Ilkley-based interior design studio, Sturman & Co., has been recognised by the global interior design and architecture industry in this year’s International Design & Architecture Awards.
The practice, founded by creative director, Bess Sturman, has been been shortlisted for its recent conversion and modernisation of an 18th century barn set in the Yorkshire countryside.
Now in its eleventh year, the International Design & Architecture Awards (IDAAs) operate using a voting system, with over 86,000 global industry professionals each individually reviewing and voting for the shortlisted nominees. It is one of only a small number of awards to operate in this way and celebrates with, and alongside, leading global designers.
Speaking about this international recognition, Bess said: “It really is a great honour to have been selected by such an esteemed audience of industry professionals for this year’s IDAAs and a great privilege to fly the flag for Yorkshire in an international setting such as this.”
Founded in 2011, Sturman & Co. employs a team of six and designs homes for clients in and around Yorkshire: from listed building renovations through to barn and Victorian family home transformations. Bess is one of only a handful of designers in Yorkshire to meet standards set by the British Institute for Interior Designers (BIID). She has won previous recognition for her design of Ilkley Cinema.
Bess continues: “The IDAAs highlight the benefits of interior designers and architects working closely together, something which is so often underestimated. From avoiding the sun reflecting on the TV to preventing muddy boots being trampled into the house – there are hundreds of decisions that we help our clients make right from the first set of drawings which can lead to a better quality of life at home.
“Getting an interior designer involved early in a project means that no decision is made without considering how a space will be used and enjoyed, long after the last picture has been hung.”
Spotlight on a Yorkshire barn
Sturman & Co.’s shortlisting for the IDAAs was for the conversion of an 18th century barn in West Yorkshire. Having been converted for occasional use in the early 2000s, the property needed extensive modernisation in order for its busy new owners to enjoy the space as soon as possible.
While retaining and enhancing an abundance of period features and character, Bess’ designs first involved changing the fundamental spatial flow in the barn which was achieved by removing walls and doors to create a better balance between public and private spaces. Her aesthetic for the finished space creates a simple, relaxing and comforting way of living by the use of a restrained palette, natural textiles and pools of soft lighting to accent the historic architectural features of the barn.
The project called upon the expertise of many local Yorkshire craftspeople and creatives, including artist Ian Middleton. Bess also sourced unique lighting by Neb Abbott as well as using the studio’s network of expert contractors and suppliers to implement the scheme.
The winners of the International Design & Architecture Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London this September.