Top Ontario interior designers honoured at the 2011 ARIDO awards gala

The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) announced the winners of its annual awards program during a gala dinner on September 21 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. One of the most highly regarded honours in the industry, the ARIDO Awards annually recognize excellence, innovation and creativity in interior design. This year’s winners include a Project of the Year, 11 Awards of Excellence and 16 Awards of Merit, including two Awards of Merit for Sustainable Design.

ARIDO Fellows George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of the Toronto-based firm Yabu Pushelberg, received the coveted Project of the Year Award for their work on the iconic Paris department store, Printemps Haussman. With this project, the interior designers successfully captured the essence of luxury while creating a fresh, modern appeal, breathing new life into a classic retail landmark.

“ARIDO takes great pride in the international scope of Canadian Design,” said ARIDO president Eliisa Petersen. “Printemps Haussman is a retail project like no other, pairing classic grandeur with modern simplicity. The project reaffirms Yabu Pushelberg’s international acclaim.”  

As in past years, the ARIDO Awards showcase a wide range of interior design talent: from retail to residential and from corporate to health care, as well as major restoration projects. In addition to the Printemps Haussman project, the 2011 Awards of Excellence include the unique boardrooms and branding of Toronto’s Corus Quay, the whimsical Ontario SPCA facility refurbishment and the ambitious James Cooper Mansion restoration project.

Two projects received additional recognition for their commitment to environmental sustainability. Sharon Martens of MartensGroup Licensed Interior Design Studio Ltd. and Sarah Faith Clark along with Sue Bennett of Bennett Design Associates Inc. were each recipients of an Award of Merit and an Award of Merit: Sustainable Design for their projects ARC Resources Ltd. and TD Financing Services (TDFS) respectively. Other multiple award winners included Diego Burdi of Burdifilek, Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook of II by IV Design Associates Inc., as well as Fenwick Bonnell and David Hooper of Powell & Bonnell.

“The Association heartily congratulates all award recipients,” affirmed Petersen. “Their commitment to design excellence strengthens ARIDO’s position as the guardian of the highest standards for interior design in both the public and private realms.”

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