At the 2018 Australian Interior Design Awards, announced on Friday 25 May in Sydney, a project of “seemingly unprecedented spatial experimentation” won the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design.
In its fifteenth year, the awards program received 623 entries from Australian designers and also included projects from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
The overall winner was Space and Time by Russell and George, a project which is at once an office for the architecture firm and a flexible space that caters to “multiple functions, multiple business, multiple human experiences.”
“This project is as unexpected as it is rigorous and its design sets a new precedent for encouraging innovation and not merely copying what’s been done before,” the jury said of the project, which also won the Installation Design category.
The winner of the award for Interior Design Impact was Highpoint Shopping Centre North East Precinct Development in Melbourne’s west, designed by Grimshaw in association with The Buchan Group. The jury said the project provided a new kind of shopping experience through its “considerate and thoughtful design.” Elsewhere, Woods Bagot’s Wynyard Walk took out the Sustainability Advancement Award and won the Public Design category, while Ritz and Ghougassian won the Emerging Interior Design Practice award. The winners were:
Premier Award for Australian Interior Design: Space and Time by Russell and George
Award for Interior Design Impact: Highpoint Shopping Centre North East Precinct Development by Grimshaw in association with The Buchan Group
Sustainability Advancement Award: Wynyard Walk by Woods Bagot
Residential Design: Canning Cottage by Bicker Design
Residential Decoration: Curatorial House by Arent and Pyke
Hospitality Design: Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera by Alexander and Co. and Tribe Studio Architects
Retail Design: L’eclisse by Chris Connell Design
Public Design: Wynyard Walk by Woods Bagot
Workplace Design: The Customer Experience Company by BVN
Installation Design: Space and Time by Russell and George
Emerging Interior Design Practice: Ritz and Ghougassian
Best of State and commended projects can be viewed on the Australian Interior Design Awards’ website. The awards program is a partnership event of the Design Institute of Australia and Artichoke magazine, supported by Dulux, Forbo Flooring Systems, Smeg, Laminex, Space, Bespoke Careers, Brintons, Easycraft and Denfair. australianinteriordesignawards.com