Principal Alan Hughes attended the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year awards held at Burlington House this year. The wonderful gallery in Piccadilly was packed to its beautifully gilded ceiling with the great and the good from the interiors world. The winner, Erin Martin, received her award from Stephen Fry, who spoke eloquently of the skills of the interior designer and Oscar Wilde’s commentary on the importance of design to a civilised society. Judges Kit Kemp and Jade Jagger cited Erin Martin’s playfulness as a deciding factor in their deliberations, a theme echoed by Martin Waller in his introductions.
Inchbald associates and graduates were much in evidence and it was very gratifying to see Imraan Ismail included this year. Helen Green Design also made the grade, congratulations to Sammy Wickins and the team at Milner St. In a world that seems to hand out awards with ease it was gratifying to see such a well-attended and enthusiastically supported event, BIID President Charles Leon, and former president Susie Rumbold to name but two, alongside Nicky Haslam, last year’s winner, Joanna Wood and a large contingent of designers from China, some of whom Inchbald hosted at a successful cross cultural event last year. A truly international event.
Thanks to Martin Waller for organising such a wonderful evening.