We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the CID Awards 2019, which takes place on Wednesday, 11 September, at the Joharah Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
We have received more than 400 submissions across 18 categories from 120 companies – the highest number in CID Awards history.
Here is the full shortlist for the CID Awards 2019 Interior Design Firm of the Year
Allen Architecture Interiors Design (AAID)
AAID’s performance in the last 12 months can be described best by one word: expansion. The practice has not only created more jobs but pushed into new regions and diversified the its portfolio, completing more than 30 projects. The Dubai-based architecture and interior design practice – until recently primarily focused on commercial office design – has built up its credentials across hospitality, residential and retail with projects including Jumeirah Al Qasr and The Atlantis Palm Jumeirah.
This is the first year that Bishop Design has entered the Interior Design Firm of the Year category, after competing against smaller players in the Boutique Design Firm of the Year. The move, though, makes sense. Bishop Design has experienced significant growth in the hospitality sector in the Middle East and further afield and is designing a three-year hotel in Muscat, as well as a 75-floor mixed-use project for SLS in Dubai. It has remained true to its roots in food and beverage, completing key projects like Torno Subito for Italian culinary mastermind Massimo Bottura.
Design Worldwide Partnership
Architecture and design practice dwp has offices in Australia, Asia and the Middle East and plans to expand to the US and Europe by 2020. It has been a year of uplift for the company in the GCC, working on high-profile commercial and hospitality projects in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as it takes steps to strengthen its position in high-end hotel design. Several key hires have joined dwp in too, including regional managing director for the Middle East, Philip Gillard, global head of hospitality, Justin Wells, and CID’s 2017 Young Interior Designer of the Year, Gillian Blair.
Godwin Austen Johnson
Long-established UK architecture and design practice GAJ is celebrating 30 years of activity in the region this year, an anniversary that brings to the fore the sheer scale of work it has completed. Some of the most recent projects include Vida Dubai Creek Harbour, Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa in Abu Dhabi and Mysk Al Mouj in Muscat, Oman. GAJ is also working on design projects across Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including the Hilton Garden Inn Kuwait and an International Schools Group expat campus in Aziziyah, Saudi Arabia.
Dubai-based interior design practice KCA International has worked on a glittering portfolio of hospitality projects this year, including Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Raffles Hotel Jeddah and two Jumeriah-branded hotels in Hangzhou and Guangzhou, China. The company, which has previously worked on designs for the Burj Al Arab and Dubai Metro, has continued to flex its muscles in the luxury hospitality sector, winning praise for its quality of work, commitment and effort.
LW Design Group
Established in 1999, LW has built up an international presence across Dubai, Hong Kong and São Paulo, working alongside clients like Emirates Airlines, Accor Group, Marriott and Jumeirah Group. Its international expansion strategy has allowed LW to bring influences from other cultures into its design philosophy. And this push into new markets shows no signs of slowing down, as the company plans to open an office in Denmark in 2019.
Swiss Bureau Interior Design
Swiss Bureau has enjoyed a major transformation in the last 12 months, as the Dubai practice exports its expertise across the region and into Africa and Europe. The team has more than doubled in size in the last three years and every seat in the office is now occupied, putting pressure on the business to find a bigger space to stay on top on the projects it keeps winning. Swiss Bureau also turned 15 this year, and the company celebrated the milestone with a corporate rebranding.
Led by Isabel Pintado, senior vice president for the Middle East, Africa & Asia, Wilson Associates has continued to grow its portfolio with more than 15 active projects and five to be completed next year. In 2018, the practice moved to a new 550m² office in Dubai Design District and led the design concept for the space, which reflects Wilson Associates’ philosophy for innovation and collaboration. Design milestones for the company this year will include the opening of the Marriott Taghazout Bay in Morocco the opening of Taj Hotel Dubai.
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.