The Wallpaper Design Awards 2015 with BMW i

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Now in their 11th edition, the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2015 were held last Thursday at Bonhams in London. The event celebrated and exhibited work by stars of the design world as chosen by the staff of Wallpaper* magazine and an international judging panel that this year included Benoit Jacob, Head of BMW i design, artist Marina Abramović , internet entrepreneur Nick d'Aloisio, landscape designer Piet Oudolf and Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld.

I was invited along as a guest of the event sponsors BMW, who were exhibiting the new production models of the BMW i brand - the all-electric urban BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug in hybrid sports car.

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Behind a narrow entrance on New Bond Street the new Bonhams headquarters - unveiled a little over a year ago - opens out into a large light filled five story atrium and double height main auction space which had been converted into our party venue for the evening.

The great and the good of the design world were in attendance and there was a stellar feel to the event with a number of stand out designs referencing space and astronomy.

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Suspended from one of the venue's main walls, a huge handknotted rug from the Spacecrafted collection by Jan Kath provided a striking backdrop for the event. The image it depicts was taken from the Hubble space telescope.

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The main show stopper at the event however was the BMW i8. With its sleek, lightweight design, refined interior and head-turning scissor doors this is a car that will undoubtedly garner attention wherever it goes.

BMW's vision for the future seeks to bring together sustainable design and driving pleasure, qualities that the company has sought to embody in both the i8 and the more affordable all-electric i3, designed for everyday urban use.

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Above: Continuing the space theme, Diesel Living's collaboration with Seletti, features designs based on different planets of the solar system.

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Above: A lace up form-fitting coat from Raf Simons' AW2014 collection for Dior (Best Women's Fashion Collection). Simons also picked up the 'Best Alliance' award for his upholstery textile collaboration with Kvadrat.

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Above: The winners trophy designed by Nendo. Its form is derived from a sheet of paper, like the magazine itself, ordinarily flat, but here cleverly cut, twisted and folded into a three-dimensional object so that the background of the trophy reflects the asterisk found in the Wallpaper* logo in a kaleidoscopic optical effect.

For the full list of award winners visit www.wallpaper.com

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With thanks to my hosts BMW for a wonderful evening, and the most luxurious journey home.

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