Scottish Design Awards
It was the biggest one yet. Well over 500 guests packed the Glasgow Moat House Hotel last Friday to celebrate the Scottish Design Awards, a record audience for the event that is now in it’s eighth year. Talking of records, a staggering number of entries were received from designers and architects (hanging on the tail of the 500 mark), again breaking previous records for submission.
So it was a difficult task faced by this year’s judges, headed by Mary Lewis, creative director at Lewis Moberly. The rest of the judging panel consisted of Howard Milton of Smith & Milton; David Chaloner, director at Conran & Partners; Jonathan Ford, creative partner at Pearlfisher; Nick Clark of The Partners, Geoff Halpin of The Identica Partnership; and Designers Jane Human and Kate Shaw.
On the night, though, it was Stand that faced the daunting task of multiple stage visits, scooping five awards, including the Chairman’s award for it’s Tennent’s ‘Font Presenter’ work and the Designer of the Year crown won by Stuart Gilmour.
Also coming out on top was Edinburgh-based Totseat, which scooped the Grand Prix for the Washable Squashable Highchair.
Other winners at the awards were Elmwood, with two awards; Freight was awarded and commended for it’s The Knuckle End book; While NORD won three awards and a commendation. Third Eye Design’s Claudia Chase chased off competition from Stand (Emlyn Firth) and Whitespace (Claire Morrow) for the title of Young Designer of the Year. Graphical House won two awards, while Studio LR received a brace of commendations, with an award for its Braid Vets photography. Coolstool Concepts was awarded in the product category for its Block Stool, as was Glasgow Caledonian University for the Pinpoint CD-ROM. Skratch won an award for www.theartworksprogramme.org website, and was commended for its Foreign Bodies publication.
Good Creative, Tayburn, Tilley and Tilley, Brand Ambasadors and D8 all received commendations.
For a full run down of the awards, see www.thedrum.com.