The Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) has announced the shortlist of its International Design Awards and newly-launched Product Design Awards.
With entries from 49 countries, SBID reported its awards have been the most globally represented to date, with entries from the UK through to Switzerland, Malaysia, China, Japan, Brazil and Australia.
Among the contenders this year, finalists for interior design include the likes of the Rockwell Group, Hirsch Bedner Associations, Hill House Interiors and Rigby & Rigby.
While for product design, the shortlisted entries include products from brands such as Smeg, Zaha Hadid and Bentley Motors.
The SBID Award finalists were shortlisted by the technical panel and international jury including Karim Rashid, product designer and president of Karim Rashid Inc , head of interior design at Harrods Interiors Letitia Fitzgibbon.
Founder and CEO of SBID Dr Vanessa Brady OBE said: “Business has been disrupted for many during the pandemic but I’m pleased to confirm that the interior design practice has remained relatively steady.
“The SBID Awards received submissions from more countries this year than in any other year, demonstrating the strength of SBID and the industry as a whole.
“We are thrilled to be the award that designers across the profession want to win and, for that, we are particularly proud and honoured, as an interior design body for trading standards, to continue showcasing the world’s best interiors and product designs during these difficult days.”
Previous years have seen 225,00 unique voters take part, and this year the vote will close on September 30 at 5pm (BST).
The winning entry in each category will be announced on October 23 and will be awarded with a bespoke crystal trophy designed by Sans Souci Glass Deco.
An Overall Winner will also be awarded for the project that scored highest overall from both the judges’ shortlist and the public votes combined.