About the Awards

The SBID International Design Awards has firmly established itself arguably as the most prestigious Interior Design Award events in the global design calendar. 

The awards recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence across a broad range of categories. Winning a SBID International Design Award is a high achievement – they are evaluated by leading industry experts for their technical content and aesthetic creativity while the design-conscious public also has a say in choosing the most inspiring projects.

This Award for design standards attracts entries from across the world, making it truly an honour and a sign of industry recognition that is second to none for the deserving winners.

The international judging panel comprises industry leaders, including Carlo Camillo, Global Director of Store Design and Visual Merchandising at Christian Louboutin; Helen Brocklebank, CEO at Walpole; Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design and Mulliner Coachbuilding, Bentley Motors Ltd;  Joe Ferry, Art and Design Director at Belmond; Caroline Villamizar Duque, Group Creative Director of Quintessentially; Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, BBC; Sally Britton, Partner at Mishcon de Reya; Sir Michael Dixon, Director of The Natural History Museum, London; Kevin Mau, Senior Creative Director at The Boeing Company; Andrew Katz, Partner at Prospect Hotel Advisors LLC; Jane Preston, Facilities Manager UK, Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google and Carlo Castelli, Director, Strategic Planning and Design at AECOM just to name a few!

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During the judging process, entries in 14 categories are rigorously scrutinised. This year’s categories include Hotel Bedroom & Suites Design; Residential Design Project Over £1 Million; Show Flats & Developments and Restaurant Design.

Exclusive Experiences for Winners and Finalists

Winners and finalists enjoy numerous benefits, such as free entry to the House of Lords networking event*; inclusion in the SBID Global Interior Design 2018 coffee table book; a winner/finalist certificate; extensive social media exposure throughout the year, and the right to use the ‘SBID Winner/Finalist 2018′ logo on their website.

Attendees of the prestigious SBID Awards ceremony network with top design professionals and potential clients. Attendance is also an opportunity to see the winners presented with the coveted SBID International Design Awards crystal trophies.

*Subject to availability

Key ceremonies

October 2018

1. An Afternoon Tea celebration at the House of Lords, London, for finalists and VIPs with a tour for sponsors and guests on Thursday 25th October.

2. The SBID International Design Awards 2018 ceremony at The Dorchester hotel, London on Friday 26th October.

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Fellow of the Year

SBID’s annual Fellowship Award honours an individual who has made an impact creatively and also enhanced British society through their work.


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A three-tier selection process includes a technical panel, a board of creative experts & public vote to acknowledge the highest levels of creative and technical endeavour.


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Supporting the awards gives sponsors a chance to showcase their brand to industry peers, potential clients and a design-aware public.

House of Lords

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An annual highlight for VIPs, finalists, sponsors and special guests is the opportunity to attend an exclusive afternoon tea at the House of Lords.