Finalist for the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award

Finalist for the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award

walkway with displaysBA(Hons) Interior Design student Helen Jackson has been nominated as a finalist for the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer of the Year Award 2013. Founded three years ago, the award is already firmly established as the pre-eminent national accolade for final year undergraduate design students.

Over 30 UK universities took part in the competition and Helen’s design submission was selected from 80 entries to become one of 12 finalists. Her work, alongside the other finalists, will be showcased at the Awards ceremony to be held in Covent Garden, London on Wednesday 5th June. The winning project and student will be announced at the elegant Awards party and be crowned the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer 2013.

Helen’s design concept was to create ‘The Foundry Archive & Museum’ – a project based around the once prosperous Harvey Foundry in Hale – aiming to reconnect Cornwall’s rich industrial history and wealth of derelict buildings with more obvious attractions. Her project also seeks to address the remodelling of derelict buildings and the regeneration of local community areas, combining the new with the old while strongly acknowledging a community’s heritage.

“My approach to design is to also increase inhabitants’ well-being and raise the profile of an area,” Helen explained further. “I evaluate how to progress derelict sites, creating something new, while responding in a sensitive way to a building’s or place’s history and architectural legacy.”

An impressive line-up of professionals formed the judging panel this year and included: renowned international photographer, Terry O’Neill; leading British fashion designer to the Hollywood A-list, Alessandra Rich; the Royal Ballet’s gifted Prima Ballerina Leanne Benjamin; Graeme Brooker, Founding Director of Interior Educators; the innovative online book publishing entrepreneur, Raoul Tawadey; and Vanessa Brady, President of The Society of British Interior Design (SBID).

Janine Stone – who designs, builds, renovates and furnishes outstanding private residences around the world – comments: “We have discovered some extraordinary talent since establishing the competition and we have created a platform at which the most talented design students can display their work to the design industry. The Awards ceremony is attended by many leading lights from the world of design, which includes our elite supplier base and the supportive and influential British interiors media.

“I am particularly pleased that we have found a way to connect young designers with the design and interiors industry in such a vibrant and dynamic environment, and I look forward to discovering the next winner for the 2013 Award.”

The winning student will receive a cash prize of £10,000 and a six-month paid internship at Janine Stone’s London studio, working with and being mentored by Janine and her design team. Their university will also receive £1,000 towards books and equipment.

The two runners-up places will each receive a £1,000 cash prize. All 3 final winning students will receive the coveted pewter cube trophies.

Helen’s full artwork and project will be on display at the Design Centre, Penryn Campus as part of the design degree shows, 15 – 21 June (closed Monday 17 June).

“I was overwhelmed to hear that I had been nominated to be Young Interior designer of the year 2013 award, the opportunities that this will will lead to will be outstanding. To be recognised is a fantastic achievement but to win will be a fantastic way to launch my careerer as a designer, I have everything crossed.” - Helen Jackson, Interior Design BA(Hons) Falmouth University