This interior, designed by Ben Lewis of Trenzseater for a rural Canterbury home, is a finalist in both the prestigious SBID Interior Design Awards and the International Design & Architecture Awards, both in London.
This living room could be a lesson in how to put a room together.
The design, by Ben Lewis of Trendzseater in Christchurch, has wowed judges in the prestigious SBID International Design Awards in London, who have listed the project in the awards finals. People have until the end of September to vote for their preferred entry.
The same project has also made the finals of the International Design & Architecture Awards in London. And this is not a new accolade for Lewis – last year he won the Global Category at the International Design & Architecture Awards with the beautiful interior of the Blakely residence in Ohoka, Canterbury. Lewis has made the finals for this award four years in a row.
The designer says he always strives for a “sophisticated balance of layers to give interest, detail and timeless elegance”. He says it’s the details that offer refinement, personality, balance, character and luxury.
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The new interior, for a newly renovated architectural home in rural Canterbury, references a colour scheme the designer favours – rich, green jewel tones are teamed with black and warm neutrals to ensure rooms are both welcoming and dramatic.
Symmetry is a strong feature in all Lewis’ designs, as is a careful balance of light and dark elements, and sleek and textural. This year’s entry incorporates a dark wood console positioned in front of a large mirror, framed by large table crystal table lamps. An oversized green floral arrangement adds visual drama.
Another console features large white Linden table lamps and three green vases. And a Linden table lamp in black, on a side table, continues the textural look.
Greenery is much in evidence throughout the interior – most surfaces feature plants, such as a potted orchid or leafy floral arrangement.
The SBID International Design Awards is considered one of the most prestigious Interior Design Award events in the global design calendar, representing talent and design excellence across all corners of the industry.
This year, submissions were received from more than 49 countries. Each entry undergoes a two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts from Christian Louboutin, Bentley Motors, Boeing, Walpole and Belmond to name a few.
Four other Kiwi designers have also made the finals list this year – in the kitchen and bathroom design section. They are Mal Corboy, Morgan Cronin, Davinia Sutton and Milvia Hannah.
Ben Lewis of Trenzseater in Christchurch won a prestigious international interior design award last year with this entry. (Video first screened September 2019)