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Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio, winner of the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design. Photography: David Roche.

Jac + Jack by George Livissianis, winner of the Retail Design category. Photography: Tom Ferguson.

Higher Ground by DesignOffice, winner of the Hospitality Design category. Photography: Sean Fennessy.

Australian Interior Design Awards – winners revealed

Celebrating excellence in Australian interior design in 2017

An ambitious, sculptural project with immaculate detailing has received the 2017 Premier Award for Australian Interior Design. Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio was recognized alongside other outstanding homes, workplaces, public venues and installations at the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards gala presentation, held on 9 June in Melbourne. The event was attended by more than 500 interior design and architecture professionals.

For fourteen years the awards have been celebrating excellence in Australian interior design. There are awards for Retail Design, Hospitality Design, Workplace Design, Public Design, Installation Design, Residential Design, Residential Decoration, Sustainability Advancement, Interior Design Impact and Emerging Interior Design Practice.

This year’s recipient of the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design also received the award for Residential Design. Indigo Slam is “defined as much by a sense of a thoughtful restraint, as it is by immaculate detailing,” said the jury.

The Award for Interior Design Impact recognizes the transformative effect of design, and was this year awarded to two projects. Woods Bagot’s Paramount by The Office Space is a serviced office described by the jury as “the kind of private nest that knowledge workers dream about,” while the First Peoples exhibit by Museums Victoria Design Studio elevates “a permanent exhibit into the magic and theatre … of a biennale pavilion.”

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design: Smart Design Studio for Indigo Slam

Award for Interior Design Impact: Woods Bagot for Paramount by The Office Space; Museums Victoria Design Studio for First Peoples

Sustainability Advancement Award: Cox Architecture for University of Queensland Oral Health Centre

Residential Design: Smart Design Studio for Indigo Slam

Residential Decoration: SJB for A Private Residence

Hospitality Design: DesignOffice for Higher Ground

Retail Design: George Livissianis for Jac + Jack

Public Design: PTID for StudioFive

Workplace Design: Archer Office for The EDG Forum; BVN for Frasers Property Australia Head Office

Installation Design: StudioPlusThree for Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

Emerging Interior Design Practice: Brad Swartz Architects

The Australian Interior Design Awards is a partnership event of the Design Institute of Australia and Artichoke magazine.

The generous supporters of this year’s program are Dulux, Business Interiors, Forbo Flooring Systems, Smeg, Laminex, Space, Bespoke Careers and Denfair. 

For full coverage, visit the Australian Interior Design Awards website and Artichoke issue 59.