2014 Marina Bautier
The Brussels-based designer Marina Bautier is Designer of the Year 2014. She is honoured for her discrete, elegant furniture and for her entrepreneurship.
Bautier studied at the Buckinghamshire New University and started her studio in Brussels in 2003. She designed for Belgian and international labels such as Swedese, Ligne Roset and Stattmann Neue Moebel. In 2013 Bautier launched her own label and showroom called MA. Inspired by Scandinavia and Asia, she creates functional but elegant no-frills furniture and has a soft spot for working with pale wood.
Apart from her particular less-is-more style, the jury was impressed with her audacity to start a label and the fact that her designs are produced in Belgium at accessible prices.