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International Design Excellence Awards are one of the most prestigious design awards in the design world. The awards recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence across a broad range of categories.
Winning an SBID International Design Award is a high achievement – they are evaluated by leading industry experts for their technical content and aesthetic creativity while the design-conscious public also has a say in choosing the most inspiring projects.
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been constructed inside an abandoned quarry. To better fit into the surrounding environment, the interior design of the hotel has applied the aesthetics of mining as a concept, combining the wild rocks and vertical cliffs with the natural environment, creating a new conceptualised hospitality culture that only belongs to the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel.
To incorporate the inspiration into the design, and to find a balance between the natural landscape and human beings, the designer tried to create harmony between the natural environment and artificial design. The interior design of the hotel is closely attached to the natural landscape, and perfectly blended with the surrounding environment. The experience is a cave adventure tour blended with a stay at a luxury hotel.
Once the favoured haunt of actress and socialite Lillie Langtry, and of Oscar Wilde, who was infamously arrested in room 118, the hotel has had a rich and illustrious past ever since it was built in 1887. Re-opening in March having undergone a complete transformation to restore the unique heritage of the site, the interiors have now been renovated in a style that is at once contemporary and reflective of the building’s history, with surprising details alluding to the people who shaped its past.
The hotel’s 54 rooms and suites provide a stylish retreat in the heart of the city, with spacious rooms that are a little ‘house’ in themselves; many have views over Cadogan Place Gardens and offer spacious living rooms with working fireplaces, handcrafted in-room bars, dining areas as well as large bathrooms with deep freestanding baths and a specially designed champagne and book holder for some ‘me time’.
Ultimately la dolce vita, with colour-bombs and beachside terrace, Torno Subito for Massimo Bottura – crowned the world’s best chef – is an explosion of utterly beautiful reminiscence. Situated within the latest W Hotel offering upon The Palm Jumeirah Dubai, this crazy manifestation of beachside days spent in Rimini, Italy throughout the 1950s and 1960s simply realises the sentiment of Massimo having fun.
The venue was to beautifully fuse design, food and influences from the golden days in one harmonious offering, through an intoxicating reflection of Massimo’s affection with the past; also mirroring his culinary approach of ‘tradition in evolution’. With its distinctive storyline, Torno Subito brings a playful charm to the UAE as it completely immerses guests within its narrative; infused with sunshine-yellow tiles, Italian-punk inspired artworks and a Polaroid photo feature ceiling. Entirely ahead of its time, Torno Subito revolutionises the F&B (food and beverage) landscape as a pioneer of immersive dining.
China Railway World Expo City Conference Center as the landmark building of the whole expo city, the whole building is shaped by irregular silk streamline, which conforms to the elegant shape of silk belt and is supplemented by a large-span steel structure. Designers introduce the streamline elements of architecture into the interior and incorporate the characteristics of the adjacent oceans of Qingdao. It reflects the streamline shape like the ocean wave.
In the local, it matches of golden fish to form a unique lamp modelling. In the public area of the hall, the building leisure area combined with the local langyatai culture is created. Westin Hotel is a part of this project, which undertakes the functions of reception and residence. Designers introduce the concept of city living room into the interior and incorporate the characteristics of the Qingdao ocean into it. It reflects the streamline shape like the ocean wave.
ADP Architects designed and built Axon’s office project and laboratory area which have a total area of 2,160 squares metres. By transforming a spacecraft concept into the real-life Axon office, ADP has brilliantly succeeded in exciting the workforce and inspiring them to think out of the box every day.
The office laboratory and Axon office were created with a consistent design language, however, the attributes making the difference in the office laboratory include the technical standards coming from the soundproofing system, materials and lighting standard.
In this project, elements of traditional culture imbue the contemporary space with historical elegance. Horticultural scenes depicted in streamlined, curved lines transform the space into a fairyland. The neat sequences of stone wall stitching and carefully planned lighting combines with a calm domed roof and warm lights to evoke a strong sense of luxury.
Geometric shapes, such as the square caisson ceiling, are powerful and energetic. The floating, flowing structure is like a ladder directly extending to the dome, while decorations like book pages sway in the air. It feels like the pathway of a time traveller, taking the viewer into a timeless space. White is the dominant colour. There seem to be no boundaries when walking inside this space, which brings a brand new approach to aesthetics.
Located in Beirut’s waterfront Seaside Pavilion, Iris offers the ultimate bar and lounge experience. Guests can enjoy globally infused dining as well as speciality cocktails and staggering sea views, and be entertained by live international bands and local DJs. The aim was to create a comfortable environment in a well-designed space, without it being overly designed. The core elements consist of a long rectangular bar, a central table, a long couch to the side, an onyx table for fruit displays and surrounding lounges.
In March 2019, Lush Liverpool opened its doors after a nine-month transformation into the biggest Lush store in the world. Five times bigger than the previous store and spread over three customer-facing floors, the new Lush Liverpool boasts 1,380 metres square of retail space that’s big enough to fit more than 9 million of its famous bath bombs.
The characterful scheme by Lush’s in-house design team with an international architecture firm, Hyphen, was executed by Portview with an emphasis on enhancing the building’s original features to achieve a look inspired by the character of traditional department stores while incorporating new materials and services that have never been seen before in a retail environment.
This Award for design standards attracts entries from across the world, making it truly an honour and a sign of industry recognition that is second to none for the deserving winners.
The SBID International Design Excellence Awards has become the first interior design award scheme to be accredited with the GOLD Standard Awards Trust Mark by The Independent Awards Standards Council, who commended the programme as “exemplar in how awards should be operated”.
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