We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 CID Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, September 11 at the Joharah Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
This year, we have received over 400 submissions across 18 categories from 120 companies - highest number to date -throughout the region. Over the coming week, we will be releasing the names of the finalists in all the categories.
Here is the full shortlist for Interior Design of the Year: Food and Beverage:
Located in the W Dubai - The Palm, Akira Back by Keane incorporates elements of the Michelin-starred Chef Akira’s heritage, with features including the his mother’s celebrated artwork in the form of graffiti art of flocking Korean cranes, as well as decorative broken tiles inspired by the Japanese ‘Kintsugi’ technique. Set on a roof-top location, the restaurant features a Vortex-like arrival experience, expanding into a dark and intimate space which opens up to the main dining room introduced by a tiger striped rain-chain lighting installation. Signature booths clad in bevelled mirror are raised along the perimeter wall. The dining area leads to the outdoor terrace where the bar is surrounded by a reflection pool.
Mama Zonia by Atelier EPJ
Mama Zonia by Atelier EPJ in Pierre 7 in Dubai is an homage to the Amazon, evoking its vibrant and lush nature while hinting to the region's colonial era. Influences of colonial architecture is also present in the outdoor terrace with tropical verandas and rattan and woven cane furniture, tables, and hand-painted tiles. The timber flooring is complemented by patchworks of handmade encaustic concrete tiles, while metalworks by artist John Underwood provide structure to the space.
Cassette by H2R Design
The design for Cassette by H2R Design aims to encourage guests to explore and physically engage with the space, featuring an interactive corner where people can listen to and buy vinyl records. Located in The Courtyard in Dubai's industrial area of Al Quoz, Cassette has been designed to be integrated into the existing location which resembles an old souk including lush greenery and water fountains across the walkway, built out of salvaged and re-purposed materials found over the last 25 years. The designers wanted to maintain respect for the history and original identity of the space and made sure to leave the structure intact and designed around it. The columns and exposed ceiling are in their original state, displaying the original framework and structure of the space. In order to communicate Cassette’s implicit nostalgia and ethos, central floor tiles and glass blocks elements were introduced in front of the kitchen to give the space a retro classic feel.
Imperial Club Lounge by Allen Architecture Interiors Design
Allen Architecture Interiors Design (AAID) has created the members-only Imperial Club Lounge at The Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, covering two floors and 33,250sqft of space. The expansive Club Lounge, the epicentre of the project, where members can dine and enjoy entertainment. The design intent was based around the need to create a diverse guest experience merging comfort, privacy and relaxation featuring an array of different seating arrangements that vary from formal dining and flexible lounges. The look and feel of the lounge is a blend of the brand’s identity with classic contemporary features.The overall colour palette and material selections express a neutral and fresh background allowing aquatic tones of blue and coral to shine as they carry throughout the space.
Al Araimi Boulevard Food Court by KAOSYS
KAOSYS's Al Araimi boulevard Mall's food court in Oman, Muscat seats over 1500 people and is considered the largest in the country. The design is inspired by Oman's oasis and green gardens, with the addition of green columns and water features, ensuring visitors come in contact with nature across all areas of the venue. The flooring features terrazzo mixed with a leather-finish stone. It also includes various seating to suit different ages and styles, as well as a more formal VIP area which features a large dome centred by a crystal chandelier and luxurious wooden flooring.
Brew92 by Liqui Group
Brew92 is the third coffeeshop designed by British interior design studio Liqui Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Inspired by Scandinavian design, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and ample natural light. This is balanced out by industrial elements such as as air ducts and steel pipes which have been integrated into the interiors. All the furniture and lighting in the coffee shop has been design and manufactured in Britain using sustainable materials and combining traditional craftsmanship with innovation. .Hexagonal tiling and concrete flooring is also used to delineate spaces while a spiral staircase links the cafe’s ground floor to an upper mezzanine level. The space is completed with Liqui's geometric interlocking oak wall tiles which provide an architectural feature to the overall space.
Lah Lah by LW Design
The central idea behind LW Design's Lah Lah’s was to design a greenhouse dining experience with an urban Asian twist. A central bar activates the space on arrival, constructed from reclaimed red bricks with scaffolding detailed shelving units. During the cooler months, the bi-folding doors open to reveal an outdoor dining ambience at the poolside which further extends the space and provides a seasonal experience. During the warmer months, guests can still enjoy the greenhouse atmosphere due to the glass ceiling along the perimeter of the restaurant, where greenery, natural daylight and rustic timber finishes all combine create a conservatory atmosphere. The selection of furniture is chosen to achieve an eclectic look including a variety of seating options for different client needs.
Torno Subito by Bishop Design
Bishop Design's Torno Subito restaurant at the W Dubai evokes a feeling of an Italian seaside nostalgia through its use of diversifying materials and installations. Pastel tones compliment the bold colour melange; contrasting against a morphing monochromatic floor that blends into a three-dimensional sand-print flooring. An eclectic array of black and white Polaroid photos suspends from the ceiling, including films of Fellini and Massimo’s collection of nostalgic 1960'a summers. Cinematic ideologies evolve through corrugated iron forms representative of cinema curtains, surrounding the WC entrance. Animated graphic-stamped ceiling panels float in irregular lines representing the canopies of old Italian food market tents that Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura has been visiting since he was young.
Gifto's of London by Veena Siddharth Design Studio
Gifto’s of London by Veena Siddharth Design Studio reflects its Indo-Pak cuisine, using the interiors to showcase preparation techniques such as the polished copper-clay tandoors that have been strategically placed to be fully visible through the glass. The contrast of porcelain floor imitating a traditional terrazzo pattern laid against the wall tile of live kitchen counter lends focus to the live kitchen. The use of bronze-edged mirror panels assist in creating a wider impression of the restaurant. The rear area of the restaurant is designed to create the mood of a living room with the use of rattan chairs, marble tables, a wood pattern floor, Chesterfield sofas, copper-framed oval mirrors and semi-gloss ceiling finish.
Zhen Wei Dim Sum & Pan Asian Restaurant by KCA International
The design of Zhen Wei Dim Sum in Caesar's Palace, Dubai by KCA International is inspired by Japanese minimalism, rhythm and honest use of materials. The 60-seat indoor layout features a linear setting with a flexible private dining area as well as including an outdoor seating area to be enjoyed during the cooler months. Mirroring its surroundings, the central show kitchen carries minimalist detailing which sets the tone for the overall space. The ceiling features a woven bamboo texture and uses a meal web to light up the space.
The CID Awards 2019 is kindly sponsored by the following partners: Roca; Preciosa; BSH Walls & Floors; American Hardwood Export Council; Vitra; NGC Nafees; Huda Lighting; USM; Interface; Franke; Finasi; Bradley; GDM Interiors; Cosentino; Geberit; and Emkay Interiors.