London Design Festival Medals were initiated eleven years ago to pay tribute annually to designers who are making, or have made, a significant difference to our lives through their innovation, originality and imagination. Originally offering one - 'The Medal' - there are now four individual medals: the London Design Medal, Emerging Talent, Design Innovation, and Lifetime Achievement. We were delighted to partner once again with headline sponsor, British Land, for the 2017 edition of the British Land Celebration of Design Awards.

Panerai London Design Medal: Es Devlin

The Panerai London Design Medal is awarded to an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence.

Es Devlin is widely considered to be one of the world's foremost set designers. Her first works were for fringe in London, but her canvas was expanded to the National Theatre, Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, La Scala, and Wembley Stadium. She has created stage sets in collaboration with Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, Jay Z, Adele, as well as designing the London Olympic closing ceremony and the Rio Olympic opening ceremony.

Design Innovation Medal: Paul Priestman

The Design Innovation Medal, supported by Tanqueray, celebrates entrepreneurship in all its forms, both locally and internationally. It honours an individual for whom design lies at the core of their development and success.

Paul Priestman is the Founding Director and Chairman of industrial design and transportation consultancy, PriestmanGoode. From the new Tube for London to airplanes and hotels, his visionary thinking has shaped daily life for millions of people around the world. Priestman has been named one of Britain's 500 most influencial individuals by The Sunday Times Progress 1000.

Emerging Talent Medal: Julian Melchiorri

The Emerging Talent Medal, supported by Storey, recognizes an individual who has made an impact on the design scene within five or so years of graduation.

Julian Melchiorri is an innovator, design-engineer, and entrepreneur. Internationally known for his 'artificial leaf' projects, he exploits biological micro-organisms and materialsto convert waste and pollution into valuable resources. He was the V&A Exhibition Road Engineering resident from April 2016 to July 2017, a TEDx speaker, and Forbes 30 under 30 best social entrepreneur 2017. Earlier this year, he won the Arts Foundation award for Materials Innovation supported by the Clothworkers' Founders. 

Lifetime Achievement Medal: Margaret Calvert OBE

The Lifetime Achievement Medal honours an individual who has made significant and fundamental contributions to the design industry over their career.

South-African born Margaret Calvert's first job - at the invitation of Jock Kinnear - was to assist on the signage of Gatwick Airport, a collaboration that would eventually lead to the design partnership Kinneir Calvert Tunhill. Calvert went on to take a leading role in one of the biggest and most well recognised public design projects in the UK: the road signing system that remains in place to this day. She also created lettering and signing systems for NHS hospitals, British Rail and the British Airports Authority. More recently, she was heavily involved in the design of the government's new website,, and has worked on the design of lettering and pictograms for the Moscow Metro.

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