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 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.