The 2013 Awards
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.
The 2013 Awards Winners
About the The 2013 Awards
"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, the CIS, 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 Best 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.
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