2016 JUDGES

The judging of the British Land Celebration of Design took place in May. This year's winners will be announced during the London Design Festival in September.

 

The Judges included Dr Martin Roth (V&A, Director), Paul Thompson (Rector, Royal College of Art) and Justine Simons (Head of Culture, Mayor of London). Winners will be selected from a wide range of design disciplines, chosen for their exceptional contribution to their design field. 

Tony Chambers, Creative Director, Wallpaper*

"The British Land Celebration of Design is the highest honour accorded by our industry. It is a mark of unparalleled creativity, vision and influence. Its laureates have in turn lent lustre to the London Design Festival, and helped cement our city's reputation as an international capital of design and innovation. I am proud to be part of this meaningful enterprise, and look forward to identifying this year's leading lights."

Tony was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* in March 2007. Under Tony's editorship, Wallpaper* magazine has been transformed into a highly-regarded global brand. He introduced a series of over 100 pocket City Guides, a hugely successful website and iPad edition, an in-house creative agency, as well as an interior design service. He is also the creator of Wallpaper*Handmade, an annual exhibition during the Salone del Mobile which brings together the finest designers, craftsmen and manufacturers to collaborate on one-of-a-kind pieces.

Prior to joining Wallpaper*, Tony was Art Director at British GQ and Art Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine.

He has twice been named Art Director of Year, and twice Editor of the Year for Lifestyle Magazines by the British Society of Magazine Editors. Tony is a visiting fellow at the London College of Communication, and a member of the University of the Arts London Conferments Committee. He also serves on the judging panels of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award for Design Miami/Basel, the Rijksmuseum's Rijksstudio Award and the Walpole British Luxury Awards.

Sheridan Coakley, Owner, SCP

"London is involved with so much creatively that has a positive effect on people and the British Land Celebration of Design is, rightly, one of the most relevant acknowledgements of that."

Sheridan Coakley set up the furniture brand SCP in 1985, at a time when there were very few producers of modern furniture in Britain. Inspired by the designs of the Modern Movement, Coakley decided to start selling classic and hard to find pieces and also try his hand a producing new designs in the same spirit. He has been credited with launching the careers of design luminaries such as Matthew Hilton, Konstantin Grcic and Jasper Morrison. Thirty years after its inception, SCP remains true to its founding idea, to make and sell design products that are functional, beautiful and made to last.

Coakley is driven by a dedication to creativity, a desire to always employ the best design talent available and an uncompromising attitude towards quality. He has continued to develop new products every year, recently launching the SCP Classics Collection, a new collection of products re-issued from the SCP archive including designs by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Terence Woodgate, James Irvine, Michael Marriott and Rachel Whiteread.

Coakley is firmly established as one of the UK’s most innovative and internationally respected manufacturers and suppliers of contemporary design. In 2010 he won the Best Retail Innovation Award by Elle Decoration in The British Design Awards.

Domenic Lippa, Partner, Pentagram London

"What I like about the British Land Celebration of Design and the judging process is that anyone can be awarded it from any design discipline. This means that it is unique amongst the design awards that exist. It's not borne out of a single project but more about a designer's contribution to design. This is also reflected in the judging process which is about sharing different points of views and those views being debated. For that reason it is very special."

Born in 1962, Domenic Lippa studied graphic design at the London College of Printing. After founding and running the successful agency Lippa Pearce for 16 years, Domenic became a partner at Pentagram London in 2006.

Domenic has developed a worldwide reputation for his work in identity, retail graphics, signage and print. His clients range from the University of the Arts London, Marks and Spencer and work for global organisations such as BT, H&M and Swarovski. Domenic has for the last 8 years been directing the design work for the London Design Festival, working with its team in developing all aspects of the Festival’s graphic output.

Domenic has sat on the juries of numerous competitions such as the D&AD and RSA awards. The recipient of many awards himself, his design work has been exhibited and published worldwide over the last twenty five years.

Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum

“Good design in all its forms is intensely inspiring. It drives public curiosity in products, objects and artworks, and it also generates debate about the processes and techniques that sustain their production, the how and why they work, and the marriage of function, form and aesthetics. The V&A is both a repository for world-class art and design and a site of inspiration for designers. As Director, I am delighted to be among the panel of judges chosen to select the winners of this year’s British Land Celebration of Design medal, which recognises the best and most innovative talents within the design industry.”  

Martin Roth became Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in September 2011. Before joining the V&A, Martin Roth was Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), overseeing 12 museums and galleries.

From 1996 to 2001 Martin Roth was a member of the senior management of the Expo 2000 in Hanover and Director of Thematic Exhibitions. He was President of the German Museums Association from 1995 to 2003, and a member of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Advisory Board in Berlin until his relocation to London in 2011. From 1991 to 2000 he was Director of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden, the first German science museum, and prior to that he was Curator at the Deutsche Historische Museum (1989-2001). He remains a personal member of the German Olympic Sports Federation.

Martin Roth is a Trustee of the British Council and of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He is a member of both the Council of the Royal College of Art and the Court of Imperial College in London.

After completing his PhD on the History of Museums and Cultural Politics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen in 1987, Martin Roth became a researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, E.H.E.S.S. in Paris. Following this, in 1992, he became a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Martin Roth has lectured at the University of Dresden, the School of Design in Karlsruhe, and the University of Karlsruhe.

Jay Osgerby, OBE, Founding Director, Barber and Osgerby

"The British Land Celebration of Design Awards form a pivotal part of London's design Festival each year. It’s a moment to both celebrate greatness and to inspire a new generation of creative minds - I feel very fortunate to be a debating the brilliant work of the nominees along side a judging panel comprised of such luminaries - the task of choosing the winners gives rise to some fascinating debates and rather lively discussions. "

Jay Osgerby began the eponymous London-based, design studio Barber & Osgerby in 1996 with fellow alumnus Edward Barber. In 2001 Barber & Osgerby established the architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio, and in 2012 they founded Map Project Office, specialising in research and strategy-led design. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture and site-specific installations as well as limited edition pieces. Public commissions include the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including the V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago.

Jay attained his Master’s degree in Architecture at London’s Royal College of Art, and in 2004 Barber and Osgerby received the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize. In 2007 Jay was awarded ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ by the RSA. He has an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and is a fellow of Ravensbourne College. In 2013 Jay was awarded an OBE for his services to the design industry. Jay is keen to pass on his enthusiasm for design and lectures worldwide. The exhibition In the Making (2014) was curated specifically to bring the development and beauty of design to a wider public.

The studio is currently working with leading global manufacturers Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Venini, and Flos.

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin

"Being a part of the British Land Celebration of Design as a judge is very important to honour and recognise the world's greatest Design talents! It is both an honour and inspiration to be involved."

The seven years that Marek has been Chief Creative Officer have been one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions at Aston Martin. These have included the Rapide - a four-door, high performance coupé, the DBS which featured in the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of Solace, the stunning One-77, the more recent Zagato, the Rapide S, cc100 ‘DBR100’ and the flagship Aston Martin Vanquish. During his accomplished design career Marek has also been heavily involved with some of the world’s most iconic cars including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX Concept and Navicross Concept Cars and the current generation Range Rover.

Marek graduated from Teeside University in Newcastle with a First Class Honors Degree in Industrial Design and studied Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London. His design experience has made him a regular judge at design

awards and lecturer at conferences. In 2008 Marek was invited to take up the position of visiting Professor at the RCA, allowing him the opportunity to give new students an insight into modern automotive design. In 2011, Teesside University bestowed Marek with an honorary Doctorate.

Marek joined Aston Martin from Ford North America where he held the position of Director of Design for Product, Interior Design Strategy and Process. He joined Ford in 1999 as Chief Designer for Ford and Lincoln Mercury brands.

Marek began his design career in 1991 with Rover Cars. In 1995 he moved to BMW Designworks in California to become Senior Designer, and led the overhaul of Land Rover design DNA for future production models - most significant of which became the 2003 new Range Rover.

Raoul Shah, Founder, Exposure

"The British Land Celebration of Design is an incredible accolade and a coveted prize recognising one individual’s outstanding talent and global impact made through design. Previous winners are a roll call of some of the most influential and outstanding creative talents in the world and to be asked to contribute to the judging process is a privilege."

Raoul Shah launched communications agency Exposure in 1993 with a view to creating brand fame via the influence of his network. The London office opening was followed by New York (2003) and Tokyo (2009) – three culturally influential cities that have always inspired him.

He splits his time between developing and building Exposure’s global influencer network and managing relationships with clients including Levi’s®, Nike, Coca-Cola, Dr. Martens, Barbour, Netflix, The London Eye, Uniqlo, Converse, Tudor, Folk and Globe-Trotter.

He is also the Board mentor for other Exposure Group agencies, Exposure USA, THRSXTY and Beauty Seen.

He consults for charity and members’ club The House of St Barnabas and lectures in brand communications at the University of Manchester, the London College of Fashion and the London College of Communications. Raoul was a trustee of the British Council for six years until 2014, a member of the Promote London Council for the Mayor of London between 2009 to 2011, and has been on the voting committee of the Superbrands Council since 2007.

Joff Sharpe, Head of Operations, British Land

"I am delighted to participate as a judge for the British Land Celebration of Design. The evening and award presentation allow members of the design community to be recognised for their remarkable achievements. This, along with the 9-day long festival of design, further cements the unique position that London and the UK have as a hub of creativity and innovation.”

Having joined in July 2013, Joff is Head of Operations and a member of the executive committee at British Land His responsibilities cover HR, Technology, Branding, Marketing, Landlord Customer Services and Internal Communications. During his tenure, Joff has been instrumental is re-launching the British Land brand. He is also Chairman of the property management company, Broadgate Estates.

Before joining British Land he worked in a number of organisations including Mars, PepsiCo and Vodafone as well as private equity backed companies. His roles included driving organisational and cultural change, improving business effectiveness and delivering an improved talent base. He has written features for Newsweek, Huffington Post and South China Morning Post. His early career was spent in the British Army.

Justine Simons OBE, Head of Culture for the Mayor of London

“It was a real honour to be on the judging panel for this year’s British Land Celebration of Design – but also hard work having to choose from such amazing design talent! In the end, however, we came up with a fantastic list.”

As Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade, Justine has played a central role in the cultural revitalisation of London - with Mayors from both sides of the political spectrum.

Justine founded and is the Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum - a major global initiative on culture and the future of cities involving 25 cities around the world. She believes culture is the essential ingredient in cities and that no city can succeed and thrive in the 21st century without it.

She leads London’s Cultural Policy, shapes the Mayor’s Investment Strategy for the Creative Industries which covers film, fashion and design, as well as overseeing City Hall’s work across music, theatre, international cultural exchange, visual arts and arts in the public realm - including building the Fourth Plinth Commission into the UK’s biggest sculpture prize.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board

“Swarovski has been championing creativity, innovation and design for 120 years, and it is an honour to be part of this year’s British Land Celebration of Design jury. London is an epicentre for design, inspiring national and international talent to contribute to its rich cultural landscape. These coveted awards celebrate the achievements of the city’s most exceptional creatives and we are proud to have collaborated with many of them over the years across the various design disciplines.”

Since joining the family business in 1995, Nadja Swarovski has overseen the brand’s successful repositioning within the fashion, jewellery, architecture, design, film and art industries. Her innovative approach has led to partnerships with institutes, museums and organisations, as well as collaborations with some of the most exciting established and emerging designers to create products at the forefront of design and consumer trends. A committed philanthropist, Nadja took over the Company’s corporate responsibility in 2012 and launched the Swarovski Foundation in 2013 to foster creativity and culture, promote wellbeing and human rights, and conserve natural resources.

Sophie Thomas, Founder, Thomas.Matthews

"In a time when we need to encourage creative bravery and show graduates that we have top talent in the UK, the British Land Celebration of Design allows the industry to hand pick and showcase the best of the best. I particularly enjoy talking about the Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal but it’s always a hard choice as they are all worthy of reward."

Sophie Thomas is Founding Director of the communication design agency Thomas.Matthews and Co-Director of Design at the RSA. She has been working in the fields of sustainable design, behaviour change and material processes for over 17 years.

Sophie has worked with complex and multi-layered clients from the public consultation programme for the Olympic Park Legacy Masterplan, to the wayfinding signage and identity for the award winning Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Through her campaigning work she has founded a number of social enterprises that aim to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to environmental challenges through knowledge sharing and investigation.

Sophie has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies, and has worked with major organisations including Proctor and Gamble, Howies and Samsung on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns.

Paul Thompson, Rector, Royal College of Art

"London is the design capital of the world, a city which global leaders in architecture, fashion, and communications choose to call home. I'm honoured to be a member of the jury for the annual British Land Celebration of Design; the award signals the achievements of talented individuals and the contribution they've made to London's creative economy and quality of life."

Paul Thompson is the Rector of the Royal College of Art, the world’s oldest art school in continuous operation, and the only art and design university in the UK operating exclusively at postgraduate level.

Prior to 2009, Paul was Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (from 2001-2009), and Director of the Design

Museum in London (from 1993-2001). He is an Adjunct Professor at the Innovation in Global Health Institute, Imperial College London, a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is on the Ashmolean Museum Board of Visitors. In early 2012 he was awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute.

Njusja de Gier, Vice President of Branding & Communication, Kvadrat

"London is an important creative hub in the world due to it’s experimental, bold and differentiated approach to design, art and architecture. It has been very inspiring to be able to debate the work of some of the worlds best creative talents with this laureated and knowledgable committee and I was very honoured to be part of this year's jury."

Njusja de Gier has been with Kvadrat since April 2008. As Vice President of Branding & Communication is responsible for the global marketing and brand strategy of Kvadrat’s five brands: Kvadrat, Kvadrat/Raf Simons, Danskina, Kinnasand and Kvadrat Soft Cells.

A creative strategist and curator, she has been the driving force behind Kvadrat's art and design projects where she has initiated collaborations with bo emerging as established artists, architects and designers to develop unique pieces and installations, fostering creativity and driving innovation.

This has resulted in - amongst others – products like Clouds, Ready Made Curtain, the new brand Kvadrat/Raf Simons and projects like Nationalgalerie, The Dwelling Lab, Textile Field, Hallingdal 65, The Wool Parade, Picnic, The Revolving Room and Divina: Every colour is divine. As managing editor she was the driving force behind Kvadrat publications: ‘Interwoven’ and ‘Life is Space’ a project with artist Olafur Eliasson.

Jane Withers, Design Strategy Consultant

"What makes the British Land Celebration of Design unique is that it recognises design across all discplines, and rewards exceptional creativity and vision. It is a privilege to be part of the judging panel for an award that has honoured some of the world’s greatest designers. With such a broad scope, the judging procees is challenging and vociferous. This year the debate around emerging desginers was especially energetic, a testament to the extraordinary talent that London attracts and that makes it a global design capital."

Jane Withers is a design strategy consultant and curator.

Jane graduated in art history at the Courtauld Institute and has an MA in design history from the Royal College of Art / Victoria & Albert Museum. After a successful career as a journalist, Jane set up her own design consultancy in 2001 working with leading companies and institutions internationally to advise on design strategy and development, and curate design exhibitions and programmes. Her clients include international design brands and retailers including Selfridges, Vitra, Roca and Kvadrat, and she has curated critically acclaimed projects and exhibitions at the Royal Academy, the V&A, Science Gallery Dublin and Z33 among others.

Jane is particularly interested in the role of design as a means for encouraging positive change and shaping the future. She is co-founder of Wonderwater, an initiative to develop projects aimed at raising awareness of global water issues and design for a sustainable future. Jane is currently a visiting lecturer for Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston Universit, and has served on numerous juries and advisory boards. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary fellowship by University of Westminster for services to the environment.

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