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    Blackburn-based Bibi Interior Architecture has been announced as a finalist in the Society of British and International Design (SBID) 2013 International Design Awards as a result of its work on a luxury five bedroom residence in Lancashire. The announcement was made on the evening of the 26th September at the IIDEX Canada design and architectural expo in Toronto. Nearly 150 nominations were submitted from more than 20 countries but, having impressed a judging panel of design experts, Bibi saw off the competition as was named one of the eight finalists for the category of Interior Design Project between £50,000 and £100,000. This is the second successive year in which the company has been shortlisted.


    The nomination relates to Bibi’s work on a new-build family home. Asked to produce a sophisticated design for the interior, it responded first by using 3D software to give the client a clear understanding of its proposals. Once these had been discussed, refined and agreed, the design team then set about identifying and procuring the relevant materials.


    “The client’s principal goal was to realise the vision we had set out,” explains Bibi managing director Junaid Khan. “What mattered most was that we delivered a high quality result without compromise. It took four months of preparation, planning and installation to create this space, and it involved detailed consultations with the family members to understand how they live and interact as a unit and with guests.”


    The choice of materials reflected this quality-centred philosophy. The entire ground floor was made of book-matched Carrara white marble and every room featured numerous items of bespoke furniture and exclusive fabrics.


    “We required a very particular shade and grade of leather for the lounge sofas,” recalls fellow designer Sarah Yarwood, “so we contacted specialist suppliers all over Europe and eventually found what we needed in the Netherlands. We then shipped the leather over to Italy, where the sofas were custom built by a specialist manufacturer based in Firenze.”


    The design also makes extensive use of Swarovski crystal wall coverings,  complemented by a careful choice of fabrics, many of which were sourced from the London Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.


    “We used a combination of bespoke items and designer products from some of the best manufacturers in Europe,” notes Junaid. “The interior includes tables from Spain, chairs from Portugal and a whole raft of cushions, lamps and mirrors from Italy.  There are also many British products – particularly fabrics and some of the key lighting features.”


    Each room was designed to evoke a different mood but the whole interior is unified by the use of a common palette and by a combination of textures and fabrics that add softness, variety and balance.


    The SBID International Design Awards ceremony will be held on 29th November at the Dorchester Hotel in London.


    Bibi Interior Architecture serves clients across the UK and, in addition to domestic interiors, it operates in the education, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. More information about the company can be found on its website: www.bibi-interiors.com.

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