Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award
Saturday, May 5th • By Invitation • Christopher Guy Showroom West Hollywood
Award Presentation and Cocktail Party
In conjunction with the Grand Opening of the new Christopher Guy showroom and BritWeek, the second annual Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Sponsored by Architectural Digest, the private award presentation and cocktail reception party will announce and celebrate the winner
and runner-up of the design competition. Guests will include prominent design professionals in the Los Angeles and Southern
California area, the BritWeek organization and their guests, the design schools and their students, and the prestigious panel of judges: renowned Designers Christopher Guy Harrison, Philip Treacy, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Birgit Muller.
THE DESIGN CHALLENGE
Christopher Guy is calling out to aspiring interior and product designers to claim their chance to enter the high-end furnishing industry.
The second annual Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award requires students to design pieces of furniture or decorative accessories following key Christopher Guy design elements, but based on the remarkable creations of Philip Treacy, the celebrated haute couture hat designer, who also has designed hats for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.
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Each entrant will design a furniture or decorative piece, such as a mirror following in the Christopher Guy design spirit, but based on the remarkable creations of celebrated haute couture hat designer Philip Treacy. The design challenge will be to conceptualize a full lifestyle setting incorporating all the elements of a given room and to design one or more of the pieces in the room, inspired by Philip Treacy’s famous hat designs.
Example: Christopher Guy Harrison, head designer and CEO of Christopher Guy, inadvertently designed a mirror in 2003 that was subsequently used for a hotel project in Ireland (shown beside). The mirror frame drew on similar lines to the hat designed by Philip Treacy for Camilla Parker Bowles at her Royal Wedding with HRH Prince Charles in 2005. After the wedding, the Christopher Guy mirror frame was known as The Camilla and still forms part of Christopher Guy’s extensive range of fabulous hand-carved mirror frames.
The design developed should represent a piece of furniture or a decorative item. The piece will be judged on its elegance, commercial viability, originality with a Philip Treacy DNA, and trueness to the Christopher Guy style.
Suggested References for Participants
- Get an idea of the mood and feel of the Christopher Guy brand by watching
videos on the website www.christopherguy.com
- See the complete Christopher Guy product catalogue
- Thoroughly research Philip Treacy and his hat designs at
- Use Google search to find the numerous Philip Treacy hat designs from which to garner inspiration. (Should participants have a hard time finding a hat creation by Philip Treacy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request sources).
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The winner will be offered a one month internship at the Christopher Guy headquarters in Singapore, including accommodation and airfare. During this month, the winner will have a chance to work one-on-one with head designer Christopher Guy Harrison and his team as they develop and launch new collections. Dates of the internship will be determined between the winner and Christopher Guy offices.
The winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to London to visit the Christopher Guy UK operations, the Christopher Guy showroom at Harrods.
Lastly, the winner will receive a four-day trip to visit the Christopher Guy exhibit during the Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris, one of the world's most prestigious furnishing exhibitions.
TThe runner-up will receive an all-expense paid trip to London to visit the Christopher Guy UK operations, the Christopher Guy showroom at Harrods. The runner-up will also receive a four-day trip to visit the Christopher Guy exhibit during the Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris, one of the world's most prestigious furnishing exhibitions
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London-based milliner Philip Treacy, the world's only haute couture hat designer, creates hats
that often are oversized and striking. Recognized early on for his outstanding technique and originality, he is a master craftsman who blends elements of Surrealism, mathematics and abstract art into his hat making. Philip's list of clients includes
British royalty and A-List celebrities all over the world. He has also designed hats for Alexander McQueen's white 'Haute Couture' collection at Givenchy in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld
at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. www.philiptreacy.co.uk
MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD
Illustrious interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is known for his glamorous and worldly interiors for celebrity clientele ranging from rock stars to royalty. His career in interior design has been showcased on numerous television programs in the US and the UK, as well as in more than 200 publications internationally. In 2010, he was named one of the top 100 Interior Designers in the World by Architectural Digest Magazine. www.martynlawrencebullard.com
BIRGIT C. MULLER
Three time Emmy Awarding Winning Designer Birgit Muller has dressed many Hollywood
celebrities. Born in Vienna and raised in Spain, Birgit has worked in film and television in the US for more than a decade at Paramount, Sony, Disney and Universal Productions, with such noted directors as William Friedkin, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. She has begun manufacturing her own line of designer gowns, and is an avid supporter of humanitarian causes. www.birgitcmullercouture.com
CHRISTOPHER GUY HARRISON
Internationally renowned furnishings designer and manufacturer Christopher Guy Harrison was born in Britain, raised in Spain and France, and now resides mainly in Singapore. Britweek 2012 sees the exciting opening of two major Christopher Guy stores in LA and NY, adding to a long global list that stretches from Shanghai to Moscow, Sydney to Milan, and Paris to London’s famous Harrods department store.
Christopher’s eye for details, passion for design and ability to capture and reflect a distinctively classic yet contemporary mood has ensured that the Christopher Guy brand remains at the forefront of luxury furnishings. The core values of elegance, sophistication and refinement are encapsulated in each uniquely hand-carved decorative piece, redefining trends and appealing to international audiences. Christopher Guy furnishings have graced the residences of countless Hollywood celebrities, major film sets, and the lobbies of luxury hotels and resorts around the globe, and remains a proud associate of the Anglo-American Britweek community in LA. www.christopherguy.com
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- Entries must solely be individual and not of a group
- Participants must be currently enrolled in design school and in their final year
- Both Interior Design and Product Design majors are welcome
- Deadline for entry is April 20, 2012, before 6pm
- Designs and related materials must be mailed or delivered in the form of presentation boards
- Refer to Downloadable Form for complete guidelines and information.
For more information, contact Mary Hall Ross at email@example.com or 323-935-7600
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The furnishings of international luxury furnishings brand Christopher Guy emanate a timeless beauty, evocative of a cosmopolitan
lifestyle and at home in any global environment. From concept to completion, the company takes a unique approach to
design, transcending modern and traditional boundaries and culminating in an instantly distinguishable look.
The Christopher Guy brand started life in 1993, under the name Harrison and Gil, as purveyors of the world’s
premier mirror frame collection. In 2006, following the phenomenal success of the Harrison and Gil line,
the core philosophy of creating beautiful and original mirror designs was carried through to a range of luxury furnishings and
decorative accessories. The decision was taken to bring the original mirror line and the new furnishings under one umbrella brand,
with Christopher Guy Harrison himself providing the new company name. From these strong foundations the company
evolved to include comprehensive lifestyle collections. This defining moment in the history of the company led to the creation of
the Christopher Guy brand and the start of a brand new future.
Christopher Guy furnishings have garnered international acclaim and graced the homes of Hollywood celebrities, as well as suites of luxury hotels and resorts around the globe. Joining Christopher Guy’s prestigious listing of accomplished projects, including
the Wynn Resort Vegas and the Wynn Macau, are the most recent additions to a prominent 6-star resort in Sanya, China. Christopher Guy
furnishings also continue to lend an air of sophistication and glamour to numerous film sets and have ‘starred’ in motion pictures, including Casino Royale, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hangover and The Resident, among others. Christopher's eye for details, passion for design and ability to capture and reflect a distinctively classic yet contemporary mood has ensured the brand name has remained at the forefront of luxury furnishings design. As an internationally acclaimed brand, Christopher Guy continues to grow the brand via stand-alone stores in Beverly Hills, High Point, Verona, London, Shanghai, Taiwan, and via established growth strategies worldwide in every continent.
Christopher Guy recently received the prestigious 2011 Design Icon awarded by the World Market Center LasVegas and Las Vegas
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