Kevin McLachlan brings more than two decades of design experience to the judging table, having worked on high-profile projects from Glasgow’s Groucho Club Hotel to Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. He is the founder of interior design practice NOMADK, created to address what the company’s website says is the waste of talent, the waste of money, the waste of time, and most importantly, wasted opportunities in the sector. Prior to starting his own practice, McLachlan worked for architecture and design firm Godwin Austen Johnson.
“Our industry is in flux at present and, from my viewpoint, there is a lot of things wrong with our business that I want to change and this is one of the primary reasons for setting up our new studio,” he says. Reviewing the latest designs from the region’s top people provides an opportunity “to see where there are visions for a better industry future”.
McLachlan adds that he is looking for examples that help to demonstrate how designers have remained authentic.
“Often, I look for what was taken away, restraint of the obvious requires experience, knowledge and skill. It is a great strength that gives a project something extra that is memorable. I’m looking for authenticity, vision and something beyond. Good is not enough,” he adds.
Commercial Interior Design would like to thank the judges for giving up time in their busy schedules to select this year's winners, as well as extend our warmest to everyone who has entered the awards. We wish everyone the best of luck.
Check out the full shortlist for the CID Awards 2019.
The Commercial Interior Design Awards 2019 takes place at the Johara Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on Wednesday, 11 September.