ME Office design award winners named
Dubai , May 16, 2012
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) yesterday announced the winners of both "Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition" and "Middle East Office and Hospitality Product Design Awards."
The results were revealed at 'The Office Exhibition,' the Middle East’s premier trade event for office fit-outs and commercial interior design being held in Dubai.
These awards are being given to companies in recognition of their design excellence among Middle East-based projects as well as products displayed at the show.
Launched earlier this year, ‘The Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition’ sought to identify outstanding commercial fit-out projects in the Middle East over the last three years in the categories of corporate space, education, healthcare, hospitality, government, restaurant, retail and, fitness.
According to IIDA, the designers of the winning projects demonstrate an understanding of futuristic design and have incorporated creativity and ingenious techniques to deliver projects that are over and above the client’s brief.
The overall ‘Best of Competition’ award was won by UAE-based design firm Studio M, for its design of community centre The Pavilion, Dubai. Its project also scooped the ‘Best of Category’ Award for best Cultural/Educational/Institutional Space.
The other companies recognised for delivering the best projects in their respective categories were:
•Sima Malak & Alssamoure Design Associates, Saudi, Best of Category/Corporate Space - Large for the Arcapita Building, Manama, Bahrain
•Naga Architects, Designers & Planners, UAE, Best of Category/Corporate Space - Small for the French Trade Commission, Dubai
•Wilson Associates, UAE, Best of Category/Hotel for the Armani Hotel, Dubai
•Draw Link Group, UAE, Best of Category/Restaurant for Roberto’s Restaurant
The Middle East Office and Hospitality Product Design Awards sought to recognise innovation, aesthetic appeal and functionality in product design from participating exhibitors at The Office Exhibition and The Hotel Show.
According to the judges, the winning products were selected for their sophisticated and minimalistic appearance as well as for improving efficacy in their function.
The overall “Best of Competition” award was presented to Andreu World for its “Sail” chair. This high tech chair blends polypropylene and fiberglass allowing it to adapt its form to offer maximum comfort for the user.
Recipients of the best product awards in their respective categories were:
•Favaretto and Partner, Best of Category/Group Seating for “Marea”
•Andreu World, Best of Category/Seating - Guest for “Woody Collection”
•Andreu World, Best of Category/Seating – Stacking/Training for “Sail Chair”
•Paratoner Designing, Best of Category/Seating – Benches for “Nar”
•Flat Technology Limited, Best of Category/Accessories or Specialties – Operating Supplies or Amenities for “Flat Technology”
•Bose UAE Trading, Best of Category/Security/Technology – Entertainment Systems for “Bose CineMate 1 SR Home Theatre Speaker System”
•EDW Link SAS, Best of Category/Accessories or Specialties – Hardware/Decorative Metals or Plastics for “Cocoon and Stars Spheres”
•WPC Corporation, Best of Category/Applied Finishes or Materials – Wallcoverings/Treatments for “Einwood”
•Martex, Best of Category/Case Goods and Freestanding Furniture – Series/Collections for “Kyo”
In addition to this, IIDA awarded Honourable Mentions to a select group of entrants for their exceptional interior design projects and products.
For The Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition, Honourable Mentions were awarded to:
•Dwp, Thailand, Honourable Mention/Corporate Space/Large for Zain Headquarters, Seef, Bahrain
•Topos Design Studio, Singapore, Honourable Mention /Corporate Space/Small for SKA Energy, Dubai, UAE
•Arun Nalapat Architects, India, Honourable Mention /Corporate Space/Small for 33 Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
•Sima Malak & Alssamoure Design Associates, KSA, Honourable Mention, Cultural/Educational/Institutional Space for Arcapita Mosque, Manama, Bahrain
•Wilson Associates, UAE, Honourable Mention /Hotel for Park Hyatt on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
•Dwp, Thailand, Honourable Mention/Restaurant for the Rib Room, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
For The ME Office and Hospitality Product Design Awards, the list of winners included:
•Paratoner Designing, Honourable Mention/Group Seating for “Dem”
•Interel ME, Honourable Mention/Accessories or Specialties – Operating Supplies or Amenities for “Tophotel Guest Room Management System”
•Guigiaro Design, Honourable Mention/Seating – Ergonomic Desk/Task for “Luce”
•HON Company Draw Link Group, Honourable Mention/Seating – Ergonomic Desk/Task for “Nucleus”
•AFU, Honourable Mention/Guest Room for “Knot”
Commenting on the competitions, Cheryl Durst, executive VP and CEO, IIDA said: “It is our mission to promote exceptional design worldwide. The projects and products selected in these two competitions are true reflections of design innovation and excellence and we hope that these serve as inspiration to all those who visit The Office Exhibition and The Hotel Show.”-TradeArabia News Service