Sydney restaurants Cho Cho San (designed by George Livissianis) and ACME (designed by Luchetti Krelle) are finalists in the Australian Interior Design Awards – in the Hospitality Design category. The awards celebrate the best of interior design, and the shortlist covers seven primary categories.

From Workplace to Retail design, the awards recognise interior-design excellence by established practices and emerging talents across Australia’s design industry. Now in its 12th year, the Australian Interior Design Awards are co-presented by the Design Institute of Australia, Artichoke magazine and Diversified Communications Australia.

This year, more than 400 entries were received, with record-breaking entry numbers in the Hospitality and Residential Decoration categories. ACME and Cho Cho San reflect an aesthetic of other successful restaurants such as Longrain and The Apollo (also designed by Livissianis) with simple, timeless interiors. Cho Cho San’s minimal white and gold palette reflects the menu’s Japanese influence in its elegant simplicity.

Other finalists in the Hospitality Design award category include Alexander & CO for Seans Kitchen; Melissa Collison Interior Design for Sake, Double Bay and Bates Smart for Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay.

In the Installation Design category, shortlisted projects include a colourful, sensory experience at Mim Design’s Lexus Design Pavilion (Vic) and Contessa (QLD), a retail space and espresso bar by D’Occhio.

The Awards will be announced at a gala event at Melbourne’s Sofitel on Collins on Friday May 15 2015.