Interior design competition to showcase local talent

INTERIOR designers can put their skills to the test at an award organized by the Johor Interior Designers’ Association (JIDA).

Its president Jasmine Lim said the JIDA Design Awards were in their third edition with eight categories for entrants.

The categories are Best Residential (Highrise) Design, Best Residential (Land) Design, Best Workplace Design, Best Retail Design, and Best Food, Beverage, and Entertainment Design .

The other categories are best hospitality design for services covering places such as hotels, spas, medical centers clubs and cinemas; best 3D conceptual design and best emerging designer open to students.

“The competition aims to recognize and showcase outstanding talent in local interior design in order to raise professional standards in the industry.

“We also want to raise awareness of JIDA as an accessible platform for industry players.

“We want to position the award as a major industry networking event that connects partners,” she told a press conference.

Lim added that the biennial event was first held in 2017 and then in 2019.

It was to be held last year but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“After the delay, I’m sure many designers are eager to show off their skills and we are expecting 250 applications nationwide this time, compared to the 227 applications we received in 2019.

“There will be gold, silver and bronze winners for each category.

“We can’t wait to see what the designers can come up with this time around,” she said.

The president and organizer of the awards, Silver Chng Kar Hao, added that participants can submit their entries online until June 30.

“Winners will be announced during the awards gala evening on October 21, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“Before that, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., an interior design sharing seminar will be held for all JIDA members and the public,” he said, adding that the venue for the event was not yet confirmed.

Entries will be judged by a panel of interior designers and architects from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Belgium.

The competition is open to all Malaysians with an entry fee of RM300 for JIDA members and RM450 for non-members.

Students can participate in the competition for free.

For submission and more information, call the JIDA Secretariat on 019-7177 096 or visit

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