Twenty St. James's Street's "The Veil" Wins Surface Design Award
7 February 2019
The Veil, a sculpture by Giles Miller Studio and commissioned by Grafton Advisors as the centrepiece for the reception of our Twenty St James project has won in the ‘Commercial Interior Surface’ section of the Surface Design Awards 2019.
197 projects from 22 different countries were entered into this year’s Awards. The judging panel hand selected 48 finalists across the 13 categories. Each entry was judged on the particular use of materials, the type and finish of surface and the overall look and feel of the aesthetic design.
The Veil beat five other finalists in the category from the UK, South Korea, USA and China produced by designers including Zaha Hadid Architects and BuckleyGrayYeoman.
Merrik Baggallay of Grafton Advisors commented: “The brief set for the space was a challenging one as the piece has to perform so many different roles; not only as a focal point for the double height reception but also to protect the privacy of the first floor office from reception and street level and then vice versa. The resulting sculpture by Giles Miller Studio has more than satisfied the brief and provides a hugely positive visual impact in the reception that has been extremely well received by occupiers and we are delighted it has now also received the recognition it deserves with this award”
Giles Miller of Giles Miller Studio added: “At first glance, the piece appears to be purely aesthetic, bringing character and depth to the space below – but in fact the sculpture hides the first floor level office, bringing privacy to the inhabitants by way of its composition. The 3,200 brass pieces were laser cut and then individually machine-bent before being slotted into the vertical contoured ‘ribs’ that make up the undulating shape of The Veil. We are delighted that the client took the risk and pushed us to create something that went beyond sculpture into something that functioned so well for the space on multiple levels. The ‘architectural artwork’ is the largest indoor installation that Giles Miller Studio has produced in the UK, and forms part of the studio’s ongoing experimental enquiry into how surfaces can define the spaces they inhabit.”