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New Design Britain Awards 2014 finalists announced

Dezeen promotion: the finalists for the New Design Britain Awards 2014 have been announced and their projects will be exhibited at trade show Interiors UK in January.

The awards recognise work by young creatives and a shortlist of 150 has been whittled down to four designers in each category: Furniture, Furnishing Accessories, Fabrics and Surfaces.

Share.Food tableware by Bilge Nur Saltik
Share.Food tableware by Bilge Nur Saltik. Also main image

Heal's furniture buyer Elaine Boyle, previous New Design Britain winner Rob Scarlett, and design critic and photographer Barbara Chandler are all on the juding panel.

The designs will be exhibited in Hall 2 of the Interiors UK show, taking place from 19 to 22 January 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The winner will be announced on the afternoon of Monday 20 at the event.

Lucky for One brass vessels Juliette Bigley
Lucky for One brass vessels Juliette Bigley

For a full list of exhibitors and to register to attend for free visit the Interiors UK website.

Here's some further details from the organisers:

New Design Britain Awards finalists announced
Shortlisted entrants will see their work displayed at Interiors UK in January

The finalists have been announced for the 2014 New Design Britain Awards which run in conjunction with Interiors UK, organised by UBM Live Built Environment. The judges revealed which entrants have made it through to the final, and will be displaying their designs at the UK's definitive trade interiors event where the winners will be announced.

Hunger Games textiles by Chloe Atkins
Hunger Games textiles by Chloe Atkins

Now in its 10th year, the New Design Britain awards celebrate young design talent, uniquely giving them a platform to industry, like no other trade show. The awards are judged according to four categories: Furniture, Furnishing Accessories, Fabrics and Surfaces. Shortlisted from 150 entries, the 2014 finalists are as follows:


» Elizabeth Ret, You Have Been Framed, desk chair
» Joe Buttigieg, Red line chair
» Alexander Mueller, Woven easy chair
» Charlotte Millett, Ercol Burst roll up bed

Furnishing Accessories

» John Hollington, Elica pendant light
» Juliette Bigley, Whirling beakers
» Bilge Nur Saltik, Share food containers
» Clea Jentsch, Desk tidy

Desk Tidy by Clea Jentsch
Desk Tidy by Clea Jentsch


» Clair Whyman, Urban Perspectives
» Chloe Atkins, Hunger Games
» Liz Ramsey, Cool Heat
» Joanna Hughes, Geometric Constructions


» Rebecca Tudor-Price, Barbules Paradise
» Eleanor Walton, Hand printed throw
» Elizabeth-Jane Winstanley, Illusions
» Seema Shah, Wooden Tiles

Judging the awards this year are a host of experts from the design and retail industries. Overseeing the Furniture and Furnishing Accessories categories are furniture designer and previous New Design Britain Winner Rob Scarlett, designer Anthony Rayworth of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Heal's furniture buyer Elaine Boyle. Presiding over the Fabrics and Surfaces categories are Diane Goode, buyer at Fromental, John Lewis buyer Anna Rigby, and Director of Rubelli, Vivienne Griffin. We are pleased to announce that Barbara Chandler, Evening Standard and Dids Macdonald from ACID will be joining the judging panel at the show in January.

Elica light by John Hollington
Elica light by John Hollington

Heal's buyer Elaine praised the awards as a platform for emerging design talent. "Going to Interiors UK will be a fantastic opportunity for new designers to meet the right people within the industry, and that's invaluable to a new designer", explains Elaine. "I've already seen some products that we could easily take to production and move forward to retail."

Fellow judge Anthony Rayworth also recognises the awards' potential for aspiring designers. “It shows that they're being recognised by an independent group”, he says. "It's one thing to be put forward by your tutor, but it's another thing to have been taken to that next stage by people you’re actually working with in the industry."

Woven Easy Chair by Alexander Mueller
Woven Easy Chair by Alexander Mueller

You can see the New Design Britain finalists' designs in Hall 2 at Interiors UK in January, where they will be displayed in front of over 20,000 visitors that will include key decision makers from the retail buying, contracting and interior design industries.

The awards run within Interiors UK, the largest interiors trade show in the UK, which takes place between 19-22 January at the NEC Birmingham. The overall winners will be announced on the afternoon of Monday 20th at the show.