We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 CID Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, September 19 at the Joharah Ballroom in the Madinat Jumeirah. This year, we have received 420 submissions across 18 categories from 114 companies throughout the region. Over the coming week, we will be releasing the names of the finalists in all the categories.
Interior Design of the Year: Food and Beverage
Le Petit Belge, Dubai by Creneau International
A contemporary Belgian bar in Motor City, which recreates an authentic Belgian experience by way of the interior design, among other aspects. This include customised wall graphics that narrate a traditional Belgian story and handmade collage applied art works.
Demoiselle by Galvin, Dubai, UAE by DesignLSM
Located within the central hub of Dubai’s City Walk 2, Demoiselle by Galvin is the first International restaurant venture from chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, who run a Michelin-starred London restaurant. DesignLSM worked closely alongside the brothers to create a statement restaurant that emulates the refined and Parisian spirit of the Galvin brand. The 560m2 eatery is set across two floors featuring an artisan patisserie counter, juice bar, modern tea parlour and two terrace spaces. The concept behind Demoiselle was originally inspired by a chateau in Champagne which houses an ornate collection of paintings illustrating beautiful birds of paradise and decadent Parisian women adorned in a feminine pastel-hued palette. It was reinterpreted to create an elegant all-day dining destination.
Two Cafe, Dubai, UAE by H2R Design
Two Café, located in the Fashion Avenue extension in the Dubai Mall, sits alongside its sister establishment, a retail offering called Symphony. Inspired by the boutique, the café reflects a light and refined sensibility, but also displays a strong use of craftsmanship. An effortless use of textures, colours and materials summarises the project.
Drop Coffee Shop, Dubai, UAE by L.S. Design
Located in a mixed-use developed on Jumeirah Road, Drop Coffee Shop aims to be more than a café – it acts as an appreciation centre where patrons can learn about the various brewing processes and gadgets. With clean, minimalist countertops, the focus is strongly on the theme – coffee. There is a variety of communal and social seating, including majlis-inspired seating, to allow for interactions and conversations among the patrons. The interior layout was developed to serve both the local social customs of the GCC and the global culture of enjoying specialty brewed roasting coffee. Contrasting raw finishes in the form of cement screed and warm wood provide an edge to the minimalist space.
Pastryology, Dubai, UAE by Maja Kozel
Located in Port Rashid in Dubai, the 92m2, the project’s concept is to serve speciality food and beverages with the main focus being on handcrafted desserts. Pastryology is positioned within four containers, which required thoughtful spatial planning. Using a mix of metal and stone materials, the pastel-hued eatery maximises space with a minimalist approach.
Parlour boutique, Dubai, UAE by Nakkash Design Studio
Omar Nakkash-led Nakkash Design Studio sought inspiration from French cuisine to create three distinct experiences within the same space by dividing it into a dining area, café and a library, located in the Trade Centre neighbourhood. Use of high quality materials and finishes have been used to create a Parisian style bistro with a touch of the warmth which characterises the city.
Shababeek, Sharjah, UAE by Pallavi Dean Interiors
Shababeek, located in the Al Qasba area, is a refurbishment of a traditional Arabic eatery into a contemporary Lebanese restaurant. The design of the restaurant is inspired by diverse elements such as Mediterranean cuisine, French fashion and Romanesque architecture of Beirut, to the Khaleeji wildlife and culture of Sharjah. The natural materials that form the base palette, such as rattan, wood and local aggregate in the terrazzo flooring, reference resident chef Maroun’s artisanal approach to the menu. The design studio collaborated with artists – both local and international to create custom-made objects, which are both functional and decorative.
Little Miss India, Dubai, UAE by Stickman Tribe
The private dining room of the all-day dining restaurant and its partial terrace within the hotel have been converted into a standalone Indian specialty restaurant at the Fairmont The Palm hotel. The design firm designed the interior of the space, but also created the fictional brand and identity of Little Miss India. The concept revolves around the space being a family mansion which has been opened up to the public to view an endless collection of vintage objects and artwork. Using a mix of eclectic and custom-made pieces, the upscale dining establishment on the Palm aims to add a modern and unexpected twist to the traditional narrative.