Why LBDA 2018 Gala Night was so memorable

  •   7 December 2018

The second edition of Lookbox Design Awards (LBDA) had the interior design industry’s top names and biggest players gathered to celebrate Singapore’s best.

The winners of the Lookbox Design Awards 2018 were finally announced, and Singapore’s most inspiring designers and homes were honoured. Held at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, the setting was glamourous, food was scrumptious, prizes were fantastic, everyone looked amazing and had a blast. Were you there to experience it first-hand?

If you weren’t, here’s what you missed.

lbda-2018-photo-wall-ubersnaps(L-R) Wee Geck Ying (Hafary), Simon Cheong (Hafary), Kef (Unity ID) and Karmen Lee (Indesign Media Asia Pacific)

bosch-team-at-lbda-2018BOSCH team

indesign-media-asia-pacific-teamIndesign Media Asia Pacific team

There’s bound to be a photo wall at every event. But the one at LBDA 2018 Gala Night is unlike any other. Three-dimensional and highly interactive, the creative photo wall was designed by OuterEdit in collaboration with Hafary. It featured rotating columns of tiles, which was really the perfect backdrop to have Ubersnap gif photos taken!

Check out all the gif photos taken at LBDA 2018 Gala Night, and download yours here! 


As the host for the Gala Night, Chew Soo Wei lent her distinctive voice and treated the crowd to a fun-filled, entertaining evening.


Kavita Nandan, Managing Director of Indesign Media Asia Pacific, welcomed the 250 guests who were in attendance.


Also, prolific interior designer, Peter Tay, Founder and Design Director of Peter Tay Studio gave a keynote speech, recognising the significance of LBDA as the first independent Singapore-focused interior design award, and the importance of recognising Singapore’s emerging talent.

lbda-2018-judges(L-R) Kelley Cheng, Peter Tay, Nikki Hunt and Andrea Savage

After rigorous rounds of judging the LBDA 2018, the judges were pleased to attend the Gala Night and celebrate the winners, too.

Find out more about the esteemed jury panel here.

lbda-2018-winners-and-judgesLBDA 2018 winners and judges

lbda-2018-honourable-mentions-and-judgesLBDA 2018 Honourable Mentions and judges

You probably already know who the winners and honourable mentions of the Lookbox Design Awards 2018 are, and here they are looking all pleased with themselves. After all, they’ve earned the bragging rights with this prestigious award!

These are the LBDA 2018 categories:

#1 Outstanding HDB Flat, proudly presented by BOSCH
#2 Outstanding Private Apartment, proudly presented by Fisher & Paykel
#3 Outstanding Landed Home, proudly presented by mafi
#4 Best Space for Entertaining
#5 Best Space for Retreat
#6 Best Open-Plan Concept
#7 Most Dramatic Transformation
#8 Outstanding Space: Old Home Conversion
#9 Interior Design Firm of the Year
#10 Home of the Year

Read the full story about the winners and honourable mentions here.


The LBDA trophies were specially commissioned from the mafi factory in Austria, and each one is truly unique, due to the nature of the material used to make them.

A hint of brass and beautiful wood grains on the beech wood – a winning combination – give the cubic forms character and a timeless design aesthetic.

johannes-krabichler-bosch-and-lucky-winnerJohannes Krabichler (BOSCH) and lucky draw winner

Six lucky guests even went home with exclusive prizes from LBDA 2018 partners, which rounded off the evening splendidly.

Here’s what they won:

– 1 BOSCH Unlimted handheld vacuum cleaner, worth $1,399, courtesy of BOSCH
– 1 BOSCH MUM5 Kitchen Machine, worth $649, courtesy of BOSCH
– 3 hansgrohe Croma Select S1 Jet Hand Shower, worth $90 each, courtesy of hansgrohe
– A one-night stay for 2 at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, worth $450, courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore


Guests were delighted with the scrumptious nosh prepared by Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Throughout the evening, the three-course dinner helped pace all the excitement over the awards.

andy-chia-and-eve-quah-hansgroheAndy Chia (hansgrohe) and Eve Quah (hansgrohe)

ryan-tan-outereditRyan Tan (OuterEdit)

akihaus-design-studio-team-at-lbda-2018akiHAUS Design Studio team

All in all, it was a fantastic celebration and a great way to end 2018 on a high and hopeful note.

See you next year at the third Lookbox Design Awards!

Thank you to all our partners and strategic alliances for contributing towards such a fabulous event, and to everyone for coming to celebrate with us!


Stay tuned for more event photos and updates!