CEDIA revealed the winners of its eighth annual CEDIA Awards to an enthusiastic industry audience in the regal surroundings of the Pavilion at the Tower of London on Friday 28th June.
Sponsored by AMX, Control 4, Crestron, Kaleidescape and Rako, the CEDIA Awards celebrate the system design, installation and integration excellence in the home technology sector. Over 160 remarkable submissions from 15 different countries, representing a 61% increase on entries compared to the previous year, competed for the top media room, home cinema, integrated home, superyacht and other category prizes.
“We have been overwhelmed by the outstanding quality in this record-breaking year for entries,” says Gary Lewis, Chairman of CEDIA Region 1. “The creativity of the participating companies has shown what is possible to achieve in the current expanding industry. This year’s winners have truly set the benchmark higher for next year. The continuing support from the industry for the scheme is the foundation of its success, and we would like to thanks all companies who have taken the time and effort to enter the CEDIA Awards 2013.”
Winners ranged from a superb media room in Pakistan, sensitively converted into an ‘invisible’ multi-purpose living area with electrifying sound quality to a truly extraordinary eco home in Yorkshire, fully integrated with photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting.
For the first time ever, one category proved too close to call with an ultra-cool, and superbly crafted Dutch project from De Opera Domotica and a technically amazing cinema in the UK from Imagine This announced as joint winners in the Best Home Cinema Over £100,000 category.
“Winning two CEDIA awards is the best compliment we could achieve as this was our most challenging and complex project yet” says Jacco Troost of De Opera Domotica. “We would like to thanks CEDIA who have recognised all of the hard work our team has put in.”
Award-winning tech writer and broadcaster, Emma Barnett, the current woman’s editor of the Daily Telegraph, presented the Awards to the winners in front of more than 300 guests in the dazzling black-tie ceremony. The projects represent the crème de la crème of home technology design and installation across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. Alongside the winners, the judges awarded Highly Commended recognition to projects which reached an exceptionally high standard yet did not win the ultimate prize.
“This year’s impressive CEDIA awards event really was a celebration of all that is excellent and outstanding in our industry and with more entries and the highest attendance than ever before I think the CEDIA awards really are the gala highlight of the year for the industry and not to be missed” commented Kris Hogg, Managing Director of Konnectiv. “This was our first year entering the awards and I’m delighted that our work was recognised for its quality with a number of projects listed as a finalist, but to actually come away with an award and a highly commended is a real honour. I’d like to congratulate all the team at CEDIA who organised such a wonderful evening, their hard work and dedication really did make the whole evening spectacular.”
In the new Showroom category, integrator Finite Solutions emerged victorious, whilst distributor Aldous Systems scooped the Training Initiative of the Year award, and Crestron won the CEDIA Trade Supplier of the Year, a prize chosen by the industry in an online vote.
“We are absolutely delighted to take home two CEDIA awards this year, after being shortlisted for four overall” says Simon Mathieson, Consultancy Director of Finite Solutions. “It is really rewarding to be acknowledged by your peers after all the hard work everyone in our Leeds, London and Manchester teams put in to each project we undertake. I am particularly proud of the “Best Showroom” award as we pioneered the idea of a real luxury home set up as a Smart Technology show room and despite the many challenges we faced to complete the project it was worth every second of effort. It has hugely impacted our business over the years so to get this recognition from CEDIA in its first “Best Showroom” category is brilliant.”
Emily Senior from House & Garden secured the coveted media-only award for the Best Article on home technology integration, following an extensive feature in the February 2013 issue.
The final accolade of the evening was the Special Recognition Award which CEDIA presented to Simon Buddle of SMC.
The full list of winners and highly commended entries in the CEDIA Awards 2013 is as follows, if you'd like to view all Winners, Highly Commended, Finalists and other entrants, please click here to view the 2013 Yearbook:
Best Media Room under £15,000
Winner: ET Home Cinema, Badsworth Hall Study, UK
Highly Commended: Sound Environment, Small but Soulful, UK
Best Media Room over £15,000
Winner: Synergy Technologies, SM Media Room, Pakistan
Best Home Cinema under £40,000
Winner: Finite Solutions, Garage Music Cinema, UK
Highly Commended: Doneo, The Movie Den, Malta
Best Home Cinema £40,000 - £100,000
Winner: Lifestyle Technologies, A 007 Class Theatre, Cyprus
Highly Commended: T&T Automation, House on the Hill, UK
Best Home Cinema over £100,000
Joint Winner: Imagine This, Luxury Screening Room, UK
Joint Winner: De Opera Domotica, Cinema Tuschinski, Netherlands
Highly Commended: The Big Picture, The Wave Cinema, UK
Best Integrated Home under £30,000
Winner: Lewis Building Technology, The Croft, UK
Best Integrated Home £30,000 - £100,000
Winner: Complete Home Control, Birch House, UK
Highly Commended: Konnectiv, I Zero4, UK
Best Integrated Home over £100,000 - £250,000
Winner: Grahams Hi-Fi, West View, UK
Highly Commended: Henri Integrateur Domotique, Villa Jourdan, France
Best Integrated Home over £250,000
Winner: De Opera Domotica, Dream Home, Netherlands
Highly Commended: Sensory International, 20th Hole, UK
Highly Commended: SMC, West Country Manor House, UK
Best Marine Installation:
Winner: Dawsons Group, Imperial Princess, UK
Best Multiple Scheme for a Property Developer
Winner: Perfect Integration, 65 Duke Street, UK
Best Dressed Rack
Winner: T&T Automation, Georgian Mansion, UK
Highly Commended: The Big Picture, The Wave Cinema Rack, UK
Best Innovative Solution - Residential
Winner: Dawsons Group, Operation Smooth Zoom, UK
Best Energy Management Solution:
Winner: Konnectiv, I Zero4, UK
Best Trade Supplier
Best Training Initiative
Winner: Aldous Systems
Winner: Finite Solutions
Highly Commended: Pulse Marketing
Highly Commended: Projecting & Sounding Art
Best Technology Feature In A Homes / Interiors Publication
Winner: Emily Senior, House and Garden
Highly Commended: Katrina Burroughs, FT How to Spend it
Special Recognition Award
Winner: Simon Buddle, SMC
For further information on the Awards scheme please go to the dedicated website: http://awards.cedia.co.uk/