Mixology North 2015

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Despite the fact that the Beetham Tower was delivering a slightly menacing hum due to the increasing winds in Manchester, the temperature was red hot inside the Hilton Deansgate’s ballroom as, with the 2015 Mixology North awards presented and celebrated, our guests reveled in a top set from Cream Ibiza Classics.

Any menacing hums were replaced with whoops of delight as our DJ opened with Happy Mondays’ Kinky Afro. Manchester’s finest grooving to Manchester’s finest.

Speaking of finest, the aforementioned awards revealed the cream of the North for 2015, with the biggest winners of the night being the city’s own SpaceInvader, who picked up Best Large Commercial Project for Regatta HQ and Design Practice of the Year. Another firm who enjoyed a momentous year was Orangebox, who deservedly scooped the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award following the opening of a new production facility in Wales, a grand new Clerkenwell showroom and no less than 70 new product introductions.

As ever, we must thank our esteemed judges for giving us their valuable time and expertise – a massive thank you to Aukett Swanke’s Diana Monkhouse, Stephenson:ISA Studio’s Roger Stephenson, HLW’s Mustafa Afsaroglu, Peldon Rose’s Chris Jenkins and our special guest judge, Manchester’s own Ben Capper, who flew in from his adopted home in Switzerland to be part of the panel. Further thanks must go to our invaluable sponsors – Alea, Camira, Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Connection, Experian, Gresham, Humanscale, Johnson Tiles, Jumpstart, KI, Milliken, Orangebox and Panaz – we say it every year, but we mean it when we say we couldn’t do it without your great support.

Winners, sponsors, judges and guests filled the dancefloor until well into the early hours, oblivious to the torrential rain outside. What a great night – even if we do say so ourselves! Even the Beetham Tower was merrily whistling away.

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And the winners are…..

Product of the Year Surfaces
Sponsored by Gresham

ALUSID Sustainable Surfaces

Product of the Year Interior Accessories & Technology
Sponsored by Johnson Tiles

MECD Elements

Product of the Year Furniture
Sponsored by Camira

Boss Design Group

Environmental & Sustainability
Sponsored by Colebrook Bosson Saunders


Small/Medium Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
Sponsored by Alea Office

Structural Interiors
Victoria Quays, Grain Warehouse

Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
Sponsored by Milliken

Regatta HQ

Public Sector Interior Project of the Year
Sponsored by Orangebox

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Fit Out Company of the Year

Paragon Interiors Group

Giving & Social Impact

Apprentice Excellence Scheme

Design Practice of the Year
Sponsored by KI


Design Team / Designer of the Year
Sponsored by Panaz

Johnson Tiles

Manufacturer of the Year
Sponsored by Experian Corpfin