This week Andrea and I took our whole team up to Kuala Lumpur for the Asia Pacific Property Awards.
This annual event celebrates the very best work from developers, architects, designers and property consultants. Participants come from 26 countries, all across the Asia Pacific region from as far North as India and as South as Australia. It is the region’s biggest and most respected property awards ceremony. Design Intervention has won awards twice before and Andrea and I have made this trip on those occasions but this was the first time we brought out team. It is a glittering event, in the ballroom of KL’s Shangri-La Hotel, where the industry’s best come in all their finery to celebrate the very best of our industry. And it was great to have our team with us all coiffed, and polished looking lovely.
I am am a big believer in the importance of Awards. I have been asked before, why do I place such store by them?
Of course, we all like a little validation now and again – a pat on the back sure feels good. But the real reason is that competition is good, it pushes us all to excel, to innovate and to test the boundaries of our design. And we had brought our team to KL to inspire them. And I would like to think we did just that. Here we were surrounded by the very best of our competitors and we came home with four awards!
Our Bar/Night club projects was selected for the interior design leisure category. This was the first time we had won an award in the hospitality arena so it was particularly special. But the highlight of the event for us, was our win for our work on YTL’s Kasara Townhouse development in Niseko, where we won the 5 star award for Best Private residence in Japan. This was the 2nd consecutive year that we have one this award and what made it particularly special was that the project was then further selected as an Asia Pacific nominee for best interior design for the region as a whole.
We will have to wait till December until the winners for the Asia-Pacific and also the Global winners are announced. But for now, we were happy to have won the highest achievement of the night…
We are all back to work this week, on our current projects – but perhaps a little more inspired with our competitive spirits raised.
I am looking forward to our next year’s entries with high hopes.