The new jury of specialists from the design world and the carpet industry is now chaired by the award-winning carpet designer Stephanie Odegard from New York. She is joined on the panel by interior designer Vanessa Brady from London, Wilhard Kühne, carpet expert and buyer from Dogern in Germany, and Kustaa Saksi, designer and graphic artist from the Netherlands. A fifth jury member has yet to be confirmed. They will be working together to select the best and most original designer carpets and rugs, which represent a special combination of design, quality and artisan skills. This coveted award will be presented next year for the twelfth time at the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings.
New jury for the upcoming Carpet Design Awards
The Carpet Design Awards, the world’s top international accolade for contemporary hand-made carpets and rugs, has a new jury lineup for DOMOTEX 2017.
The carpet designer Stephanie Odegard is renowned worldwide for the superlative quality of her luxury products and her unique design flair. She was one of the first designers in recent decades to have combined the matt texture of wool with the subtle shimmer of silk in a hand-made carpet. Odegard set a new global standard with this unusual mix of raw materials – both with her variations on traditional floral motifs and with her classic tone-on-tone colorways.
Dr. Vanessa Brady is the founder of the "Society of British and International Design". As an interior designer living in London, she has worked in the field of interior design for more than 30 years and has been awarded numerous international prizes. In 2013 she won the Woman in the City "Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment". She has also been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to the design industry and the UK economy. Nominated in 2010 and 2013 by NatWest Bank for their "Business Women's Award", Brady is also internationally known as a business consultant.
Wilhard Kühne has worked in the carpet industry for nearly 40 years, mainly as a buyer for large furnishing stores. Even as a young retail trainee, he knew he wanted to be involved in selecting and sourcing the merchandise he was being trained to sell. As a carpet enthusiast, he travelled to the countries of origin in order to learn more about the art of carpet-weaving. Alongside his work as a buyer, he is also a very active member of EUCA – the European Carpet-Importers Association.
Kustaa Saksi is a Finnish-born designer, graphic artist and illustrator who now lives in the Netherlands. He works mainly in the fashion, entertainment and music businesses. His clients include Jennifer Lopez, adidas, Nike, Issey Miyake, Lacoste, Diesel and Levis. Saksi’s designs are characterized by surreal landscapes and characters and an atmosphere of unreality. The artist’s distinctive style has ensured that his works are regularly exhibited in museums and art galleries. Saksi's artworks have been on show in London, Portland, Singapore, Bangkok, Paris and other major cities of the world.
The portfolio of internationally renowned architect and designer Hadi Teherani includes high-rises, corporate headquarters, residential buildings, shopping centers, railway stations, government buildings and universities – complete with interior design. As the creative force behind Hamburg’s Hadi Teherani Group, Teherani puts architecture at the service of a more all-encompassing approach to how buildings are designed. His work – which has earned him a host of awards and distinctions – embraces the entire spectrum of product and interior design, e.g. floor coverings, lighting, seating products, door fittings and even modular kitchens.
The new jury will evaluate all the entries in November 2016 and choose the three best carpets in eight categories: Best Studio Artist Design, Best Modern Design Superior, Best Modern Design Deluxe, Best Modern Collection, Best Traditional Design, Best Transitional Design, Best Innovation and Best Traditional Collection. Entries will be judged on design, quality of materials, product concept and innovation.
The presentation of the Carpet Design Awards is one of the highlights of the annual DOMOTEX show. Excitement mounts each year when the winners are presented with their prizes on the Sunday of the show, at a special award ceremony attended by numerous guests from the international carpet industry.