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Gemona West bags International Property Award for ‘Best Office Space In Africa’


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Gemona West Design Studio has made Nigeria proud by clinching the award for the Best Office Space in Africa with their Pernod Ricard Nigeria office design project at International Property Awards 2020/2023.

The event celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the interior design and architecture industry with over 45 different residential and commercial categories. Regional heats were staged for Arabia, Europe, Africa, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, USA, UK, and Asia Pacific.


Commenting on the award, the company’s Creative Director, Mrs. Deise Forgiarini Smith, said the award showed that the industry in Nigeria and Africa is growing and developing, meeting up with international standards.

She said: “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 collaboration would drive growth and create more value for all stakeholders in the industry.


The creative director stated that Gemona West Design Studio takes the welfare of her workers into consideration in the design process by adopting flexible working environment and working from home practices, adding that this has led to increase in performance.

Smith stated that although the interior design in Nigeria faces many challenges such as inadequate experienced designers and inability to get the best materials to work with, the she stated that is determined to create a new revolution in the interior design industry in Nigeria by delivering groundbreaking designs that compare with best practices around the world.

According to her, the firm has shown that the African design community is achieving the same benchmarks as their international counterparts and is focused on showcasing what Africa and Nigeria in particular can do.

She also disclosed that Gemona West Design Studio has mastered the use of technology to execute her designs and projects, adding that it has achieved the ability to deliver flawless contemporary designs that exude elegance with understanding of the market.


With two women at the helm of affairs, Gemona West is not new to winning, starting in 2015, the five-year-old company had created amazing portfolio of wins as a result of the growth in its method of operations and capable staff and partners that shine light on the interior design community in the country.

It won at the International Property Awards in 2018 using their E-Tranzact project. The winning run is a testimony to how much progress it has made from 2015 when it won The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme and began operations.


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