Last week we're pleasantly surprised with an email from Houzz stating "We're writing to let you know that you've been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2015 awards!".
As with most emails that mention awards, we put them aside, assuming like always they are asking us to participate in a design awards in some obscure part of the world where our clients have never heard of, let alone, where we target, but this time around it was different -
Followed up by an official announcement by Houzz and digging further, we realised we "actually" won the award!
How can that be, we've never entered or submit glossy images with "architectural-speak" explanations of our design? Well this is the nuance and newness of the next home design focused social platform, Houzz, where the community decides on the winner. In our case, over 25million users.
You can imagine our jaw-dropping response!
A few of our own insights came out of it: 1) Houzz is one of the few places interior designers get recognition, usually it's the architect that garners all recognition; 2) it's one of the few places on and offline, where we engaged with random people around the world that asked questions about our design, the furniture and furnishing we used, and asked thoughtful questions on why we designed that particular way; 3) the community of people who are interested in home design on a global basis is enormous, we were getting questions from all over the world and this can't be taken lightly;
It's amazing that something that didn't exist over 12 months ago, has made such a big impact on the global home design community.