Product Designer of the Year
Winner: Anna Hart
Sponsored by KOHLER
After joining leading furniture dealer Coexistence straight out of university, Anna Hart’s knowledge of commercial interiors was broadened, and she moved to DEGW (now part of Aecom) as an interior designer shortly afterwards. Hart went on to lead projects for the BBC, the Crown Estate and BP before relocating to Cornwall. This move culminated in her becoming the head of the interior design arm of hospitality specialist Absolute Design. It was here she created Fifteen Cornwall and the first phase of work for the Watergate Bay hotel on the north Cornwall coast.
In 2007 she founded her own design studio, Hart Miller Design, established in partnership with furniture designer John Miller. The foundation of the company is based on the belief that the environment influences the occupant of a space on an emotional level, and that furniture plays a key role in their experience of a space. More specifically, that furniture can define the space it’s in, affecting the behaviour of its users.
Anna Hart’s passion for furniture was cemented by her second joint project with Miller, forming furniture design and manufacturing brand MARK. Her designs aim to improve people’s experience of living, through interior architecture and product design.