The World's Best Interior Design Revealed
(7 months ago)
LONDON: The winners of the SBID International Design Awards 2017 were revealed at a dazzling ceremony at the home of the awards, the prestigious Dorchester hotel in London's Mayfair.
Ranging from Hotel, Retail and Restaurant Design to Residential homes over and under a million pounds, the winners represented 4 continents worldwide with projects from the UAE, USA, Hong Kong, Egypt and more.
The competition was as impressive as ever, with some of the world's best known hotel chains, retail, technology and automotive brands in the shortlist of finalists. This year saw a 40% increase of entries and over 100,000 public votes, making it one of the most globally represented editions to date.
The Overall Winner Award, a category which holds the title as the 'SBID choice', was awarded to Singapore and London-based practice WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design for The Whale Bar at the St Regis Hotel in the Maldives. The project was inspired by the shape of the majestic whale shark and set overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The Whale Bar takes cues from marine iconography and the natural surroundings and the design team harnessed traditional Maldivian crafts such as pyrography and marine themes to create a welcoming, wondrous space that exudes luxury, nature-inspired design and local artistry.