When we were told that our ophelis docks had been shortlisted for the Mixology Product of the Year - Furniture award we were over the moon, there was jumping, beaming smiles and I'll admit perhaps a squeal or two.
Arriving on the night with Holger from Ophelis, we were just happy to be there, grateful the weather was being so kind and proud that we had made the shortlist (out of 100+ entries) of such an esteemed award and against such a high level of competition.
Then, when Matt Clark from Umbrella Furniture read out Ophelis Docks as the winner (after a dramatic pause may I add, nicely done Matt) there was shock and disbelief which quickly morphed into pride and elation.
See, the thing is it isn't easy introducing a relatively unknown product to the UK interiors market. From the moment we set our eyes on docks we knew it was special, but how do you know that you are seeing it the same way everyone else is? You may have it completely wrong, like an aesthetically challenged newborn baby...mum thinks it is the most beautiful thing on the planet but really, if the people you were showings pictures of it to were honest, it looks like Alien reproduced with Benjamin Button.
It is so important to believe in what you are doing, in so many parts of life including work and sometimes you just need a bit of affirmation to recharge the batteries and fuel the fire and that, is exactly what docks winning Furniture Product of the Year has done.
So, it's official. ophelis docks is not something only a mother could love, it is smart, beautifully designed furniture made with love - to last and we are so proud to be representing it in the UK.
Some shots from the evening below, thanks for everyones support and especially to Mixology for providing this opportunity and platform in the interiors industry.