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 highly respected awards were launched in 2013 and have grown significantly in stature and quality year on year. This year 146 admissions were received from 24 different countries. 2016 has seen a strong variety of projects exploring the beauty of surfaces including private residencies, hospitals, restaurants, and even a sewage works.
32 projects have been named as finalists for the Surface Design Awards 2016, with 13 awards to be given out to 7 different categories with most categories being divided into both interior and exterior sections. 40% of projects on the 2016 shortlist are from outside of the UK covering an extensive 12 countries. Each project is judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design. Among the 2016 finalists are internationally revered Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio as well as BuckleyGreyYeoman who have 3 shortlisted projects.
The challenging task of choosing the shortlist inspired an animated debate on the virtues of each project and eventually saw some stand out surfaces being shortlisted. The judging panel was co-chaired by Sarah Featherstone of Featherstone Young and Theresa Dowling of FX Magazine. The judges included Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects; Anna Breheny of Scott Brownrigg Interior Design; Chris Jenkins of Peldon Rose; Diana Cochrane of Kent School of Architecture; Michaela Matheson of BDG Architecture + Design; Xavier Llarch Font of The Decorators and Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective.
Shortlisted projects were described by the judges as ‘Seamless,’ ‘Joyful,’ ‘Beautifully executed,’ ‘Innovative’ and ‘Brave’.
Introduced for 2016 is a sustainable surface category recognising the importance of this fast growing sector and suitably reflecting the global significance of this topic finalists are from Brazil, China and the UK. While the much anticipated Supreme Award will return for 2016, highlighting which surface, in the judge’s opinion is the stand out winner amongst all the entries.