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Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Kelly Wearstler

"I expect to see projects that are responses to the events of the past year" says Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Kelly Wearstler

With less than 15 days to go to enter Dezeen Awards 2021, we've asked some of our judges what they're expecting from this year's entries.

"Design is an illustration of our time and I expect to see projects that are responses to the events of the past year," said American designer Kelly Wearstler.

"I want to see designs that really help to bring the vision of an evolving world into focus, particularly as we think about the increasing need for well-designed spaces, tools and objects in all aspects of our lives," she continued.

"Sometimes, the most exciting projects for me are the simplest ideas that are beautiful, fun or surprising."

Now in its fourth year, Dezeen Awards celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design as well as individuals and studios producing the most outstanding work.

Wearstler, who creates experiential residential, hospitality, commercial and retail environments as well as lifestyle product design collections, will be judging the interiors categories alongside Mlondolozi Hempe, Hector Esrawe, Petra Blaisse and Anouska Hempel.

Wearstler established her eponymous studio in Los Angeles in 1995. Notable projects include Santa Monica Proper Hotel, San Francisco Proper Hotel as well as custom residences for high-profile private clients.

"Technology continues to be a huge influence on design and materiality, making new designs more and more refined, while also being innovative," said Wearstler.

"It is also imperative that the environmental impact of design and architecture plays a key factor now as we look towards innovation, so I am expecting entries to be forward-thinking, or look at how design can positively impact our world today," she added.

"I'm always looking for what is new and next in the design world, and the Dezeen Awards provide a wonderful, inspiring platform to view talents from across the world."

"The global scale and different categories of the awards program is second to none, I'm truly honoured to be a part of the jury this year."

Enter Dezeen Awards 2021 now

There are now less than 15 days left to enter Dezeen Awards 2021. Entries close at midnight UK time on 2 June, so get started today in order not to miss out!

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