“It gave me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing,” say IDEA winners

With the deadline for IDEA 2020 fast approaching, we spoke to last year’s victors to find out how winning has helped them win business, feel validated by their Australian architecture and interior design peers and enjoy the “icing on the cake” after a completing a project. IDEA 2020 is open for entries until 5 June – enter […]

“You can’t stay stagnant” during COVID-19, says Carley Nicholls

Practices and studios need to think beyond the now to how they want to be positioned when the coronavirus pandemic passes, says interior design strategy and practice director Carley Nicholls. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the co-director of Melbourne’s Studio Tate brings the […]

“Teamwork is more crucial than ever” during COVID-19, says Miriam Fanning

Making yourself available to your team members and preparing a set of guidelines to assist with working remotely, isolation and anxiety is the advice from interior designer Miriam Fanning. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Melbourne’s Mim Design Studio […]

‘Now is the time to reeducate yourself,’ says Alexandra Donohoe Church

Read the books you’ve been meaning to read and tackle all the back burner jobs one at a time is the advice from interior designer Alexandra Donohoe Church. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Sydney’s Decus Interiors is the […]

Alexander & CO. incorporates ’70s beach nostalgia in Burleigh Pavilion revamp

Sydney studio Alexander & CO. channelled the client’s 1970s childhood holidays into its renovation of the iconic Gold Coast Burleigh Pavilion. The ocean-facing building with panoramic views of the Burleigh Heads surfing point break is historically significant, originally as an Indigenous meeting area then a holiday campsite, skating rink and later, in the 1950s, the […]

Enter IDEA if you’re brave enough to “depart from precedent and tradition,” says Anna Spiro

With just one week to go until IDEA 2020 early bird entries close, we asked our judges what they’ll be looking for when choosing winners for this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards. Early bird entries close on 30 April, so enter now to make sure that you don’t miss out on saving $90 on you entry.  Read on […]

“As a leader, it’s all about creating a sense of certainty amid the uncertainty” says Kate Challis

Australian studio and practice leaders are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. For Kate Challis, the focus is on providing certainty for her staff in an environment of unprecedented uncertainty. Last week, we chatted to a range of designers, architects, urban developers and furniture makers to see how they’re handling the current situation […]

Designers share highs and lows from their first solo projects

Striking out on your first solo project is an exhilarating, but also terrifying experience. Steep learning curves come alongside the freedom of being your own boss, whether they be underquoting your rate, dealing with a slashed budget mid-project or reconciling your own aesthetic with that of your client’s. ADR asks six of the shortlisted emerging […]

Meet the 2020 IDEA Jury: Anna Spiro and Andrew Parr

Anna Spiro, director and head interior designer at her eponymous studio, and Andrew Parr, founding director of SJB Interiors, bring their 20 years of experience setting the standard of Australian interior design to the 2020 IDEA Jury.  Together with Brendan Wong, The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim, Alexander & CO.’s Jeremy Bull, Luchetti Krelle’s Rachel Luchetti […]

Meet the IDEA 2020 Jury: Jeremy Bull and Rachel Luchetti

Sydney-based principal Jeremy Bull and director Rachel Luchetti will join Simone Haag, Brendan Wong and The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim on the IDEA 2020 jury to judge the country’s best architecture and interior design projects. Now in its 18th year, IDEA is one of Australia’s oldest award programs, celebrating iconic design and the people and […]

Yasmine Ghoniem’s new studio YSG rebels against old design tropes

With more than 15 years under her belt, Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem is known for her boundary pushing and bespoke style. Previously at the helm of Amber Road with landscape architect and sister Katy Svalbe, Ghoniem struck out on her own in February, launching YSG in a refurbished hair salon on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst. A […]