Victorian interior designers took home seven of the 14 categories at last night’s 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards. Over 200 projects were shortlisted for the awards, which celebrate dynamic and boundary-pushing design and are a showcase of the country’s best interior design projects.
The National Gallery of Victoria and Japanese design firm Nendo won the Installation Design prize for the NGV’s blockbuster exhibition, Escher X Nendo: Between Two Worlds, as well as the Best of State Prize for Commercial Design.
Design group Carr took home the Hospitality Design Award for United Places Botanic Gardens, the lush South Yarra boutique hotel that merges light-filled interiors and textural flourishes with the surrounding gardens. At the time, Broadsheet described the building and its interiors as "obsessively designed".
Homes were on the radar, too. The joint winners of Residential Design both hail from Victoria – Fitzroy architects Kennedy Nolan for Oak House, a reworked double-fronted Victorian, and Ritz & Ghougassian for Edsall Street, a brutalist cottage extension in Malvern. They also shared the prize for Best of State for Residential Design.
The Award for Sustainability Advancement went to Hassell and engineering consultancy Arup for their design of Arup’s wellness-oriented Docklands office space. It features expansive mezzanines, greenery and sustainable materials, and has a concierge and cafe run by social enterprise Streat. The Arup office is also on track to achieve a six-star Green Star rating.
Cremorne design practice Pierce Widera (which is responsible for the dreamy interiors at Peaches, Nigel and Sister of Soul) was named the one to watch this year, taking home the 2019 award for Emerging Interior Design Practice.
The grand prize, the 2019 Premier Award, went to George Livissianis’s cutting-edge design for Usfin, a genderless hair salon in Sydney.