This year’s Brit List not only presented the top 25 interior designers, architects and hoteliers, but also announced six new awards, that were judged by a leading panel, which included Gilly Craft (President, BIID), Charles Leon (Past President, BIID and co-founder of Leon Black), Lysbeth Fox (Director, Fox PR), Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler) and Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs.
Interior Designer of the Year: Martin Brudnizki
Brudnizki is one of the most acclaimed designers of the 2010s. He has been involved in magnificent projects like The Ivy Soho and The Beekman in New York. Martin’s work is a mix of aesthetics and funcionality, perhaps due to his background: his mother was a stylish and his father was a mechanical engineer. The Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, based in London and New York is an internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design firm, with over 70 interior designers, architects, lighting designers, product designers and art consultants. They expertise lays on creating hotels, restaurants, bars, private members’ clubs; alongside residential developments. The company’s client’s includes Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Soho House Group and Caprice Holdings.
Hotelier of the Year: Conor O’Leary
Conor O’Leary is an industrial designer based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He graduated from Massey University College of Creative Arts in Wellington. Ever since he can remember, Conor was always interested with the construction and design of objects. Upon growing older this mere curiosity was turned into his life passion: product, systems and service design.
Architect of the Year: David Archer
Established in 2002, Archer Humphryes Architects are recognized worldwide for their expertise in architecture and interior design, urban planning and landscape spaces. Their projects include the Savernake Hotel in Wiltshire, the Adam Hotel in Croatia, the Peninsula Hotel in Lisbon and Vila Vita in Portugal Their main concerns lay on innovation, technology and sustainability.
Innovative use of Technology – Meystyle LED Wallpaper
Maria and Ekaterina, from Meystyle were born in Moscow, but grew up in Oslo. They shared a passion: creative design. Their main focus is to combine the right design with innovation. Something they’ve achieved with the Meystyle LED wallpaper!
The Eco Award – Eden Project Hotel
The Eden project Hotel was conceived to blend into the countryside, and to have high standards of accessibility, energy-efficiency and sustainability. The building has 109 rooms and expects to open in 2020. The designer was Tate Harmer, one of the most renowned UK designers, a leader in sustainability and natural environments.
Winner: Robin Sheppard, Bespoke Hotels
As chairman, Robin Sheppard has turned Bespoke Hotels into one of the largest privately owned hotel groups in the UK. The business started in 2001, and nowadays Bespoke has more than 200 hotels in 18 countries, giving employment to 9,000 people.
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