CID Awards: Meet the silver sponsors
The global leader in the design and production of carpet tiles, Interface’s products combine beauty and innovation with functionality to help customers bring their design vision to life. Following its ‘Mission Zero’ vision of becoming totally sustainable by 2020, the silver sponsor of CID Awards was one of the first companies to publically commit to sustainability. “It is a truly great opportunity for us to be part of an event with a diverse range of well-established consultants to the new era of up and coming Millennials. We are looking forward to meeting them and seeing their achievements,” says Andrew Johnston, development manager at Interface. According to Johnston, Interface has always been a company of design and innovation with sustainability commitment on top. “We want our products to inspire beautiful interior spaces and contribute functionality. In the past three years, we have also successfully introduced our famous global collection – Urban Retreat, Net Effect and Human Nature. This year we are going to introduce another global product, which is also inspired by nature, to create spaces that could bring the best out of humanity in creativity, performance and well-being,” explains Johnston.
Founded in Italy in the 1970s, Finasi has established itself as a quality-led interiors, furnishing and fit-out provider, with operations in Europe and the Middle East. In the past year, Finasi fitted the kitchens in the new Al Barari development and the M.State development on The Palm. As for upcoming plans, Finasi will soon be receiving the 2015 novelties of its brands that were launched at the recent Salone del Mobile. Being a silver sponsor this year, Ahmed Sultan, managing partner at Finasi says that the CID Awards present a great platform for communication across the industry. “It’s also an interesting opportunity to stay on top of what everyone else is doing, what interior designers are doing, which styles and products have been at the forefront, and who and what is innovating. It is also an opportunity to meet current and potential partners and spend some time expanding our horizons,” says Sultan, adding: “There have been a vast array of achievements within the interior design industry. One that stands out to me is the growing number of young interior designers that are making an incredible impact with a unique combination of modern contemporary style and Arabesque flavours. Along with retailing numerous high end design brands, our core business is fit-out, so we work quite closely with a number of these young talents, who seem to be continuously pushing boundaries. There are, of course, the larger scale design companies who also set industry standards. I’m excited to see where the coming year will take us and the nominations for work that has been done.”
Founded in 1892 as a pottery factory, Laufen took its name from the Swiss town where it is based and has since developed into a global manufacturer of bathroom ceramics. Today this well-known brand stands for precision, quality, design and sustainability. Being our silver sponsor for the fourth time, Ivan Zupanovic, head of international project sales and export, says that Laufen is looking forward to again supporting young and talented designers. “Their work is always guaranteed to be inspiring and energetic. The CID Awards are also an excellent opportunity to reconnect with opinion leaders in the industry and to identify interior design trends from the shortlisted and winning projects,” explains Zupanovic. Laufen has been building upon its successful development of a new ceramic material, SaphirKeramik. This strong material has been the keystone for new product development at Laufen and has been used within the Kartell by Laufen range, which is now available in more than 500 outlets in more than 40 countries, including across the GCC, and the first Kartell by Laufen Flagship Store, which opened in April in Milan.
The silver sponsor Human Space is a furniture distributor based in the UAE, specialising in the supply and installation of office furnishings. Representing over 100 different furniture manufacturing companies all over the world, Human Space brings to Dubai brands from the USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Thailand and the Far East. Human Space is now looking for a new space in Dubai to set up a new showroom that will reflect its commitment of delivering quality designs at attractive price. “We hope this year’s nominations will bring together talented individuals and deserving candidates as well as design firms on the front line. It’s great to meet up with our clients, but also to meet our competitors. The interior design industry is quite young in the UAE, however the potential and talent it has to offer is world class. We believe that events like the CID Awards not only honour such talents, they also help to provide a platform of exposure and inspire people to take notice of the every growing industry,” says Liam King, managing director at Human Space.
Roca, the leading global bathroom brand, is dedicated to the design, production, sales and marketing of bathroom products as well as ceramic wall and floor tiles for the architecture, building and interior design sectors. The company employs over 20,200 people and is active in more than 135 countries across five continents. Again this year, Roca is a silver sponsor for the CID Awards. Samer Deeb, area manager at Roca says: “For us in Roca the CID Awards is the Oscars of interior design, and I think the ceremony has got the attention of major firms and is continually growing. It is very important to be part of this event and stay close to interior designers. There is no doubt that the Awards and the competition have made a big impact on the industry and increasing creativity and the search for more genuine ideas.”
A global leader in stretch ceiling installations, Stretch Ceilings celebrates its 25th anniversary, while its Dubai-based office was set up six years ago. During this period, the silver sponsor of the CID Awards evolved from being a fabric ceiling specialist into a specialist of bespoke structures and lighting systems. “This is an exciting moment for us and we are truly proud to have the opportunity to show our support to the talented and diverse individuals that continuously push the limits of our industry in an extremely challenging environment,” says Steve Savage, branch manager. Stretch Ceilings has recently successfully completed some demanding projects, such as 3D illuminated moons at Al Ghurair shopping centre and flawlessly sculptured 3D mirrored ceilings for Pacha night club in Madinat Jumeriah. “We often find that our success is directly attributed to designers and architects forcing us to push new boundaries. As a result we have new ranges in mirrored fabrics, new fabric high performance lighting diffusers, new cutting edge and dynamic lighting systems and intelligent lighting controls.”
ALEC Fitout specialises in the build, fit out and refurbishment of hotels, resort spas, retail, cinema, leisure and exhibition spaces in the UAE. The company has completed two major fit outs at the Hamad International Airport in Qatar. CID’s interior contractor of the year 2014 is silver sponsor. “It’s a great way to spend time with our peers in the fitout and design industry. With so many amazing projects and individuals in the market, I believe it will be a tough and difficult year again for the judges selecting the best entries against shortlisted candidates and eventually choosing the winners,” says Laurent Farge, general manager at ALEC Fitout. “The strength of entries demonstrates that the GCC construction industry is still a place where innovation can thrive and excellence is rewarded. We have a variety of fit out projects on our books at the moment, ranging from 5-star hotels to airport lounges, cinemas, shopping malls, office and residential towers to standalone private villas.”