The shortlist for the Australian Interior Design Awards have been announced and the results are breathtaking!
Run by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in partnership with Artichoke magazine and judged by some of our most highly regarded interior designers and architects, its 15th year has seen a record-breaking number of more than 600 entries. Finalists have been selected across 13 categories for projects completed in Australia and worldwide for design in public, residential, commercial and retail interiors.
DIA CEO Jo Kellock is excited by this year’s line up. “I’m thrilled when I look at the images up for judging, I’m just amazed!” enthuses Jo. “The interiors are such exciting spaces to be in.”
“As it’s a peer-reviewed award, it holds tremendous kudos across the interior design industry,” she says. “The judges are selected each year by the industry themselves via a rigorous selection process, based on their own design credentials.”
Never was there a better opportunity for inspiration in cutting edge interior design – with hundreds of images to get lost in and steal ideas from.
Almost 50 projects make up the shortlist, with many familiar names being joined by some newcomers in a lust-worthy gallery of entries.
In the Residential Design category 2017 Emerging Interior Design Practice winner, Brad Swartz Architects made the shortlist with an inspired design realised with the collaboration of two inner-city neighbours giving up their parking spaces to create conjoined one-bedroom houses.
Hecker Guthrie in collaboration with Woods Bagot for Elwood House are shortlisted for a sleek, contemporary apartment where the design heroes rather than hems in, elements of brick and concrete in the dwellings.
Previous winners SJB have no less than 5 projects shortlisted, ranging from a light and bright, contemporary Bondi Beach house with stunning views, sweeping curved walls and bold bathroom tiling, through bespoke leather banquets for a family of four and sharp detailed warehouse conversions, to the sensitive restoration and extension of Architect John James Clark’s own home, built in 1869.
Residential Decoration is peppered with well-known names – Juliette Arent and Sarah Jane Pyke have two properties shortlisted out of their Arent & Pyke studio. Others to watch are Hare + Klein and the fun and funky Frenches Interior by Sibling Architecture.
The voice of professional design in Australia, the DIA has been bringing Australian designers together for over 70 years and now boasts over 2000 members. “Historically, Australian design has been criticised for its lack of international appeal but awards like this bring the best and brightest into the spotlight, showing the rest of the world just what we can do here in Australia,” says DIA's National Head of Communciations Jane Connory.
Thrusting interior designers onto the world stage, the award is recognised as the premier event in the Australian design industry. “It’s a great opportunity for designers to stand next to their work,” says Jane.
“The most impressive entries reveal an uncompromising narrative expressed through a unique combination of materiality, colour and detail. Success prevails when the decoration enhances the interior’s story.”Judge Tracey Wiles, Partner, Make (NSW)
Judges are so far impressed with the entries across the board. “This year’s shortlist displays comfortable, liveable spaces with a strong emphasis on furniture and lighting as art. Each project is human-focused and there’s a definite variety of spaces and atmospheres being created in the home,” says Mark Simpson, Director, DesignOffice (Vic).
Winners will be announced in a star-studded event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney on 25th May 2018. Below is the shortlist for the Residential Decoration category. View the full shortlist here.
Shortlist for Residential Decoration
Arent&Pyke for Amarelo Terrace, NSW
Arent&Pyke for Curatorial House, NSW
Arent&Pyke for Treetop House, NSW
Doherty Design Studio for Beechworth Residence, Vic
Fiona Lynch for Elsternwick House, Vic
Golden for South Yarra Mirror Apartment, Vic
Hare + Klein for City Fringe, NSW
Infinite Design Studio for Fairlight Crescent, NSW
Justine Hugh-Jones Design for Taylors Bay Residence, NSW
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects for Centennial Park House, NSW
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects for Coogee House II, NSW
Matt Gibson Architecture + Design for Mixed Use House, Vic
Nina Maya Interiors for The Glasshouse, NSW
Robson Rak Architects & Interiors for Elwood2, Vic
Robson Rak Architects & Interiors for Stables House, Vic
SIBLING Architecture for Frenches Interior, Vic
Simone Haag for Armadale Residence, Vic
Simone Haag for Toorak Residence, Vic
SJB for Beach House, NSW
Tom Mark Henry for Bondi Residence, NSW
Watch this video for winning designs from the past 15 years.