So the day finally came that we ventured down to London to network with the finest designers and kitchen and bathroom companies nationwide. What a great day it was!
The venue was beautiful, situated on the North Moat of the Pavillion at the Tower of London. We were greeted with a champagne reception in a ‘Gatsby’ themed Marquee which incorporated the design trends of the Roaring Twenty’s. Moving into a glamorous room filled with rich colours, lights and extravagant table settings for our delicious 3 course meal and fine wine.
The host; designer, author and presenter Oliver Heath opened the awards with a presentation on his urban eco concepts. This set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, with awards such as ‘Innovation in… sustainability, technology and materials’.
What a fantastic mix of people and awards, ranging from particular kitchens and bathrooms to full showrooms and luxury awards. Unfortunately Earle & Ginger were not winners this year, but to be recognised and being acknowledged as a finalist in a category such as ‘Kitchen Design of the Year 2012 (over 25K)’ is a massive accomplishment!
The ceremony was finished by acknowledging the bright designer Karim Rashid with the ‘Simon Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement’. Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to his legend of design.
Hopefully this experience will be the first of many more nationwide award entries. With so many very exciting kitchens being discussed, designed and installed, will be make it our priority to get our name out there in the best way possible… watch this space!