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.
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
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
Victoria Quays, Grain Warehouse
Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year
Sponsored by Milliken
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
Manufacturer of the Year
Sponsored by Experian Corpfin