The 16th Australian Interior Design Awards delivers a stellar line-up of the country’s very best interior design projects. This year’s entries have been praised for fearless design approaches that push boundaries to reinvent typologies, and for experimenting with spatial planning as well as improving user experience.
On Friday, the 2019 Awards were presented in Melbourne, with the top accolade for Residential Design bestowed upon joint winners: Oak House by Kennedy Nolan and Edsall Street by Ritz&Ghougassian. These projects were commended for creating a seamless balance between the indoor and out, through a cohesive material application and compelling use of colour. The jury also noted how both residences exceeded their briefs, taking design to the next level by making it appear unabashedly personal for the homeowners.
The Residential Decoration prize went to Sydney-based Arent&Pyke for its much-hyped Under The Tree project (which also picked up the 2019 Belle Coco Republic Best Residential Interior award this year!).
Melbourne-based design practice, Pierce Widera was highlighted as the one to watch – receiving the Emerging Interior Design Practice award – for its diverse portfolio of hospitality interiors, which employ confident detailing and thoughtful use of materials. ‘Completing six projects in their first year, they have a distinct creative approach and clear design identity, articulated through their strong aesthetic, which evokes a particular mood and memorable experience for patrons,’ the jury detailed.
Award-winning projects pictured above…
Kennedy Nolan for Oak House, VIC
And Ritz&Ghougassian for Edsall Street, VIC
Arent&Pyke for Under the Tree, NSW
Carr for United Places Botanic Gardens South Yarra, VIC
Emerging Interior Design Practice
Pierce Widera, VIC
Scroll through the full list of award winners and commendations here.
Premier Award for Australian Interior Design
George Livissianis for USFIN, NSW
Award for Interior Design Impact
BVN for Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, NSW
Award for Sustainability Advancement
Hassell partnered with Arup for Arup Melbourne, VIC
George Livissianis for Usfin, NSW
Cox Architecture for Waltzing Matilda Centre, QLD
BVN for BVN Sydney Studio, NSW
National Gallery of Victoria and nendo for Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds, VIC
Best of State Awards for Residential Design
New South Wales – Renato D’Ettorre Architects for Italianate House
Queensland – Hogg&Lamb for B&B Residence
South Australia – Williams Burton Leopardi for Malvern Residence
Victoria – Kennedy Nolan for Oak House and Ritz&Ghougassian for Edsall Street
Western Australia – Lahaus Studio for The Villa
Best of State Awards for Commercial Design
New South Wales – George Livissianis for USFIN
Queensland – Cox Architecture for Waltzing Matilda Centre
South Australia – Exhibition Studios for Birds and Bees Exhibition
Tasmania – Liminal Architecture for Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions
Victoria – National Gallery of Victoria and nendo for Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds
Western Australia – JCY Architects and Urban Designers, Cox Architecture and Billard Leece Partnership with HKS Inc. for Perth Children’s Hospital
Best International Design Award
Templewell Studio in collaboration with Rezen & Lahaus Studio via Design Stables Platform for Wanderlust, SG