CID Awards 2017: Gillian Blair is 2017 Young Interior Designer of the Year

Gillian Blair of Godwin Austen Johson (GAJ) won this year’s Young Interior Designer of the Year title at the 11th edition of the Commercial Interior Design Awards.

The judges were impressed by Gillian’s portfolio and the mature thought process that is evident in her work. They described her design aesthetic as ‘elegant, sophisticated and timeless’.

One judge commented that Gillian “comes across as a believer of original concepts and her work exemplifies a strong concept driven design background”.

Upon receiving her trophy, she said: “Even to be shortlisted was incredible but to actually win the award is just amazing.

“At GAJ I’m currently taking on a lot of diverse projects, from residential to high end hotels to various mid-tier hotels as well.”

She added: “I am still very young in the position so I am always learning from my colleagues and my peers. I work very closely with my team which has really helped me to progress and to become a better mentor as well, just by listening to the team and understanding what their needs are.”

Adriana Graur from Perkins + Will was highly commended for her positive and enthusiastic approach.

The award was presented by John Carruthers, managing director from Fagerhult.

See all the winners of the 2017 CID Awards here. 

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