The results of the 11th annual House Beautiful Awards were announced on Thursday November 13 at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London.
The House Beautiful Awards 2014 comprised 23 categories of excellence in home designs, products and retailers, which included a plethora of housewares names. Consumer magazine ‘House Beautiful’ editor Julia Goodwin was joined by an expert panel of judges, including John Rocha, Nick Munro, Vanessa Arbuthnott, Oliver Hrubiak and Clarissa Hulse to decide each category’s gold and silver winners and runners-up.
In the year that ‘House Beautiful’ celebrates its 25th anniversary, Julia Goodwin said: “This year, more than ever, our judging panel – which comprises the best in the business – has been impressed by the high quality of the candidates. Customers can really trust that they’re getting great value and the most exacting standards from every company that has won or been shortlisted.”
The event was hosted by TV gardener and broadcaster David Domoney, and attended by designers Sebastian Conran, Sophie Conran, Lisa Levis and Ben Hillman, TV favourites Oliver Heath and Naomi Cleaver, cake decorating queen Jane Asher and DIYexpert and presenter Tommy Walsh.
There were three categories voted for by House Beautiful magazine readers: Favourite Home-Related Celebrity, Favourite Home Retailer of the Year and Favourite Online Retailer of the Year. TV presenter Nick Knowles, the face of long-running popular show ‘DIY SOS’, was the gold winner of the Favourite Home-Related Celebrity category. The silver award went to Alan Titchmarsh, while shortlisted were Kirstie Allsopp, George Clarke and Kevin McCloud.
The gold award in the reader-voted category of Favourite Home Retailer was scooped by Dunelm. The silver award was taken by John Lewis and shortlisted were Ikea, Marks & Spencer, Next Home and Tesco.
The Favourite Online Retailer gold award was given to johnlewis.com, with the silver award taken by dunelm-mill.com. Shortlisted in this category were argos.co.uk, lakeland.com, marksandspencer.com, next.co.uk and tesco.com
The House Beautiful Awards also commended the Best Kitchen & Household Product. The gold award in this category went to the 2020c Water Softener from Kinetico and the silver award was scooped by Hydro Tap All-in-One by Zip Heaters. Shortlisted products were the 7 Series Expressionist collection of kitchen appliances from AEG, Adon XL 6S sink from Blanco UK, Dedica bar pump coffee machine from De’Longhi, Dualit’s hand blender set, JML’s Go Chef 8-in-1 cooker and the 48L Touch-Bar Recycler from Simplehuman.
In the Best Tableware or Cookware category, the gold award was given to the Rin Collection of Bowls from Reiko Kaneko and the silver award to Blue Rain dinnerware from Tesco. Shortlisted were: Eat.it by Alessi, Savannah glassware by Artland, Sieni-Fishie on a Dishie Platter from Churchill China, Stellar James Martin Bakeware Bakers Dozen from Horwood, Matte Cotton Cast Iron Shallow Casserole from Le Creuset, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion from the Portmeirion Group, Delamere Rural from the Portmeirion group, Refined Rustic ripple effect dinnerware from Sainsbury’s, Anton Studio Designs Fizz glassware from The DRH Collection and the Daisy Collection from Wedgwood.
Finally, housewares supplier was shortlisted in the Best Storage category for its FoodStore Carousel. The gold award in his category went to the Barbary Storage Range from Content By Conran, while the silver award was scooped by the Cupertino desk from Bo Concept.