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Firoz Sainudeen was shortlisted for Young interior Designer of the Year at the CID Awards 2010, and this year, he was overwhelmed to win the 2011 prize title

Firoz Sainudeen is a 23-year-old interior design graduate based in the UAE. He completed his Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, with a specialisation in product design, from the University of Manipal, Dubai in 2009.

Sainudeen has worked for Al Mohanad Interiors for a year-and-a-half and was the first in-house interior designer hired by the company.

He feels working as a 3D freelancer during his second year at university helped him to build up his confidence post graduation.

He was recently promoted at the firm and given the responsibility of handling the design team, which includes visualisers, CAD operators, estimators and civil engineers. His tasks include coordinating with the sales team or a specific client on a project and providing a design, and/or coming up with a concept or a solution at any given time.

Sainudeen works closely with his team to ensure communication is smooth and a task is achieved within the given timeframe.

He believes it’s important to try to visualise the finish line, develop a path with minimal obstructions and stick to it, which has helped him to successfully complete a number of projects to date.

He feels grateful to have been given an opportunity to work in a design studio that houses a joinery division as it is here that he gets to see projects evolve from a drawing to its finish. Constant visits, double checks of dimension, material, material finish and ensuring every drawing is approved is part of his daily routine within this division.

How do you feel about winning the CID Young Interior Designer of the Year Middle East award 2011?
Words cannot describe how I feel. I might take a week off work and go skydiving, I’m afraid of heights but it won’t matter.

Winning an award is a dream come true. It has given me the break that will help shape my career and future. I have quite a few peers and juniors within the same field that look up to me as a guide or an inspiration; they have always been a part of my success. This will give them a chance to excel in what they do best, work hard and know that their work will be appreciated in a truly rewarding manner.

Post the CID Awards 2010 nomination, I was determined to do better, push myself even further and I’ve worked hard in achieving that goal.

The outcome is evident and I’m here today. To be singled out by a team of expert and honorable judges who have been in the industry for many years’ means a lot to me. Competing against the industry best is overwhelming. To be recognised as a young interior designer within the industry, will now give me a solid base and the confidence to reach further into the international scene.

It has given me the support I need in achieving the impossible, something I truly love as I enjoy a challenge. I now feel more confident in taking up new projects that I have not worked on before, perhaps airline interiors, a genre I’ve always wanted to get my hands into, as the challenge involved is by far the greatest in terms of interior design.

My friends and family have always stood by my side and have supported me through thick and thin, this is a great opportunity to give back to them what they have provided for me.

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