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Presenting The TDF Design Awards Interior Design Shortlist!

TDF Design Awards

We’re back with another TDF Design Awards shortlist today – and BOY, it’s a good one!

We were totally blown away by the quality (and quantity!) of entries in the Interior Design category. This category received more entries than any other – 81 to be precise. Today, we take a closer look at the 13 projects which made it into the shortlist. These projects represent some of the most interesting residential design happening in Australia right now – from a minimalist concrete shell free of adornment, to bright, bold colours and textures turned up to the max.

We’ve enlisted the best in the biz to judge this category – David Flack of Flack Studio, Yasmine Ghoniem of Amber Road Design and Adriana Hanna of Kennedy Nolan – stay tuned for the winner announcement in September!

15th July, 2019

Workroom, Huntingtower Residence. Photo  – Derek Swalwell. Styling – Simone Haag.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 15th July 2019

Workroom, Huntingtower Residence

This is a richly layered family home that connects the interior and exterior, and creates an oasis from the outside world. The brief here for Workroom was to create a family home – a real home – where large open spaces allow for togetherness, but also provide a secluded sense of space and refuge. Every different space in this home tells its own story, unfolding gradually with every little considered detail (of which there are many!).

We featured this incredible home in full earlier this year – revisit it here!

Doherty Design Studio, Thornton Residence. Photo  – Derek Swalwell.

Matt Woods Design, Perfect Storm. Photo – Katherine Lu. Styling –  Madeline Me Farlane.

Doherty Design Studio, Thornton Residence

A collaboration between Doherty Design Studio and Detail 9 Architects, this low-maintenance country weekender for a Melbourne couple sits calmly within the hillside. Looking to the works of 20th-century artist Hans Heysen for inspiration (think Australian gum tree tones of pale blues, bone, and pale terracotta), this contemporary country house blends elegantly into its idyllic bush surrounds.

Revisit our feature here!

Matt Woods, Perfect Storm

Known as ‘the concrete bunker’, this sleek Camperdown apartment combines is both lux, and surprisingly utilitarian in its aesthetic. Matt Woods redesigned the inner-city warehouse for a couple seeking a minimalist lifestyle, with an interior to match. Taking inspiration from Brutalist architecture, the backbone of this concept was to create a space that was completely free of clutter and unnecessary decoration. The interior mood is intentionally dark and brooding, balanced by ample natural light flooding the space. Decorative touches are found in American Oak joinery, brass accents and statement lighting.

Brammah Interior Design, Ferndale House. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Kerrie-Ann Jones. 

Simone Haag, House Poynton. Photo  – Derek Swalwell.

Brammah Interior Design, Ferndale House

A carefully crafted renovation of a classic 60s Bungalow, this Chatsford home expertly fuses old-world charm with contemporary style. The task for Brammah Interior Design was to create clever solutions to address the functional necessities for the family to gather together, while creating a space that felt inspiring. The result is a home that is richly layered, but not overly fussy – simple design for living, at its most elegant.

Simone Haag, House Poynton

A renovated modernist home is brought to life by owner and stylist Simone Haag, with an emphasis on texture, layers and classic silhouettes to create a warm family environment. The mid-century residence doubles as a showcase of Simone’s nuanced furniture, art and object styling – in her own family home setting.

Chelsea Hing, Yarra Valley House. Photo – Sean Fennessy. Styling – Beck Simon.

Olivia Bossy,  Freshwater. Photo – Tom Ross.

Sarah Cosentino & Felicity Slattery, Portsea Beach House. Photo – Sean Fennessy

Chelsea Hing, Yarra Valley House

Set in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, this Aussie beauty with vineyard views was completely overhauled by Chelsea Hing to create more space for a growing family. Limited by retaining the existing building footprint (where possible), the design response was to enclose an internal ground floor garden, doubling the size of the rumpus room, enlarging all the windows and the ground floor and reorienting space for better flow throughout. The palette and materials used here have a refined, yet rustic feel. The perfect contemporary country home!

Olivia Bossy, Freshwater

All neutral tones and soft edges, this light-filled apartment by Olivia Bossy is a chic, contemporary nod to 1970s style. The interior design makes the most of a tiny footprint, where spatial innovations (such as the curved shower) become sculptural solutions. The house is filled with surfaces with a handmade and uneven finish, which gently softens the space.

Revisit our feature here!

Studio Esteta, Portsea Beach House

A refurbished clifftop residence in Portsea by Sarah Cosentino and Felicity Slattery (Studio Esteta) that pays homage to the Modernist era of the home, and the surrounding coastal context. The mid-century undertones of the original residence informed the design response, and the tactile palette is inspired by the local landscape. Bagged and whitewashed rendered walls, warm timbers and accents of natural stone create a refined but relaxed home.

Dylan Farrell, Sydney Contemporary Perch. Photo – Felix Forest. 

Georgina Jeffries, The Victorian. Photo – Photo – Felix Forest. 

Dylan Farrell Design, Sydney Contemporary Perch 

A cutting-edge family home that incorporates sculptural elements into the design itself, this cosmopolitan project is rich with texture. Anchored by the property’s spectacular views, Dylan Farrell Design worked to bring a sense of warmth and intimacy to the vast open spaces of the original home.

Georgina Jeffries, The Victorian

A playful inner-city Victorian terrace by Georgina Jeffries that pays tribute to the heritage of the property, whilst pushing the boundaries of what is expected in a heritage renovation. This updated 19th-century terrace house plays with the relationship between old and new, and introduces a bold palette including deep sea green walls, a pink chandelier and quirky wallpaper. From the outside – a conventional terrace, from the inside – a unique delight!

Kate Challis Interiors, Gertrude Street Project. Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

Doherty Design Studio, St Kilda Residence.  Photo  – Derek Swalwell.

Kate Challis Interiors, Gertrude Street Project

A bold home for a family of creatives by Kate Challis Interiors, which blur the distinction between art and design. The space is particularly inspired by the works of iconic Australian artists Margaret Preston and Valerie Sparks, and their interest in native flora and fauna. At only 3.9 meters wide, this residence packs a colourful punch.

This is another home we featured earlier this year – revisit more photos here.

Doherty Design Studio, St Kilda Residence

A revitalised 1920s Californian Bungalow that retains the best bits of the original home, redesigning the rest and keeping colour at the fore. Initially renovated by Kennedy Nolan in 2000, Doherty Design Studio really turn the WOW-factor dial up to the max here, working to complement the existing space rather than overhaul it. Redesigning most areas of the home, as well as curated a bold new collection of lighting, furniture and decorative elements, this home shows unique artistic flair. Bold colour reigns supreme alongside an adventurous medley of materials.

The TDF Design Awards Interior Design award is presented by Miele.

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