Accepting the award, co-founders Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George described their win as “absolutely amazing”.
George shared: “At our core, we’re architects and this is our first interior design project, so we didn’t expect to win the award at all. It’s amazing to be here with so many known designers from the industry, who we have heard about so much. Basically, we are ecstatic.”
Talking about their future plans, he further commented: “Interiors is more fulfilling, which is what we found out after working on this project, and now we are working on a few more interior projects in Kuwait. Hopefully, we can take it further in terms of typology, and get to work on projects other than retail, too.”
The award for the retail category was presented by Ahmed Sultan, partner and general manager, Finasi.
The jury panel was highly impressed with the project. They described it as refreshingly different, and one that used a matrix-inspired approach for a captivating display of merchandise. One of the judges described its vault-inspired concept as a smart amalgamation of form and function.