The Devonshire Dome in Buxton provided the stunning backdrop
for the 12th annual Northern Design Awards on Friday 21st
With accolades being awarded to leading architects,
designers, retailers and trade, the shortlisted businesses represented the
crème de la crème of the north’s vibrant design scene.
As confidence returns to the UK’s property market, the
organisers of the Northern Design Awards have seen a surge in interest from
businesses wishing to enter and attend one of the most prestigious events in
the design calendar.
Event Organiser, Shelley Bond, commented: “Due to the continued success of the
Northern Design Awards, we took the decision to move this year’s event to the
breathtaking Devonshire Dome, our biggest venue to date. We were also delighted
to welcome more leaders in their field, including our host for the evening, Red
or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway, Linda Barker and HRH Princess Katarina of
Yugoslavia, onto the stage to present the hugely prestigious awards.”
Shelley added: “We’ve
added new categories and were delighted with the quality of the entries into
this year’s awards. Hundreds of the region’s most talented designers,
architects and retailers enjoyed a lavish evening at the Devonshire Dome,
celebrating the fruits of their hard work and dedication.”
The awards, which took place on 21st November, built
upon the success of last year’s show stopping ceremony during which more than
350 guests enjoyed a glittering evening celebrating the very best of the
northern design scene at The Monastery in Manchester.
BIID Member Fiona Watkins, judged the awards on behalf of the BIID. "I'm
so happy that I was asked to represent the BIID and to be associated with such
a prestigious event as the ND Awards. I'm sure we are just scratching the
surface in our search for talent as northern based designers and practices
display such passion, aptitude, inventiveness and creativity for their craft.
The ND awards continue to inspire and challenge and will flourish year on year
as these awards truly celebrate the best of Northern Design".
Wayne Hemingway, who judged the 2013 awards, said: “I am thrilled to be a part of such an
exciting event which celebrates the very brightest northern design businesses.”
Following a dazzling performance by ‘Spark’ (a troupe of
highly skilled L.E.D drummers), guests enjoyed a fabulous gala dinner, followed
by award presentations from the panel of judges and event organiser, Shelley
Once the awards had been presented, OK! Magazine was on hand
to photograph the glamorous guests before they made their way to the dance
floor to celebrate an extremely successful year for the northern design scene.
The judging for the Northern Design Awards has historically
been overseen by a respected panel of judges, all of whom are experts in their
fields. This year’s panel featured Linda Barker, George Clarke of BBC’s
‘Restoration Man’ and ‘Amazing Spaces’, Wayne Hemingway, Nick Munro and Jan Constantine.
They were joined on the judging panel by HRH Princess
Katarina and internationally renowned designer, George Bond, plus the
influential Alison Vance and Noel Farrer.
Shelley Bond concluded: “The
Northern Design Awards reinforce our commitment to breathtaking design, cutting
edge style and quality craftsmanship in the north and I am delighted with how
we are moving forward.
“This event celebrates
the north’s tremendous optimism and passion for the future. Following this
year’s show-stopping awards, we’re already hard at work planning the 2015
Northern Design Awards and will be revealing more about our plans for next year
over the coming months.”
The scale of this year’s Northern Design Awards reflects the
organisers’ investment in the north’s burgeoning design scene, paving the way
for another glittering event in 2015.