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Design Excellence Awards 2022 Recognises Talent and Innovation in Asia

A night to remember: Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDCS) reveals the winners at the DEA 2022 held in December.

The Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDCS) announced the winners of the ninth Annual Design Excellence Awards (DEA) on 2 December 2022 at the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore.

This latest edition of the prestigious DEA awards saw 204 awards presented across 35 categories, recognising interior design excellence, innovation and talent throughout Singapore, Asia Pacific and the world.

Considered an industry seal of excellence, the DEA 2022 received a total of 246 entries in two tracks: The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for completed built projects by industry professionals as well as the Spatial Design Awards (SPADE) for completed academic projects by design students.

 “The Design Excellence Awards 2022 has become a trusted international brand of excellence in the world of interior design. We received a consistently, increasing monthly volume of submissions which was really exciting to see. IDCS received entries from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, South Korea, Philippines and Thailand, and the variety of projects across countries made it very interesting to judge,” said Cameron Woo, President of IDCS.

Besides the industry awards, the title of the Interior Designer of the Year 2022 – Designers’ Choice category went to Clint Nagata of BLINK Design Group. He received the highest number of votes from a shortlist of five nominees chosen by IDCS Council. The other nominees included world renowned designers Alexandra Champalimaud, Pierre-Yves Rochon, Felicity Beck and Stewart Robertson and Ilse Crawford. The venerable Tony Chi also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hilton Singapore Orchard Hilton Singapore Orchard

Winning Projects

This year, the prestigious Project of the Year - Designers’ Choice - Winner went to Avalon Collective for their project Hilton Singapore Orchard - Presidential Suite. The other four nominees were: Dyson Singapore, St James Power Station by M. Moser Associates, Firangi Superstar by EDG Design, Hotel Indigo Jiuzhai, Sichuan China by Cheng Chung Design and The Johri Hotel by NAS Design.

Avalon Collective picked up another Gold Award for the Best Public Design – for their project Kempinski Hangzhou, which lies on the riverbank of the Jing-Hang Grand Canal.

The Special Recognition Award - Jury’s Choice - Winner went to M. Moser Associates for Dyson Singapore, St James Power Station – the building, which housed the first municipal power station in Singapore, had many engineering firsts. M. Moser helped Dyson to reinvent the building, reflecting Dyson’s culture of innovation. This is a new category created by IDCS.

Restaurant Born Restaurant Born

The Gold Winner for the Best F&B Design ≥ 5000 sqf was greymatters for their project Restaurant Born. The fine dining restaurant is located in the Jinrikisha Station, an iconic heritage building on the corner of Tanjong Pagar and Neil Road. The main dining room boasts expansive irregular volume, a double-height glass ceiling, and beautiful arches.

Best Workplace Design, was awarded to local interior design firm LAANK for their project Section. They designed a minimalist workplace interior decked with colour.


Right Angle Studio took the silver award for Emerging ID Firm of the Year with their extensive range of projects across residential, retail and workplace design categories.

IDCS also announced two winners for the Best Student Award Category to Zhou Anqi from Temasek Polytechnic and Anjali Saini who both scored the same and highest scores from the Jury Panel for their respective projects; Our Own and Refresh.

20 December 2022