On Saturday 17 May the Australian Interior Design Awards took place at the Sydney Hilton Hotel. Now in their eleventh year, the awards celebrate innovation and excellence in Australian interior design.
This year Loft Apartment, a converted butter warehouse by Adrian Amore Architects, has taken out the premier award for interior design. Hailed for its spacious sculptured aesthetic and sophisticated style, Loft Apartment also took out the awards for Residential Design and Residential Best of State (VIC).
“The spatial planning within the apartment reveals the hand of the designer; a skilful hand that expertly creates and explores volume, plasticity and light, culminating in an interior that is invigorating, sumptuous and liveable.”
Judged anonymously by peer-review, the thirteen awards span from retail and hospitality design to workplace, public, residential and sustainable advancement. This year the jury received 400 entries, an increase of 10% on last year, with 148 designers shortlisted for the prestige. The jury of high profile industry names lauded the calibre of entries:
“The jury recognised in these projects new directions in interior design, including clever use of raw materials, a love of simplicity and restrained approach to design,” event manager Jacinta Reedy told Architecture & Design.
Jury member Susanna Bilardo, director of South Australia’s Enoki, told the Australian that several themes emerged in the residential decoration award. “We saw a strong graphic theme, with strong black and white prints. A 1970s theme. Very clean, very crisp white themes, as well as highly decorative block-colour themes,” she said.
A shift away from industrial to more sleek styles in hospitality design prompted jury member Paul Kelly, director of Paul Kelly Design (NSW) to comment, “I think the hospitality design industry has taken a leap forward. A lot of years previously there has been a following from Europe, but we seem to be developing our own style.”