Commercial Interior Design magazine once again paid tribute to the projects, interior design firms and designers making their mark on the region’s interior design industry. Now in its 10th edition, this year’s CID Awards ceremony was held at Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on 21 September, gathering under one roof more than 700 influential members of the Middle East’s design community.
Spanning 17 categories, the awards covered the whole spectrum of commercial interiors, from hospitality to retail and public sector to office. They also focused on recognising the people who shaped the projects, with categories such as Behind the Scenes, Young Interior Designer of the Year and Interior Designer of the Year.
Perkins + Will picked up two awards this year — Interior Design Firm of the Year and Interior Design of the Year: Office for its work on the LinkedIn office in Dubai.
Other big winners on the night included Bluehaus Group, whose two projects occupied first and second place in the Interior Design of the Year: Retail category. Its Tryno project was highly commended while its Level Kids project that was done in association with Fitch London was placed first.
Another double winner was the team at MMAC Design, which picked up the newly introduced award for the Best Interior Design Concept of the Year and its team member Rashid Al Nuaimi won the Behind the Scenes Award.
Last year’s triple award winners Godwin Austen Johnson took home the Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector award for its Ladybird Early Learning Centre project while Stride Treglown won Interior Design of the Year: Hotels for its work on Rove Downtown Dubai hotel.
This year, we introduced the Interior Fit-Out Project of the Year award, which went to ISG and its work on the refurbishment of the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, which was completed over three phases while the hotel remained fully operational throughout.
With many well-established design firms with of less than 20 employees entering this year’s competition, the judges found choosing winners difficult in the Boutique Design Firm of the Year category. The panel took into account recent projects, the company’s values and design aesthetics. The decision wasn’t easy, but the judges felt that based on its diverse portfolio of work, Dubai-based Studio EM deserved top spot.
The competition was also intense in the Interior Designer of the Year category, however the judges had no doubt when choosing the winner. Agata Kurzela’s experience, work portfolio and design aesthetics were praised. She recently joined Pallavi Dean Interiors as associate director, but was awarded first place for her previous work at AK Design.
Click here to read all the profiles of the 11 judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards.
Here is the full winners list:
- – Interior Design of the Year: Hotels- Rove Downtown Design, Stride Treglown
- – Interior Design of the Year: Bars & Clubs- Weslodge Saloon, Navigate Design
- – Interior Design of the Year: Food & Beverage- Intersect by Lexus, Wonder Wall Japan in association with LXA
- – Interior Design of the Year: Office- LinkedIn, Perkins+Will
- – Interior Design of the Year: Public Sector- Ladybird Early Learning Centre, GAJ
- – Interior Design of the Year: Residential- Jumeirah residence, Viktor Udzenija Architects
- – Interior Design of the Year: Retail- Level Kids, Bluehaus Group in association with HMKM London
- – International Project of the Year- Tangla Hotel Brussels, HBA Dubai
- – American Hardwood Export Council Award- Unique Properties, Bruno Guelaff
- – Sustainable Interior Design Initiative of the Year- Desert INK Office, Desert INK
- – Interior Fit-Out Project of the Year- Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Refurbishment, ISG
- – Best Interior Design Concept of the Year- JBR Hotel, MMAC Design
- – Behind the Scenes Award- Rashid Al Nuaimi, MMAC Design
- – Young Interior Designer of the Year- Mentalla Said, Aedas Interiors
- – Interior Designer of the Year Award- Agata Kurzela, Pallavi Dean Interiors/former AK Design
- – Interior Design Boutique Firm of the Year- Studio EM
- – Interior Design Firm of the Year- Perkins+Will