Special Report; Dezeen Awards 2018

On November 27th, a few members of the Made in Brunel team had the privilege of attending the first Dezeen Awards ceremony, held at the Tate Modern, London.

On November 27th, a few members of the Made in Brunel team had the privilege of attending the first Dezeen Awards ceremony, held at the Tate Modern, London.

Architect Sarah Izod had breathtakingly transformed the interior design into a surreal forest which was inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic 1962 children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. We were transformed into a mystical, ethereal land accompanied by performers to create an other-world atmosphere.

Four-hundred people attended the ceremony, presented by Sir Lenny Henry. With 3689 entries from 91 countries across the world, 159 entries were shortlisted, and the final 33 winners were announced on the night. The categories encompassed Furniture, Lighting, Transport, Homeware, Wearable, Digital, Workplace, Leisure, Interiors and Architecture design.

The finalists were chosen for their exemplification in the Dezeen belief that design should be beautiful, innovative and beneficial. Whilst all of the winning projects were both awe-inspiring and eloquently presented, a few particularly stood out to us.

Despite a range of product backgrounds and interests amongst the team that attended, all were struck by Changmai Life Architects’ Bamboo Sports Hall which won Civic and Cultural Building of the Year 2018. The profound design champions the importance of materials like bamboo to maintain a low carbon footprint of our buildings. The brief of the project was to be large enough to hold 300 students whilst seamlessly integrating into its picturesque environment, which we felt it achieved successfully.

Another project that caught our attention was winner of Wearable design of the year 2018 and highly commended for Design project of the year; Clothes that grow with your child by Petit Pli. With children growing out of their clothes so fast, this solution stretches bi-directionally to custom fit a range of 7 sizes. With product longevity and designing for sustainability being at the forefront of design at the moment, we felt strongly towards the benefit this product could have, especially on fast fashion.

The winners were presented with an alternative style trophy which had been especially designed by Atelier NL. Each one was handmade from London Clay to represent the bricks which build up London.

On behalf of Made in Brunel, We would like to share our congratulations to all of the winners of the Dezeen Awards, 2018.