No fewer than 33 companies competed in 18 categories in the eighth annual CEDIA Awards, held at the Pavilion at the Tower of London on Friday 28 June. There were more than 160 submissions from 15 different countries – a 61% increase on entries compared to the previous year.
The awards celebrate excellence in system design, integration and installation in the home technology sector. In addition to project prizes in categories such as media rooms, home cinemas, integrated homes and superyachts, the awards also recognised achievements in other areas including marketing, training and journalism.
Winners ranged from a superb media room in Pakistan, sensitively converted into an ‘invisible’ multi-purpose living area with electrifying sound quality, to an extraordinary eco home in Yorkshire, fully integrated with photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting.
“We have been overwhelmed by the outstanding quality in this record-breaking year for entries,” said 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.”
For the first time ever at the CEDIA Awards, a category prize was awarded to joint winners. An ultra-cool, superbly crafted Dutch project from De Opera Domotica and a technically amazing cinema in the UK from Imagine This both took joint honours in the Best Home Cinema Over £100,000 category.
The Dutch integrator also topped the Best Integrated Home over £250,000 category. “Winning two CEDIA awards is the best compliment we could achieve as this was our most challenging and complex project yet. We would like to thank CEDIA who have recognised all of the hard work our team has put in,” said Jacco Troost, director of De Opera Domotica.
Other big winners included Finite Solutions, which won Best Home Cinema under £40,000 and the Best Showroom award, and Dawsons Group, which came away with the Best Marine Installation and Best Innovative Solution – Residential awards.
The final accolade of the evening was the Special Recognition Award, which CEDIA presented to Simon Buddle of SMC. Buddle is pictured here with his award, flanked (L-R) by Wendy Griffiths, CEDIA Region 1 executive director; Gary Lewis, chairman of CEDIA Region 1; and tech writer and broadcaster Emma Barnett from the Daily Telegraph, who presented the prizes.