One night, three virtual celebrations, and dozens of trophies for CEDIA’s finest
Despite a worldwide pandemic, the CEDIA Awards went on – a little later than usual, and very much online.
The 2020 Awards all hit the CEDIA HQ YouTube channel as “live” premieres at various times on October 8, with regional shows dropping in the Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Americas regions.
Hosting duties were split across the shows. The Asia Pacific program featured the dynamic duo of Paul Skelton, the association’s regional development consultant for Australia and New Zealand and CEDIA’s Vice President of Engagement and Global
Development Wendy Griffiths. CEDIA EMEA Managing Director Matt Nimmons hosted that region’s show, and CEDIA’s Vice President of Industry Engagement handled duties for the Americas.
Sutton had this to say regarding the shows: "Once again, the innovative spirit and technical brilliance of CEDIA members were on display in grand fashion as we salute the 2020 CEDIA Awards winners. The high level of work — submitted in the face
of a global pandemic — continues to elevate the industry to new heights. CEDIA member integrators, manufacturers, and thought leaders should be duly proud of their accomplishments and we were honored to provide a sparkling, global platform to
honor them at the CEDIA Awards virtual celebration."
Besides stunning projects, the shows featured vignettes highlighting everything from advice from CEDIA’s thought leaders to CEDIAStrong stories of firms pitching in to help during the pandemic – making masks, providing high-tech solutions
to hospitals and food supplier, and folks who volunteered to fight fires during the other crisis that befell the Australia/New Zealand region earlier on in 2020.
There were cocktails, too. As a way of thanking the evening’s sponsors, some classic recipes were adjusted for a series of boozy tie-ins. (Example: The classic “Sazerac” cocktail became the “Savant-erac” for the evening.)
A gent known only as “Tom” handled the pours with dizzying speed for the EMEA and Asia Pacific bar scenes, while bourbon expert Meredith Barry served as mixologist for the Americas.
A number of firms scored massive hauls when it came to Awards shows. Some examples:
The team from the UK firm SONA walked away with an entire case full of EMEA trophies for a single project, dubbed “The I’s Have It.” Awards included: Integrated Home Level III, Best Dressed Rack, Best Documentation, Best Lighting, Life
Lived Best at Home, and a Global win for Best Integrated Home.
In the Asia Pacific region, the team from Boutique AV had a spectacular run themselves, winning Best Media Room Level II, Best Documentation, Best Lighting, and Technology Meets Design trophies for the “Bespoke Art Deco Media Room." That project
also took the Global Award for Best Media Room. Another project by the firm, “Advanced Hilltop Living,” won Best Integrated Home Level II and the Life Lived Best at Home award.
California’s AudioVisions submitted a brilliant project called “The Best of Everything,” a massive job that focused on wellness as much as entertainment. The integration at work – designed to help sell a $40 million residence in
SoCal – won Best Integrated Home Level IV, Technology Meets Design, and Life Lived Best at Home Awards, too. Another California firm, Audio Images, continued a tremendous run of Global Awards for their work. After winning worldwide acclaim for
their work on media rooms the past two years, 2020 saw the team pick up a Global trophy for Best Home Cinema, Level III.
Manufacturer and product awards rounded out the shows, along with recognition of this year’s CEDIA Fellow, Dennis Erskine, and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Michael Heiss.
Want to see more about the projects? Check out the CEDIA Awards website.
We're accepting entries for 2021, too -- details can be found here.