We have received more than 400 submissions across 18 categories from 120 companies – the highest number to date – throughout the region. Over the coming week, we will be releasing the names of the finalists in all the categories.
Here is the full shortlist for Interior Design of the Year: Best Use of Lighting in Interior Design
Crank by Broadway Interiors
Crank, a spin-focused gym located in Dubai's Al Quoz, has been designed with special acoustic and lighting considerations to create a high-energy setting. It features a dark backdrop for ambiance paired with LED pixel controlled lighting that is fully programmable to suit the mood and tempo of the class. This system is governed by the latest technology (Madrix 4 universe DMX controller), allowing individual control over the highest resolution (4k pixels) as used in the digital television and cinema industry, all fully colour changeable using RGBW fittings for convenience and Moving Heads, enabling dramatic directional lighting and subsequent moods within the room. The lighting can intelligently mirror the tempo of the music and change colours to reflect various moods and actions.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah by Design Wilkes
Canopy of Light is a dynamic installation featuring 14 trees in three sizes, made from hundreds of hand-blown Bohemian crystal leaves with a champagne matte brass finish. Each tree is modelled separately and differently, roughly 400-500 channels, depending on the tree. Motions that could be created include a downward movement of light through the trunk, a sparkling effect or a motion that looks like wind is blowing through the leaves. The hotel’s position on the beach also influenced the design, where coloured light was specifically avoided to replicate the silver sparkle of the water and the dappled surface of the ocean.
Seven Gym by Edge Design + Murano Lighting
EDGE Design's Seven Gym draws its inspiration from contemporary art galleries. The lighting solution looks to bring out the beauty of the natural form of the material elements used in the space, creating an environment of luxury. The general gym area uses special anti-glare pendant luminaires that gently wash the spaces.Tubular profiles are used in the lobby and changing room, giving the space a wholesome visual environment.
Kava & Chai DIFC by 4Space Design
4Space Design has completed the latest café for homegrown UAE coffeehouse Kava & Chai, using an algorithm to create a parametric ceiling housing globe lights, serving as the focal point of the space. The soft lighting works brilliantly with the natural materials to create an almost palpable rhythmic aesthetic that enhances the surroundings.
Rami Jabali by Studio Bruno Guelaff
Studio Bruno Guelaff's Rami Jabali salon features a wooden ceiling system with hidden spot lights that create shards of light on the walls. Additionally, the ceiling custom steel tubes descend holding spot lights as well as integrated LED art wall washers.
Sobe by Keane
Lighting was at the forefront of Keane's W Dubai bar Sobe, with the main feature being the oversized neon symbol for Erzulie the Loa of Love, that floats above a central seating group of reclaimed armchairs seemingly left by previous tenants.