The World Interiors News Awards received 610 entries from 53 countries across 13 categories. By the final round of judging three projects by Elliott + Associates were shortlisted for the October 30th awards at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The Museum and Exhibition Spaces category shortlist includes 7 projects and features two projects by Elliott + Associates, Marfa Contemporary Gallery and Oklahoma State University Postal Plaza Museum. Elliott + Associates is the only American firm selected for the Museum and Exhibition shortlist. In the Workspace Interiors category, Lingo Construction Services was one of eight shortlisted projects, becoming one of only two American projects shortlisted in this category.
The winners of the World Interiors News Awards will be announced on Oct. 30th at the Saatchi Gallery in London by writer, broadcaster and design critic of the BBC’s The Culture Show, Tom Dyckhoff.
Workspace Interiors Category
Inimitable interiors and compelling schemes were prevalent in the Museum or Exhibition Spaces, Leisure or Entertainment Venues and Public Sector categories, diverse in their offerings from private spas and picture houses to engaging learning environments, minimalist galleries and hand-constructed, travelling expositions. Quite an assortment for our jury to consider, posing a definite challenge in selecting their finalists.
The judging panel consisted of leading industry experts: José Esteves de Matos, Founding Director of De Matos Ryan, Maria Vafiadis, Founder of MKV Design, Kate Sweeney, Founder of Perspective and our remote judge Julie Payette, Co-Founder and Co-Director at volume2.
Comments from the 2014 World Interior News jury for Lingo Construction Services -Construction was made visible in an ‘exceptional’ design, with ‘great use of steel and polycarbonate and pared-down palette’. The resulting workspace was ‘fascinating’ and ‘pure’, ‘using the light and materials well’ which just had to be on the shortlist.
Museum and Exhibitions
“These are really strong selections from really strong groups.” “All of these could be winners.” This was just some of the high praise given by the judges to the projects entered into the Workspace and Retail Interiors Categories who, understandably, agonised over their shortlist selection. This year there seemed to be a genuine understanding of brief throughout, with brilliantly executed schemes and a theme of functional blurring that allowed spaces to be both office, retail outlet, library, museum, exhibition space and more. This blending of purpose marks a new approach to the workplace and the store, and one that could transform the shape of interiors to come.
Included in the skilled panel were Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder and Director of Studiofibre, Guzmán de Yarza, Master Director in Work Space Design at the IE School of Architecture & Design, Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator at Milligan Retail, Nick Moore, Founder and Managing Director of Deff Retail and Sean Hatcher, a Board Director at MCM. Completing the group as a remote judge was Stephen Jones, Director at Woods Bagot.
Comments from the 2014 World Interior News jury for Marfa Contemporary Gallery - Both historical renovation and brand-new world class art space, the ‘unique concept’ and ‘romantic approach’ ‘tempted’ the jury and got them talking. They believed that ‘culturally it would have a great impact’ and aesthetically, ‘it’s just cool, it’s really cool.’
Comments from the 2014 World Interior News jury for Oklahoma State University Postal Plaza Museum -Teaching space meets viewing gallery in a project ‘worth a second look’. ‘A deliberate statement’ with ‘interesting and unexpected moments’. The judges loved the concept of ‘inside out, seeing behind the scenes’ in this beautifully ‘minimal’ space.