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Dezeen Awards 2020 judge Michelle Ogundehin

There is a "surfeit of stuff in the world" says Dezeen Awards judge Michelle Ogundehin

As we count down the days to enter Dezeen Awards, interiors expert judge Michelle Ogundehin says she is looking forward to submissions that combine originality with sustainability.

"I'm looking for design motivated by an authentic wish to make something that looks better, functions better, contributes and pushes forward boundaries more than anything that currently exists," said the British writer, creative consultant and TV presenter.

"There is a surfeit of stuff in the world," continued Ogundehin, who is judging the interiors categories of Dezeen Awards 2020.

"There are too many things that no-one needs or that do little to improve the human condition; things made basically to satisfy only the desires of the designer."

Entry for Dezeen Awards closes 2 June. To help you with your finishing touches, we asked our judges to tell us what they're hoping to see from entrants.

Ogundehin describes herself as "an interiors obsessive, colour nut and detail queen". After training as an architect, she was editor-in-chief of interiors magazine Elle Decoration UK for 13 years.

Ogundehin is the lead judge on the BBC/Netflix series Interior Design Masters and co-presenter of Channel 4's Grand Designs: House of the year. Her first book, titled Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness, was published in April 2020.

She is a regular contributor to Dezeen and numerous other international publications. She wrote Dezeen's 2020 interiors trend report, and she's hoping the entries will stand out from the crowd.

"I rather hope I don't detect any trends in aesthetic terms, it's too easy to just follow the pack,: she said. However, I would imagine that an element of ecological awareness, circular usage, and sustainability are inherent."

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To have your work seen by our stellar lineup of judges, complete your entry today to ensure that you don't miss the deadline on 2 June.

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The main image is by Ben Anders.