2007 ARIDO Awards of Excellence Honour Ontario's Top Interior Designers

    Luxury Retail, Nature-Inspired Artistry, Urban Originality and
    Sustainable Designs Dominate 2007 Gala

    Projects of the Year awarded for Niagara's Stratus Winery and Umbra
    Premiere Retail Location

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - The Association of Registered Interior
Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) announces the winners of its 23rd annual Awards
of Excellence, which were held during a gala dinner last night at the Direct
Energy Centre as part of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada.
    The prestigious award program, honouring creativity and professional
achievement in the province's interior design industry, recognized 26 entries
in 12 different categories. Among the winning entries, there were two Projects
of the Year, four Awards of Excellence and twenty-one Awards of Merit.
    "We are extremely proud of the achievement and professionalism of
Ontario's interior design community," says Peter Grimley, president of ARIDO.
"While the awards recognize success on an individual and corporate level, they
also serve to build public awareness of the power and effect of good interior
design on business to remain competitive in today's economy."
    Judged by nine esteemed representatives from business, media and design,
each entry was judged on its own merit and on the specific circumstances under
which it was completed. In their submissions, entrants were asked to consider
existing design elements, budget and project objectives, strategies employed,
overall creativity, examples of project results, and sustainability and
collaborative elements.
    This year's show revealed a shifting emphasis on the re-design of public
spaces, as the majority of awards were from commercial and retail-based
sectors. The focus on retail was demonstrated by Diego Burdi of burdifilek
design who won five awards in total: three Awards of Merit for spectacular
luxury retail designs in Holt Renfrew, an Award of Excellence for his work in
Capezio as well as the coveted Project of the Year for his design of the
retail and tasting areas of Stratus Winery.
    Christopher Wright of figure3 scored the other Project of the Year for
his dramatic and interactive interpretation of Umbra's new flagship retail
location in Toronto.
    Indicative of the current commercial building boom, Anna Simone and
Elaine Cecconi took an Award of Excellence for their sleek and fashionable
Project "X" condominium sales centre.
    The final Award of Excellence went to Carol Smith of SGH Design Partners
who wowed judges with the subtle branding and natural elements found in the
reception area, boardroom and salon of the marketing centre of hair care
creator Ojon.

    ARIDO congratulates all of the 2007 ARIDO Awards of Excellence

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    Christopher Wright/            UMBRA Premiere Retail Location

    Diego Burdi/                   Stratus Winery


    Diego Burdi/                   Capezio

    Elaine Cecconi and             "X" The Condominium
    Anna Simone/
    Cecconi Simone Inc.

    Carol Smith/                   Ojon
    Smith Grimley Harris Design


    Jenny Lee/                     Offspring - Interior Design Show 2007
    full scale + partners inc.


    Elaine Cecconi/                Private Residence
    Cecconi Simone Inc.

    Diego Burdi/                   Holt Renfrew Personal Shopping Suites

    Diego Burdi/                   Holt Renfrew Designer Collection Floor

    Diego Burdi/                   Holt Renfrew Designer Collection Floor -
    burdifilek                     Feature Display Table

    Donald Crichton/               MediaCom WWP

    Christopher Wright/            Work Space on-Demand Office Model for
    figure3                        IBM

    Inger Bartlett/                George Weston Limited Lobby
    Bartlett & Associates

    Inger Bartlett/                Saatchi & Saatchi workstation/exhibition
    Bartlett & Associates Ltd.     furniture system

    Trevor Kruse/                  The Laneway Mews Interior Design Show
    Hudson Kruse Design            2005

    Gerry Anacleto/                Re-imagine, Re-treat(*)
    Anacleto Design
    (*) (Received two Awards of Merit for this project for: Marketing Centre
        and Sustainability)

    Jenny Lee/                     Offspring - Interior Design Show 2007
    full scale + partners inc.

    Jenny Lee/                     California Thai Fusion Restaurant
    full scale + partners inc.

    Brian Gluckstein/              Four Seasons Sales Office
    Gluckstein Design Planning

    Mike Niven/                    9T6 St. Patrick Model Suite
    Mike Niven Interior Design

    Alex Chapman/                  Park Place Condominium
    Chapman Design Group Ltd.

    Alex Chapman/                  The Residences of College Park
    Chapman Design Group Ltd.

    Ian Graham/                    Chaggar Dental

    Valerie Gow/                   Humber College School of Spa Management
    Gow Hastings Architects

    Susan Chang/                   Sherbourne Health Centre
    IBI Group

    Ann Callaghan/                 Callaghan Letellier Wiens Gibbons
    Callaghan Letellier Wiens
    Facility Planning and Design

    About ARIDO

    ARIDO is currently a voluntary professional association for Interior
Designers in Ontario. ARIDO's mandate is to serve the interests of both the
public and the interior design industry. It does so by registering Interior
Designers who voluntarily meet required standards of education, experience and
examination. For more information on ARIDO, please visit www.arido.ca.

For further information:

For further information: visuals or to arrange an interview, please
contact: Emma Jowett, ejowett@counselpr.ca, (416) 961-5898 x 217; Tonia
Addison, taddison@arido.ca, (416) 921-2127 x 227

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