2008 ARIDO Awards of Excellence honours Ontario's best interior design

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The Association of Registered Interior
Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) announced the winners of its 24th annual ARIDO
Awards of Excellence, during a gala dinner last night at the Direct Energy
    This prestigious awards program honours innovation, creativity and
professional achievement in the province's interior design industry. Judges of
this year's entries chose to recognize 23 designs from 11 separate categories.
Among the winning entries were six Awards of Excellence and 17 Awards of
    "The wide range of award winning projects demonstrates the breadth of
interior design talent across the industry and the province," says Franca
Rezza, president of ARIDO. "The Association takes great pride in the
contribution its members make to public and private spaces. Our members'
designs emphasize the need for inspiring safe spaces in all realms of the
built environment and to build public awareness of our professional
    Evaluated by seven esteemed representatives from 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, client feedback and elements
of sustainability.
    The projects of this year's recipients speak to every space imaginable,
from a residential green roof, to a museum exhibit, to a floating boardroom.
Awards of excellence were given in six categories demonstrating that good
design can be employed wherever we live, work and play.
    Three of these projects highlighted outstanding work in the corporate
sector, with two awards given to Dean Matsumoto (Kasian Architecture Interior
Design & Planning Ltd.) for his work on the Kasian Toronto Office and within
it, a special collaborative work and social gathering space anchored by a
stainless steel light table, known as its Touchdown area. Also representing
excellence in corporate interior design is Sharon Martens (Martens Group
Licensed Interior Design Studio), whose work for the Pengrowth Corporation
illustrates an unexpected contemporary approach to embracing traditionalism in
the workplace. Martens also received an Award of Merit for the custom lighting
created for the space.
    Remarkable work also emerged from the residential sector, with two
projects looking to enhance the way we live. An Award of Excellence went to
Connie Braemer's (Connie Braemer Design) spectacularly executed Osler Chalet,
carried out in conjunction with Ray Murakami, Architect, which married and
transported two log cabins from Quebec to Ontario. Another Award of Excellence
went to Elaine Cecconi (Cecconi Simone) for her work on her own private
residence. Her business partner Anna Simone took home an Award of Merit in the
residential category, for her Carport and Green Roof project.
    The sixth Award of Excellence was handed out to Fang-Pin Lee (Reich +
Petch Design International) for her project, Butterflies and Plants, Partners
in Evolution, completed in collaboration with Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern,
architects. The exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in
Washington, D.C. playfully tackles the biology of butterflies and through its
design, engages adults and children alike.

    ARIDO congratulates all 2008 ARIDO Awards of Excellence recipients:

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    Connie Braemer/
    Connie Braemer Design                      Osler Chalet

    Fang-Pin Lee/                              Butterflies and Plants,
    Reich+Petch Design International           Partners in Evolution


    Elaine Cecconi/
    Cecconi Simone                             Private Residence

    Sharon Martens/
    Martens Group Licensed
    Interior Design Studio Ltd.                Pengrowth Corporation

    Dean Matsumoto/
    Kasian Architecture Interior Design
    and Planning Inc.                          Kasian Toronto Office

    Dean Matsumoto/
    Kasian Architecture Interior Design
    and Planning Inc.                          Touchdown Area


    Attilio Labriola/                          Renfrew County Courthouse
    Norr Limited Architects and Engineers      Renovation and Addition


    Francy Thorne/                             Sick Kids, Cardiac Diagnostic
    Parkin Architects                          and Interventional Unit

    Kelly Cray/
    Chapman Design Group                       Liberty Market Lofts

    George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg/
    Yabu Pushelberg                            The Hazelton Hotel

    Keith Rushbrook/                           Hotel Novotel
    II by IV Design Associates Inc.            Montreal Aeroport

    Karen Currie/
    GHA Design Studios                         Piggly Wiggly

    Joe Cho/
    J. Cho Design Inc.                         Mizuki Grill Teriyaki

    Bryan Chartier/
    Core Architects Inc.                       Kultura

    Clayton Budd/
    64th and Queen                             jacflash

    Bryan Chartier/
    Core Architects Inc.                       Cabbagetown Coach House

    Anna Simone/
    Cecconi Simone                             Carport and Green Roof

    Fenwick Bonnell/
    Powell and Bonnell                         Toronto Residence

    Tania Bortolotto/
    Bortolotto Design Architecture Inc.        Bortolotto Studio

    Ellen Roland/
    IBI Group                                  Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

    Christopher Wright/
    figure3                                    Allsteel Canadian Showroom


    Caroline Hughes/
    figure3                                    Air Miles Reward Program


    Sharon Martens/
    Martens Group Licensed
    Interior Design Studio Ltd.                Pengrowth Corporation

    About ARIDO

    ARIDO is the Association of Registered 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: For additional information, visuals or to
arrange an interview, please contact: Susan Wiggins, Executive Director,
ARIDO, swiggins@arido.ca, (416) 921-2127 x233; Natasha Muslih, Publicist,
natasha@muslih.com, (416) 830-7070; Erin Lau, Communications Assistant, ARIDO,
elau@arido.ca, (416) 921-2127 x228

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