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Firm bags International Awards


Gemona West Design Studio has put Africa on the global map as it bagged two international awards.

The outfit, formerly Gemona West Interior Designs won The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme in 2015 and began operations. They later recorded success at the African Property Awards in 2018 with their E-Tranzact project.

Commercial Director, Mrs. Naomi Smith and Creative Director, Mrs. Deise Forgiarini Smith

Barely two years after the last award, they have again received recognition for their contributions to the design industry, and will be honoured at the African Property Awards in an online virtual ceremony on November 5.


The award is in recognition of the company’s 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 itselt on its ability to deliver flawless contemporary designs that exude elegance with a vast understanding of their market of sophisticated, discerning, quality-conscious clientele.


Speaking on the award, the firm’s Commercial Director, 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.”

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.

Also, 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 said.

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 categories. Regional heats are staged for Arabia, Europe, Africa, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Asia Pacific.

The top winners in each region will automatically be entered into the overall international awards, culminating in announcements of the International and World’s Best winners at the end of the process, so this is another milestone Gemona West is aiming for.


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