Held at The Alkaff Mansion, the Tatler Design Awards 2020 honoured the legacy of its historic venue while celebrating the achievements of the winners

The influence of yesteryears reigned at Tatler Design Awards 2020, which was all decked out to celebrate the styles of the past. Guests playfully dressed to match the theme, attired in bold patterns and vibrant tones that paid tribute to fashion across the decades.

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Among the notable attendees was Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept and a jury member of the Tatler Design Awards. “As designers, we’re actually designing moments,” says Ng. “When we create an exciting project that touches your emotions, it creates a moment that becomes an important memory and the memory (in turn) creates the motivation to come to or revisit this space.”

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Above Held at Spanish restaurant Una at The Alkaff Mansion, the Tatler Design Awards 2020 gathered industry insiders and homeowners to fete the winners of the night.

During the event, the four-course dinner served by Una was an exquisite symphony of flavours inspired by dishes from the Basque region in Spain, accompanied by floral arrangements by Fiore Dorato that elevated the elegant setting.

This year’s 10 award categories were sponsored by Arova, Florim, Galleri 1819, Hunter Douglas, MM Galleri, Roche Bobois and Spin.

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Backed by 70 years of history in furniture design, French brand Roche Bobois certainly knows how to make an indelible first impression. During the Tatler Design Awards, guests were greeted by a colourful alcove furnished by Roche Bobois at the entrance lounge of The Alkaff Mansion. Upholstered in vibrant textiles from Missoni Home, the Mah Jong sofa set designed by Hans Hofer for Roche Bobois embraced the seventies’ flower child spirit while providing a stunning prelude to the evening’s nostalgic theme. 

Another surprise awaited guests upstairs. The bar area was given an artistic flourish, especially for the evening with a pop-up exhibition by Gallery 1819. On display were artworks from the Yangshuo Revisited series by Cultural Medallion recipient Thomas Yeo, which were paired with an elegant selection of Chinese ink paintings by Chinese artist Niu Zhiye and local artist Aaron Gan.

Also unveiled at the awards night was the trophies that were custom-made by stone specialist MM Galleri and designed by Celine Ng of homegrown studio Fraction. The trophies were crafted as table lamps that were also emblematic of the winners’ achievements. The trophy’s curved silhouette harks to the triumphant form of an Olympic swimmer, while the in-built LED bulb illuminates the beautiful grains of the onyx veneer that the lamp was made with.

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Top honours of the night include the Design Project of the Year, which was awarded to Jewel Changi Airport, designed by Safdie Architects in collaboration with firms including RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, Benoy, PWP Landscape Architecture and ICN Design International. Another notable recipient was Singapore-based practice Design Intervention, which won the Best Use of Colour and the Best Bespoke Concept categories.

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“Colour is the most transformative tool that a designer has. Its impact goes beyond aesthetics—colour affects emotions. So harnessing it successfully is an art that we are particularly proud of. Thank you, Tatler Homes, for the award,” says Andrea Savage, partner of Design Intervention, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

Nikki Hunt, principal of Design Intervention, concurs. “The jury really identified what it is that we stand for as a studio. Our belief is that your home should be your sanctuary, a place that nurtures and restores you. That is why every design decision is tailored to reflect each client’s particular needs and aesthetic style. This is our aim for each and every project so it is indeed an honour to win in these categories.”