Wallpaper* toasts the 2017 Design Awards with Veuve Clicquot at The Berkeley

Get together with numerous people and ballroom venue
Wallpaper* joined forces with Veuve Clicquot to host an intimate dinner in celebration of our Design Awards. The evening was set in the Ballroom at The Berkeley hotel, which was still undergoing its makeover by architect John Heah, who picked up the Best New Hotel trophy for his work on the Amanera. Photography: Oliver Rudkin
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The accolade for Best New Hotel in the 2017 Wallpaper* Design Awards went to Aman’s new hotel in Cabrera, with interiors by John Heah. So it was only appropriate for us to host our intimate Design Awards dinner in the Ballroom of The Berkeley, newly redesigned by the architect himself and two weeks off opening.

The Wallpaper* dinner was the first event to take place in the new space – still in the midst of its makeover – and we joined forces with French champagne house Veuve Clicquot (opens in new tab) for the soirée with notable guests including John Pawson, Liz Swig, Andrea Rosso and Hiroshi Sambuichi among others.

Ascending from drinks in the Motcomb Room, guests sat down on Designer of the Year Jasper Morrison’s ‘Alfi’ chairs for Emeco, while sipping on Veuve’s Vintage 2008 that was paired with the first course. Following the main course, Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers set to hand out trophies with the help of architect Amanda Levete (who sat on this year’s six-strong judges panel). Design Awards partners Officine Panerai also presented a new award category – the Next Generation Designer of the Year – which went to Gustavo Martini.

The ambience was set by FlowerBx’s spiky chrysanthemums sat in refined Nude vases on the table, while candles flickered in holders by Patricia Urquiola for Georg Jensen.

Guests were sent off with a hefty gift bag too that included Best New Grooming Product winner Dyson’s ‘Supersonic’ hairdryer; a snazzy gift voucher for Best Outpost Aquavit London; an Iittala and Issey Miyake cup and saucer; a signed Fortnum & Mason cookbook; and a Wallpaper* City Guide to help plan their trip to Lisbon, this year’s Best City award winner.

Triangular trophies on table

Our Nendo-designed trophies, including the newly created Officine Panerai Next Generation Designer of the Year award

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Long dining table and chairs with candle holders and flowers

Our entertaining set-up included Jasper Morrison’s ‘Alfi’ chairs for Emeco, refined Nude vases, and candle holders by Patricia Urquiola for Georg Jensen

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Designer of the year and other guests

Designer of the Year Jasper Morrison (centre left) with Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers, Panerai UK brand manager Philippe de Saint Lager, and architect and Design Awards judge Amanda Levete

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PR manager and founders holding wine glasses

Veuve Clicquot international press and PR manager Benjamin West (centre) with Pinch Design founders Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon (winner for their ‘Nim’ table)

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Three guests at the Design Awards 2017

Diesel Living picked up the Best UFO Beams gong for its ‘White Noise’ suspension lamp. Pictured, Diesel global head of press and PR Alban Adam, Wallpaper* fashion director Isabelle Kountoure and Diesel Living creative director Andrea Rosso

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Four attendees to the Design Awards 2017

Left, Officine Panerai (opens in new tab) Next Generation Designer of the Year winner Gustavo Martini and wife. Right, KWK Promes founder Robert Konieczny (architect behind this year's Best New Private Home) with Dyson head of new product innovation Stephen Courtney (the ‘Supersonic’ hairdryer won Best New Grooming product)

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Three female attendees to the Design Awards 2017

Wallpaper* creative director Sarah Douglas, Universal Design Studio director Hannah Carter Owers (responsible for the interiors of this year’s Best New Restaurant, Odette in Singapore), and LizWorks founder Liz Swig (who was awarded Best Charms for her ‘Charmed’ Bracelet)

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Pouring champagne into wine glass

Guests were served a fine selection of vintage Veuve Clicquot

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Guests clapping male winner sitting at dining table

Architect John Pawson (winner for his silver teapot for When Objects Work) enjoying applause from designer Mathias Hahn (champion for his oak cabinet for Zeitraum), Aman head of global public relations Anna Nash (this year’s Best New Hotel), and Isabelle Kountoure (right)

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Female showing other guests her bracelet

Liz Swig shows off her Design Award-winning ‘Charmed’ bracelet featuring creations by seven female artists including Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger

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Man sitting next to woman who is raising her hand

Graphic designers Anil Aykan Barnbrook and Jonathan Barnbrook, who nabbed an award for their celestial cover of David Bowie’s Blackstar

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Guests talking and smiling at dining table

Fortnum & Mason’s customer experience director Zia Zareem-Slade (celebrating the Best Brunch win for the British emporium’s first-ever cookbook) with London Design Festival co-founder Ben Evans and the Portugese Embassy’s Rui Boavista Marques

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Guests looking to the right and clapping

Guests including head designer at Diesel Living Federica Elmo (winner for Best UFO Beams with its ‘White Noise’ suspension lamp) cheering for award winners while enjoying The Berkeley’s banquet

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Woman presenting a trophy to a male

Amanda Levete presents the Best New Public Building trophy to Hiroshi Sambuichi, architect of Naoshima Hall

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Standing male putting his hand on another mans shoulder

Palomba Serafini Associati’s Luca Vasarri, Portuguese ambassador to the UK Manuel Lobo Antunes, and Tony Chambers

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Men talking together

Wallpaper* commissioning editor TF Chan showing Portuguese ambassador to the UK Manuel Lobo Antunes our Nendo-designed trophies

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Guests chatting and drinking at venue

After dinner, guests were led to the Motcomb room for drinks

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Three winners at the Design Awards 2017

Palomba Serafini Associati’s Roberto Palomba and Luca Vasarri (winners for their modular radiator for Tubes) with Wallpaper* design editor Rosa Bertoli

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Five guests pictures at the Design Awards 2017

Left, Nude’s Gaye Cevike (champion with the ‘Mist’ vase) and designer Sam Hecht (winner for his Emeco shelving). Right, Fortnum & Mason’s customer experience director Zia Zareem-Slade (celebrating the Best Brunch win for the British emporium's first ever cookbook), Martin Brudnizki (designer of Best Outpost, Aquavit London) and interior designer Catherine Pawson

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Two male guests pictured laughing together

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Three guests smiling at the camera

Aquavit London CEO Philip Hamilton (winner of Best Outpost), Aman head of global public relations Anna Nash, and architect John Heah (designer of this year’s Best New Hotel)

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Two guests smiling at camera holding wine glasses

TF Chan and Emeco president Alev Öztas (winner for its shelving by Sam Hecht)

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.