Hailing from ten countries, our August jury comprising 15 spatial design stakeholders will share their insights and expertise with submitters this month.

Alberto Martinez, sales manager of Central Europe at Andreu World

Alberto Martinez is a regional sales manager for Spanish furniture manufacturer Andreu World, based in Valencia. He communicates with architects and interior designers in Central Europe to understand new demands in providing healthy and durable designs focused on user comfort and experience – Martinez and his team operate with the belief that furniture must be ergonomic, personalized and functional. They provide solutions to space makers working across sectors, from institutions and retail to hospitality and work. 

Alexander Fehre, founder and CEO of Studio Alexander Fehre

Founder and CEO of his namesake design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, Alexander Fehre formerly worked for Ippolito Fleitz Group as a designer, project manager and 3D artist. The Stuttgart-headquartered team has worked on projects for the likes of Hyatt, Lynk & Co, Bosch and BreuningerSAX, spanning trade fair construction, shop, retail, office and working environments, entertainment, restaurants, living and more. They champion ‘intelligent, touching’ concepts. 

Andrew Mcmullan, director of Mcmullan Studio

Andrew Mcmullan believes design is optimistic. For 15 years, he held senior-level positions at Allies and Morrison, Heatherwick Studio and was vice president of HOK. In 2018, he founded Mcmullan Studio to evolve his positive design approach by creating community-based projects where wellbeing and diversity are designed into daily life. A graduate of the Architectural Association, Mcmullan has sat on international award juries and taught at Central Saint Martins and the Architectural Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a UK Design Council Expert.

Benjamin Kaplan, design director, global brand experience at Nike

A multidisciplinary designer, maker, and creative thinker, Benjamin Kaplan is currently design director at Nike in its Portland Global Brand Experience Studio, where he leads a team that creates immersive, multi-sensory experiences for consumers across the sportswear brand’s retail, digital and events platforms. He played a key role in bringing Nike’s forward-looking House of Innovation retail concept to life in New York, Shanghai, and most recently, Paris.

Ekaterina Elizarova, founder of Elizarova Design Studio

Commended with awards from Elle Decoration, Red Dot, the St. Petersburg International Design Forum and more, Ekaterina Elizarova’s aesthetic combines the finest natural materials with contemporary, trend-setting designs. She is the founder of Ekaterinburg’s Elizarova Design Studio, and has collaborated with brands including SMANIA, Urban Fabric Rugs, Preciosa Lighting, Capital Collection, Matlight Milano, and Junior Monarch. She was educated at the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts and the UK’s University of Huddersfield.

Jayati Sinha, visual designer for physical and digital experiences at Fjord

After studying lifestyle products in her native India, Jayati Sinha came to the US to obtain a master’s in environmental design. Now in San Francisco, she has recently joined global design and innovation consultancy Fjord, an arm of Accenture Interactive – her objective is to generate empathy, emotion and engagement by studying people and behaviours and fusing the physical and digital world. Previously, she was an environment designer at the Yves Béhar-led design and innovation firm Fuseproject.

Julian Lwin, principal and spatial design director at Lwindesign and Street Farms USA 

A British-born designer living and working in NYC, Julian Lwin created Lwindesign Studio in the Big Apple after graduating from Central St Martins (UAL). Since, he has worked on environmental design projects for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Jaguar, Ricoh, W-Hotels and Herman Miller & Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, amongst others. His work explores the relationship between the material and the immaterial qualities of lighting, product and furniture design, investigating ecology and environmentalism as an emotional catalyst.

Julian Sebban, architect and CEO of Uchronia

Founded in Paris by Julien Sebban, an alumnus of the AA School of Architecture in London, Uchronia designs strong spaces with a singular identity, inspired by colour and light. The studio offers a complete creative service, from architecture to layout, including furniture design and visual identity. Uchronia has collaborated with the fashion brand Jour/Né, the house of Nina Ricci, the creator of Grillz (jewellery and dentistry) Dolly Cohen, and also imagined Créatures, restaurant at the Galeries Lafayette, as well as Forest, a new culinary establishment at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. 

Jump Lee, co-founder and director of space design at One Fine Day Studio & Partners 

As the co-founder and space design director of Guangzhou’s One Fine Day Studio & Partners, Jump Lee advocates diverse design, identifying what makes brands unique and solving the problems of personalization and systematic communication for clients. He established the {gaaarden} furniture collection store in 2021, selecting well-known furniture brands and artists at home and abroad. His drive is to strike a balance between lifestyle aesthetics, quality and design concepts, while matching inspiration and promoting spaces that boost creativity and imagination.

Karol Suguikawa, architect, designer and creative director 

Brazilian architect and designer Karol Suguikawa works in the realms of commercial projects for design companies and collectible pieces for art and design galleries. Drawing on her experience as a transgender woman, she uses her work as a platform to research and discuss gender and contemporary living through the lens of design. She earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the UEG State University of Goiás and a master’s degree in design from Politecnico di Milano. 

Leo Zhang, CEO of X11 (KK Group)

Leo Zhang is the CEO of X11 (KK Group), the first Chinese retail brand that supplies toy collections from around the globe. He has been engaged in the fashion retail and commercial real estate fields for more than a decade, and has unique insights into Gen Z and the design of new experiential spaces. Parent company KK Group is dedicated to offering extreme aesthetic experiences and updating retail scenes from the perspectives of spatial layout, color palette and product display. Itenhances investment and innovation in informatization, data and intelligent systems to support product selection and updates.

Marjan van Aubel, solar designer at Marjan van Aubel Studio

Marjan van Aubel is an award-winning solar designer bringing solar energy into daily life through objects. Van Aubel's most notable works are Current Table and Power Plant, as well as the roof of the Dutch Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Her work is in permanent collectoon of museums such as MoMA New York, the V&A London and Boijmans van Beuningen in the Netherlands, amongst others. She has collaborated with global brands such as Cos, Timberland, Swarovski with the aim of accelerating global energy transition to solar.

Olga Sundukova, cofounder of Sundukovy Sisters Design & Architecture Studio / S+S 

Specialized in hospitality design for hotels, restaurants and public spaces, S+S was founded by twins Olga and Irina Sundukovy in 2004, who attended the Ural State Academy of Arts and Architecture in Yekaterinburg. Today the studio employs 70 people and is based in Moscow but operated globally with a presence in Dubai, Paris, Berlin and London. They have worked for worldwide hospitality leaders such as Accor (Sofitel, Raffles, Fairmont, Pullman, Mercure, Novotel, MGallery, Ibis, Ibis Style, Tribe, Adagio), IHG, Marriott and Radisson, with 180+ projects in their portfolio.

Pankhuri Goel, principal at Studio Lotus 

Pankhuri Goel is a principal at Studio Lotus, a New Delhi-based multidisciplinary design practice founded in 2002, where she leads the residential design vertical. Comprising masterplanning, architecture, and interior design, the work of the award-winning practice is grounded on the principles of Conscious Design. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Goel worked as a museum designer in the past. Her meticulous focus on detail-oriented concepts is reflected in her diverse repertoire of hospitality environments, narrative-based experiential design for brands, events and exhibitions.

Yanfei Li, founder and design director of 8877 Interiors

Yanfei Li graduated from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has worked on a variety of projects in metropolises including Cape Town, Milan, Lisbon, Melbourne and Sydney. She started 8877 Interiors at the age of 30 in Shanghai after she came back to China in 2019. Li believes that excessive decoration and consumption can make interiors dull and hollow, and that seemingly ‘practical’ items are sometimes the least functional. She guides clients to think about their most suitable lifestyles and to avoid overconsumption or the blind chase for trends, so as to become protagonists of their own life.