The winners of the 2013 Eat-Drink-Design Awards were revealed at a presentation party in Melbourne on 12 November. Hundreds of industry professionals and their clients gathered to celebrate the designers behind Australasia’s best eating and drinking experiences.
The jury described this year’s winning entries as a diverse range of sophisticated hospitality enterprises. “The majority are underpinned by absolute clarity of intent in the way place, space and the offering of food and drink come together,” the jury commented.
“Most striking … is a deceptive simplicity and paring back. There is not an excessive or elaborately decorative place amongst them … These were the projects that instantly and unanimously impressed the jury, for their masterly and often poetic handling of space, atmosphere and ‘fit’ to purpose.”
Excellence was recognized in six awards categories. The 2013 winners are:
Best Bar Design: Hihou (Melbourne) by Denton Corker Marshall
Best Bar Design: Prahran Hotel (Melbourne) by Techne Architects
Best Restaurant Design: Farmhouse (Sydney) by Nicholas Gurney
Best Cafe Design: Top Paddock Cafe (Melbourne) by Six Degrees Architects and Nathan Toleman Design and Construction
Best Temporary Design: Kitchen by Mike on Wheels (Sydney) by Koskela
Best Retail Design: Spring Street Grocer (Melbourne) by KGA Architecture
Best Identity Design: Bar Di Stasio (Melbourne) by Collegamento – David Pidgeon, Robert Simeoni and Callum Morton
In addition, Melbourne’s Cafe Di Stasio by Allan Powell Architects was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The jury commented that Cafe Di Stasio has been pivotal in transforming the gastronomic tone and amenity of its St Kilda environs, marrying the realms of food, culture and design.
Judging this year’s entries were chef and restaurateur Christine Manfield, author and food writer John Birmingham, architect Domenic Alvaro, design writer Rachel Hurst and Architecture Media editorial director Cameron Bruhn.
The awards are presented by Architecture Media in partnership with Tanqueray Gin, The Salvage Company, Space, Architects Professional Risk Services, Crittenden Estate Mornington Peninsula and Taubmans, and Melbourne accommodation partner The Hatton.
Cafe Di Stasio – photography by Dianna Snape.
Hihou – photography by Itsuka Studio.
Prahran Hotel – photography by Peter Clarke.
Farmhouse – photography by Michael Wee.
Top Paddock Cafe – photography by Albert Comper.
Kitchen by Mike on Wheels – photography by Ashley Jones.
Spring Street Grocer – photography by Peter Bennetts.
Bar Di Stasio – photography by Collegamento.