CEDIA Awards 2016: The Winners!
On Friday July 1st the CI industry’s brightest and best flocked to what is still currently the capital (the rumour is, thanks to Brexit, it might be moving to Boston in Lincolnshire) in order to celebrate the elite of Custom Installation as CEDIA opened the doors on its lavish 11th Awards.
With a truly international guest list of 400 home tech pros and some magazine types in attendance at London’s stunning 12th Century Guildhall, the stage was set for a night of 19 categories to cover. Who would achieve industry glory? Who would swear loudly and smash things up when they didn’t? And would the allocation of half a bottle of wine each be enough to see us through the three course dinner AND the award announcements? As this year’s host, the excellent comedian Marcus Brigstocke took to the stage, Team SVI (still in our reduced format of Stutell/Chanart) took no chances with the answer to the final question and settled in, all wined-up, ready for some hot CEDIA action.
Some facts now. CEDIA received the most entries to date this year, with over 200 entries from more than 18 countries. In total, 19 awards were presented to deserving companies and individuals. The last award of the evening was presented to Guy Singleton, who received the CEDIA Special Recognition Award for his charity work with Together for Cinema. This award is presented to industry professionals who have shown admirable commitment and dedication to CEDIA and the industry.
“On behalf of everyone at CEDIA, we would like to congratulate this year’s winners and thank all those who dedicated their time and effort to enter the Awards scheme” comments Wendy Griffiths, Executive Director of CEDIA EMEA. “The awards evening was one to remember, as we came together as an industry to celebrate the best of the best. We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening as much as we did. It’s never too early to think about the CEDIA Awards, so we hope that this year’s scheme has inspired members to consider putting their projects forward for CEDIA Awards 2017.”
BROUGHT TO BOOK
All CEDIA Award winners and highly commended projects are showcased in the annual CEDIA Awards 2016 yearbook. The yearbook celebrates the hard work and creativity put into each project with impressive imagery, project synopsis and kit lists included. CEDIA’s 2015 yearbook was awarded Best Publication at the TAF Awards 2015. Individuals can download the Awards yearbook from http://www.cediaawards.org with printed copies also available.
Headline sponsors, Core Brands, Aldous Systems (Europe) Ltd and Indigo Distribution, supported this year’s Awards ceremony alongside Bowers & Wilkins, Meridian Audio, Rako and Smart Buildings 2016 as sponsors. Concluding the evening in style, IFSEC International sponsored the after-party.
Speaking of which, after Guy had gotten his well-deserved award, it was time to head down to the Guildhall’s medieval crypts to carry the evening on at the after-party and, after that, I seem to recall that we walked back to the hotel. But by then the wine had done its work well, so I could well be mistaken.
Congratulations from us to all the worthy winners. And, don’t forget, if you didn’t win, or if you did and you fancy your chances of further glory, we’ll be announcing the open date for entries into our own ITSA (Install & Technology Solutions Awards) very soon, so watch this space…
THE WINNERS OF 2016
Best Media Room under £15k
Winner: Sound Sense (India) - Invisible Media Room
Best Media Room over £15k
Winner: TwentyTwo Integration (UK) - Canal Side Gallery Home Media Room
Highly Commended: De Opera Domotica (Netherlands) - Living cinema
Best Dressed Rack
Winner: SONA (UK) - More than skeletons in the closet
Best Home Cinema under £40k
Winner: M.E.G.A. AV Installations Ltd (UK) - Underground Cinema
Best Home Cinema £40k-£100k
Winner: Sphere Custom (South Africa) - House G&T
Best Home Cinema over £100k
Winner: Cyberhomes Limited (UK) - Vintage themed cinema
Best Lighting Scheme
Winner: De Opera Domotica (Netherlands) - World of Color
Best Yacht Installation
Winner: Archimedia (Dubai) - Majesty 155
Highly Commended: Bureau of Systems Integration Ltd (Ukraine) - Artpolars Luxury Yacht
Winner: Intuitive Homes (UK) - Intuitive Homes Showhome
Best Custom Solution
Winner: Intuitive Homes (UK) - The Man Cave
Highly Commended: MESL (UK) - MY Quantum Blue: Sun Deck Cinema
Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer
Winner: Perfect Integration Ltd (UK) - Ryger House
Highly Commended: Konnectiv Technology (UK) - 3 Merchant Square
Best Integrated Home Under £100K
Winner: Inspired Dwellings Ltd (UK) - Riverside
Best Integrated Home £100K-£250k
Winner: Archimedia (Dubai) - Atlantis View Villa
Highly Commended: 3Logic I Art Cinema (Poland) - Highlander Residence
Best Integrated Home £250k
Winner: Sagar Smart Homes (UK) - Melbourne Super House
Highly Commended: SMC (UK) - Oxfordshire Manor House
Best Technology Feature
Winner: Emily Brooks - The Daily Telegraph
Best Training Initiative
Winner: Invision UK (UK) - Luxul Network Training - Wired and Wireless
Highly Commended: Meridian (UK) - Meridian Audio Training
Best Innovative Product
Winner: Invision UK (UK) - Origin Acoustics Director Speakers
Best Trade Supplier
Winner: Invision UK (UK)
Special Recognition Award
Winner: Guy Singleton