Designer    News 03 Dec 2015

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award: Ludovica & Roberto Palomba take the ultimate design prize

2015’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners Ludovica+Roberto Palomba have perhaps influenced modern bathroom design more than any others. We salute a body of work that is both expansive and inspiring…

The Simon Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement is named in memory of a talented young kitchen designer who won one of the very first awards when the Designer Awards was launched 13 years ago.

The list of past winners reads like a who’s who of some of the biggest names in design. Mark Wilkinson, Robin Levien, Johnny Grey, Karim Rashid, Marc Newson, and Philippe Starck are among the past recipients.

In a similar vein, this year’s winners – Ludovica+Roberto Palomba – are true giants of contemporary design in this industry. Prolific both in quantity and quality, their design output influences and inspires in equal measure, often dominating proceedings at trade exhibitions such as ISH and Cersaie with their steady stream of fresh and innovative designs.

Their work stretches right across the interiors field, from kitchen creations for Elmar, Elica and Schiffini, radiators for Tubes, chairs for Zanotta and tables for the likes of Cappellini and Poltrona Frau.

It’s for bathrooms that their work is best known however. Multi-award winning designs for the likes of Boffi, Flaminia, Zucchetti, Kos, Rapsel and Laufen have come about through long-term relationships with many of these brands.

Their style is diverse, but very much focused on the human nature of the bathroom, with natural, organic forms a recurring element. It’s an approach that has seen them win a huge number of awards around the world, including several Red Dot and Design Plus honours.

Some of their designs have previously won gold in the Product Innovation categories at the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards in recent years, but now is very much the right time to acknowledge their much wider contribution to the industry.

Receiving the 2015 Simon Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement, Roberto Palomba said: “Winning an award like this perhaps means that we are old. We will not stop designing, but our focus for the future will be on encouraging and supporting new young designers. That’s important if we are all to benefit from new ideas and fresh thinking in the years to come.”

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