The South African Interior Designer of the Year Award 2011 | Calling on South African talent to enter

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What is it?

The aim of this awards programme is to recognise and reward outstanding contributions to interior decoration and design, acknowledge design excellence and new ideas and techniques across South Africa. This awards programme is a celebration of innovation, inspiration, and lasting achievement within interior decoration and design.

Who can enter?

This awards programme is open to everyone who is involved with or has an interest in interior decoration and design. Any African-based design student, novice or professional (over the age of 18) may enter, including interior designers, interior decorators, interior architects and architects.

What’s in it for me?

Entrants stand a chance of winning amazing prizes with the total value in excess of R1 million. The short-listed finalists and overall winners will also benefit from significant public and peer recognition, media coverage, networking opportunities and exposure as outstanding designers in the industry.

What to enter?

Student Category

"Design an inspired space"

Design a space that embodies innovation, inspiration and design excellence. Transform an existing space or conceptualise a new one and incorporate fabrics and/or wallcoverings from The Fabric Library's collections. This is your opportunity to exhibit your talent and interpret your understanding of design inspiration and innovation.

Create a sample/mood board that reflects your ideas and best communicates your design interpretation of an inspired space. Your sample/mood board should consist of a compilation of samples of fabric and wallcoverings swatches, lighting, materials, fittings, images, text, colour scheme, furniture, furnishings, and accessories - whatever inspires you.

Interior Decorator and Interior Designer Categories

Interior Decoration and Design projects that were completed between 1 January 2009 and 4 June 2011.

Brief as specified on

When to enter?

Open for submissions!

  • Entries close: 17 July 2011
  • The Shortlist announced: 19 October 2011
  • Awards Gala Dinner: November 2011

How to enter?

Create and submit your sample/moodboard via Register free of charge, opt for the 30-day free trial membership so you have the option to upload your own images and export in a variety of formats, and submit your sampleboard in the SA Designer of the Year  Competition.

You can enter online at or download an entry pack and submit at any Fabric Library showroom nationwide. You can enter today, login and update your entry at any time up until the closing date of 17 July 2011.

 Who are the jury ?

  • Neill Strydom, MD of The Fabric Library
  • Naomi Larkin, editor of House and Leisure
  • Marcia Margolius, author of SA Décor & Design – The Buyers’ Guide
  • Nataniël, celebrity entertainer

For more info regarding full submissions please contact: