Cromer designer shortlisted for international award

PUBLISHED: 11:56 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:18 02 September 2013

Cromer designer Anji Connell

Cromer designer Anji Connell


A Cromer designer has been shortlisted for a prestigious international award.

Cromer designer Anji Connell's shortlisted design of a Hong Kong apartmentCromer designer Anji Connell's shortlisted design of a Hong Kong apartment

Anji Connell’s creation for a luxurious Hong Kong apartment in a converted warehouse overlooking the South China Sea is among the finalists for the International Design and Architecture Awards.

Mrs Connell, wife of former Cromer county councillor Barry, from the Bath House said she was “absolutely delighted” with the nomination.

Her interior design career began in 1986 working with Smallbone of Devizes, a high end furniture company in London with clients through out the UK.

She then moved to Hong Kong in 1989, working for an interior company for a year before setting her own company in 1990.

Cromer designer Anji Connell's shortlisted design of a Hong Kong apartmentCromer designer Anji Connell's shortlisted design of a Hong Kong apartment

Mrs Connell left Hong Kong in 2000, and had a year living and working in Paris before moving back to the UK.

During that career she has tackled a wide range of design projects.

“I have been really fortunate to have had many projects over the years including residential, marine, hotel, and commercial projects in the UK, London, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, New York and Paris.”

A lot of her work was in Hong Kong and China with her past connection.

Shortlisting project description

The space, light and views are sentinel to this project. Each of these elements demands a high attention to both detail and finish. A pared down palate of materials enhances the feeling of space. Glass, concrete, cement board and weathered iron pay respect to the industrial spirit. The wrap-around-windows, glass and mirror walls reflect both internal and external views. The structure is minimal creating an open and accessible space. It does not take itself too seriously with coloured LED lighting, feature graphic printed glass sliding doors with red leather interiors, red toilet booth, oversized Antonio Lupi bathtub, architectural basin and ceiling tube tap. The space works as it is so open and light, yet, gives a feeling of privacy. There are designated spaces for sleeping, bathing, relaxing, working, dining & entertaining.

The apartment project was “great fun and a privilege”.

She said she was “very proud” of the award project which involved a lot of detailed drawings.

It was finished to a really high standard with complicated layered lighting and sound systems in place. The use of metals, glass, Corian and concrete all helped to achieve a sophisticated urban industrial look.

Mrs Connell went to the Inchbald School of Design in 2011 to do a post graduate diploma in garden design and is currently writing her thesis, Greening of the City, for her MA in Landscape Design.

“I have also done a lot of work for charities helping to raise money for disadvantaged people, for aids charities and have designed furniture, rugs, ceramics, and jewellery,” she said.

She was also one of three designers to win a rug design competition in 2011 with Veedon Fleece.

Mrs Connell added: “I think design was in my DNA, although where from i don’t know. I do not have a family history of design.

■People can see more about the project, awards, and lodge a vote click here

■See more about Anji Connell designs at her website

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