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September 28, 2007

2007 ARIDO Awards of Excellence honour two top Ontario projects

The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) announced the winners of its twenty-third annual Awards of Excellence at a gala dinner on September 27 at the Direct Energy Centre. Among the winning entries were two Projects of the Year.

“This is an annual program ARIDO has for its members to be recognized for their work,” enthuses Susan Wiggins, Executive Director of ARIDO. “The quality of the projects was interesting, and shows the breadth of work our members do. It’s important for us to recognize members and for members to recognize themselves.”

Diego Burdi of burdifliek design won one of the coveted Project of the Year awards for his design of the retail and tasting areas of Stratus Winery. Burdi also won three Awards of Merit for his luxury retail designs at Holt Renfrew and an Award of Excellence for his role in Capezio.

Stratus Winery by Diego Budi of burdifilek. In this view of the second tasting room, the wine production floor becomes an architectural feature.

Stratus Winery by Diego Budi of burdifilek. In this view of the second tasting room, the wine production floor becomes an architectural feature.

“What further endorsed these projects was that the client came with the designer and spoke as to the success of the project,” adds Wiggins. “Interior design should be part of any business model. It helps businesses to remain successful and competitive.”

Christopher Wright of figure3 also received a Project of the Year award for his interpretation of Umbra’s new flagship retail location in Toronto.

Exterior view of the UMBRA Premiere Retail Location by Christopher Wright of figure3.

Exterior view of the UMBRA Premiere Retail Location by Christopher Wright of figure3.

Each entry was judged on its own merit — and on the specific circumstances under which it was completed — by nine representative from business, media and design. This year, a shift toward greater emphasis on the re-design of public spaces was evident, and as a result, the majority of the awards were given to projects and designers in the commercial and retail-based sectors.

For a complete list of winners, see ARIDO’s web site.

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