Fellow of the Year

Interior design is a growth industry. It is one of the most popular take-up degrees at university and the public perception and appreciation for the benefits of good interior design is progressing.

It is also, however, still one of the most under-appreciated and under-valued careers by associated professions. Critics believe interior designers spend money without consideration or ROI knowledge; untrained in what they do, and expensive to engage. Designers who operate in these ways damage the reputation of the entire industry.

The central objective of SBID is to promote the profession at the highest level of competence while supporting the interests of professionally qualified interior designers and manufacturers. By guiding and measuring the profession’s trading standards through practice, competence and education, SBID creates a clear separation between professionals and hobbyists  and continually challenges the industry for positive change where size and dominance has reigned unethically, by exclusion, favouritism or anti-competitive conduct.

Having set the trend that the UK design industry has adopted as standard, the SBID Awards serve to showcase the best of the profession worldwide through its celebration of extraordinary interior design projects and products.

By the same token, SBID created the Fellowship Award in 2010 to recognise and celebrate people who have achieved success not just at a personal career level, but by improving the well-being and culture of British society through their work in their own creative field. This is an inspirational example to the interior design industry of associated creative professionals and how they have championed their profession.

This annual award is presented to an individual whose achievements have improved the standing of the creative industries at large. Nominees can be an individual working within interior design or anyone who has, in some way, changed or championed their creative sector around the world by talent, leadership and creativity.

Fellow of the year NOMINATIONS 2016

SBID received nominations for many outstanding individuals as possible recipients for this year’s Fellowship Award and the nominee panel considered all applications carefully. The Fellow will be a person whose actions have enhanced the creative world.

Nominations for the 2016 Fellow of the Year are now open.

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Theo Fennell was awarded the Fellow of the year 2015. His inspirational jewellery has been captivating the world for over 30 years; from rings for rock stars and royalty to trophy designs for international sporting events. Incorporating eclectic, quirky and beautifully detailed design with the skills of some of the world’s finest craftsmen, the combination of modern design with the classical, romantic tradition makes his style instantly recognisable. Fennell has a number of accolades under his belt including winning the ‘Oscars of luxury’, the Walpole Award for Excellence and the Les Talents de Luxe Award in Paris.


Bill Kenwright CBE was awarded the Fellow of the Year 2014.
As an inspirational but down to earth businessman in the theatre and sport industries he has made an unique impact on British society.

His astute business acumen propelled him from a small west end office to becoming the UK’s largest independent theatre and film production company.

Bill Kenwright was presented with his award during the SBID International Design Awards 2014 Ceremony, at The Dorchester in London.

Sir John Robert Madejski, OBE, DL was awarded the Fellow of the Year for his conribution in business to the creative industries.

Sir Madejski was presented with his award during the SBID International Design Awards 2013 Ceremony, at The Dorchester in London, in November 2013.

In 2012 Liam O’Connor was awarded the Fellow of the Year as the architect of the landmark Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen on 28th June 2012

Liam was honoured for designing the memorial that was controversial in both its scale and its very existence. Liam displayed tenacity, standing tall against his peers, and creating a memorial fitting to the men it honoured and appropriate to the surrounding landscape, and for designing the first memorial with an interior.

Liam received his award during the SBID International Design Awards 2012 Shortlisted ceremony at Macef, the international trade show in Milan.

In 2011 the award was presented to the late Robin Gibb CBE of the Bee Gees.

The award was given for Robin’s many years working to protect the intellectual property rights of creative people as President of CISAC, the global copyright protection organisation of creative industries.

Robin was also Ambassador of Design to SBID .

The SBID Fellowship Award was launched in 2010. The inaugural award was presented to Mark Wilkinson OBE in Milan, with the British Consulate, for his skill and contribution to craftsmanship in kitchen and furniture.

Mark Wilkinson OBE is a British craftsman, recognised by many as the era’s leading designer of fine British furniture. He is the founding designer of two of the country’s best known kitchen design, manufacture and supply businesses, Mark Wilkinson Furniture and Smallbone of Devizes.