Singapore - Local interior designers stamped their mark at the Inaugural Singapore Interior Designer Awards (SIDA) Gala Night & Awards Presentation. Despite a stacked field of internationally renowned designers, Pan Yi Cheng & team took home the Gold SIDA for best Retail (Completed Works) for their work on XTRA'S Herman Miller Shop-In-Shop Fabricwood at XTRA’s Marina Square Flagship Store.
The winning entry featured an innovative plywood installation – the centerpiece that frames the interior of XTRA’s Marina Square flagship store. Dubbed, ‘Fabricwood’, this installation stretches across the store like a 20m x 7m sized billowing sail; delineating the boundaries of the café and showroom. It highlights the structural and material innovation of molded plywood demonstrating properties such as flexibility and elegance.
SIDA is the inaugural interior design award – organized by the Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS) – to recognize and honor design excellence in the global interior design industry. SIDA 2017 was open to all interior designers, space designers and architects who believe in creating better spaces for mankind through sensible, responsible, and innovative design solutions.
A total of 61 winners were selected from more than 300 entries received from China, Japan, India, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.
Other local winners include LandscapeUnderTheHeavens by Robert Su, managing director of Portfolio Design Partnership, who won a Silver SIDA for Residential Showflats (Completed Works). Notably, the Lion City bagged two more accolades – Bronze Awards for both Orb Associates’ King Salman Mosque in Maldives and Sky Creation + DC Pte Ltd’s Unio Sales Gallery in Thailand.
Overall Singapore did well to snag nine out of the 61 awards or 15% of all awards handed out on the inaugural SIDA Gala Night. The awards are divided into two main sectors: Completed Works and Proposed Works. Each sector has 12 categories which include landed, non-landed and show flats for residential developments; public institutions & transport, retail, hospitality, exhibition, food & beverages, installation as well as themes that reflect Rest & Relax and Work.
Commenting on the Gala Night & Awards Presentation, Mr Keat Ong, President of SIDS, said: “We are delighted with the strong response to our inaugural awards. And we are very pleased that Singapore interior designers have won awards tonight; despite stiff competition from so many outstanding entries from other countries. This demonstrates that Singapore’s interior design industry has come of age and we have good talent comparable to some of the world’s best designers.”
“The success of the SIDA awards also underscores Singapore’s rising stature in the field of interior design,” Mr Ong added: “The SIDA Award aims to reach out to international interior design communities through the creation of a common platform to highlight their design abilities. In doing so, we hope to foster a stronger global interior design community.”
“With this award, we also want to provide new value for SIDS members and SIDA participants by exposing them to new markets and business networks. Hopefully, this leads to new streams of revenue through new projects and collaborations, locally, regionally and globally. In addition to the SIDA Awards, SIDS will also be taking new initiatives to bring Singapore interior designers abroad and raise the profile of Singapore’s interior design industry overseas through the setting up of Singapore Design Outposts (SDOs) in the region. The SDOs will be set up initially in China later this year,” the President of SIDS said.
Other Gold SIDA winners include China’s Yang Bangsheng & Associates Group; Taiwan’s Thee Design Group; Japan’s ODS and Hong Kong’s Panorama, who took home the Gold SIDAs for Hospitality, Residential Landed, Exhibition and Public Institutions respectively.
The SIDA Awards Gala Night & Awards Presentation was held from 630pm-11pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton.
For more information on SIDS, please visit http://www.sid-singapore.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofInteriorDesigners/