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 this week, we will be releasing the names of the finalists in all the categories.
Interior Design of the Year: Residential
Nomad House, Dubai, UAE by Brand Creative
The villa is located in a prominent older residential area of Dubai and had been purchased as a family home by the new owners, who saw great potential in the three bedroom property. The design firm was entrusted to create a contemporary interior with a complete renovation taking the structure down to shell and core that would resonate with the Canadian and Moroccan homeowners and epitomise their design sensibilities while creating a space that was comfortable and liveable. Many authentic and cherished artefacts, which had been acquired by the owners over the years, needed to be incorporated into the space, such as ornamental lighting from the souks of Marrakesh among other vintage photographs. Two pieces from their collection particularly stood out as a focal point which formed the tribal aesthetic of the property. A monochromatic colour palette was punctuated by striking ethnic patterns and tactile furnishings that bring character to the space without distracting from the modern aesthetic of the refreshed structure.
The open plan layout on the ground floor optimises the space, allowing for plenty of natural light throughout the day. Archways were removed and replaced with clean post and beam structures in the dining area, allowing a new flow into the ground space. Statuario and Carrara marbles compliment the space as waterfall counters in the kitchen and a new fireplace in the lounge.
Hillside Development, Dubai, UAE by MWM Studio
Hillside Development is the first development of its kind in Dubai, offering only 20 contemporary, luxury villas on Jumeirah Golf Estate of contemporary architecture and luxury interiors. A fundamental part of the brief was to design a modern villa with open plan communal areas, contemporary fixtures and clean lines throughout. Connecting spaces, linking levels as well as emphasising the connection with nature was of high importance for the developer. Taking advantage of the Golf Estate’s greenery was a key seller. To ensure a sense of space and openness, MWM Studio introduced double height in various areas so there would be a connection between the levels throughout the villa. Another element, which was carefully considered, was the architectural and decorative lighting as it highlighted the subtle textures, finishes and detailing throughout the villa enhancing its formal and functional qualities in an artful and conscientious way.
SummerBliss, North Coast, Egypt by Studio Five
The house is located on the pristine shores of the North Coast. The owners’ brief to the design firm was to create a sleek, calm and comfortable summer holiday home. The combination of colours, materials, fabrics and furniture selected for the house were integral to the design approach. The design team went with a laidback look, earthy colours, textured fabrics, white lacquer wood and marble rough stone.
Villa Bar Al Jissah, Muscat, Oman by Sneha Divias Atelier
The design strategy brings together a comfortable space that reflects the character of the people residing in this seaside 1,100m2 villa, spanning two floors. The client requested a well-planned and open home with hints of modern accents that encapsulate the characteristics of comfortable living. The design firm took the client’s lifestyle into consideration and then kicked off the designing process by bringing together specific requirements of living and entertaining. In this case, the synchronous motif was preferred, along with a vivid outdoor setting that would coincide with the client’s living standards. Despite there being separate private and social living spaces, the designer integrated both these divisions in a way that created a flow and steady organisation. The material palette includes bold finishes which contrast with the woodwork and metal detailing.
Gemini Splendour showflat, Dubai, UAE by Lulie Fisher Design Studio
Lulie Fisher Design Studio was appointed to design the interiors of a three-bedroom duplex show home as well as its furniture, accessories and styling of the property located within Sobha Hartland in the heart of MBR City with views to Burj Khalifa and the Ras Al Khor Sanctuary The brief from the Gemini Group was to design a luxury interior on an affordable budget. The firm used rich materials at touchpoints where the user comes into close contact with them and where they pack the most punch. The colour scheme is bold and highly contrasting to create drama and interest and to complement the simple and sleek detailing. Luxurious materials and finishes have been used throughout the project. All residences were to be equipped with a smart home automation system that controls the lighting, curtains, music system, and air conditioning via an app, which can be installed on a smartphone and handled remotely.
Emirates Hills villa, Dubai, UAE by XBD Collective
The villa spanning 2,100m2 pays a nod to the clients’ Indian heritage. The clients wanted subtle elements of their culture incorporated into the space without making it too colourful and busy. With four family members, and each one with an individual preference, the villa had to accommodate varied tastes. It also needed to have enough space to entertain up to 100 guests at one time.
Floating Homes, Dubai, UAE by U+A
Located along the Dubai Water Canal, Marasi Business Bay is set to become a major landmark in the city. The development presents the region’s first purpose-built yachting destination, floating restaurants and cafes, five marinas, over 1,250 berths, onshore boutiques and entertainment facilities. The floating homes house their own private pool. The project’s minimalist approach can be seen throughout, simplicity in forms, materials and details. The homes sit on floating pontoons, which are anchored to the canal bed and positioned to allow for unobstructed views of the Dubai Canal and the skyline.