Sir Terence Conran wins at the House Beautiful Awards 2012

Hb Awards 2012

Britain’s most influential designer Sir Terence Conran has won the Editor's Award for the Conran Collection for Marks & Spencer at the ninth House Beautiful Awards.

A true icon of modern living, Sir Terence Conran introduced contemporary furniture to the high street in the 1960s, bringing great design within everyone’s reach. After six decades at the forefront of British style Sir Terence continues to shape the way we live with a beautifully crafted and effortlessly stylish collection for Marks & Spencer. House Beautiful Editor Julia Goodwin says: ‘The Conran Collection has brought good design to a wider marketplace. Shoppers wanting a sofa, table or storage unit can be sure that these exquisite pieces will look great years from now.’

Held at the Science Museum, the 2012 House Beautiful Awards comprised 26 hotly contested categories, recognising excellence in the year’s best home products and retailers. House Beautiful Editor Julia Goodwin was joined by an expert panel of judges, including designers John Rocha, Jeff Banks, Sophie Conran, Oliver Heath, Nick Munro, David Domoney, presenter and DIY expert Tommy Walsh, cookery writer and presenter Mary Berry and winner of the BBC’s 'The Great British Bake Off' 2010, Edd Kimber.

House Beautiful reader-voted category winners were Dunelm Mill for Best Home Retailer and John Lewis for Best Online Retailer. Presenter Nick Knowles took the Gold Award for Favourite Home-Related Celebrity, with Alan Titchmarsh scooping the Silver Award.

The House Beautiful Awards were also an opportunity to commend rising stars of the design world with the Designer Of The Future Award, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, going to Oliver Hrubiak for the Finn lounge chair.


Best Bathroom Product

Gold Award:               Inipi B Sauna – Duravit

Silver Award:             Platinum Dual Shower - Mira

Shortlisted:                Rise Digital Shower – Aqualisa

                                    Cool Chrome Exposed Valve Bar Showers – Bristan

                                    Naked – Glass Idromassaggio

                                    Cappuccino Gloss Modular Furniture - Mereway Bathrooms

                                    Kanuka Bathroom Suite – Moods Bathrooms

                                    Duofix Underfloor Tray for Wetrooms – On The Level

                                    Infinity Shower Tray – Roman Ltd


Best of British

Gold Award:                The Hudson Sofa – Laura Ashley

Silver Award:              Laura Thomas Cushions and Throws - Heal’s


Shortlisted:                Royal Blue Cast Iron Collection – AGA Cookshop

                                    Original Bar Stools – Ercol

                                    Samantha Neal Artwork – Heal’s

                                    Concept Vanity – Ideal Standard

                                    Hayle Furniture Collection - John Lewis        

                                    Tones - Johnson Tiles

                                    Cirrus Bibcocks Deck Mounted Tap With Lever Handles – Perrin & Rowe

                                    Entwistle Ceramic Fireclay Kitchen Sink – Shaws of Darwen


Best Carpet

Gold Award:                Quirky - Alternative Flooring

Silver Award:              Natural Look - Carpetright

Shortlisted:                 Marquette – Adam Carpets

                                     Romeo – Crucial Trading

                                     Rug Collection - Harlequin

                                     PS 2012 Rug Flatwoven - Ikea

                                     Options 288 – Victoria Carpets


Best Cleaning Product

Gold Award:                XL Graphite Vacuum Cleaner - Oreck

Silver Award:              ErgoRapido 2 in 1 Brushrollcleaner – AEG

Shortlisted:                 CleanView Deep Clean - Bissell

                                     Steam & Sweep Floor Cleaner - Bissell

                                     DC41 Vacuum Cleaner - Dyson

                                     Daily Kitchen Cleaner - Method

                                     MC-UL712 Vacuum Cleaner - Panasonic

                                     Navibot 5 Vacuum Cleaner - Samsung


Best DIY Product

Gold Award:                PSR Select Cordless Screwdriver - Robert Bosch Power Tools

Silver Award:              Eco Pro Silicate Masonry Paint - Earthborn Paints

Shortlisted:                 Easifix – Artex Ltd

                                     Speedyroller – Black & Decker

                                     PPR 250 Electric Paintroller – Robert Bosch Power Tools

                                     Rainbow Window Film – The Window Film Company



Best Eco Product

Gold Award:                Computer Standby Button - Store

Silver Award:              Tones Collection – Johnson Tiles       

Shortlisted:                 Paraff  ina - Alessi

                                     Skin - Calligaris

                                     Air-Eau Air Source Heat Pump - Dimplex Renewables

                                     Kingsize Orthos Mattress and Divan Set - Hypnos

                                     Planet Earth Eco2life - Planet Earth (Europe) Limited

                                     Recycled Index Roller Blinds – Tuiss



Best Fabric

Gold Award:                Melinki Collection - Scion

Silver Award:              Swedish Collection - Vanessa Arbuthnott

Shortlisted:                 Bukhara Collection – Clarke & Clarke

                                     Kallianthi Collection by Clarissa Hulse - Harlequin

                                     Pelham Silk – James Hare

                                     Twilight Tones Collection – Laura Ashley

                                     Tropical Fusion Collection – Montgomery Y

                                     Tulipa Prints Collection - Romo

                                     Colour for Living - Sanderson


Best Flooring 

Gold Award:                Eligna & Perspective Wide Laminate Flooring – Quick Step

Silver Award:              Bubblegum & Liquorice Collection - Avenue

Shortlisted:                 Saga2 - Gerflor Ltd

                                    Senso Clic – Gerflor Ltd

                                    Opus – Karndean Designflooring

                                    Van Gogh – Karndean Designflooring

                                    Duo Living Wood Collection – Kersaint Cobb


Best Furniture

Gold Award:                Noah Collection - John Lewis

Silver Award:              Neo Units - Hulsta

                                    Farringdon Desk - Store

Shortlisted:                 Artisan Desk – Ercol

                                    Drum Tables – Heal’s

                                    PS 2012 Glass-door Cabinet - Ikea

                                    Billow Bed – Loaf

                                    Handmade in England Sofa Range – Raft Furniture


Best Garden Product

Gold Award:                Rayne Outdoor Furniture - John Lewis

Silver Award:              Self-Build Studio - Sanctum Garden Studios

Shortlisted:                 Elegance Kitchen Garden Range - Agriframes

                                     Edge-Max Mower – Black & Decker

                                     Fiji Outdoor Modular Sofa - Dwell

                                     Earthborn Wood Stain – Earthborn Paints

                                     Applaro Bench with Wall Panel - Ikea

                                     Slate Top Garden Tables – Slate Top Tables

Best Heating Product

Gold Award:                Hot Fan – Dyson

                                    Wireless Evotouch Heating System - Honeywell

Silver Award:              S81 Stove - Morso

Shortlisted:                 Infinity Fires 890 CF - Charlton & Jenrick 

                                     Chevalier Electric Stove - Dimplex

                                     Icon Glass - Glassdomain

                                     Ild Wood Burning Stove Concept - Jotul UK Ltd

                                     Marine Towel Warmer – Vogue UK Ltd

Best Household Product

Gold Award:                Dry-Soon 2-Tier heated tower airer - Lakeland

Silver award:               8-in-1 Rice Cooker - Tefal

Shortlisted:                 AEG 5Safety Iron - AEG

                            - Alessi

                                     EC850 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine - De’Longhi

                                     Vintage Icona collection – De’Longhi

                                     Swing Hood - Franke

                                     Le Mini Plus Colour - Magimix UK Ltd


Best Luxury Kitchen

Gold Award:                BeauxArts.02 - SieMatic

Silver Award:              English Revival In-frame Painted Shaker Kitchen – Mereway

Shortlisted:                 Malmo Oak Veneer - Burbidge & Son Ltd

                                     Continental Collection Horizontal Oak Veneers – John Lewis

                                     Four Seasons Oslo - Moores

                                     Couture Collection – Uber

                                     Zen – Uber

                                     Knox Kitchen – Wren Kitchens


Best Value Kitchen

Gold Award:                Lynton Kitchen - K Kitchens                

Silver Award:              Malmo Graphite and Porcelain Gloss - Burbidge

Shortlisted:                 Skyline Kitchen – John Lewis

                                    Canterbury Olive & Pebble Kitchen Collection – Mereway Kitchens

                                    Milbourne Kitchen Range – Second Nature

                                    Handleless White Gloss – Trend Interiors

                                    Bibury Silk Walnut – Uber

                                    Imola Kitchen - Wickes


Best Lighting

Gold Award:                Zeppo Pendant - Astro Lighting

                                    Hd led Linkable Strip Lighting - Sensio Lighting

Silver Award:              Cider Jar Lamp - Loaf

Shortlisted:                 Glass Ball Lamp - Asda

                                     Woody - BoConcept

                                     Paris Lighting Range – Garden Trading

                                     London Town Twenty Lamp – Great Little Trading Company

                                     Penelope Lighting – John Lewis

                                     Noodle Handmade Lamps – Loaf


Best Soft Furnishings

Gold Award:               The Red Rose Collection - Bluebellgray

Silver Award:             Toile Print - Christy

Shortlisted:                Elizabeth Hurley Home Collection - Ashley Wilde

                                    Daisy Bed Linen – Feather & Black

                                    Sil Pastel Throws - Gingerlily

                                    Silhouette Collection - Luxaflex

                                    Mayuri – Loaf

                                    Home Collection – Sainsbury’s

                                    Whimsical Roman Blind fabrics – Tuiss


Best Storage

Gold Award:                Multi-Forma II – Hulsta

Silver Award:              Rotate Bookcase – Dwell

                                    Flexispace - Sharps Bedrooms

Shortlisted:                 Wicker Storage Seat – Garden Trading

                                    Montana Office Chest – Halo Furnishings

                                    Shoe Rack – Hammonds Furniture

                                    Living Furniture Units – John Lewis

                                    Orla & Lily Dressing Table and Stool – Loaf

                                    Wall Store  – Store


Best Tableware or Cookware

Gold Award:               Pushpan - Lakeland

Silver Award:             Stainless Steel Buffet Pan and Skillet - Aga Cookshop

                                   Enamelware Range - Falcon

Shortlisted:                Sampler Range – Emma Bridgewater

                                    Stellar Eazistore Bakeware (SEZB1) – Horwood Homewares

                                    Propellor Cutlery by Robin Levien – John Lewis

                                    Ultimate Non-Stick – Le Creuset

                                    Cook's Collection Copper Bottom Tri-Ply Range – Sainsbury’s


Best Wallcovering

Gold Award:                 The Extended Colour Claypaint Range – Earthborn

Silver Award:               Retrospective Paints - Little Greene Paint Company

Shortlisted:                  The Broccato Papers – Farrow & Ball

                                      Blue Label Florals Collection – Graham & Brown

                                      Folia Wallpaper Collection - Harlequin

                                      Wallcovering – Ian Mankin

                                      Gabriel Collection - Sandberg

                                      Wood Panelling - Wallpaperdirect

Best White Goods

Gold Award:                 Luce Direct Flame Hob - Hotpoint

Silver Award:               Tumble Dryer - Maytag

Shortlisted:                  InfinitePure Induction Hob - Electrolux

                                      Glass Fridge Freezer – John Lewis

                                      MDW 606 AWG IntelliSense Dishwasher - Maytag

                                      Elise 100 Induction - Rangemaster

                                      DI6013NH Integrated Handle-less Dishwasher – Smeg UK

                                      AKR 811 WH White Glamour Cooker Hood  - Whirlpool



Best Wool Product

Gold Award:                 Woollen Mattress Toppers - Devon Duvets

Silver Award:               Southdown Wool Pillows - SF Enterprises

Shortlisted:                  Finepoint - Brintons


Reader-voted categories


Best Home Retailer

Gold Award:                Dunelm Mill

Silver Award:              John Lewis

Shortlisted:                 Ikea

                                    Next home



Best Online Retailer

Gold Award:                John Lewis

Silver Award:            

Shortlisted:                 Dunelm mill

                                    Marks & Spencer


Favourite Home-Related Celebrity

Gold Award:                 Nick Knowles

Silver Award:               Alan Titchmarsh

Shortlisted:                  Kirstie Allsopp

                                     James Martin

                                     Jamie Oliver

                                     Phil Spencer


‘Designer of the Future’ award sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements

Oliver Hrubiak


The Editor’s Award

Conran Collection at M&S


House Beautiful would like to thank:

Anglian Home Improvements


Graham & Brown

Dartington Crystal



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