IDEA 2021 is now open for entries

Feb 26, 2021
  • Article by Elisa Scarton

IDEA 2021 is now open for entries, celebrating the best Australian interior design projects and the studios and designers behind them.

This year, entries will be open until 11 June, with discounted early bird rates available until 2 May.

Enter IDEA 2021 now!

Create an account (or log into an existing account) and start working on your entry at – you can save your entry and return to it at a later date as many times as you like!

We know 2020 was tough, which is why, this year, we’re extending IDEA’s entry guidelines.

Any project completed between 1 January 2020 and 30 July 2021 is eligible for this year’s awards so long as it hasn’t been entered in IDEA previously.

There are 14 categories open for entry this year, ranging from best use of colour to best hospitality project, best single residential to best institutional, international and public space. There are also categories for object and furniture design.

As as well as choosing a winner for all these categories, our jury of seven industry experts will also be awarding five special awards. You can nominate yourself for two of these – best Emerging Designer (for practices and studios under five years) and the Sustainability award.

The other three – Designer of the Year, Overall Winner and Gold Medal – are chosen from the submitted projects.

Keep an eye out for the first judges’ announcements soon.

IDEA 2020 Designer of the Year Flack Studio.

The 2020 IDEA awards attracted more than 500 entries from across the country, making it one of the oldest and largest independent awards programs in the Australian interior design industry.

The winners of IDEA 2020 were announced at The Timber Yard in Melbourne last Friday 19 February. The evening celebrated the year’s highly commended and winning studios and designers with a night of canapés and free flowing drinks.

IDEA 2020 Gold Medal winner, Meryl Hare.

The winners included Flack Studio, Esoteriko, Richards Stanisich and BVN, all of whom received a trophy designed by Axolotl.

Enter your project in IDEA 2021 now.

To stay updated with all IDEA 2021 news, sign up to the newsletter at

If you have any questions, you can contact the awards team at Good luck!

Photography: Jayden Ostwald and Adam O’Sullivan.

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