Annual commercial interior design competition expands to Middle East

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The Office Exhibition 2012 is opening up its annual commercial interior design competition to the wider Middle East for the first time.

In partnership with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), ‘The Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition’ will recognise outstanding commercial interior design in corporate, education, healthcare, hospitality, government, restaurant, retail and fitness/spa projects in the region.

“Design in the workplace matters because it facilitates human interaction and performance. Good design is not only aesthetic but should also benefit the end user,” said Cheryl Durst, executive VP and CEO, IIDA.


“Through the Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition, we aim to recognise and celebrate those commercial spaces that are artistic, innovative and functional.”

Interior designers, interior architects or design firms based anywhere around the world are eligible to enter.

“As the only trade show for office interior design in the Middle East, broadening the reach of our design competition to include projects in the wider region was a logical extension of the programme in its second year.,” said David Wilson, event director, The Office Exhibition.

“By recognising those companies that understand the impact of good design on business success, we hope the industry will be able to learn from their example.”

The projects submitted should be based within the Middle East and completed within the last three years (between January, 1, 2009 and December, 31, 2011).

The competition will remain open for entries from March 5 to April 26, 2012 and companies interested in participating can lodge their application online at

The winning design projects will be on display at The Office Exhibition 2012 from May 15-17 at Dubai World Trade Centre and will be acknowledged at an official awards ceremony during the event.

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