During my tenure as Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration, the British Design Awards were dedicated to promoting and supporting the best of great British design, and the annual party to celebrate the winners grew to be revered as the Oscar’s of the design world. It was an event where the creative elite of Britain came together to celebrate the best new British designs, and crucially, I invited guests from all spheres of the creative industries, from art to fashion. In 2008 the seventh annual BDAs was supported by The Observer magazine as a media partner, and held on 29th October within the glorious splendour of One Marylebone, London. Award presenters included Erin O’Connor, Mary Portas, Mark Quinn, Rupert Sanderson, Stephen Jones, Michael Craig-Martin and Ilse Crawford. Andy Burnham, then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, gave the closing speech and awarded the final prize of the evening, for Outstanding Contribution to Design, to Ron Arad. PS My dress was straight off the catwalk of Alexander McQueen!
The 2008 Winners
British Design of the Year: The ‘Esquire’ rug by Esti Barnes for Top Floor Rugs
Best Fashion Contribution to Interiors: John Rocha for his Debenhams homewares collection
Best New Shop: Priscilla Carluccio‘s Few And Far, London
Best High Street Brans: Habitat (Creative Director Theo Williams).
Best Established Brand: Established & Sons
Best New Brand: Decode London
New Designer of the Year: Stuart Haygarth
Designer of the Year: Matthew Hilton
Outstanding Contribution to Design 2008: Ron Arad