Filled with excitement and anticipation, we headed for the British Museum in London on Wednesday to attend this year’s Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2015.

As the Homes & Interiors division of Wild Card PR, it’s important to join the sector’s leading media in recognising those who have succeeded in designing the best in furniture, fabrics, lighting and décor over the past year.

The evening opened with a keynote speech by Deyan Sudjic, who shared his views on the future of design and special insight into the new Design Museum that will be opening in Kensington.

Celebrating the best in British design, the awards evening shared insight into current trends in contemporary design and celebrated beautiful designs across nine different categories.

The award categories included Furniture Designer, Use of Materials, Surface Designer, Kitchen Product Designer, Bathroom Product Designer, Lighting Designer, Young Designer, Retailer Award, and Backer of British Design.

The judging panel included top designers alongside retail champions and journalists. Chaired by design writer Barbara Chandler, the judges carefully searched for and considered those worthy of nomination – including our client Joseph & Joseph – who were shortlisted for the Kitchen Product Designer Award for their Slice & Sharpen chopping board design.

Each shortlisted designer was carefully considered in terms of the work that has been brought to market in the previous year as well as the designer’s track record to date.

Finally, each member of the panel champions their choices, often with an ensuing lively debate. A vote is taken with Deborah Barker, editor in chief of Homes & Gardens, and Barbara Chandler.

We would love to congratulate the winners Dick Powell (bathroom product designer), The Design Team at Poggenpohl (kitchen product designer), Eleanor Pritchard (surface designer), Stuart Carey (use of materials designer), Michael Anastassiades (lighting designer), Samuel Chan (furniture designer), Lucy Kurrein (young designer), Heal’s (retailer of the year), Design Event (backer of British design), and of course Sir John and Lady Sorrell for outstanding contribution.