As the creator of beautiful timepieces with a long-standing association with design and architecture, Panerai was Wallpaper’s ideal partner for our annual Design Awards celebration event.

Notable guests – including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (our Designers of the Year), David Chipperfield, Albert Kriemler and Ilse Crawford – were invited to an intimate dinner hosted by Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers and Panerai’s Philippe De Saint Lager in the spectacular home of artist Sue Webster. Designed by Design Awards judge David Adjaye, the converted textile factory in the heart of London’s Shoreditch offered guests spectacular city views from the studio's wraparound balcony, as they enjoyed champagne and 'clever' canapés prepared by chef Bo Lindegaard of the Copenhagen-based I’m a Kombo catering specialists.

Once the party was seated (on Bouroullec-designed 'Officina' chairs for Magis, no less) Lindegaard presented elegantly carnivorous dishes inspired by the Best Cuts category from our Design Awards issue on yet another Bouroullec design – Alessi 'Ovale' crockery, which was itself decorated with stencilled-on spice-emulsions. Inga Sempé's award-winning 'Collo-Alto' cutlery and Spanish vineyard Ramón Bilbao Vinos y Viñedos' delicious Riojas, poured into Saint-Louis 'Twist 1586' glasses, completed the tablescape.  

Long before the prize winners and guests arrived, Wallpaper’s Composed team furnished Webster's home with the help of some of our favourite marques: 'Inari' console tables by Living Divani, Samsung’s award-winning 'Serif' TV (also by Designers of the Year, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec) and Retegui’s folding marble-topped ‘Bistro’ tables. Vases by Georg Jensen, Michael Anastassiades and Lingby among others, were filled with arrangements by Best Delivery winners Flowerbx, who donated the still-fresh blooms to charity after the event.

After being wined and dined, guests went home with a gift bag showcasing the work of a plethora of other winners and nominees from the 2016 Design Awards portfolio including Punkt’s 'MP01' Jasper Morrison-designed mobile phone, a Misoka toothbrush, Susanne Kaufmann’s hair elixir and Alfredo Häberli's 'Alfredo' vase for Georg Jensen. Copenhagen, our city of the year, was represented with a newly updated Wallpaper* City Guide, naturally.