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2018 Judges

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Michelle Ogundehin

Editor at Large - Elle Decoration UK

Biography

Internationally renowned as an authority on style, the home and contemporary culture, Michelle Ogundehin is a curator, editor, storyteller and global influencer with expertise. Originally trained as an architect, Michelle is also a TV presenter, writer, an ardent lover of colour, texture and tiles, and the former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK. Her mission? To decode the worlds of style, design and trends. As she puts it, "design shapes the world, trends flavour it, and your style is based on what you eventually choose... so a good translator is essential!" Michelle's skill is to put these worlds into context, joining the cultural dots to make entertaining stories that are relevant to as many people as possible.

Design excellence

Design excellence is when something works so well you don't have to think about how to use it. It's when something looks so good, yet you can't put your finger on the individual component that makes it sing. And most of all, it's when these two things combine to create things of great sophistication and simplicity.