The Interior Design Firm of the Year award at the 12th edition of the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2018 was presented to Wilson Associates' senior vice-president and managing director Isabel Pintado by Samer Deeb, platinum sponsor ROCA's area manager for the Middle East and South Asia territories. 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.
Pintado comments on the role the event plays in the regional design industry: "CID Awards is one of those events held in Dubai for the region that continues to grow and succeed. It's outstanding, and for everybody that is worth anything in the industry, and anyone who takes design seriously is at the event. It's a clear sign of their commitment to the CID Awards and what it means to them."
She shares what winning this award means to the firm: "For us, it is a splendid experience every year. When the shortlist was being presented, of course, we were hoping to win, but you also want to wish everyone else who made it to the shortlist well. You want to succeed but you want others to succeed. That's how this industry keeps growing and improving."
During the judges' meeting, the jury panel commented: "In addition to wielding a formidable influence in the regional interior design industry, the winning firm has completed a large number of projects which the judges described as ‘remarkable’. Commending the firm on their consistent and high quality submissions, one of the judges described the firm as a powerhouse of ideas and an incubator of talent."
The highly commended recognition was awarded to Swiss Bureau Interior Design for its impressive project portfolio, as well as for an organic growth from a boutique to a mid-sized practice.