‘“Not another award” is a response I’ve heard repeatedly in recent months,’ says St-W founder and director Robert Thiemann wryly. ‘But the St-W Awards is the answer we felt needed to be given to traditional awards shows, which only recognize big-budget work with big-name clients.’
From 4 September, St-W invites designers, makers, and clients from all over the world to submit their best interiors and spatial work. The deadline is 1 November, after which submissions will close and an international jury will decide the nominees of each category.
Each category will have a separate jury with at least one designer, one manufacturer, and one client, led by a chairman. This means that, unlike most awards shows, the work will be judged not just by other designers but by all industry stakeholders: retail brands, hospitality providers, cultural institutions, and educators. People who commission the work – and those who are served by the work.
Following the jury’s announcement of the nominees on 2 January 2018, the public will get the chance to vote for their favourite in each category. Votes will be cast on the , extending the scope of the Awards around the world.
‘It’s no secret that we believe meaningful, well-made spaces make people happier and, ultimately, healthier,’ says Thiemann. ‘That’s why St-W magazine has published the crème de la crème of international interior design for 20 years.’ But it’s time now for the next step: giving you, the people, a voice in recognizing and rewarding the spaces that serve you best.