Last night the winners of the ninth Belle magazine Coco Republic Interior Design Awards were announced at a ceremony in the Coco Republic design centre in Alexandria, Sydney.
Belle magazine has been covering interior and design trends from around Australia and the world since 1974. The Belle awards recognise the work of established and emerging architects and interior designers across the residential, hospitality and commercial sectors.
From more than 300 submissions, eight winners were announced from several categories. The interior designer of the year recipient was David Flack, of Flack Studio. Flack’s CV includes projects such as the Castorina & Co antique store in Fitzroy and a North Caulfield house, both in Melbourne, for which he also won the best residential bathroom award.
“David Flack’s star has been on the rise for a number of years now,” Belle editor Tanya Buchanan told Broadsheet. “His flamboyant yet considered design work, decorated with a mix of contemporary and classic pieces, and given the magic touch of an expert colourist, has made him the go-to interior designer for those in the know.”
Sydney’s Haymarket cafe Edition Roasters was also recognised; interiors company Amber Road won best hospitality interior for its work on the popular diner. The interiors were designed to reflect traditional Japanese rural life and contrast with the modernism of its stark black walls. The design reflects the cafe’s Japanese-Scandi leanings, which is also apparent on the menu: it serves, among other things, Japanese pancakes and Scandinavian open sandwiches.
Amber Road was also awarded the Best Work with Colour award, for its work on a number of spaces, including boutique The Collectionist Hotel in Sydney’s Camperdown.
Another Sydney company, Esoteriko, won the prize for best commercial interior for its work on Double Bay’s Shelter gym. The interiors of the light-filled wellness centre were crafted with light cedar wood and tonal greys for a feel that’s more Scandinavian lodge than fitness hub.
Sydney-based Dylan Farrell was awarded the emerging design star award for his work on a number of residential interiors projects.
The winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of top names in the design world: Buchanan; Coco Republic executive director Jeremy Byrne; Belle’s style director-at-large Steve Cordony; director of design practice Dangar Barin Smith, William Dangar; designer and creative director Emma Elizabeth; publisher and author Karen McCartney; Coco Republic director Anthony Spon-Smith; and Belle’s senior design consultant Jean Wright.
Respected British interior designer and co-owner of Firmdale Hotels Kit Kemp also joined the voting panel this year.