inspiration come from? The story of the project, which can mean many things. In hospitality it is a combination of location, the hotel brands DNA, and the buildings’ history (if it has one and is not a ‘ground up’ project). For residential projects it is all about the clients. We are the conduit to make their house their home, and I always say that I don’t live there. We are here to make it an expression of who they are. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Sustainability will become a greater factor in the hospitality industry. I feel that the guests expect that the places they are staying and eating at are more conscious about how they’re built, maintained and managed. I also think that the sense of experience is not going away any time soon. How can interiors contribute to a guest’s experience of a place? Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Sustainable 2. Experiential 3. Memorable 4. Comfortable 5. Inspirational

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Find a strong concept at the beginning of each project and reference it for every design decision you are making. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The Awards are unique in their structure. At the end it is not just a board of a few people deciding, or a quick popularity contest. The concept that people have to spend time reviewing all of the projects and make an informed decision gives the Awards a legitimacy that not many others do. Our professional peers and design enthusiasts are the judges, which makes the Awards meaningful. What projects are you currently working on? A couple of boutique hotels in California, renovations of public areas for hotels and multifamily housing, a few restaurant projects, and several residential projects. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Establishing an office in Switzerland is a goal. It is time to bring what I’ve learned to Europe, and apply our expertise and approach to hospitality projects across the pond. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Our cabin in the mountains. It is the perfect retreat from the hectic life of LA. Your favourite holiday destination? We visit Switzerland once a year, which of course, is a treat. However, exploring other parts of Europe whilst there is our favorite aspect. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? The Puli in Shanghai is still my favorite hotel. I don’t have a favorite bar or restaurant, instead I keep exploring new ones. It’s part of gaining inspiration and staying current. Your favourite book / film / song? Can’t go wrong with music by Beethoven, reading a book by John Irving, and watching a movie with Meryl Streep in it. Your favourite food and drink? A glass of rosé and some sort of fried potato (French fries, chips, etc). Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Being on the deck of our cabin with my husband enjoying the peace and quiet of the mountains. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Probably a therapist. Sometimes it feels that we designers help our clients work through issues.


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ALEXANDER & MICHAEL CHRISTOU 1.61 LONDON DIRECTORS

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“1.61 London delivers a seamless integration of the very latest in finishes, furniture, implementation and technology. We undertake such a variety of finishes and looks that there isn’t one style we prefer.”

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1.61 London is a Luxury Interior Design Group, who’s key aim is to create luxurious homes in some of the best location spots all around the world. Providing clients with a one-stop-shop service, 1.61 London perfectly delivers elegant and stylish interiors that serves to endure through time. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) 1.61 London was set up by my brother and I. The business was set up to find and create uniquely designed properties throughout the prime areas of London and the wider world, and unlike most interior designers, the main experience my brother and I had was on the valuation side of the property business. This is a key component of any design 1.61 London undertakes – always ensuring that the work completed is a good investment alongside delivering a beautiful home. How would you describe your personal design style? 1.61 London delivers a seamless integration of the very latest in finishes, furniture, implementation and technology. We undertake such a variety of finishes and looks that there isn’t one style we prefer. Where does your design inspiration come from? Inspiration comes from so many different sources. When working with a client, they are the main source of inspiration for the project, but on our developments it can be a key component of the location or a unique product we can implement in a development. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Clients are continuing to push towards more luxurious designs, but in an elegant and tasteful way. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Is it unique? 2. Does it create a luxurious aesthetic? 3. Has the latest technology been integrated simply? 4. Is the design enduring? 5. Is the design value enhancing? For us these don’t change.

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Plan everything before you start your project however long the process takes. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? They are very important as they give designers a platform to showcase their achievements to a wider audience and hopefully receive recognition for that work. What projects are you currently working on? We are working on a range of projects from around the world. We have a two hundred unit new build as part of the redevelopment of the Southwark Fire station, two stunning listed houses in Belgravia which are undergoing extensions and complete redevelopment, a boho-chic, co-working space in Malaysia, and an ultra-modern seaside property in Malibu, as well as some smaller interior design projects in central London. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To deliver a complete one stop solution in the property industry for our clients across all areas. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Cartier watch. Your favourite holiday destination? Monaco. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Hotel Du Cap. Your favourite book / film / song? Shawshank Redemption. Your favourite food and drink? Steak and good wine. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Designing a new project and coming up with ideas. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Politician.


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BLAINEY NORTH BLAINEY NORTH & ASSOCIATES MANAGING DIRECTOR

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“Timeless interiors are about good design and good bones. In my opinion, things should line up and be considered as a whole, not just a series of walls or rooms.”

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Pushing the boundaries of luxury interior design and architecture, Blainey North & Associates specialises in creating stylish and beautiful environments for exclusive residences, opulent hotels, and bespoke commercial/ retail projects globally. Combining architectural skill and contemporary-thinking, Blainey North is able to balance and manage complex projects through her natural skill for highend interior design. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I always thought I would become an environmental lawyer, and then at the age of sixteen my art teacher asked me if I had considered Architecture. While the rest of the class had been painting their friends, I had been painting bridges and stairs! It was like a bolt of lightning hit me, and I knew that was my destiny. Since launching my company twenty years ago and forging relationships with important Hotelier and VIP clients the business has grown into a global design firm, with a presence in Sydney, London and New York. How would you describe your personal design style? Timeless interiors are about good design and good bones. In my opinion, things should line up and be considered as a whole, not just a series of walls or rooms. Where does your design inspiration come from? Every project is a new story for me. When we are analysing the brief from the client, we spend a huge amount of time researching the world for inspiration that fits the unique narrative we have created for each client. My deep interest in fashion, architectural history, visual arts and films means I have a large mental library that I draw upon. For example, we designed an award show in New York which was inspired by both the architecture of an old railway station along with a Gucci collection where the patterns looked like intersecting train tracks. The set became the world’s most glamorous train station! In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? As we continue to expand our presence globally and our philosophy for producing the highest quality of bespoke, highly detailed interiors and architecture will always remain. “The House of North” as we are commonly referred to, is a club-like society and it is my mission to deliver something ground-breaking and unique for each client we work with. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. I think we are seeing a return to detail, and the

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unique rather than a consistent style. When I was in Paris a few months ago, many of the new interiors are referencing the Art Nouveau period, which was a celebration of design and handmade craft. It is exciting for me to see the world embracing a more meticulous and imaginative design style as my work has always been aligned with these principles.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Our goal every year is to ensure that the studios create the most innovative and original interiors, and to do that we need to ensure all other aspects of the business work well in order to allow this creativity to blossom.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? When designing a luxury interior, it is important to reference the occupier of the space, and from that develop a strong scheme which understands colour and texture, that speak to the personality of the owner whilst acting silent and creating a mood versus overpowering an interior.

We are growing our international offices in London and New York, so our focus is on developing further into those markets.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? As a designer it is such an amazing opportunity to not only showcase your work but also connect and view other designers in the global community. The International Design and Architecture Awards is not only a conduit for designers, architects and developers to herald their projects globally but an opportunity to share the best design schemes, products and innovation on a global stage. What projects are you currently working on? After a five-year long process and recently being published in Architectural Digest, I am very excited to have launched my new furniture exhibition “Man & the Machine,” so the coming months are a very exciting time for us as we personally invite our VIP clients to view the new collection, as well as having the opportunity to work closely with local and international galleries to showcase our work. Inspired by my affinity with the city and its everpresent tension with humans, the starting point was the contrast between the hardness of the city and the softness of the human body. Cities are resistant, edgy, repetitive, with a multiplicity of levels and scales, whereas human bodies are delicate, fluid, idiosyncratic; the contrast between the two is where the aesthetic life of the city really lies. It is the tension between these two aspects of modern life, the mechanical and the human, that forms the basis for the new furniture ranges. We are also very excited about a grand home, the largest in Sydney which we are in the final stages of completing. Proving to be an intensely detailed process we have looked to subvert traditional design making it modern and relevant via an exercise of symmetry. Using a distinct network of antechambers through a change in materiality, the design formalises the structure of each room through a perimeter, framing the immense scale of each space to create perfect proportions.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? A little 1920’s sword brooch that my friend gave me. It gives me secret strength when I need it . Your favourite holiday destination? Positano, Italy. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Favourite hotel is Le Sirenuse in Positano. I’ve been going there for over a decade and just love their attention to detail. My favourite restaurant is Sean’s Panorama overlooking Bondi Beach in Sydney. It’s my favourite place to sit with friends for a long lunch and is quintessentially Australian. My favourite bar would have to be at my best friend’s house who makes a mean dirty martini. Your favourite book, film & song? My favourite book would either be Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, Nadja by Andre Breton or Ada or Ardor by Nabokov. I love reading. Favourite film is Three Colours Blue by Krzysztof Kieslowski Favourite song is impossible but probably Dance Me to the End of Love by Leonard Cohen. Your favourite food and drink? My favourite food must be cheese and favourite drink is champagne. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Seeing an inspiring art exhibition and then having a wonderful lunch with great friends. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I don’t think I could live without designing so I would be designing something, be it clothes or art if it wasn’t interiors.


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PAUL BISHOP BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP OWNER & FOUNDER

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“Studio One are perfect examples of designs that truly set a new benchmark in the region and beyond, through their intoxicating exposés of explosive use of colour, thought-provoking installations and quirky details.”

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Bishop Design is an award-winning firm that has completed commercial, retail, hospitality and residential projects across the MENA region and Internationally. The firm places emphasis on personal touch and dedication to each of their projects, expertly delivering unparalleled designs that influence new design methods and the expansion of the market. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) A relentless passion for design emerged throughout my teenage years which honed a multitude of academic achievements including my Masters Degree in Interior Architecture from Manchester University, United Kingdom and two bachelors; one in Interior Design from Kingston University, United Kingdom and the other in Furniture and Product Design from Brighton School of Art, United Kingdom. Now possessing twenty-three years of experience, I am beyond honoured that Bishop Design by Paul Bishop has collected over eighty regional and global awards, inclusive of Global Restaurant 2017 for Bazxar, Global Restaurant within a Hotel 2018 for Scalini, and Hotel Design Africa & Gulf 2019 at the International Hotel & Property awards by Design et al, as well as World’s Best Leisure Interior 2017 for Roberto’s at the International Property Awards and Interior Design of the Year F&B for Torno Subito at the Commercial Interior Design awards, just to name a few. How would you describe your personal interior design style? With a strong desire to break away from the norm and create unique experiences, I give in to controversial thinking and innovative approaches. Latest projects including Torno Subito, for Worlds Best Chef Massimo Bottura, as well as the cinematic fuelled hotel, Studio One, wich are perfect examples of designs that truly set a new benchmark in the region and beyond, through their intoxicating exposés of explosive use of colour, thoughtprovoking installations and quirky details. It’s this way of thinking and design style that has seen me recognised as a “disruptor” in the industry – a title I wear with pride! Where does your design inspiration come from? Living by the philosophy of “never walk through the world with your eyes closed,” I do not limit myself to drawing inspiration from my immediate surroundings, but rather from bygone eras and my own past experiences which I integrate into current designs. I apply influences from my own knowledge and experience of design, culture, music, art and film into my designs which I feel elevate intoxicating narratives, without feeling fake or thematic, but rather enforcing a natural connection to all that are exposed to the interior. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Speaking about Dubai in particular, the demographic will become an impressive

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manifestation of immersive experiences as the younger, social savvy generation desire memorable and engaging encounters, integrating the finest Instagram opportunities and modern technologies. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. Technology – as truly immersive experiences make waves in the industry, ground-breaking technological advances such as 3D virtual mapping and kinetic installations should be at the forefront of design moving forward. Functionality – the key design focus of any interior should be its functionality and operational efficiency. Spatial planning is the most vital process of any design and should never be overlooked. Social Media – at the core of customers expectations are engaging experiences that they are able to share across their social media platforms. Think cheeky typography features, patterned flooring solutions, large-scale artworks and vibrant colour combinations that will create the ideal Instagrammer rhapsody. Storytelling – an engaging narrative enforces a natural connection with guests, providing a unique and authentic experience. Subtle Themes – rather than becoming overly thematic with Italian or Peruvian styled restaurants, as an example, subtle introductions relating to the desired theme should be introduced through materials, furniture patterns or textures. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be? Never walk through the world with your eyes closed. Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere… How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It is a great privilege to be a part of The International Hotel & Property Awards as they remain the purest epitome of excellence within the interior design industry. The awards are an integral driving force behind our motivation to complete revolutionary projects, and stand as a successful platform for interior designers to receive reignition for their work. What projects are you currently working on? With an impressive thirty-plus projects currently ongoing within the studio, this last year has been a true test of our own capabilities. Currently I am devoting my efforts to a studio record of twelve hotel developments inclusive of three Rotana establishments in Muscat, offering up a mix of three and four star, two Intercontinental hotel development projects in Dubai and Muscat, with each adopting differing design directions, three serene escapes along the coast of Mauritius, a boutique hotel in the Bahamas, and the latest offering for renowned brand SLS in Downtown Dubai which promises a “sense-tantalising” experience.

Continuing to explore my undying love for F&B, I am also working on a multitude of compelling F&B projects including casual dining leader, Operation Falafel, in New York USA, chic styled eateries, La Brasserie and Mon Plaisir in Mauritius, contemporary beauties, Karamel & French Toast, in Saudi Arabia, as well as continuing to work closely alongside renowned chefs, such as Jean-Edern on two dining venues in Paris following the recent establishment of the chefs first venture Edern Restaurant, Paris in late 2018. A particular highlight of the last year lies in the substantial migration and increase of our international projects with ten-plus projects currently ongoing across Mauritius, Bahamas, Paris, New York, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Spain. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? As we diversify our design disciplines, we are striving to build our brand across all creative genres. Our subdivision, Rogue by Bishop Design, made its debut this year and we have already commenced works on a multitude of projects. United with both Bishop Design and Rogue, we envision bringing something truly unprecedented to the market as we devote our supreme expertise of design across all areas beyond interiors including architecture, brand ideation, concept creation, photography and videography. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Family and my Le Corbusier Chaise Longue. Your favourite holiday destination? Napoli. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Citizen M, Tickets and Purl. Your favourite book, film & song? Questions of Space by Bernard Tschumi, Blade Runner and Mad World. Your favourite food and drink? One of my favourite foods is steak tartare and my favourite drink is a fine bourbon. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Good food, great drinks shared with amazing friends. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Rockstar. Anything else interesting? Diversifying from interiors, I am personally working on a finite selection of product design pieces that are due to make their debut very soon. One is a lighting feature for renowned manufacturer Artemide, and the other is a portable gentleman’s bar. The Rogue Star Bar by Poltrona Frau is an absolute necessity for any modern gentleman. I am also utterly obsessed with Alexander McQueen, and am currently wearing three of his jewellery pieces.


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STEFANO CITTOLIN & PATRICK POLLI CP3 ARCHITECTURE SA / CITTOLIN POLLI & ASSOCIÉS SA CEO’s

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“The competition combines the creativity of designers and architects to give more and more audacity and novelty. It also allows people to discover the different projects and open up to the world of design and architecture�

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Stefano Cittolin and Patrick Polli of Cittolin & Polli Associés are known for their impressive architectural designs, with passion and a creative mindset as the key driving force behind their successful architectural and design firm, CP3 Architecture SA. Their company seeks to capture the discourse between the geographical location and the architectural builds, creating harmony between the projects and their environment. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Born in 1967, Patrick Polli studied at the School of Architecture of the University of Geneva. This is where he met his future business partner, Stefano Cittolin. He then continued his studies at EPFL and obtained his architectural diploma in 1996. In 1997, he created the agency Cittolin & Polli SNC. His passion and dynamism allowed the company to experience a dazzling development punctuated by important successes. Recognised as one of the most influential figures in Switzerland by Bilan magazine, Patrick Polli is a key actor in the economic landscape of the region. He is also the CEO of CP3 Group and a co- founder of Gotham, co-working spaces in Switzerland. Business partner, Stefano Cittolin, born in 1970, had the opportunity to realise different architectural courses, notably in São Paulo and Paris. After graduating from the School of Architecture of the University of Geneva, he joined his friend, Patrick Polli, to set up and develop a structure with a common creative and commercial vision. This structure finally gave birth to the CP3 Group in 2014. Stefano Cittolin is known for his skills in the areas of architectural design and direction. He personally supervises all stages of construction and keeps control of each project to ensure a unique architectural identity unique to the CP3 Group. How would you describe your personal design style? Knowing how to associate a contemporary style with the memory of a place. - PP Simple and sober. - SC Where does your design inspiration come from? Inès Lamunière, Luigi Snozzi, Vincent Mangeat. - PP Inspiration comes from the things that surround us directly and indirectly. It’s a natural instinct that is sometimes driven by a thought, an image, a sensation. - SC In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? The search for materials is becoming more and more advanced and our customers want to approach their construction in a more ecological and respectful way. - PP In the broadest sense, we are talking about creativity. Creativity can be expressed in different ways but in the end it’s the emotional charge that enhances a quality design. - SC

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Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. Functionality – Distribution of spaces – Material Value – Contemporary – Innovative. - PP History – Technical – Reference – Experimentation – Concretisation. - SC If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Put customers satisfaction before the exercise of the architect’s style. - PP Rely on historical, technical, artistic references and naturally follow your own reinterpretation. - SC How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The competition combines the creativity of designers and architects to give increased audacity and novelty. It also allows people to discover the different projects and open up to the world of design and architecture. - PP This allows us to open up to others, learn and measure ourselves against other cultures and different ways of expressing ourselves. - SC What projects are you currently working on? Very diverse projects of very different scales, such as private residences, laboratory and co-working space buildings, mountain chalets and hotels, various apartment transformations and residential buildings. - PP & SC What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Motivate the staff, make them evolve, instill a new state of mind within our agency, improve our services and develop a more professional image in general, both in the field of design and in the attitude of people. - PP & SC Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My family. - SC Your favourite holiday destination? Italy and Greece. - SC Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Restaurant Café Berra in Choëx. - SC Your favourite book, film & song? The Mythology of Edith Hamilton, Star Wars, David Bowie. - SC Your favourite food and drink? Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Gaja. - SC Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Walking and drawing. - SC If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An Artist. - SC


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ANDREA SAVAGE & NIKKI HUNT DESIGN INTERVENTION PRINCIPALS

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“There is a huge movement in creating inspiring spaces that result in a dwelling of well-being. Peace and relaxation, ensuring the home is a sanctuary. This is a top focus right now.”

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Combining dramatic with lively, Andrea Savage and Nikki Hunt creatively design atmospheres that positively influence mood, behaviour and improve one’s health. Design Intervention is a bold approach from its founders to achieve bespoke living that ultimately enhances health and happiness. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I studied at the school of life with no formal design education, just a mass of passion and experience. - Nikki Hunt How would you describe your personal design style? I love a crisp yet dramatic interior, colours have an intensity, vibrancy and energy. The interior has the ability to both relax and revive the senses, it’s about pursuing pure beauty. - Andrea Savage Personally, l like designs with a touch of humour, something a bit unexpected, nothing serious. - NH Where does your design inspiration come from? As cliché as it sounds – the universe. It depends where my focus is at any given time and what I am open to receiving in that moment that then attracts and inspires. - AS Everywhere and anywhere, if design is in your soul, inspiration is all round. - NH In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? There is a huge movement in creating inspiring spaces that result in a dwelling of well-being. Peace and relaxation, ensuring the home is a sanctuary. This is a top focus right now. - AS I think there is a new realisation that design has a greater impact on our lives beyond aesthetics and function. Human beings are affected by habitat, physically and mentally and so the design of our built environment will impact our health and wellbeing. I see design as a building block of happiness, every bit as important to our wellbeing as good nutrition or regular exercise. - NH Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Creating a sanctuary, tranquil, relaxing, peace at home, with the application of sorbet tones 2. Colour as an energiser; optimism and energy is a human desire in the current socio-economic climate. 3. Sustainability and the feeling of being grounded – earthy tones, wood finishes, textural elements.

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4. Digital Spaces – smart homes, co-working spaces, shared infrastructure, 3D printing and of course the integration of AI capabilities. 5. Maximalist Designs. - AS The number one concern for all of us going forward is climate change, and this will undoubtedly impact many of our decisions going forward. Of course, sustainable materials will be key but I think, if we can create timeless and enduring good quality designs, we can each in our own small way contribute to a greener future. - NH If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Design with passion. Design from the heart. - AS If it makes you smile… it can’t be wrong. Design should not be about following rules or trends, particularly in a home. Surround yourself with elements you love and feel the joy. - NH How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The International Design & Architecture Awards are a critical platform which showcase the worlds talent in design and built spaces, as well as garnering recognition for these projects. The Awards are crucial to raising standards, but what is so delightful about The International Design and Architecture Awards is that you are judged by your peers. - NH What projects are you currently working on? We are grateful to have so many wonderful and inspiring spaces, from residential to commercial currently on our books. All of them come with their own brief and personality which is what makes them so much more interesting and challenging. AS A lot of fun projects, a boutique hotel in Malaysia, a penthouse in Bangkok, and a multigenerational home in Singapore. - NH What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To be open and welcome the changes that are currently presenting themselves in the market and ensure smooth integration into our business, so it benefits our team as well as our client. It is all about expansion and refinement of what we already know. - AS

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My life is my most treasured possession. - AS My husband, I’m not sure he will like being referred to as a possession, but he’s probably the only thing I couldn’t live without, well him and my Nespresso machine. - NH Your favourite holiday destination? Currently Soneva Fushi, barefoot luxury at its best. - AS Japan. - NH Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Currently, Martini Bar at the Hyatt, Singapore – The Chilli Martinis are divine. Favourite Hotel – Mandarin Tokyo because of the Tapas Molecular Bar, it’s extraordinary. It was the first time I was inspired to take pictures of food. AS Your favourite book, film & song? Rosamunde Pilcher – Coming Home. Film – The Thorn Birds. Song – Lady Gaga - Always Remember Me this Way. - AS Pride and Prejudice (I am an old romantic). Star Wars – the original. Bohemian Rhapsody, nothing before or since has been so unique. - NH Your favourite food and drink? Indian is my favourite food, makes me salivate just thinking about it. Red wine and coffee – what would life be without such elixirs. - AS Uni (Japanese sea urchin). - NH Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? At home – it’s my sanctuary. Door is open, family and friends dropping in, calling it their own. Filled with laughter and love. - AS Doing absolutely nothing. - NH If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? This is an interesting question. If had the answer to it, it would mean that I feel a pull in another direction. Currently, I draw a blank so designer it is. - AS Frustrated. - NH


CHRIS GODDARD GODDARD DESIGN GROUP OWNER AND LEAD DESIGNER

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“Design appears to be transitioning into more personalised spaces, where clients can express their personalities and passions through their lifestyle. In the world of luxury design, people are no longer concerned with what others are doing but desire to illustrate what is important to them.�

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The award-winning interior design firm, Goddard Design Group, provides close attention to detail for each of their projects, whether it be residential or commercial. Founded by Chris Goddard, who injects a crisp and personal style, the design firm captures luxury living with an antique element, that gives their spaces a sense of purpose and history. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) This is my thirtieth year of creating luxury residential and commercial interior design. As a designer, it is important to stay connected to the industry, and I am proud to hold membership with ASID, IDS, FGI, ISFG, and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. Andrew Martin International has named me twice as one of the Top 100 Designers in the World, with my work featured in Volumes twenty-one and twenty-three. Most recently, I was recognised in two categories in 2019 by Design et al at the International Design and Architecture Awards, as well as being shortlisted for International Designer of the Decade. In May, the Interior Design Society presented me with two 2019 Interior Designer of the Year Awards. How would you describe your personal design style? Ever-changing and evolving are words that describe my personal style. I love a challenge, so my work resumé ranges from the ultra modern to the luxury of a French château. Spaces should always tell a story or start a conversation, arousing the soul and personality of its owners. Where does your design inspiration come from? I receive daily inspiration from people, travel, fashion, media, and history. Capturing a client’s spirit is so important. I like to capture one detail, however large or small, and use it as a starting point in my work. This could be as simple as a door latch or elaborate as the set design in a movie I’m watching. Inspiration is truly everywhere. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Design appears to be transitioning into more personalised spaces, where clients can express their personalities and passions through their lifestyle. In the world of luxury design, people are no longer concerned with what others are doing but desire to illustrate what is important to them. It is very refreshing to disembark from the trend train. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Spaces always tell a story 2. Implement timeless design and avoid the trend train 3. Always invest in quality and not quantity 4. Comfort can be stylish 5. Design to truly reflect your client If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? I am a firm believer that every space, whether

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modern or traditional, should contain at least one antique element, whether it be an architectural fragment or antique table. These pieces are what give spaces their sense of place, purpose, and history. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? Registration and recognition at award ceremonies are wonderful for designers because these are outlets for us to promote our work, not only to potential clients, but to our peer network. The greatest award, however, is always a happy client who allows us to do our best work and submit it for the world to see through awards and publications. What projects are you currently working on? Our current projects include a penthouse in the Cayman Islands, renovation of a pre-Civil War farmhouse, a modern compound for a growing family, and revitalisation of a national real estate company’s headquarters. Our firm averages forty to sixty projects on both the national and international front. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? My biggest goal is to continue to explore and educate myself on the ever-changing world of design and technology. We also will be relocating to a new office space which will enable Goddard Design Group to maintain and expand our amazing team who help to make all our client’s dreams a reality. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? A ring my grandmother gave me which is designed around a gold coin from the year she was born. Your favourite holiday destination? Aspen, Colorado. There is no better way to spend Christmas Day than skiing with family and friends. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel - Hotel Ritz, Madrid. Restaurant - Grand Cafe de la Poste in Marrakech Bar. Bar - Hemingway in the Hotel Ritz, Paris. Your favourite book, film & song? Book - The Little Prince by Antoine de SaintExupery. Movie - Steel Magnolias. Song - Fancy by Reba McEntire. Your favourite food and drink? Food - Sonic bacon cheeseburger. Drink - Green tea. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Spending an afternoon at home watching movies is a rare but favorite treat. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I can’t imagine anything else.


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PAWEL SOKOL & HANKA BAJER EXITDESIGN OWNERS

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“We make timeless interiors with harmony of proportions and natural materials. We love to see how they can play together in the projects’ final composition and when all is set.”

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Hanka Bajer and Paweł Sokół provide the brilliant mind behind EXITDESIGN, an interior design firm that produces cutting-edge innovations, and unique designs. With their love for nature, Sokół and Bajer combine high quality materials with long-lasting structures to create timeless interiors for their clients. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) My adventure with interior design began in 1996, when I started studying at the Polish Academy of Fine Arts (ASP), specialising in Interior Design. During my studies I worked in Zoom, one of the top polish interior design offices, and Joehnk, a german company that designs interiors of large scale polish hotels. However, I had the chance to work on my own for my friends, and with my wife Hanka Bajer, we decided to start our small studio. Now after eighteen years we have one of the most awarded and recognisable studios in Poland. How would you describe your personal design style? For Hanka and I, we both love harmony and nature. We don’t like plastic and cheap materials, because we don’t like waste, and we love when our interiors live a long life with our happy clients. Many of them became our friends, and we still meet at the properties designed by us. We make timeless interiors with harmony of proportions and natural materials. We love to see how they can play together in the projects’ final composition and when all is set. Where does your design inspiration come from? The most important element is to remain calm, and to feel good wherever I can find it. We try to use the components of such a space in our projects, therefore we like to design our interiors mostly for private investors, those who would like to have such houses or apartments. I love to visit cities, where architecture and history live in harmony throughout the centuries, and where materials used five hundred years ago look fantastic combined with modern materials. We want to harvest this harmony in our projects, and gain satisfaction after years of knowing our projects remain suitable and good. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

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I think that everyone will agree on the same aspect - to protect the environment and not create waste. I hope we will use materials and furnishings in our future projects that will work for many years and sustain their good quality, and that clients will not readily throw these materials away and replace them for something new. Design will grow in many directions, but in fifty years from now I know all of them will be ecological. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. It is very hard to tell, because we always work as if a clients project is our first, as this is better and more professional. However, we are still pushing ourselves and searching for our best project, therefore we are still seeking the perfect space to achieve this.

few standards, so we hope we can make it in the next few months. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? I don’t have any - we love to travel and to treasure memories and friends, and so we collect pieces of art from many trips. However, I am not the type of person who likes to possess objects. Your favourite holiday destination? Europe - it is so big and interesting. I would like to visit many corners of it and always be surprised. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? The ones I still haven’t visited.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Everyone is different, so every design and project is subjective, therefore there is no one piece of advice. If every designer tries to be original in finding their way in design and they are honest, that is a positive, resulting in projects that are new and interesting. There is so much potential in designers that always surprise their viewers with their projects.

Your favourite book, film & song? Sting, Dead Can Dance, but also Metallica - it depends what mood I am in.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? Very important - we fight to be the elite of designers and to work at the highest level for our clients in the best places. As such, investors are searching only for practiced professionals and those with great talent, therefore the Awards makes us strive for better and visability, so we desire them more.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Playing tennis or having a glass of wine with my friends.

What projects are you currently working on? Currently we are working on a few large scale apartments in Poland and we have a great fondness for them, so maybe these are the perfect places we are looking for. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Our office has a good position on the market, so we want to produce the best possible projects. On the other hand, we also would like to make a few changes in our company; the name, and maybe a

Your favourite food and drink? Red wine and truffles, but I also like to try new cuisines in new places, and I always ask for the specialty of the region. It is always the best choice for me.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I wish to own a small hotel, so maybe that is my goal. Anything else interesting? I am a founder and President of SAW - Polish Society of Interior Architects. This is our latest venture and we wish to make this profession the best it can be in our country. This entails collecting experiences from awards such as the International Design & Architecture Awards, or from European societies. Currently, this is the best way to do it in Poland and to give our designers a chance to make design across Europe - I hope it will happen.


ul.Rakowiecka 59a I 02-532 Warsaw Poland I +48 22 8411452 I + 48 501 534 225 E-mail: pawel@exitdesign.com.pl I www.exitdesign.com.pl


JENNY ALLAN JENNY ALLAN DESIGN FOUNDER

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“The balance and proportion of a space also needs to be right. I believe how a space makes you feel is the determining factor in whether a design is successful or not.”

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Jenny Allan and her team of professional designers create opulent and elegant interiors in some of the most luxurious spaces in the UK. Jenny Allan seeks to ensure that each design reflects the client’s specifications, ensuring that her design firm provides a pleasurable and practical experience. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I’ve always been interested in design and properties from an early age. I started off with friends and family’s projects before furthering my career and starting my own business. Jenny Allan Design now has two offices, one in London and the other in Hampshire, and the business is growing further. How would you describe your personal design style? Classic contemporary is our signature style; however, we are flexible and can adapt our style to meet any client’s personal preference. Where does your design inspiration come from? I live in London and it is such a vibrant city with incredible architecture, it’s easy to pick up design inspiration from anywhere. It’s hard to switch off from designing sometimes. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Everything is becoming more and more bespoke. Clients are asking for one off unique pieces that no one else can buy and will make their home even more personal to them. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Spaces should be liveable and practical. With the advancements in fabrics this is now achievable whilst still looking stylish. 2. Technology - With the fast pace of technology, including the best and most effective features to make the most of what’s available. 3. Storage – Busy lives can mean lots of items can be accumulated and ensuring a home has adequate storage is essential to a good design. It is hard to keep a home looking amazing if there is not enough storage. 4. Lighting – Designing lighting to create appropriate moods for different lifestyles. 5. Enhance well-being – With health and well-being at the forefront of many client’s lives, including spas complexes and gyms is becoming more and more prevalent. A beautifully designed space can very much enhance your mental and physical health. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Ensure that the scheme is easy to live with and comfortable, as well as beautiful. The balance

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and proportion of a space also needs to be right. I believe how a space makes you feel is the determining factor in whether a design is successful or not. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The International Design & Architecture Awards are very important as they showcase the best of design and enable designers to share our passion for our projects with a wide audience. What projects are you currently working on? We have a number of exciting projects at the moment with many others in the pipeline. Including a prestigious renovation in Knightsbridge, a country home in Buckinghamshire, and others internationally. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? My aim is to continue growing the business whilst providing our clients with the level of service and design that they have come to expect. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My horse, who I have owned for many years. Your favourite holiday destination? New York, I love the city and of course the shopping. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel – Four Seasons, Hampshire. Restaurant – Chiltern Firehouse. Bar – Monarch rooftop bar, New York, it has amazing views of the Empire State Building. Your favourite book, film & song? Book – Pride and Prejudice. Film – Good Will Hunting. Song – Happy by Pharrell. Your favourite food and drink? My favourite meal is a traditional home-cooked Sunday roast with my family, you can’t beat it. For a drink it must be champagne on special occasions. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? At weekends I love to ride out on my horse in the New Forest and relax after a long week. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Professional Equestrian Rider.


JENNY ALLAN INTERIOR DESIGN

33 Cavendish Square, London, W1G OPW info@jennyallandesign.co.uk +44 (0) 2037149325


FILIPAO NUNES FILIPAO NUNES ARQUITECTOS DIRECTOR

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“The Awards are a very important platform where one can showcase their achievements, as well as to be inspired by the competition. Not only this, but the exposure has potentially brought us new clients.”

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Building upon a love for architecture and the environment, Filipao Nunes has established an innovative multidisciplinary firm that specialises in creating contemporary and timeless spaces. Nunes attains a sense of personal and professional drive to seek out architectural solutions that differentiates the company from others.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. Texture, style, shape, light, environment.

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc). I am a Portuguese Architect, who studied in Oporto, Portugal, and then in Valladolid, Spain. After fourteen years I came to Monterrey, where I wanted to get to know the city, but I never imagined what would happen next.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The Awards are a very important platform where one can showcase their achievements, as well as to be inspired by the competition. Not only this, but the exposure has potentially brought us new clients.

I did my final career project in Valladolid and became a student of Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura at the University of Valladolid. I was given the opportunity to represent Spain in an International Awards held in Norway, this was an important platform to start working with Manuel Sanchez Vera and Lucio Morini, where the activities were focussed on award projects. After two years of living in Madrid, I had this growing desire to know more about Mexico. As I had Mexican friends, I took the opportunity to go and stay for a semester as an exchange student. Since being in San Pedro, I had the opportunity to work with Agustin Landa Vertiz for a year and a half, after that I decided to start my own design studio, in which I partnered for eight years with Oziel Contreras. From there on, I began focussing on my own style, by working for a niche market, that I considered unique and different from the rest; this market being nightclubs, bars, restaurants, discotheques, and centres of consumption. How would you describe your personal design style? Despite Mies Van Der Rohe being my favourite architect, Alvaro Siza and Souto Moura were my mentors, and they helped me to shape my design style. In our studio we believe in making projects with integrity, while generating experiences. Working in the commercial market allows me to be more trendy and to take more risks than working in residential projects. To us the latter has to be timeless, with finishes, materials, and a neutral palette colour. With our projects, we play more with the accents, because you can change them any time you want. Where does your design inspiration come from? Music, fashion, art and contemporary architecture. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I feel that the revival trend is still incredibly strong, and that there is an eclectic vibe that has been growing and will be here for many years to come. Furthermore, I believe that mixing antique accents with technology is really interesting in every design.

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Be unique.

What projects are you currently working on? We are currently working with different restaurant groups with different concepts, as well as night clubs and some residential pieces. We are taking on projects throughout Mexico and Aruba. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? The most important goal is to be at the top of the list for our clients. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Some personal items, heritage pieces by my grandfather and the cigar case which has a picture of my grandmother on it. Your favourite holiday destination? Capri. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel: Less and Less Beverly Hills. Restaurant: Sketch, London. Bar: Has Poutin, Paris. Your favourite book, film & song? Book: The Alchemist. Film: Wall Street. Song: A Wonderful Day. Your favourite food and drink? Food: Bacalao, a traditional sea bass dish. Drink: Gin and tonic. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Sailing with my wife and my child, it was a wonderful event which I would love to experience again very soon. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I would be a mariner, because Portugal is a place where the ocean is really important, and I just love it..


-BUILD & BELIEVE-

ABOUT THE STUDIO After many experiences lived in Portugal, Spain and MĂŠxico, we create a multidisciplinary studio of architecture and interior design, specialized in projecting spaces that creates sensory experiences.

In our study, we strongly believe that we have to live, feel, touch and

breath the architecture, while having a deep respect for the human scale and the environment around; always taking care of the relationship

between both parties and meeting the needs of the user at the same time, following the rules of modulation, scale, lighting and geometry.


GRISCHA ALEXIS SCHMIDT JET AVIATION AG SENIOR DIRECTOR INTERIOR DESIGN

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“Inspiration comes from everywhere: interesting objects, beautiful places, a painting or piece of art — even the people you meet. Design is really a part of every aspect of our lives and there are always opportunities to discover new things that can surprise and inspire you.”

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Grischa Alexis Schmidt is the Senior Director for the interior design firm, Jet Aviation AG, a global leader in the aviation industry. Finding inspiration from exquisite spaces, Schmidt seeks to create a unique and timeless style that fits in with a sustainable and contemporary design. Through the implementation and direction of Schmidt’s unparalleled design style, Jet Aviation AG is a company that perfectly exceeds clients expectations through quality and innovation. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I graduated from the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design, as well as holding a diploma in Fine Art, a vocational diploma in Art History and History of Architecture, and a Federal Diploma as Restorer and Carpenter. Since 1995 I have worked at a number of international companies specialising in interior and exterior yacht design, interior aircraft design, cars and residential interiors. I began at Designworks USA in California, before moving to Munich to open the first European branch of Designworks USA and working for companies including all the BMW Group Members, Cayros in London and Switzerland. I came to Jet Aviation AG in 2009 as Senior Designer Project Manager, left in 2012 to pursue opportunities abroad, and then came back as a Senior Project Manager in 2017, before taking over senior directorship of the Jet Aviation AG Design Studio earlier this year. How would you describe your personal design style? I lean towards a blend of timeless style with modern accents. A foundation of aesthetic, bespoke values that are built on sustainable traditions and historically proven perceptions, spiced up with more contemporary pieces that can change and evolve with trends. Where does your design inspiration come from? Inspiration comes from everywhere: interesting objects, beautiful places, a painting or piece of art — even the people you meet. Design is really a part of every aspect of our lives and there are always opportunities to discover new things that can surprise and inspire you. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

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I feel there is a movement towards anthropomorphic simplicity. 3D modelling and new prototyping methods allow for endless horizons when it comes to design, but having lived in a visually cluttered era of shapes and a pollution of forms, we will revert back to cleaner, more readable and understandable, yet beautifully complex, lines in the future. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. Sustainability - Design imbued with a respect for nature and the resources of our planet. Simplicity -For the last years we thought adding more shapes would make things more interesting. Quite on the contrary; it doesn’t tell a coherent understandable story. Outstanding craftsmanship - We are dedicated to finding the best tool for the job. Sometimes this is sophisticated machinery, but often it is exceptional hand craftsmanship. These traditional skills cannot be replicated, and provide the attention to detail and personalised solutions that our customers expect. Integrated technologies - We are always looking at ways in which we can integrate the latest innovative technological solutions into these beautiful pieces to give our customers the most comfortable cabin. This could be developing new ambient lighting solutions, interactive table tops that transform into board games, induction chargers, or electrochromatic glass dividers that darken at the touch of a button to separate an open plan design. Innovative materials - Using materials in new and unexpected ways is also something we look at in our concepts. For example, more recent concept designs have included intricate decorative paint effects rather than more traditional plating, or special art paint finishes created from raw ingredients such as mineral powder, limestone and lava. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? There’s always room for improvement, but it’s important to know when to step back and recognise when a design is complete. How important are The International Yacht & Aviation Awards? They offer a platform to increase the visibility of

outstanding design within the industry and the teams behind it. What projects are you currently working on? We are currently working on a number of narrow and wide-body concepts and completion projects. What’s really exciting about my work is that every project is completely individual. We might work together with a customer, or we might manage a project for an external designer. A day might involve initial concept meetings, selecting finishes, or working directly with colleagues in production and engineering to refine a final product. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue to provide customised interior design solutions for our customers and provide design solutions that exceed their expectations. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My beautiful wife and two daughters. Your favourite holiday destination? La Colombe d’Or in St Paul de Vence. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia, and Basil’s Bar, Mustique. Your favourite book, film & song? Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, Bullitt, and “Shhh…” by Miles Davis. Your favourite food and drink? Fondue (of course -I’m Swiss), game meat and a good G&T. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? A classy outdoor picnic with friends and all the jazz. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Surgeon or a Game Keeper. Anything else interesting? I am a passionate traveller, drummer, yachtsman and part-time Game Keeper between a round of golf.


ONE OF A KIND, EVERY TIME

Since 1977 Jet Aviation has been crafting beautifully customized private aircraft interiors, each one a unique realization of a specific aesthetic and idea. From refurbishment to green completion, timeless to visionary, private residence or business venue: whatever the style and whatever the requirements, every Jet Aviation interior is as individual as the customer requesting it.

Jet Aviation Basel CH-4030 Basel-EuroAirport Switzerland +41 58 158 4111 jbsl@jetaviation.ch www.jetaviation.com/basel/completions

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JOAQUIN HOMS JOAQUIN HOMS PRINCIPAL

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“The International Design & Architecture Awards are important as they share the diversity of proposals that the same topic can have from another perspective, and support the professional growth of its members.�

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Joaquín Homs injects a flavourful and contemporary style into his elegant and sharp design schemes. Characterised by its modern element, Homs seeks to blur the boundaries between material and the metaphorical, creating a beautiful harmony between design and furniture that pushes the confines of modern day interior design. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I graduated from the University of Guadalajara and became an Architect in 1984. Thirty-five years have been focussed on my professional career, where twenty-five of those years were dedicated to the world of interior in hospitality and residential projects. How would you describe your personal design style? In the manner of a painting, playing with the planes by means of lights and shadows. Where does your design inspiration come from? From the details of daily life. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Improvement of the environment and use of resources. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. Environmental awareness, handmade details, regional development, recycled, sustainable. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Keep it simple, less is more. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The International Design & Architecture Awards are important as they share the diversity of proposals that the same topic can have from another perspective and support the professional growth of its members.

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What projects are you currently working on? Another residence in Punta Mita, a hotel boutique in Chihuahua, a Hacienda rural hotel in the Jalisco mountain range, and a craft development project around Mexico. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To complete the first Mexican craft collection and move on to the next one. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My grandfathers pocket watch. Your favourite holiday destination? The beach. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Les Cols Pavellons, Olot, Girona Ricard Camarena, Bombas Gens, Valencia Cantina la Fuente Guadalajara. Your favourite book, film & song? From Dawn to Decadence, Jacques Barzun All About my Mother, Pedro Almodóvar Best thing that Ever Happened to Me, Gladys Knight. Your favourite food and drink? Food - Seafood. Drink - Vodka on the rocks. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Reading in a hammock under the shade. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Painter.


Fidias 65 B Col. Vallarta San Jorge Guadalajara, Jal. Mx. CP 44690 joaquinhoms.com


KEN ADLER KA DESIGNWORKS PRINCIPAL

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“I am very much a “less is more” type of architect. I find the beauty in the simplicity of design and detail, and strive to implement this principal in all of our work. With a modernist’s sensibility, I balance aesthetics and client’s needs to create a superior design.”

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Founded by the esteemed architect, Ken Adler, KA DesignWorks combines an exceptional design aesthetic with the latest Architectural BIM software, which enables them to sharply execute unique and unmatched designs for their clients. Adler’s personal style hones in on the simple yet elegant elements of design, delivering smooth and contemporary design aesthetics for his clients. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Along with a degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech, I arrived in Aspen, Colorado twenty years ago with an unbridled enthusiasm for my chosen profession. Working primarily on resort and residential projects throughout the Western Rocky Mountains, I helped to revolutionise the design process for several firms through the application of emerging architectural technologies. I started KA DesignWorks in 2006 as a solo practice, and have since grown the firm into a small office with an extensive portfolio of new homes and over £100 million in completed construction. We are a full service architecture and design firm specialising in contemporary design, working on residential, hospitality, and commercial projects. How would you describe your personal design style? I am very much a “less is more” type of architect. I find the beauty in the simplicity of design and detail, and strive to implement this principal in all of our work. With a modernist’s sensibility, I balance aesthetics and client’s needs to create a superior design. Where does your design inspiration come from? With a modest and thoughtful approach to design, I am inspired by the design work of such architectural icons as Wright, Kahn, Meier, Piano, & Jonathan Segal, and thus tend to cater towards contemporary design. Clean articulation of form, open/flowing living spaces, and blurred lines between indoor/ outdoor are standard features in a KA DesignWorks home. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? In our market there is a growing appreciation for design with modern/ contemporary inspirations, which has been good for business. Emerging design and building technologies help facilitate the design and construction of these projects. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Harmony with surroundings 2. Design excellence 3. Thoughtful budgetary considerations 4. Energy efficiency 5. Client understanding/satisfaction If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? An honest and transparent design dialogue between

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the architect and client leads to a superior product. Designer egos, while a requirement for a successful design career, must be checked when necessary to facilitate this open dialogue. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? Having participated in the past two years, we appreciate the forum the International Design & Architecture Awards provides us to compare our work to designers on a global scale. It has been an honour to be recognised amongst so many incredible design professionals. What projects are you currently working on? We are working on a range of projects around the world. One of our larger projects close to home is a £6 million remodel/addition to an iconic Aspen residence with panoramic Rocky Mountain views. Beginning as a conceptual project, the design grew into a development proposal to reinvent the structure and create it. Currently under construction, the seven-bedroom residence will include an “oasis-like” master-suite, multiple living areas, extensive courtyards, decks, outdoor living spaces, a two level spa/wellness retreat, game room, and an exterior pool/hot-tub. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Continue to foster meaningful relationships with our clients, which results in the creation of wonderful spaces. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Currently my Apple Watch, as it keeps me on track. Your favourite holiday destination? Tropical Islands. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji. Your favourite book / film / song? Blazing Saddles. Your favourite food and drink? Japanese food. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Paddle-boarding with my wife and children on a relaxing body of water. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An Attorney. Anything else interesting? I love the outdoors and the opportunities afforded by living in the mountains of Colorado.


KATE BARAKOVSKA MODA INTERIORS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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“Design is mainly moving towards innovative materials combined with technology and sustainability. Up and coming designers will be looking at new materials based on recycling, natural materials, alternative technologies and a well balanced approach between nature and technologies.�

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Taking the guess and legwork out of any interior design or renovation, Moda Interiors have ensured their project management is structured to provide each client with ease and an enriching experience. The team, led by Creative Director, Kate Barakovska, possess a vast array of skills and endeavour to create dream homes that transcend their clients expectations. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Kate Barakovska has a passion for creating elegant, made-to-measure living and work spaces for my client’s. Kate Barakovska has twenty years of experience in the Interior Design Residential Interiors, and is committed to bringing the client’s imagination to life. She is well versed in interpreting modern global trends and fusing them with a client’s vision, budget, and expectations, to develop a perfect interior fit out. Kate Barakovska founded Moda Interiors in 1996 with the aim of providing client’s with quality service, design expertise and a trusted team to deliver the desired results. How would you describe your personal design style? Liveable, elegant and curious, it is a blend of styles. Where does your design inspiration come from? My design inspiration comes mostly from the worldly people I meet, the stories they tell and the experiences they bring to the table. From travel and client’s cultural differences. I am so privileged to have worked with some truly amazing people from around the globe. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Design is mainly moving towards innovative materials, combined with technology and sustainability. Up and coming designers will be looking at new materials based on recycling, natural materials, alternative technologies and a well balanced approach between nature and technologies. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? If I could offer any advice it would be to allow your designer to push you out of your comfort zone to deliver better, and different than what you could achieve yourself. When it comes to design schemes - design for living, not for trends. Capture your lifestyle that reflects your past whilst living in the present and looking forward to the future. Allow for each space and room to tell a story and invite you in a unique way - do not settle for wasted real estate. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The International Design and Architecture Awards

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are super important, especially for one to spread their wings beyond the boundaries of their home cities. It gives us the opportunity to compete amongst the best in the world and to see up close and personal the international talent that we are not normally exposed to. Very inspirational. What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on thirty-eight residential projects and two commercial projects. They are a combination of renovations/new homes and styling. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? In 2020 and beyond I will certainly be approaching design with a reuse, reduce and recycle in mind. Space planning is a huge part of my world - I believe there will be a strong focus on residences that incorporate working environments from home and multigenerational living homes. The need to provide clever solutions for interactive living. In the next twelve months, my plan is to focus on high end ID consulting incorporating products and service for with exclusive offerings from international brands and artisans delivering to residences globally. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Favourite Holiday Destination? New York. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel - Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. Restaurant - Tulip In Geelong West. Bar - Sky Bar at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Your favourite book, film & song? Book - Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson. Film - The Green Mile. Song - Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran. Your favourite food and drink? Food - Authentic Macedonian. Drink - Gin and Tonic. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? I am constantly busy, so my favourite is to spend quiet time with my husband and children at home. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? If I was not a designer I would definitely be a Social Worker or a Psychologist. I am all about helping people and giving. I receive a great deal of satisfaction by being able to change people’s lives through my language of design.


Suite 11, 37 Cedric Street, Stirling WA 6021 P: + 61 8 9440 9000

M: + 61 414 345 457

W: www.modainteriors.com.au


KATHLEEN HAY KATHLEEN HAY DESIGNS PRINCIPAL

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“Any recognition of achievement is important as a means of validating one’s work. The International Design & Architecture Awards are increasingly recognised as a source of the “best in the world”. It is an honour to be shortlisted.”

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Kathleen Hay is an award-winning interior designer and her work has been featured in national, regional and international publications. She is recognised for her work being sophisticated, clean and chic. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) With many years of experience in both the business and creative sides of the trade she has gained a well-rounded perspective in interior design practice and principles. Kathleen Hay also completed an apprenticeship with designer Geo Davis for many years before starting Kathleen Hay Designs nearly twenty years ago. Her degree in Economics provides her with a unique strength in running a firm. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Distinctly appointed spaces always combine an eclectic blend of furnishings and accessories. Tastefully layering fabrics, furniture, and artwork to achieve interior landscapes filled with texture, pattern, and shape. Kathleen Hay possesses an unwavering attraction to the natural world, honouring the subtle forms of nature in her unique selections. She often incorporates natural objects to achieve a synergy that vibrates with classic and timeless appeal. Favouring serene, calm, and organised spaces. Where does your design inspiration come from? The natural world is a huge source of inspiration, as is international travel. What products/services could you not live without when designing? Good lighting, well-crafted furniture, and highquality materials. Plus, talented architects and builders with whom to collaborate. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? The trend of traditional interiors and finishes with a modern and fresh twist.

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Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: 1. The fast-changing technologies and how to incorporate them into daily life for clients 2. Good lighting: finding a way to incorporate LED technologies that are also attractive 3. Proportion and scale: making sure furnishings fill the space and incorporating lighting fixtures that augment the overall design scheme 4. The way a family lives in their home. It is so important to make sure you have asked them questions about how they live daily 5. Sustainability: choosing materials that are environmentally sound, incorporating materials that hold up for the long haul If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Forms need to be beautiful, but also functional. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Any recognition of achievement is important as a means of validating one’s work. The International Design & Architecture Awards are increasingly recognised as a source of the “best in the world”. It is an honour to be shortlisted. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To get involved in networking with colleagues to discuss the challenges we all face and to share our experiences with one another, and to launch a furniture line. Your favourite food and drink? I could live off coffee and red wine, with the occasional Kir Royale to shake it up. The place that enables you to totally relax? I love lingering over a long, delicious meal with a good wine and dear friends. It will always be a source of relaxation for me.


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JOSH RODRIGUEZ RODRIGUEZ DESIGN FOUNDER

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“Yacht design has been focussing on extremely overwhelming and complex shapes and details, and I believe this is too much. I aim to keep it simple and smooth. Of course design evolves, and people adapt, however, I think we need to go back in time. Classics are classic for a reason.�

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After working at a shipyard in Dubai for two years designing a new line of yachts, this inspired Josh Rodriguez to open his own design studio, Rodriguez Design. The studio began working on smaller scale boats but soon decided to work on superyachts. It was this that spurred Josh Rodriguez to relocate the studio to Spain and target the Spanish and European markets, to make Spain the next go-to yacht construction destination. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) From a young age I knew I wanted to have a career that somehow involved boats, however I was unsure of what. At fifteen years old I got my first gig, refitting our family sailboat, a forty-five foot German Frers. I redesigned the cockpit, helm station and interior, and that’s when I realised I wanted to design yachts for the rest of my life. I enrolled in Naval Engineering at A Coruña, Spain, completing the five-year plan. I then enrolled in a Yacht Design Masters Degree in Italy, where I had the opportunity to meet professionals who mentored me. Those years were the most important part of my professional career, shaping me and pointing me in the right direction. In 2017, I travelled to Dubai after a shipyard expressed their interest in me, and I spent two years working on a new line of yachts. This spurred me on to open my own design studio; Rodriguez Design. After two years of working on mainly smaller boats of about thirty to sixty feet, I decided to take it to the next level and work on superyachts. I moved the studio back to Spain, and began to target the Spanish and European markets. How would you describe your personal design style? Sharp, aggressive, coherent. My approach to design is simple yet curated, designed not to overwhelm the viewer with a complex shape, but make sure every surface has been paid attention to. Everything has a purpose and a reason, nothing is just there. I want the viewers to discover details, and not to be overwhelmed. Where does your design inspiration come from? From everything, but mostly the world around us. Nature is the greatest designer, the rest of us are just trying to keep up. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I think people are trying too hard nowadays. Yacht design has been focussing on extremely overwhelming and complex shapes and details, and I believe this is too much. I aim to keep it simple and smooth. Of course design evolves, and people adapt, however, I think we need to go back in time. Classics are classic for a reason. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. Simplicity, elegance, timelessness, abundance of natural light and open spaces.

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If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Measure twice cut once. Make sure everything works from an ergonomic and functional point of view before adding flamboyance to it. How important are The International Yacht & Aviation Awards? They show younger designers who are just starting out, young designers who are at a crossroads thinking of giving up or letting go that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. It doesn’t matter where you were born, or how you were raised or how many times you were kicked down and fell to your knees. Nothing stops the mind that is set on achieving its passion. The Awards are proof that hard work pays off. What projects are you currently working on? Currently we have five projects measuring over 330m in length combined, exclusively with Spanish shipyards, two of which are set to start construction in 2020. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To develop and grow the Spanish yachting industry. Grow, learn and make Spain the next go-to yacht construction destination. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Either my bracelets or my guitar. I have a bracelet from every place I have visited, and special ones from places I have lived in, wearing most of them everyday. Your favourite holiday destination? Bali. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel: Rock n’ Reef in Bali. Restaurant: O Lagar in Galicia, Spain. Bar: Either a bar that used to be open back in 2007 in Dominican Republic called Shots, or Jetty Lounge in Dubai. They’re both completely opposite atmospheres, but I have good memories of both. Your favourite book, film & song? Book: Factotum, Charles Bukowski. Film: Top Gun. Song: Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses. Your favourite food and drink? Food: Anything with raw fish. Drink: Bullit Bourbon. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Definitely at the beach. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I would like to say an 80’s Rockstar.


GEORGINA TURVEY PEEK ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN DIRECTOR & ARCHITECT

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“I think interiors are getting less whimsical or ‘themed’, and are striving to keep things integrated and true to the architecture they inhabit. This means that hopefully they will remain installed for many years.”

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Founded in 2006 by Architect and Bartlett graduate, Georgina Turvey and associate Neal Newland, PEEK Architecture + Design is a design focussed architecture and interior design practice with a varied client base. The firm, based in central London, has an extensive portfolio of projects including developments and commercial properties, homes, large city houses and apartments, refurbishments and interiors. The architecture and interior design practice believe that effective communication and clearly outlined procedures is fundamental to achieving an optimum design. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, and my transformative time there under the guidance of my tutors, Paul Monaghan and Simon Allford from the renowned firm AHMM, can probably be compared to an amazing, architectural bootcamp. During my years in education, I continued to work throughout one or two days a week. The extra contacts and experience I gained in this time, were invaluable for setting out on my own very early on, and after completing my chartership, I started my own firm soon after. I haven’t looked back since, and in the last fourteen years have had the privilege of working with a loyal client base who have entrusted me with some great projects. Our practise does everything from planning and feasibility, detailed construction design, interior design and bespoke furniture, mostly in prime London locations, although in the last couple of years we’ve been following our clients as they make the big move out of the city, so are working on some fantastic country residences now too. How would you describe your personal design style? Because of my architectural background, my interior design style is driven by the function and form of a space and how light, circulation and sight lines are influenced. When this is established, I apply fresh colour palettes, natural materials and textures, with the aim of retaining a common thread throughout a scheme. My projects tend to have industrial elements mixed with classic features. Period properties in London form the basis for the majority of our work, and it is important to me to stay true to the original architecture. Where does your design inspiration come from? Most of the sources I draw upon, have a hint of nostalgia about them. Paulo Mendes Da Rocha and his use of ceramics, concrete and glazing is incredible. Richard Neutra, my all time favourite, has always inspired me with his classic forties and fifties houses, like the Kaufman House, and his use of clean lines and natural materials. I strive to create timeless and classic compositions like these. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I think interiors are getting less whimsical or ‘themed’, and are striving to keep things integrated and true to the architecture they inhabit. This means that hopefully they will remain installed for many years. It breaks my heart when you see skips throughout London, full of brand new kitchens and slabs of marble. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? To revisit the brief again and again which then

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informs the way the scheme develops. A lot of clients need to be interviewed on the way they live, what’s important to them, and what they really want, not what they think they should want. It is also important to view a project as a whole, with a common language, this gives projects a strong identity. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? The Awards are very well revered and an excellent forum to display the best of interior design and architecture from all around the world. An award for both principles is essential as they are intrinsically linked, and viewing them as an international collective, means that the designs are extremely diverse and interesting. It’s an absolute privilege to be a part of it. What projects are you currently working on? We’ve recently finished a large penthouse apartment in central London where we knocked several spaces together. We vaulted ceilings, creating some really dramatic spaces. The client trusted us and gave us free reign, which always results in a very satisfying outcome. We’re also working on a lot of family homes at the moment, translating their needs and tastes into spaces which really do make them happy. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? We’re currently developing some bespoke furniture pieces, light fittings and designs for ironmongery. When carrying out extensive research we frequently find that certain products simply don’t exist, it would be great to create a line of products which reflect our practise’s developing style. We are also formulating a landscape design arm of the practise, so that gardens and courtyards are integral in the design process from the outset. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My phone. Your favourite holiday destination? Italy, Tuscany mainly. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Condesa DF in Mexico City, Michiko sushino, Quo Vardis or Bar Kazu in Kyoto. Your favourite book, film & song? Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Free Solo Sky Walking by Mathame Anenome by Brian Jonestown Massacre. Your favourite food and drink? Anything Thai/a nice ginger tea. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? A Hyde Park stroll, long lunch near Portobello (W36 or Pizza East), browse through the knickknacks of Golborne Road, finishing off at my local, The Chamberlayne in Kensal Rise. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Music Producer.


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ANDREW YUILL SMC DESIGN MANAGING DIRECTOR

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“Design continues to evolve and reflect cultural and social movements – one current trend being the development of ecological design which I believe will become more prevalent. The population is becoming more conscious of their own lifestyle decisions, which is having a knock-on effect to our own design ethos.”

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Originally set up as an interior design firm in 1988, London based firm SMC Design grew rapidly, and by 1998 had expanded to include an artwork consultancy and graphic design. Over the years SMC Design has continued to grow and has become an established design consultancy, offering innovative solutions to their impressive international portfolio of clients. The SMC Design team find inspiration for their designs through historic, current and future trends. They endeavour to create designs that are timeless and relevant. Tell us a little about your/the company’s background in design (education, experience, etc) I attended Napier University between 1983-1987 where I obtained a Diploma in Interior Design. I then moved down to London, and in 1989 I joined a company called BPW Associates, now known as SMC Design. The first project I ever worked on was quite prestigious – the Sports Department for Harrods. How would you describe your design style and that of SMC Design? I would describe it as being quite eclectic and varied, predominantly down to the fact that we design for a wide spectrum of clients worldwide, meeting and satisfying different design briefs. No matter the palette, all follow the principles of ‘good design’ – where form follows function in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. Where does the design inspiration come from at SMC? I personally have a great love for planning; the arrangement of a space but also the function of that space and how the end user will be interacting with it. Before any aesthetic choices are made, it is crucial that the space has been considered in this manner. To then meet the clients design brief, the ability of the designers at SMC utilising their understanding of international design trends then comes to the fore. We have a variety of cultures, education and backgrounds at SMC Design, so within the conceptual phases of a project there is a wealth of talent and experience that is shared between the designers that allows them to flourish as professionals. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Design continues to evolve and reflect cultural and social movements – one current trend being the development of ecological design which I believe will become more prevalent. The population is becoming more conscious of their own lifestyle decisions, which is having a knock-on effect to our own design ethos. This design philosophy will become more prominent, getting into the mind of the user of a particular space not only with what they are to experience in an area but what they may leave behind. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. User experience - can you see yourself within a space, and what would you be doing in there? Don’t just walk around the space, sit yourself down, what would you see from popular vantage points of the end user?

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Luxury in space - don’t be afraid of leaving open spaces with a plan. Some see luxury as having many things, the opposite can be said within interiors, where leaving large spaces can offer an essence of grandeur and target a users eye to the more opulent being within the room. Biophilic design - Being green is a buzzword currently circulating the cruise ship design industry, and rightly so. We as designers are at the forefront of this change, enforcing it by selecting environmentally friendly sourced materials and products. We can also select lighter materials where possible in mass produced items such as cabin outfitting or loose furniture - given its multiplication factor this can have a positive (albeit small) effect on fuel usage for example. Stay on brand - To deliver a clients brief successfully, we need to have an understanding of their demographic, history, aspirations and operation. Once we understand these “ground rules” we can then begin to implement our design intent to create their identity and brand within an interior. Designing for Generation Z - The next generation of adults are digital natives, they understand technology better than we will ever know - how will we cater for their needs and desires as a more social and ethical generation? If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? To understand the design scheme by building up the overall design so you can create and understand the total design. A shared understanding between several creative minds can only be a benefit. All decisions should be produced for a specific reason to fit with a total package. Use a pen. There is no doubt about the benefits that CAD software has had on the design industry, but the basics of design still lies within the ability for the head to convey ideas in an illustrative format on paper. For me, this shows raw design acumen and is a skill that cannot be lost in this trade. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? It is an opportunity for those that contribute towards the success of SMC Design to be recognised by industry peers on an international stage. What projects are you currently working on? Due to client confidentiality I cannot reveal all, but I can say that we’ve been working on and successfully delivered projects in the last two years for Genting HK, Viking Cruises, SAGA Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vidanta. We have an office of over seventy designers at SMC Design - I can tell you they are still busy for the next year too. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue the successful growth of SMC Design over the years and gain further recognition for the team of wonderful designers that we have.


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ROSA MAY SAMPAIO ROSA MAY ARQUITETURA DE INTERIORES DIRECTOR

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“The projects are conceived to communicate organically with nature and the architectural elements where they find themselves, whether from the city, beach or the countryside. This philosophy reflects itself in a constant search to create cosy, beautiful and innovative spaces...�

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After working in the market for thirty three years, Rosa May Sampaio’s body of work has been featured in a number of high-end publications, Casa Vogue, Elle Decor, and Vogue Italia. In addition, Rosa May Sampaio has been featured as one of the eighty best interior designers in the world in Andrew Martins Designer Directory as well as her projects being shortlisted for The International Design and Architecture Awards, with Rosa May Sampaio winning the Pool/Pool House category. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Rosa May Sampaio has worked professionally for more than thirty-three years in the market. She received her BA in Literature at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro, and in Art History by the École du Louvre in Paris. For further studies, Rosa May Sampaio graduated in landscaping at Rio de Janeiro, as well as studying interior design in Espade (São Paulo), and working as a set designer for theatre. Her body of work has been featured in magazines, books and specialised publications, such as Casa Vogue, Casa Cláudia, D&D Argentina, Elle Decor, Marie Claire Maison, Kaza and Vogue Italia, amongst other international vehicles. Rosa May Sampaio has been featured as one of The 80 Best Interior Designers of the World in Andrew Martin’s Designer Directory, and her projects have been finalists in The International Design and Architecture Awards, in 2015/2016 (having won in the category Pool/ Pool House), 2017, 2018 and 2019. She won the International America Property 2017, Best Interior Design Company and South América 2016/2017 by the Architecture Awards Build. She has worked in commercial and residential projects in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States. How would you describe your personal design style? Timeless; designs should be simple, without a dated look. My work is eclectic, I don’t want to be categorised as having a particular style. I will do contemporary or traditional, as well as combine the two; interiors that will never go out of style. Where does your design inspiration come from? The projects are conceived to communicate organically with nature and the architectural elements where they find themselves, whether from the city, beach or the countryside. This philosophy reflects itself in a constant search to create cosy, beautiful and innovative spaces, stimulating wholesome and harmonious coexistence for the people who inhabit them. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Comfort and beauty.

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Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. Sustainability, art, proportion, automation, comfort. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Scale, proportion, geometry, elegance and harmony. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? Very important. What projects are you currently working on? The renovation of a house farm in Argentina, and apartments in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Work more with landscape and setting design. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Pieces inherited and elements of my life, as well as a vast collection of Brazilian engravings. Your favourite holiday destination? Punta del Este, Uruguay. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel: La Réserve de Beaulieu, Paris, France. Restaurant: La Caracola in José Ignácio Punta del Este, Uruguay. Bar: La Huella, in José Ignácio Punta del Este, Uruguay. Your favourite book, film & song? Book: Climats - André Maurois. Film: Russian Red – Chaly Braun. Song: Águas de Março – Tom Jobim. Your favourite food and drink? My favourite food is artichoke and king crab. My favourite drink is beer. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Working in my garden. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A gentleman farmer. Anything else interesting? Unfortunately, I think that every year designers give less attention to details, which I think is a pity.


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BEN LEWIS TRENZSEATER GENERAL MANAGER – HEAD INTERIOR DESIGNER

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“Such a prestigious competition as this celebrates those who excel in interior design, and further provides inspiration to those who are new to the industry. The International Design & Architecture Awards fosters growth and excitement.”

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Founded by brothers Ben and Hamish Lewis in 2004, luxury furniture design company, TRENZSEATER has established itself at the forefront of design. The New Zealand based company are renowned for their tailor made and quality furniture, as well as their international style which is known for being modern and elegant, whilst remaining sophisticated. The team are dedicated to providing clients with the finest furniture, whilst remaining environmentally sustainable. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I was inspired by my grandfathers furniture business growing up, his drive and passion for manufacturing some of the finest furniture in New Zealand gave me, from an early age, a grounding and a foundation in an industry which I fell in love with. My first sofa I designed and which was successful for production was when I was fourteen, and became the start of many more, as I design all our furniture designs for TRENZSEATER. I had a vision to start a highend furniture and interior design business in New Zealand, which I did at the age of twenty, to cater for a specific market, where clients desired something personalised and unique. TRENZSEATER was established with my brother Hamish, and together we have grown the business into one of New Zealand’s most prominent furniture, interior design stores. Our Interior Design Service grew purely through industry experience, with my interior design work now being highly regarded and recognised on an international level. TRENZSEATER has three stores throughout New Zealand, housing all the products we manufacture to order in New Zealand along with all our beautiful International brands we distribute from Europe. These stores are a true showcase to our interior design expertise, demonstrating our unique quality of product and manner in which we present products. How would you describe your personal design style? It is sophisticated elegance. A design with intriguing layers of classic textures and materials, encapsulating refined opulence that is set on a grand scale. A timeless classic. Where does your design inspiration come from? I am continuously inspired each day by design, through architecture, interior design and classic furniture design, where the classic detailing provided a signature style. I also enjoy, and am inspired by fashion, art and antiques. I am inspired by natural materials for their uniqueness, classic qualities, marbles, stone and the character of solid timbers. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I believe design is moving towards interiors that are eloquently layered, providing points of interest and personality to a design that create pleasurable spaces that can be enjoyed at the same time. We also see in design the use of matte and brushed metal finishes, brass indoor hardware and light fixtures along with the use of a substantial amount of natural marbles and stones. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Include intriguing layers of texture, pattern and design

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2. Incorporate an element of colour in an interesting, subtle manner 3. The use of opulent, grand scale objects in designs are pivotal 4. The use of a diverse mix of materials that work harmoniously together 5. Incorporate well-appointed table lamps, floor lamps and pendants in designs If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? A definite eye for detail, as it is the detail which sets a design apart from the ordinary and which makes it unique and special. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? Such a prestigious competition as this celebrates those who excel in interior design, and further provides inspiration to those who are new to the industry. The International Design & Architecture Awards fosters growth and excitement. What projects are you currently working on? Currently some very exciting projects, a series of luxury lodges and pavilions which have extraordinary picturesque lakeside vistas. There are also several beautifully appointed architectural homes throughout New Zealand which are all currently in progress at various stages. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue to deliver a high level of interior design work to our clients along with exploring international opportunities. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? Memories, family and life. Your favourite holiday destination? Aitutaki, Rarotonga and Queenstown, New Zealand. Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Woodpecker Hill in Auckland, and Bluebird in London, Chelsea. Your favourite book, film & song? Favourite movie is “A Good Year”. Your favourite food and drink? Italian food and Pinot Noir. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Life is short, and children grow up too quickly, so the perfect afternoon would be spent with our children, enjoying every moment we have together followed by a beautiful family dinner in our sunroom. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Property Developer. Anything else interesting? I love quotes: “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart, pursue those”. “DREAM BIG, THINK BIG, GO BIG”.


T R E N Z S E AT E R INTERIOR DESIGN At TRENZSEATER we have tailored a specialised interior design service for clients who wish to have the expertise of professional, sound advice on the development of their residential or commercial interiors and the selection of furniture, lighting, rugs and window furnishings.

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CLAIRE CRAIG AND JOEY SAMERA WA INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE & DESIGN DIRECTOR

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“When it comes to interior design, inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. Design is not solely about aesthetics, but it is also about functionality, exact measurements, scale and balance.”

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WA International is a Dubai based, award-winning interior design studio who specialise in providing intelligent and innovative designs which are tailored to each client’s requirements. Established in 1993, WA International’s unique designs have allowed them to establish a reputation for being fresh and original in the design industry, as well as a list of enviable clients. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I’m an Architect by profession and an inspirational Head Concept Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry, spanning twenty-eight years creating a wide variety of hospitality projects, both in the MENA region and internationally. I am an exceptionally creative thinker, with an equal level of technical knowledge and experience gained through successfully taking countless projects, from concept through to completion. My personal style is contemporary and modern with a philosophy of “less is more”. A keen awareness of space, an inherent understanding of scale and proportion, and a respect for the principles of design with levitation toward details. - Joey Samera I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies faculty of Architecture in Canada, I then went on to do a Masters in Architecture in the USA after living in Saudi Arabia and Egypt for a couple of years. I then moved to London where I completed the RIBA part three in architecture. After ten years working in London, I returned to the Middle East, this time to Dubai and have been here since 1996. - Claire Craig How would you describe your personal design style? Creative and minimalist, yet luxurious. - JS Eclectic elegance. - CC Where does your design inspiration come from? When it comes to interior design, inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. Design is not solely about aesthetics, but it is also about functionality, exact measurements, scale and balance. This is a rule of thumb that has to be followed for projects to be successful. I’m a visual person, images and shapes often give me the inspiration to my concept. Interesting details is what my eye is naturally drawn to, and I reinterpret them in a timeless approach. - JS

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Nature, local architecture and indigenous cultures. - CC In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I have observed a return to some of the classic styles with a modern twist. - JS I believe design trends have become much more simplistic. Finishes are natural and organic, furniture styles are less fussy, clean lines and elegant proportions always result in a timeless design. - CC Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond. 1. Creating a storyline 2. Fitted to clients’ lifestyles 3. Creative use of layers of materials 4. Attention to details and budget 5. Practical designs and sustainability - JS

as well as a resort property in Jaipur. We will be putting the finishing touches on three new hotels in Dubai for early 2020, and several refurbishments are also underway. We’re also in promising negotiations for exciting new projects in Eastern and Northern Africa. - CC What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? My personal aim in our company is to continue to deliver the best professional design service possible to our clients. - JS Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My family. - JS Your favourite holiday destination? Prague and Italy. - JS

1. Design concepts with a “sense of place” 2. Source and specify local renewable materials and finishes 3. Support and advocate the use of local industries and artisans 4. Encourage maximum use of natural light in planning 5. Specify energy and water conservation products - CC

Going home to Canada to visit my family. - CC

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? Don’t be afraid, be bold and believe in yourselves. - JS

Your favourite book, film & song? Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, jazz and country music. - JS

How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards? It is important to be heard and recognised amongst other design professionals. - JS The International Hotel & Property Awards provide a great opportunity to see your industry colleague’s work and present your own. The Award is a valuable acknowledgment of a design company’s creative and technical skills. Our clients also appreciate they have chosen an award winning company. The accolade is a further enhancement in our credentials. - CC What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on a couple of five-star hospitality projects with Hyatt International and Hilton Group. - JS We are presently on site with several luxury hotels and serviced hotel apartments in Dubai and London,

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Nothing specific, anywhere with great service and good interior design. - JS One & Only, The Palm Dubai and favourite restaurant & bar is Bleu Blanc at The Renaissance Downtown Dubai. - CC

I love reading thriller novels, the likes of Lee Childs, Grisham and Dick Francis. As for movies, I enjoy everything from thriller to romantic comedies. My music varies from Carly Simon to Led Zeppelin. - CC Your favourite food and drink? Anything organic and healthy. - JS My favourite food is Chinese. - CC Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Relaxing and reading inspirational books. - JS Going out for lunch with family and friends. - CC If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I can’t think of any other profession than being an Interior Designer. - JS I love shopping for local sculptures, antiquities and pottery on my travels, and the idea of my own shop is very appealing. - CC


AZEN BONGARD STUDIO 8 DESIGN INC. PRINCIPAL, LEAD INTERIOR DESIGNER

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“I feel that design is becoming less about slick, austere spaces, and more about liveability and connectivity. In a world that can be at times alienating, we need the spaces we inhabit to connect us and feed our souls.”

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A progressive Interior Design firm based in Toronto, Studio 8 Design Inc. have twenty years of experience in the high-end Toronto Interior Design industry. The design firm aims to create unique interior environments that will create a connection and allow clients to feel their very best. Studio 8 Design Inc. have created many successful projects, in both residential and commercial sectors, crediting this to their collaborative approach with their clients.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards? They are very important for raising design awareness on a global level, as well as bringing together design from different countries.

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I completed my four year degree at the OCADU. I spent the next ten years working at some of the top firms in the country at that time, working my way up from junior designer to senior designer. My extensive work experience in residential, retail, hospitality and condo work prepared me for starting Studio 8 Design Inc. in 2007. Since then we have developed a long list of loyal clients who appreciate our creative approach to design, attention to detail, and responsiveness to client needs.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? Our goals for the next twelve months are to continue creating spaces with soul on every project we do. We would love to do more international hotel and restaurant projects.

How would you describe your personal design style? My personal design style is soulful and connected to nature. I use a lot of light woods, natural fabrics, chunky textures and plants to give the spaces I design a light, airy, earthy, and welcoming feeling.

Your favourite holiday destination? Hawaii, Ireland, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Copenhagen, London, California.

Where does your design inspiration come from? My design inspiration comes from the natural world and travel. I love visiting new places and seeing different approaches to design.

Your favourite book, film & song? Seat of the Soul, The Biggest Little Farm, Dreams by Lissie.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I feel that design is becoming less about slick, austere spaces, and more about liveability and connectivity. In a world that can be at times alienating, we need the spaces we inhabit to connect us and feed our souls. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond. Connection, nature, sustainability, soulfulness, meaningful/personal. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be? When starting a project, dig deep into the desires of the client, the landscape, and the architecture of the space. Good interior design responds to the context around it, and incorporates all of those needs into a coherent whole.

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What projects are you currently working on? We are working on some very exciting large-scale residential, condo, and restaurant projects.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations: Your most treasured possession? My home which I was able to design every inch of.

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Your favourite food and drink? Dark Chocolate. Perrier. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Yoga, cycling along the water, hanging out on the beach with my family. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I wouldn’t be anything else. My passion for Interior Design is like breathing for me, and I absolutely love what I do. Anything else interesting? When I can’t find the accessories that I want for my own space, I make them, which has led to creating a set of handmade plates, macramé wallhangings, wood cutting boards, and hand blown glasses. I encourage my clients to make what they can for their spaces as well, because I believe that design should be meaningful and personal.


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