Kingston Graduates win 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Award

    Image: Butcher’s Hook pictured with Stefan Sagmeister and their award.

    Butcher’s Hook, a project from a team of recent graduates, from both Kingston and London College of Communication, has won the 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Award for Installation Design (ADAA).

    Kingston’s  Benio Urbanowicz and Dan Jones, along with Josh Blanchett and James Coltman, decided to start their own design studio and gallery, right in the heart of west London. With almost no budget but endless persistence, the butchers acquired an old shop front (which has always been a Butcher’s shop) and so Butcher’s Hook was formed. Here’s how they did it:

    Butcher’s Hook have just returned from Toronto, Canada, where they won the International Adobe Design Achievement Awards for Installation Design. Their interactive installation, used publicly to introduce themselves to their local community, was recognised as the best (submitted) design installation on the globe. Whilst in Toronto, the graduates had the chance of meeting other nominees from all over the globe, as well as ‘design greats’, including Stefan Sagmeister, Pum and Jake Lefebure of Design Army, Harry Pearce, Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka.

    Upon their return, the Butchers said: “we’re completely ecstatic to have been nominated for such a prestigious award – just the chance to have met so many talented and exciting people has been amazing. When we found out we had won, in all honesty, we were slightly surprised – since we were up against two other outstandingly good nominations. This is our first award and hopefully not our last – winning has been an inspiration for the future. We’d like to thank everyone who followed us through the whole experience – the support has been phenomenal. Watch out for our next steps, which will be announced nearer to Christmas, when our new website will be ready!”

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