During my tenure as Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration, the British Design Awards were dedicated to promoting and supporting the nation’s industry and talent, and the annual party to celebrate the winners grew to be the definitive event of its kind on the British design calendar. 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 2009 the BDAs was held at Aqua, central London on November 10th, and award presenters included Zandra Rhodes, Roland Mouret, Celia Birtwell, Rolf Sachs, Nigel Coates and Tricia Guild, with Tom Dixon and Erin O’Connor awarding the final prize of the evening, for an Outstanding Contribution to Design, to Sir Terence Conran.
Acceptance speech by Sir Terence Conran, with a wonderful introduction by Tom Dixon and Erin O’Connor… for the ELLE Decoration Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
The winners of the 2009 British Design Awards…
Design Brand of the Year: The Rug Company
Fashion Contribution to Design: Designers at Debenhams (Ben de Lisi, John Rocha, Betty Jackson, Jasper Conran)
Retail Innovation of the Year: John Lewis Best of British campaign
Designer of the Year: Industrial Facility
Outstanding Contribution to Design 2009: Sir Terence Conran