ARIDO stands for Association of Registered Designer of Ontario. Deputy Editor of Indesign, Penny Craswell was in Toronto for their awards night dinner.
October 22nd, 2008
Honouring innovation by interior designers in the state of Ontario in Canada, the ARIDO awards are a chance to show some of the design that’s making waves in Toronto and surrounds.
There was a huge range of finalist projects, all completed by interior designers registered with ARIDO and with offices in Ontario. The work includes contemporary offices, residential projects, as well as cafés, a country courthouse, a hospital for sick kids, a green roof, a fashion house and a museum exhibit on butterflies.
Awards were given over six categories, including two in the corporate sector to Dean Matsumoto from Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning) for his collaborative office with touchdown area in the Kasian Toronto Office and Sharon Marten from the Martens Group whose interior was a contemporary approach while embracing traditionalism for the Pengrowth Corporation. Martens also received an Award of Merit for the project’s custom lighting.
Two projects in the residential sector included Connie Braemer’s Osler Chalet (in conjunction with Ray Murakami) which combined two log cabins moved from Quebec to Ontario and Elaine Cecconi’s work on her own house. Cecconi’s business partner Anna Simone won an Award of Merit for her carport and green roof.
The sixth Award of Excellence went to Fang-Pin Lee of Reich + Petch Design International for her exhibition of Butterflies at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, completed in collaboration with Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern architects.
Image caption: Connie Braemer’s Osler Chalet won an Award of Excellence
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