When organising any event – as many of you will be all too aware – there are certain things that will always be out of your control. For the past 12 years, for example, despite the fact that we’ve had absolute and complete trust in our brilliant team, Mixology has made us scour every weather forecast and weather app – with fingers and toes firmly crossed for dry weather. This year, we needn’t have bothered. With no rain or poor weather in sight, we could (to a degree) relax.
The perfect weather ensured a packed terrace once again, with Mixology guests enjoying a cocktail and a glass of fizz by the river – just one of the many reasons we love Old Billingsgate so much!
For Mixology18 we wanted to give our guests even more – and following those idyllic riverside drinks and the delicious dinner, we unveiled the amazing High on Heels quintet of talented female musicians who joined our Editor, Mick, on stage and played live throughout the awards ceremony (yes, those ‘stings’ really were played live!) prior to accompanying superstar DJ, Seb Fontaine, on stage later in the evening.
There were also more highlights than ever from the much-anticipated Mixology awards, which saw a number of our winners celebrate on stage ‘mob-handed’, including MCM, who scooped Design Practice of the Year, Brixton’s Rawside, who won the Manufacturer of the Year award and Modus, who picked up the Design & Build Company of the Year.
Mixology ‘Chief Judge’ Mark Simpson was deservedly presented with the Henry Pugh Outstanding Contribution Award – receiving his award with a bit of typically punk attitude. We love that!
There were a total of five major project categories, with awards going to Gensler, Perkins+Will, Squire and Partners, tp bennett and Manalo & White – a real who’s who of UK design. The night’s big product award winners included Orangebox, Tecno SpA, Herman Miller, Panaz and J+J Flooring, while Jones & Partners were presented with the Product Design Team award and Umbrella collected the award for Furniture Provider of the Year.
We couldn’t do it all ourselves, of course, and there are a number of people we need to thank for their contributions.
Firstly, a huge thank you to all our sponsors – we really couldn’t do it without you.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Morgan for the matchday programme – and thanks to Connection for the ever-popular photo booth.
We’d also like to say a huge thank you to our awards judges for their time, efforts and expertise. So thank you to Caroline Cundall, Director of Interior Design at InterContinental Hotels Group, Reward Gateway founder Glenn Elliott, Sjjdc’s Simon Jackson, Penkeths’ Mark Penketh, BSI Group HR Director, Sally Sellars, BDP’s Mark Simpson, Criteo’s Head of Workplace Experience, Mike Walley and last, but no means least, Neil Usher, Executive Consultant at Unispace and workessence.
Once the award ceremony was over, the dancefloor immediately filled as Seb Fontaine and the girls from High on Heels produced a seminal Mixology set. Oh what a night!
Young Designer of the Year
Felix Smith – Northumbria University
In association with The Furniture Maker’s Company
sponsored by KI
Product of the Year
Flooring – J+J Flooring Group – Tri-Plex
sponsored by William Hands
Product of the Year – Surfaces
Panaz – Patternistas for Panaz
sponsored by CMD
Product of the Year – Lighting, Technology & Interior Accessories
Tecno Spa – W80 IOT
sponsored by Interface
Product of the Year – Loose Furniture
Orangebox – Fielding Tables
sponsored by IdeaPaint
Product of the Year – Task Furniture
Herman Miller – Cosm
sponsored by Havwoods
SMALL Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
Genlser – Hyundai Capital UK
sponsored by Connection
MEDIUM Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
Perkins+Will London – The Economist
sponsored by Office Furniture London
LARGE Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
Squire and Partners – The Department Store
sponsored by Colebrook Bosson Saunders
Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year
tp bennett – TfL, 5 Endeavour Way, London
sponsored by Camira
Hospitality Interiors Project of the Year
Manalo & White with Tala Fustok/Culture in Architecture – The Mandrake Hotel
sponsored by Cosentino
Design & Build Company of the Year
sponsored by Johnson Tiles
Furniture Provider of the Year
sponsored by Koleksiyon
Product Designer/Design Team of the Year
Jones & Partners
sponsored by MF Design Studios
Manufacturer of the Year
sponsored by ThirdWay Trust
Design Practice of the Year
sponsored by KI
The Henry Pugh Outstanding Contribution Award
sponsored by Orangebox