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Students honoured with interior design awards

Staff Reporter
Filed on June 2, 2012
Students honoured with interior design awards

Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, presented Danube Students Interior Design Awards to the winners in Dubai on Thursday.

The competition was organised by Danube in partnership with the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID).

Al Qattami highlighted the importance of interior design in the industry, encouraging students to strive for excellence in their approach. The event also marked the presence of Zarine Khan, Bollywood’s favourite interior decorator.

The Danube-APID Student Interior Design Competition was developed as an adjunct to typical course work, in which students could utilise skills learned through their current academic development in the design of an interior environment with far-reaching appeal. The registration process started in March 2012 inviting post-secondary students from the GCC to apply for the competition.

The inaugural competition awarded 12 winners with total prize money of Dh85,000. The winners were chosen from over 280 entries submitted in the two categories, the Reception Lounge Category and the Display Vitrine Category. The grand winning entry, Group Ad.Infinitum, was rewarded with a cash prize of Dh20,000 and the winners in the CEO’s category, Group AGU, were awarded with a prize of Dh5,000. The competition recognised five winners in each category with special merit awards. The designs were evaluated on aspects such as functionality, presentation, innovation and usability.

“Interior design in the Middle East is developing at a rapid pace. Launching the competition was part of a move to help boost the region’s interior design industry and also to discover the talent of emerging interior designers. The success has given us the assurance to lay the groundwork for a more exciting and activity-filled second edition of the competition,”said Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman of Danube Group.

Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, president of the APID, said, “The overall quality of the submissions was of a high standard. The entrants demonstrated a holistic approach to sustainable design that communicates a forward-thinking approach. Each submission featured a unique solution to the ever-evolving concept of interior designing.”—

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