They say the most authentic way to appreciate something is to see it through the eyes of an outsider. Recently I was an accidental plus one at the Tatler Design Awards 2020 and I couldn’t be more grateful (thanks Divya). It was quite the eye opener to be amongst the people who design our world, pun intended. If you think about about it carefully, we LIVE and breathe design every single day, whether we’re aware of it or not. From the homes we buy, to the colour of our bedsheets and that cute red mug we love to drink our coffee from. Let’s not forget the cafes we choose to chill at and our favourite malls. None of these choices are coincidental, it’s all the power of design.
So about the Tatler Design Awards, it’s an event to celebrate the resurgence of styles of the past in the world of interior design. This year it was held at Spanish restaurant Una at The Alkaff Mansion, where industry insiders and homeowners gathered to fete the winners of the night.
Among the notable attendees was Ed Ng, co-founder of AB Concept and a member of the Tatler Design Awards jury, who shared insights into the selection of winners and the significance of that “Instagram moment”—how social media influences the way we experience spaces. To commemorate the occasion, the winners received trophies custom-made by stone specialist MM Galleri and designed by Celine Ng of local studio Fraction.
I got all the above from the website but let me go back to my favourite moments – the food. My steak was juicy and flavourful and dessert was rich and delightful. Enough said. It was not the Tatler Food Awards 2020, but these were winners nonetheless!
So, I’ve always thought of design as colours and shapes but I learned from this prestigious event that design is so much more than that. There’s Architectural Concept, Bespoke Concept, Luxury Concept, Use of Art, Use of Colour (my favourite!) and more. To understand better, click here.
So there you have it, my introduction to a world of design I never realised existed. Next year, I’m inviting myself, but before that I need to make some drastic changes around the house. The old living room sofa needs to be taught some new tricks and I’ve got plenty more in the bag, thanks to the Tatler Design Awards 2020!