Members of the region’s interior design industry converged at the JW Marriott Marquis on September 15th, for the eighth annual Commercial Interior Design (CID) Awards.
The awards programme consisted of 15 categories in total, covering the entire spectrum of commercial interiors, from office design to leisure and entertainment.
Returning to the function this year was the American Hardwood Export Council’s (AHEC) Outstanding Use of American Hardwood in the Middle East award as well as the Lifetime Achievement award, which recognises the contribution of an interior design professional to the industry. The latter was sponsored by Marina Home Interiors, who is also the Platinum sponsor of the event.
Perkins + Will picked up three awards at this year’s ceremony, including Young Interior Designer of the Year, picked up by Laila Al Yousif while Diane Thorsen was named Interior Designer of the Year. The firm also won the Interior Design of the Year: Office category for its BP Dubai project.
The most prestigious prize, the Lifetime Achievement award, went to Khuan Chew of KCA International, and although she was not able to attend the ceremony, a video of Chew accepting the award was played for the audience, where she spoke of her work and highlighted what designers should regard highly in their work.
Design World Partnership received two awards at this year’s event including the Outstanding Use of American Hardwood in the Middle East prize for Emaar Corporate Offices as well as the Behind the Scenes prize that was awarded to Leonardo Cale Lerma.
LW Design Group also picked up two awards, including the prestigious Interior Design Firm of the Year as well as the Interior Design of the Year: Hospitality for the celebrated Vida Hotel in Downtown Dubai.
This year’s new category, Interior Design Boutique Firm of the Year, that recognises the most impressive design portfolio from a firm with less than 25 employees went to Bishop Design.
Steve Leung Designers won the Interior Design of the Year: Leisure & Entertainment prize for Yuan in Atlantis the Palm, while the Interior Design of the Year: Public and Institutional went to U + A Architects for its ICCA project.
Anarchitect, in its turn, won the Interior Design of the Year: Residential award for a private residence in Dubai and the Interior Design of the Year: Retail went to Studio Bruno Guelaff for the Arteco Ceramics showroom.
This year, AK Design received the Sustainable Initiative of the Year award for its Audodesk project.
Finally, the Interior Contractor of the Year at this year’s CID Awards went to ALEC Fitout.
The judges for the 2014 awards were: Barbara Bochnak, lead architect, Zaha Hadid Architects; Dean Skira, founder of Skira Lighting; Peter Aylett, technical director, Archimedia; Michelle Evans, creative director, Ayka Design; Laura Bielecki, senior designer, Godwin Austen Johnson; Bruce Paget, design lecturer, Heriot Watt University; Alan McCready, managing director Middle East, ISG; Alfred Johnson, founder and principal, Alfred Johnson Design; Rachel Brown, director, Capsule Arts and, Linsey Thomson, interior design teaching fellow, Heriot Watt University.
Commercial Interior Design Awards winners 2014:
Lifetime Achievement Award (Editorial Selection) Khuan Chew- KCA International
Interior Design of the Year: Hospitality Vida Hotel by LW Design Group
Interior Design of the Year: Leisure & Entertainment Yuan in Atlantis the Palm by Steve Leung Designers
Interior Design of the Year: Office BP Dubai by Perkins + Will
Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector & Institutional ICCA by U + A Architects
Interior Design of the Year: Residential Private Residence Dubai by Anarchitect
Interior Design of the Year: Retail Arteco Ceramics by Studio Bruno Guelaff
Interior Design Boutique Firm of the Year Bishop Design
Sustainable Interior Design Initiative of the Year Audodesk by AK Design
Interior Design Firm of the Year LW Design Group
Interior Designer of the Year Diane Thorsen- Perkins + Will
Young Interior Designer of the Year Laila Al Yousif- Perkins + Will
Behind the Scenes Award Leonardo Cale Lerma- Design World Partnership
Interior Contractor of the Year- People’s Choice Award ALEC Fitout
American Hardwood Export Council’s Outstanding Use of American Hardwood in the Middle East Award Emaar Corporate Offices by Design World Partnership