Gemona West Design Studio, formerly Gemona West Interior Design, has bagged two international awards, thereby putting Africa on the global map.

The company’s success at the African Property Awards in 2018 with its E-Tranzact project was a testimony to how much progress it has made since 2015 when it won The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme and began operations.

Barely two years after the last award, Gemona West Design Studio will be recognised again for its contributions to the design industry, as it will be honoured at the African Property Awards in an online virtual ceremony slated for November 2.

The award will be for its Providus Bank-Hni Lounge Design project that won the Best Leisure Space Category as well as Pernord Ricard Nigeria, Office Design Project winning Best Office Interior Category.

Known for modern luxury contemporary designs, Gemona West Design Studio has always prided on its ability to deliver flawless contemporary designs that exude elegance with a vast understanding of its market for sophisticated, discerning, quality-conscious clientele.

The Commercial Director for Gemona West Design Studio, Mrs. Naomi Smith, said: “This is a fantastic recognition for us because this is an extra confirmation and confidence booster for us as directors, the team and all our partners because it speaks volumes to the hard work and sleepless night we all put in.

“The award talks about excellence, innovation, design quality and these things are important to us because it shows our clients that we are dedicated to producing excellent work.”

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Borne out of the need to make a difference in the design industry, the five-year-old design studio is intent on showcasing what Africa and Nigeria in particular can do. To them, it is important to show that the African design community is achieving the same benchmarks as international standards.

The Creative Director, Mrs. Deise Forgiarini Smith, said the industry in Nigeria and Africa must brace up for the new wave of expansion, adding that it would drive growth and create more value for all stakeholders.

“We are happy to be in the forefront of this because we are committed to growth, collaboration and giving back to the community,” she stated.

The African Property Awards is judged by an independent panel of 80 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel is chaired by Lord Caithness, Lord Best and Lord Waverley, members of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom Parliament.

The 27-year-old award event celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the industry with over 45 different residential and commercial



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