Members of the jury 2016

Michael Sodeau, London

Jury Chairman / Designer / MSP Michael Sodeau Partnership
Since 1997 the designer has worked for global names such as Hypetex, a new brand specializing in colourful carbon fibres. Since 2011 Sodeau has also been the creative director of the London trade show “Designjunction”.

Jochen Ehresmann, Munich

Jochen Ehresmann
Head of Carpets Department / Böhmler Einrichtungshaus
The carpet expert has learned the trade from the bottom up. He has worked with the renowned Böhmler furnishings store in Munich for nearly 26 years and has headed their carpets department since 1998.

Linda O’Keeffe, New York

Linda O'Keeffe

Freelance author / journalist

For nearly 30 years O’Keeffe has observed the design world, achieving acclaim as an art director, author and journalist. Her latest publication: “Heart and Home: Rooms That Tell Stories”.

Michael Pourvakil, Toronto

Michael PourvakilFounder and Managing Director / Weavers Art
A passion for the art of handmade knotted carpets and 25 years of experience in the trade make Pourvakil one of Canada’s leading experts with a name for dealing in high-quality handmade carpets.

Ross Urwin, Hongkong

Founder and Creative Director / Infrastructure
Having worked for Habitat, Liberty and Lane Crawford, the design and lifestyle expert has developed strategies for luxury brands for the Asian market. Urwin collects vintage items which he integrates in his projects.

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