Qb's celebrate South African design

The prestigious third annual Qb awards showcasing the best of South African architecture and interior design took place last month. They celebrated the talent and diversity within the industry in all areas ranging from corporate, office and retail interiors to restaurant and food outlets, hospitality and entertainment venues, domestic interiors and public spaces such as airport lounges, showrooms, shopping malls and convention centres.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  September 4, 2006

The prestigious third annual Qb awards showcasing the best of South African architecture and interior design took place last month. They celebrated the talent and diversity within the industry in all areas ranging from corporate, office and retail interiors to restaurant and food outlets, hospitality and entertainment venues, domestic interiors and public spaces such as airport lounges, showrooms, shopping malls and convention centres. The awards honoured the up and coming talent of students as well veteran designers. Held in alliance with Decorex Jhb, this year’s Qb’s attracted a record 200 entries. Competitors were judged by a panel of high profile judges headed by Prof Des Laubscher of the Greenside Design Centre. Judges based their decisions on criteria which focused on the suitability of the design outcome with the brief, and functional aspects such as space planning and use of materials, distinctiveness and innovation as well as design compatibility with workmanship. The awards were overseen by the International Federation of Interior Architects / Interior Designers (IFI). Three awards were presented to Johannesburg firm INK, owned by George Boorsma and Lisebo Mokhesi. These included the Overall Award for Design Excellence for its concrete house. The Hospitality Award for best boutique hotel, lodge and spa was presented to Keith Architects and Designers for the Pezula Resort Hotel which judges felt displayed sensitivity to the cultural history and tradition of Africa, in a contemporary context. Other winners included The Design Partnership in the retail category for the Cutting Edge Hair Salon whose innovative design judges felt lived up to the name of the salon. Sarah Stevens Design and Beth Murray won in the Hotels and Resorts Category for the Le Franschhoek Hotel, and Boogertman & Partners and R&L Architects won in the shopping mall category for Mountain Mill Shopping Centre. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to architect Lionel Levin, who has worked on many of South Africa’s iconic buildings.' Awards founder Rebecca Staniforth said of the Qb’s: “The evening is all about celebrating the thriving and innovative South African design industry, which has, in the last decade blossomed into an internationally competitive force.”

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