JUDGING PANEL
Eleanor Joslin
As the editor of Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, Eleanor is relishing the chance of reversing the role and seeing what the readers have to say, and representing their voices at the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Design Awards. She has been an editor of international interior design and property magazines, both in print and online, for eight years and has participated as a judge on two design award ceremonies in London. However, this is the first time she has had the honour of recognising both regional and global brands on such a prestigious level, and is looking forward to paying tribute to the astounding wealth of talent in the GCC.
Lee Broom

The award-winning Brit is a prolific designer, boasting over 75 furniture and lighting collections sold in 120 stores in 40 countries, over 40 commercial and residential interiors, and producing products for powerhouses like Christian Louboutin, Mulberry and Matthew Williamson. “I am honoured to be judging this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Design Awards,” he says. “There is so much phenomenal talent emerging from the Middle East and these awards are a great opportunity to recognise this. I am passionate about supporting my fellow designers and I am pleased that Harper’s Bazaar Interiors is providing such a positive platform to do so.” leebroom.com

Brigitta Spinocchia Freund

 Brigitta has years of industry expertise, leading the luxury design portfolio of Candy & Candy for seven years as creative director before launching her own practice, Spinocchia Freund London. She’s worked on projects all around the world, including Dubai and Qatar. She was the cover star of Harper\\\'s Bazaar Interiors May/June, and she recently debuted an elegant linen collection available online for Middle East consumers. spinocchiafreund.com

Lyndall Fernie

 As lead tutor at Chelsea College of Arts in London and Dubai, Lyndall will provide an invaluable academic viewpoint to the judging process. She regularly visits the UAE, teaching the College’s Interior Design short courses here three times a year. After a successful career as fashion designer for the luxe Italian labels Moschino and Versace, she turned her hand to interior design, studying at the College she now teaches for. “The quality of design in Dubai is fantastic and I am very much looking forward to being immersed in such a creative selection process,” she enthuses. “Nowadays there is a wide spectrum of exceptional products to choose from. These brands have had to work extremely hard to be achieve this status, and recognition is vital.” arts.ac.uk/chelsea

Rue Kothari

As editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Interiors last year, Rue oversaw the awards during its debut. This year, she is back on the panel as fair director of Downtown Design, bringing her expert insight and wide knowledge of both regional and international luxury brands. “I’m very happy to be involved again this year with the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Design Awards,” she says. “To be able to recognise those regional brands who continue to provide beautiful, intelligent solutions for the consumers in the Middle East, and to support the next generation of regional designers is a privilege.” downtowndesign.com

Sacha Walckhoff

 Sacha – who is looking forward to “this feast of fashion and design” – became a household name after stepping into the shoes of Monsieur Lacroix six years ago, when he left the Parisian powerhouse and handed the reins to his assistant of 17 years. Tasked with rebuilding the brand post-recession, the creative director of the maison exemplifies innovative ideas, design excellence, and careful brand building – everything the Design Awards represents. christian-lacroix.com

Nez Gebreel

Counting David and Victoria Beckham as former clients, Nez has an impressive business portfolio of strategic development, from launching football academies to hugely successful fashion projects and intellectual property concepts. Now CEO for DDFC, she’s harnessing the creative resources of the Middle East to further the fashion and design industry in the UAE. “DDFC’s mandate is to establish Dubai as the emerging design capital of the world by nurturing talent and providing a supportive community. Independent awards such as these play a key role by offering regional and local brands the opportunity to be recognised and awarded by key members of the design industry, as well as by consumers.” dubaidesignandfashioncouncil.com

 

THE WINNER OF EACH CATEGORY WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE HARPER'S BAZAAR INTERIORS AWARDS IN DUBAI ON WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER