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We have to confess that, once or twice, post-award ceremony, we’ve bitten our fingernails, just hoping and praying that the dancefloor will fill.
Well, this year we could have got ourselves a gin fizz and a large cigar each and headed out onto the terrace, so confident were we that said dancefloor would be rammed in a matter of seconds.
Sure enough, as soon as the amazing Jazzy B introduced the rest of Soul II Soul to the stage – including the simply mesmeric Karen Wheeler – the Mixology throng were under his spell.
Earlier, our audience took full advantage of the fine weather, enjoying drinks and views across the Thames, before tucking into a fine dinner. This, of course, was merely the prelude to the prestigious Mixology awards, which this year saw wins (on the product side) for Autex Acoustics, Shaw Contract, Dataflex, Bisley and Eikund. Project winners included Basha Franklin, Gensler, Squire & Partners, Royal Opera House and Stanton Williams, Goddard Littlefair and Concorde BGW.
The Furniture Provider award went to Hunters, the Manufacturer of the Year was Orangebox, D&B Company of the Year was given to Oktra, the Product Designer award was presented to Martin Ballendat and the Design Practice of the Year went to BDP.
It was a particularly great night for the Orangeboxers, who – as well as scooping the Manufacturer of the Year award – then celebrated in real style as their emotional MD, Mino Vernaschi (he was far from the only emotional one, by the way), deservedly picked up the Henry Pugh award for outstanding contribution to the industry.
What a night – and what a performance by Soul II Soul. Best yet? Very possibly.
Young Designer of the year
Winner: Andrew Hamilton
Sponsored by: KI
Winner: Autex Acoustics Ltd
Sponsored by: CMD
Product of the Year: Flooring
Winner: Shaw Contract
Sponsored by: Specialist Joinery Group
Product of the Year: Lighting, Technology & Accessories
Sponsored by: Visavvi
Product of the Year: Storage
Sponsored by: Camira
Product of the Year: Task Furniture
Winner: Carl Hansen & Son
Sponsored by: Interface
Product of the Year: Loose Furniture
Sponsored by: IdeaPaint
Project of the Year: Small Commercial Interiors
Sponsored by: Connection
Project of the Year: Medium Commercial Interiors
Sponsored by: Office Furniture London
Project of the Year: Large Commercial Interiors
Winner: Squire & Partners
Sponsored by: Colebrook Bosson Saunders
Project of the Year: Public Sector Interiors
Winner: Royal Opera House and Stanton Williams
Sponsored by: Orangebox
Project of the Year: Hotel Interiors
Winner: Goddard Littlefair
Sponsored by: Cosentino
Furniture Provider of the Year
Winner: Hunters – The Furniture Company
Sponsored by: Materia
Project of the Year: Bar & Leisure Interiors
Winner: Concorde BGW
Sponsored by: IVC
Manufacturer of the Year
Sponsored by: Day2
Design & Build Company of the Year
Sponsored by: Dataflex
Design Practice of the Year
Sponsored by: KI
Product Designer/Design Team of the Year
Winner: Martin Ballendat / Design Ballendat
Sponsored by: Peldon Rose
The Henry Pugh Outstanding Contribution Award
Winner: Mino Vernaschi
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