The award for the Middle East’s most promising young interior designer under the age of 30 was handed to Firoz Sainudeen of Al Mohanad Interiors.
The judging panel for the 2011 Commercial Interior Design Awards said Sainudeen was 100% passionate and committed about everything he does, had a good eye for detail, and always goes above and beyond what is expected of him.
Sainudeen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design in Dubai in 2010 and was nominated the same year for Young Interior Designer of the Year 2010.
“I am speechless. It’s been almost a year but the shock still brings me goose bumps,” he said.
“Being nominated, assured me I was on the right track. It set the bar higher, I knew I had what it takes and I felt a sense of reassurance from what I enjoy doing. I am truly honoured to be a part of the emerging young interior designers in the Middle East and I am overwhelmed to have won this prestigious award.”
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 was recently promoted to head up the design team, which includes visualisers, CAD operators, estimators and civil engineers. His tasks include coordinating with the sales division or a specific client on a project and providing a design, concept or a brief at any given time.
Highly commended was Cormac Lynch GAJ who the judges said ‘has a very strong design ability and subtleness which comes through with his designs for the Federal National Council project.’
The three other young interior designers on the shortlist were; Emma Karczewski, Broadway Malyan, Atefeh Bashir, Bishop Design Associates and Muhammed Waqas Vohra, Vohra Asian Leather Crafts.