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Meet the judges

  • From The United Kingdom

    Will Taylor
    Will is a self-confessed gentleman hooked-on-hue and he works as a freelance author, creative consultant and lifestyle blogger. In 2009 he founded his blog, Bright.Bazaar, which has grown to be one of the world’s best known blogs for both colour ideas, and make-you-smile style inspiration across the home, travel and style categories. His accessible approach to colour and interior design has drawn hundreds of thousands of international readers every month, more than 120,500 Instagram followers and over 2.4 million Pinterest followers – making him one of the most followed and influential on the site, and a leading digital influencer across the globe.

    Last year he released his first design book, Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style. Following a North American book tour, the book became a best-seller on Amazon, and received rave reviews from consumer and trade publications, including Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal. The book has so far been published in six different language editions and following its success, Will has just completed work on his second design book, which is due to be released worldwide in Spring 2016. His blog has received critical acclaim from a multitude of respected publications, from Elle Decor and Refinery 29 through to The Sunday Times, BuzzFeed, Martha Stewart Living and many more.

    Abigail Edwards
    Renowned stylist and award winning designer Abigail Edwards began her career studying fine art at Wimbledon School of Art in London and the École des Beaux-Arts in
    Paris, but it was whilst completing internships at art galleries in New York that a passion for interiors took over and she returned to London in 1999 to style shoots and
    consult for a diverse range of editorial and commercial clients.

    She launched her first wallpaper collection in 2011. The hand drawn designs inspired by nature and fairy tales have been featured in numerous magazines and grace the
    walls of homes and commercial spaces around the world. The collection has recently expanded to include fabrics, tiles and accessories.

    Barbara Chandler
    Barbara Chandler has been a specialist writer on design and decoration for over 35 years, contributing to top magazines and newspapers, both on the staff and as a freelance. She has won several awards, written several books, talked on radio, and been a consultant for major TV programmes.

    Currently, she is the design writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard, with nearly two million readers, and a thriving website. Barbara is chair of the judges for the Homes & Gardens Designer Awards, and writes a monthly column for the magazine. She is a judge for the prestigious UK furniture award, the numbered Design Guild Marks.
    She is also an exhibiting photographer, and has her own lines of photographic merchandise.

    Laura Spring
    Laura Spring is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow creating bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationery. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art where she was awarded a BA in graphic design in 2002.

    With an enormous love for colour, print, pattern and process, Laura aims to create products and designs based around these ideals. Bold patterns mixed with bright colours transformed into beautifully crafted products underpin Laura’s work that she ensures is manufactured locally using ethical methods of production.

    Laura has also created exclusive collections for a variety of companies/artists such as Lush Cosmetics, The National Trust for Scotland and Belle & Sebastian.

    Patricia van den Akker
    Patricia van den Akker is the Director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designers and makers with over 50K visits each month. She is passionate that creatives create businesses they are proud of: exploring their unique talents; creating products and experiences with real impact; and making money too!

    She is a regular speaker at events and workshops across the UK, and has written 100s of blog posts on creative business development. She regularly writes for Crafts Magazine as The Design Doctor.

  • From Germany
  • From France
  • From Sweden