As a furiously expanding company, Inspired Dwellings have been savouring a lot of new and exciting projects these past few months, not least (from a marketing perspective) the opportunity to enter into the prestigious annual CEDIA Awards.
And so, in the grey drizzle of a London Summer, we joined the 300 professionals from the custom integrators industry in heading towards the historic Tower of London, with the sole purpose of viewing the year’s best solutions (and professionals) within the system design, integration and installation business. Hurriedly entering The Pavilion, itself a landmark venue of the 21st Century, we were met by the dulcet tones of a string quartet and a champagne reception, a world away from the usual hustle and bustle of a custom install environment.
Sponsored by some of Inspired Dwelling’s favourite suppliers (including: Control4, Kaleidescape, Crestron, Rako & AMX), 2013 saw a 61% increase in the number of submissions, demonstrating the expanding force of a growing UK Industry. Indeed, with so many charismatic projects to choose from, we here at Inspired Dwelling’s submitted no less than 11 entries, all from Central London properties within the 12months, which a lucky few were proud to represent. With champagne and conversation flowing, the invitation to take your seats came far too soon, as ladies and gentlemen (at a surprisingly even ratio) made their way into the dining room for the nominations.
Hosted by a lady who knows what she’s talking about, Emma Barnett, The Telegraph’s Digital Media Editor, the awards were fast paced and candid, as we flew through the categories with surprising ease. Entrants were praised for their creativity, enthusiasm and talent, in what was described as ‘over-whelming competition’, including our own shortlisted entry, ‘best dressed rack’, narrowly nabbed by a deserving entry from T&T Automation.
For information on all entrants and a full list of entries and winners, check out the CEDIA Awards 2013 booklet