The Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDCS) has announced the winners of the 7th Design Excellence Awards 2020, which celebrate the best interior design projects in Asia Pacific and recognise the best and brightest talents working in the interior design industry today.
This latest edition of the prestigious Design Excellence Awards – held virtually this year for the first time – saw 92 awards given out across 32 categories, recognising interior design excellence, innovation and talent throughout Singapore, Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.
Considered an industry seal of excellence, the DEA 2020 saw a marked elevation in both the quality and quantity of submissions, with entries received from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK, USA and Vietnam. The Awards are some of the highest accolades bestowed to the very best of the interior design industry.
Interior Designer of the Year
Winner: Bill Bensley
The title of the Interior Designer of the Year 2020 – arguably one of the most anticipated announcements of the evening – went to Bill Bensley, who was voted by 1200 of his peers in the interior design industry from a shortlist of eight nominees chosen by the IDCS Council. As well as Mr. Bensley, the nominees for the award included world-renowned designers Andre Fu, Anouska Hempel, Jean Michel Gathy, Joyce Wang, LTW Designworks, Tony Chi and Yabu Pushelberg.
Bill Bensley describes himself as a jack of all trades…. architect, gardener, interior designer, lover of all things natural, and most of all, a wide-ranging explorer of as many corners of the earth as he can. Raised amidst the orange trees of California, the Harvard Graduate took off for Asia the day after graduation and never looked back. After a few years working in Hong Kong and Singapore, he set up shop in Bangkok in 1989, soon followed by a brand in Bali in 1990. With a team of 150 interior designers, architects, landscape designers, artists and makers of all things beautiful – as well as his other half Jirachai and their five Jack Russells – Bensley has brought to life over 200 resorts, hotels and palaces in 30+ countries, and is on a never-ending quest to create his best work yet.
Of his win, Mr. Bensley said, “It is such an honour to have been voted for the Interior Designer of the Year 2020 by designers as they, more than anyone else, understand what we do and all the work that goes on behind the scenes. I never in a million years expected to be shortlisted, let alone win among all the incredible designers out there! I am truly honoured. Thank-you so much. To young designers out there – trust your gut and know there is great merit in not playing it safe!”