The 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards were announced on Friday 15 May at the Grand Ballroom, Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne, where hundreds of interior designers and architects gathered for the celebration dinner. The awards have been recognizing excellence in Australian interior design innovation for twelve years.
This year, Melbourne retail store Dust by Sibling received the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design as well as the Retail Design Award and Emerging Interior Design Practice Award. The jury praised the project for its experimental nature, commenting: “Dust is a complex and experimental retail project that sets a precedent for concept development and is evidence of concept integrity from online experience to physical experience. The designers have created a space that celebrates the experimental journey, taking the user beyond a typical retail encounter into an immersive, sensory engagement.”
For the first time, this year the Australian Interior Design Awards gave an award for the impact of good design. Recognizing the business, social, human resource, environmental and/or cultural outcomes of interior design, the inaugural Award for Interior Design Impact went to BVN for the Mabel Fidler Building at Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney. “This project demonstrates the considerable value added … when the client and the design team have the courage to question traditional ways of designing and delivering projects, and when they devise new ways of working together, with time to test and experiment,” the jury said.
The winners of the 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards are:
Premier Award for Australian Interior Design: Sibling for Dust
Award for Interior Design Impact: BVN for Ravenswood School for Girls, Mabel Fidler Building
Sustainability Advancement Awards: Bates Smart for TransGrid Sydney Office, and Carr Design Group for Australia Post – StarTrack House Sydney
Emerging Interior Design Practice: Sibling
Hospitality Design: George Livissianis for Cho Cho San
Retail Design: Sibling for Dust
Workplace Design: SJB Interiors for Kennards Self Storage
Public Design: John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration for The University of Melbourne – Melbourne School of Design
Installation Design: Museum Victoria Design Studio for Empty Coolamons: In Memoriam to the Stolen Generations
Residential Decoration: Whiting Architects for Kerferd
Residential Design: Smart Design Studio for Jersey Road
The Australian Interior Design Awards is presented by the Design Institute of Australia, Diversified Communications Australia and Artichoke magazine, with the generous help of corporate supporters: Forbo Flooring Systems, Dulux, Business Interiors by Staples, Laminex, Smeg, Space, Bespoke and ISIS.
For full coverage see the Australian Interior Design Awards website and Artichoke magazine issue 51. australianinteriordesignawards.com