As a new addition to the Commercial Interior Design Awards the editorial team decided to honour an individual who stands out in the industry in the Lifetime Achievement award.
This is the first time we have created this award and the winner had to demonstrate a long and successful career, full of significant milestones, plus a consistent contribution to the development of one or more organisations.
This year, that title went to Olle Nordstrom of United Design International (UDI) who was chosen due to the extensive amount of experience he has in designing for the hospitality industry.
“I think that this Lifetime Achievement award could be the beginning of something new. I feel like I’m still a rookie,” he said.
“What I love about being a designer is that every project has its own challenges, so it’s never boring.
“I come from Sweden but I’ve been working in the UAE since 1997 and I have been in Abu Dhabi for the last nine years.
“My main specialism is hospitality but I’ve recently been working on residential projects for the UAE Royal family.”
Nordstrom’s distinguished career includes creating interior designs for major hotels in Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, and Germany along with contributing to the interior design of luxurious villas and Majlis for Royal clienteles, health spas and private residences in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
He has commissioned artwork for Emirates Tower Hotel and Boulevard and his major projects include: Emirates National Centre for Education, Abu Dhabi; Sun and Sky Tower, Reem Island and the Dusit Hotel, Terevana Spa, Abu Dhabi.