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 in Dubai,UAE. 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.
Outstanding Use of American Hardwood in the Middle East category:
Optifashion by AIC Design LLC
Inspired by nature, Optifashion's design narrative is driven by the idea of the Fibonacci Sequence and the ways it is reflected in nature through shapes and forms. Using a repetition of amorphous and geometric characters such as with the check-out counter and the display areas and that opens up like a gift, it was only natural that wood was used to seal the design concept. Teak and oak wood has been used to give the store its natural warmth and raw feel.
Doubletree by Hilton, Bay Square by Design Worldwide Partnership
The Oud’s warm, glossy timber finishes, rounded and linear forms, polished surfaces and intricate motifs provide the inspiration for the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Bay Square. Being a wooden string instrument, the interiors of the hotel has utlisied various types of wood across the space. American Walnut and White Oak has been used for all the hotel wall paneling, as well as door frames and joinery. This is one of the few hotels particularly within the four-star pool in Dubai that heavily utilised natural wood to create a warm and inviting hospitality space.
Intercontinental Hotel Resort Spa & Gym by Esadore Creative
Esadore Creative were tasked to create a timeless resort and spa for the Intercontinental Hotel Resort Spa & Gym in Fujairah, taking cues from the emirate's history and beauty of Fujairah. A warm colour palette has been used across the public spaces of the hotel, with American walnut used for the joinery and staircase.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel fit out by Khansaheb Interiors
Inspired by the growth of the city of Dubai, the hotel's interiors reflects the idea of a glass metropolis growing out from the sandy desert, evident in the choice of colour scheme and material palette. Khansaheb, who was in charge of the fit-out of the hotel, used American White Oak wood for the wall paneling , door frames and architraves. Meanwhile, American Walnut Wood was used for the free standing furniture and wall paneling.
Little Miss India by Bond Interiors
Set within the Fairmont The Palm hotel in Dubai, the Indian dining venue Little Miss India tells guests of a fictional family mansion which has been opened up to the public featuring an ecletic range of furniture pieces and objects. In addition to the lush and tropial touches and the grandeur of gilt chandeliers, the space also utilises wood for various areas of the project.White American Oak wood has been stained to a darker shade to match the designers' brief and has been used on all joinery units such as drawer cabinets, sofas, waiter stations and loose furniture.
Nad Al Sheba Garden Pavilion by Pandre Special Architecture
The Garden Majlis is an elegant, contemporary building and garden nestled adjacent to a classical villa at the rear of a Nad al Sheba residence in Dubai. The design intent was to create a place of hospitality, entertainment, relaxation and reflection; an informal, modern annexe that complements the “formal” Majlis located inside the more traditional family villa. American Hardwoods have been used in a number of areas across the project such as American Oak for the flooring, cladding and columns as well as for the bespoke tables and chairs. Black-stained American Oak ws used for the custom-designed dining table, while Timber was used for the custom doors. American Oak was also used for the ceiling cladding and panelling.