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  20130925_215543web.jpgThe Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) announced the winners of its annual Awards program during a gala dinner at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on September 25, 2013. One of the most highly regarded honours in the industry, the ARIDO Awards recognize excellence, innovation and creativity in interior design. This year’s winners include a Project of the Year, three Awards of Excellence and 15 Awards of Merit.

ARIDO member Sharon Martens of the Calgary-based firm MartensGroup licenced interior design studio ltd., received the coveted Project of the Year for the law offices of Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, LLP. With this project, Martens demonstrated that the clichés associated with law office design could be avoided.

“ARIDO members consistently defy expectations, creating ground-breaking, world-class projects,” said ARIDO president Janine Grossmann. “This law office conveys a progressive yet professional image befitting a top tier firm.”

As in past years, the ARIDO Awards showcase a wide range of interior design talent: from retail to residential and from corporate to institutional, as well as major restoration projects. In addition to Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer, LLP, the Awards of Excellence include two residential projects in Toronto, and the offices of Entro, a brand communications and graphics firm.

“ARIDO congratulates all award winners,” said Grossmann. “Their talent and commitment to design excellence strengthen ARIDO’s position as the guardian of the highest standards for interior design in Ontario.”

To view this year's winners, please click here.
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