Each year after the awards campaign has drawn to a close, we host a winners’ event to get all those that took home awards on the evening together one more time to celebrate their big wins. Held a little later this year than in previous years, we all met on Wednesday 12th December at Kings Cross to visit 2018 sponsor Tom Dixon’s Coal Office studios. Take a behind the scenes peek at what we got up to on the afternoon…
Set against the industrial backdrop of Coal Drops Yard, this historic area has always been in motion and flux. Originally the marshalling yards of the Industrial revolution, the Victorian brick viaducts which form the base of each building have served as film sets, artists’ studios and even raves. With hints of industrial architecture at every turn, the historic buildings were the perfect home for Tom Dixon’s new studio, shop and restaurant which opened earlier this year.
All the winners, Amara team and Tom Dixon representatives met in our private area of the restaurant with its enviable views of the yard below. As we are an international awards and the event took place close to Christmas, not all winners could join us but we had one of the best turn outs we have had for our winners’ event with ten bloggers there on the day. A big thanks to everyone that joined us including Sophie from Warehouse Home, Tamsyn from The Villa On Mount Pleasant, Alexandra from The Frugality, Mathilde from MK Design, Vikkie from The Carpenter’s Daughter, Claire from Pillar Box Blue, Mary from Hello Peagreen. Extra special thanks to Martina from ITALIANBARK, Aoife from Style So Simple and Nikki from Stylemaker, who even jumped on flights to be with us, flying from Italy, Spain and New Zealand respectively.
After a quick catch up and a glass or two of prosecco, we took our seats at the striking marble tables to enjoy a sumptuous yet healthy feast created by the restaurant’s chefs. To start we tucked into kubalah, which was reduced yoghurt, with tomato confit and fresh oregano followed by Lion’s Gate pretzel on a stick with dry za’atar. The starters were devoured in record pace and replaced with sharing dishes of Moroccan fennel salad, Machneyuda’s polenta, josperized aubergine, lamb and beef Shishukit kebabs and Freekeh risotto.
Once the plates were clean, it was time for a tour of the Tom Dixon studio and shop in the historic viaducts underneath the Coal Office. From the lighting room to fragrance lab, every Tom Dixon product type was beautifully displayed for us to explore and we also learned how all of the different pieces were made. After our intriguing tour of the studio it was time to head back to the restaurant for a dessert sharing board, which was the sweetest finish to a fabulous afternoon.
The winners’ event concludes our busy 2018 campaign but don’t worry, we are already planning 2019 which will launch in the spring next year. In the meantime stay tuned into the IBA Blog where we will be sharing exclusive interviews with this year’s winners starting this week.