Bruno Guelaff was awarded the American Hardwood Export Council Award for the Best Use of American Hardwoods in the Middle East for the Unique Properties project.


Studio Bruno Guelaff wins AHEC award for Unique Properties office

For six years in a row, AHEC’s category has recognised a project that applies timber in a creative way, displaying both the beauty of the material while being consistent with the surrounding interior.

The winner of this year’s AHEC category went to Studio Bruno Guelaff and its work on Unique Properties office in Dubai. The work by Bruno Guelaff and his team was described by the judges as “a completed project with its main design elements in wood”.

In his submission, Guelaff explained that the client, the real estate company, wanted not only a space that would satisfy its logistical needs but a space that would make a bold design statement while creating an urban environment for its employees. Material selection was the first and main focus on this project as Guelaff wanted to approach the wall cladding in a different manner.

Accepting the award was Bruno Guellaf. He said: “We did everything in matte woods and we really wanted to show the grain of the wood. We wanted to keep it natural.

“To us, the CID Awards are like the Oscars. This is where your peers get to judge you and whenever you win an award you feel blessed. Sincerely, we are over the moon for wining this award, and we are looking forward to the CID Awards every year.”

One of the judges praised Guleaff and his team for their “incredibly creative use of timber while celebrating its nature”.

American White Oak was Guelaff’s first choice for its distinctive grain pattern and colour consistency, which designers have incorporated into every wall panel. All the work surfaces are made of American Ash also finished in a matte sealer protecting its light colours.