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Surface Design Awards 2017

The Surface Design Awards are the only awards in the UK that recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

The respected awards were launched in 2013 and have significantly grown in stature and quality year after year. The standard of entries for 2017 was outstanding, projects from 10 different countries including private residencies, restaurants, car parks and even bill boards were submitted all featuring surface materials used in innovative ways.

33 projects have been named as finalists, with 13 awards to be given out in 7 different categories. 45% of the projects on the 2017 shortlist are from overseas with each project being judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design. Included among the 2017 finalists are international practices including Foster + Partners, Arup, Giles Miller Studio and BuckleyGreyYeoman. From all the shortlisted projects a supreme winner will also be decided highlighting which surface in the judge’s opinion is the overall winner.

The strength of all the projects made for some animated discussions and difficult decisions for the judging panel, with some stand out projects being unanimously chosen by all. The judging panel was co-chaired by Tina Norden Project Director of Conran Partners and Ab Rogers of Ab Rodgers Design. The judges included Jenny Jones of Studio Jenny Jones, Sacha Leong of Studiolise, Bethan Wood of Studio Wood, Christopher Ash of Project Orange, Arfoditi Krassa of ArfroditiKrassa and Fiona Thompson from Richmond, all of whom are experts in their fields.

Whilst discussing the projects the judges referred to some of the shortlisted projects as ‘accomplished’, ‘clever’, ‘effective’, ‘innovative’ and ‘delicate’.

All of the winners along with the Supreme Award winner will be announced at a presentation held at Surface Design Show 2017 on Thursday 9th February at the Business Design Centre, London.

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