28 February 2018
Interior Design of the Year: Leisure & Entertainment
Winner: El Manza by Bishop Design
The winner of the Interior Design of the Year: Leisure & Entertainment award for 2013 went to Arabian-inspired El Manza by Bishop Design.
The judges hailed the project for its great contemporary spin on traditional Middle Eastern design, expressing their appreciation for the use of graphics and patterns throughout the space which they felt created a truly unique palette.
The design brief for El Manza specified a need to create a visually dynamic environment that echoed the sentiments of traditional Moorish architectural elements and styling while approaching the design with simplistic modern detailing, aesthetics and finishings. This was achieved by the firm through the use of modern technology and materials that juxtaposed against the variation and use of surface treated natural stone and selective vintage furniture pieces.
A collection of spatial experiences are created within the restaurant as the areas subdivide into souk, casual dining, tea room, formal dining room and private rooms. Each area possesses its own individual styling through the use of customized and bespoke furniture selection. Floor finishes are subtly announced through the integration of polished and honed textured stone, distressed smoked wooden flooring through to water jet inlays.
“We have created this project for the Sharjah government which gives us a little extra to be proud of,” said Ellen Bishop, managing partner. “The client trusted our ability and gave us a lot of freedom with the project. The end result is a modern twist on traditional design.”
The Bishops thanked those who helped bring the project to life including their team who prepared the entries, as well as the El Manza group.
“We feel amazing,” said Paul Bishop, managing director. “This has been so unexpected. Every year the awards are amazing and every year we are grateful and excited about them.”
Highly commended for this award was Roberto’s Restaurant by Draw Link Group. The judges said “it was smartly and carefully planned, taking into consideration the offerings of each room’s customers.”
The winning design was up against projects such as Vogue Café by Bash Hesnef, Sheikh Zayad Learning Centre & World by Fino International and The Vault Bar by LW Design Group.