Paul Bishop, founder of Bishop Design, which recently launched a rebranded identity, Rogue, has won the Interior Designer of the Year Award at the 12th edition of the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2018, edging out five other finalists in the category. The event, held on September 19, 2018 at the Joharah Ballroom in the Madinat Jumeirah, was attended by almost 1,000 regional design industry professionals, making it the biggest iteration to date.
Accepting his award from a ROCA Ali El Fouany, area export manager, ROCA Tiles, Bishop comments: "When our name was announced, it was a moment of total excitement, so much so that my knee gave away. Earlier in the evening, I was a bit nervous and thought we were going to walk away with nothing. But, this was the best surprise. "I would like to stress, however, that it's not about me, it's all about the team. I was slightly disappointed that we didn't win the boutique firm of the year award. Although I'm the figurhead of the company, but it's the team that makes me. I've immense respect for each and every member of the staff; they all put in their 100%. I'm glad to accept this award for myself, for Bishop Design, Rogue, and mostly, on behalf of the whole team. I want to dedicate this win to my team, without whom I wouldn't be where I am."
Expressing his delight to be at the Commercial Interior Design Awards, he continues: "It is always an amazing experience to be at the CID Awards. I'm turning 50 in two weeks, and it's the best birthday present ever."
During the judges meeting, the jury panel commended the winner for having a strong design aesthetic that translates into all of his projects. Over the years, this well-known figure from the industry has become a force to reckon with in the industry, having worked on a number of mid- to big-scale projects. The winner’s recent diversification into international territories also impressed the judges, and the fact that he has developed and become synonymous with a distinct design language, which is sophisticated and unapologetically glamorous.
Highly commended recognition went to Pallavi Dean, the creative force behind the newly rebranded firm Roar by Pallavi Dean, who the judges hailed for catapulting her boutique firm into a sought-after practice in the region, as well as being a strong personality, who inspires other women in the industry with her balanced approach to work and life.