CEDIA Award winners announced
CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) has unveiled the winners of its highly coveted CEDIA Awards at a spectacular black tie ceremony held in London on Friday 20th April 2012.
This year’s CEDIA Awards were held thanks to the support from Platinum Sponsors, AWE Europe, Loewe and Panasonic; Gold Sponsors AMX, Crestron and Kaleidescape and Silver Sponsors CP Sport, ISE, Rako Controls and Wildwood Public Relations.
Television star Pollyanna Woodward, from Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, presented trophies to the victors in front of a sell out audience of more than 250 industry professionals and media in the fittingly regal setting of the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace.
In a record breaking year for entries, which saw over 100 projects from more than 10 countries battling out for the top prizes, this year’s Award winners included a series of remarkable installations across all Media Room, Home Cinema, Integrated Home, Marine and Property Developer categories. These stunning projects represent the crème de la crème of smart home installations from across CEDIA Region 1 which covers the UK and Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan.
In Media Rooms the winners were London based Olive AV for delivering an impressively modern twist on an 18th century period property renovation, and Spanish installer Smart Business for a stunning and multi-functional media room paradise, appropriately entitled All-in-One.
South African companies scooped two of the three Home Cinema categories. Cinema Architects took the plaudits and the big prize in the Best Home Cinema under £40,000 category for an authentic Hollywood style South African movie theatre whilst HFX Systems created a cinema that, according to the judges, showed ‘how it should be done’, for its House Strydom project. The judges awarded UK based Smartcomm top prize for a futuristic home cinema in the Over £100,000 Home Cinema category.
T&T Automation secured the number one position in the Best Integrated Home under £30,000 and over £250,000 categories for its impressive and imaginative solutions in two contrasting London properties. Meanwhile, Perfect Integration delivered ‘an excellent job of making integration virtually invisible’ with its Great Barn project in the Best Integrated Home £30,000-£100,000 section. Grahams Hi-Fi completed a clean sweep in this section for UK dealers with its Regency project in the £100,000-250,000 price band.
Bournemouth’s Dawsons took the honours in the Best Marine category for ‘a technically flawless installation which integrates seamlessly with stunning interior design’ aboard MY Never Say Never. And, London’s SMC emerged victorious with the Grosvenor Crescent project in the Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer section.
It’s Done Technology hit the right note for technical excellence in this year’s Awards, winning first place in the Best Dressed Rack category. The company’s Wojtek Zajac was singled out for special recognition, receiving the Technician of the Year accolade as an installer that consistently produces work to the highest standard. Grahams Hi-Fi struck gold in the Best Innovative Solution for its ‘clever and challenging’ Aces High Media Wall.
CEDIA Awards were also presented in two trade supplier categories. Best Trade Supplier, judged by CEDIA members, was awarded to Crestron and winner of Best Training Initiative by a Trade Supplier went to AWE for its Philips Dynalite programme. Finally, journalist Emily Peck scooped this year’s Best Technology Feature in a Homes/Interiors publication for her Home Technology article in the January issue of Essential Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom.
Gary Lewis, chair of CEDIA, said, ‘The CEDIA Awards are a fantastic showcase for technical expertise, design creativity and professional integration. These companies are responsible for raising the bar both in terms of the standard of the submissions and the expectations of what can be achieved. The competition this year was truly more intense than ever. Our congratulations go to all the winners who truly deserve their success. We’d also like to thank all finalists and entrants to this year’s scheme which has been the most successful yet.’