Cass student shortlisted for the Bemz Design Awards 2016

Vote for Denise Amanda Lewis in the prestigious Textile Design Award and you could win €500
Date: 9 February 2016

Cass Textile Design student Denise Amanda Lewis is one of three finalists shortlisted for the Bemz Design Award 2016. The international textile design competition is run by textile design company Bemz, known for their covers for IKEA furniture. The winner, whose design will go into production with Bemz, will be chosen by public vote.

Talented students from leading design schools around the UK submitted their entries to a panel of expert judges including Barbara Chandler, writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard; Laura Spring, textile designer; Patricia van den Akker, director of the Design Trust; Will Taylor, author, creative consultant and lifestyle blogger of Bright Bazaar; and Abigail Edwards, stylist and award winning designer.

The three finalists were picked from 75 entries from five participating schools across the UK and include: Roseanne M. Jack from The Glasgow School of Art, Kate Connell from The Glasgow School of Art and Denise Amanda Lewis from The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Met.

Their designs will now face the public vote which will takes place online at Bemz.com throughout the month of February. By voting you could help determine who the next big designer could be, and win a €500 Bemz gift certificate.

The finalists with the most votes will see their designs developed, produced and introduced into the ranks of the Bemz Designer Collection, available for purchase around the world as sofa covers, chair covers and bed covers, alongside the hundreds of home textile products already available at Bemz.

They will also move onto the international final for a chance to be the ultimate winner of the Bemz Design Award, receive €1000 prize money and an all-expenses paid trip to Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, for the unveiling of the winning patterns during Stockholm Fashion Week in May 2016.

The award was open to design students in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden.

“There has been a big movement in textile design toward sophisticated abstract and geometric patterns, in sharp contrast to the florals of previous times. Texture - not always easy to achieve - is also important, adding subtlety and interest. The UK finalists in particular reflect these trends, showing they are savvy and design aware,” says UK judge Barbara Chandler, design writer for Homes & Property, at the London Evening Standard.

Image: Scandinavian Urban by Denise Amanda Lewis, shortlisted for the BEMZ Design Award 2016