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The end of the year has come by so quickly and summer is almost here, but more importantly the IDEA 2014 winners are presented in this issue of (inside). With 194 shortlisted projects and 11 categories, determining those who have received the top accolade was a daunting and diffi cult task. Our wonderful jury worked tirelessly over two days to review each and every project and then choose the ultimate winners. We would like to thank Mim, Mark, Fiona, Trent, Jon and Grant for their professionalism, consideration and resolve throughout the process.
As you will see, the winning projects speak volumes about the calibre of Australian designers, architects and object makers. Our winners and those projects that were awarded a commendation are exemplars and we are proud that they have been recognised in IDEA 2014. In fact all entries this year were of such a high stature that we think the bar has been lifted for design resolution, innovation and sheer talent.
Although half the magazine is devoted to IDEA 2014, we also have great pleasure in presenting some wonderful projects and outstanding profiles and reviews in this issue. These days art is an integral part of the design process and Jane O’Sullivan chooses the best from the Melbourne Art Fair (p32), while Mira Calix’s forthcoming installation is reviewed (p36). We talk design and violence with MoMA’s Paola Antonelli (p48). Trends are integral to the business of design and in this issue Annie Reid talks to Kim Chadwick from Colourways about this year’s Trend Forecasting Workshop (p54).
In Profile is Travis Walton (p40) one of the busiest, up and coming designers in Australia and in Practice we discover how Geyer (p44) has helped shape a slice of Australian design over the decades.
Our projects are varied but in essence they all have a particular beauty and style. There are two refurbishments of architectural gems: fmd architects’ Deco Residence (p80) and Greg Natale’s Rosemont Stud (p64). The interiors of both are outstanding for their sympathetic and exciting design, and for the ability of the respective designer to interpret the desires and requirements of their clients. From one end of the spectrum to another, Cancer Council Victoria (p88) has moved into new premises and a recently established design company, Hot Black, completed the project with great flair and in record time. Hare + Klein’s Mosman House (p58) is typically divine, while Durbach Block Jaggers’ Balmain Apartment (p72) is robust, elegant and a fine example of this firm’s stylistic intelligence.
So settle back and enjoy this special bumper issue of (inside). As you turn each page you will be proud, just as we are, of the talent, diversity and expertise that is Australian design. Congratulations to the IDEA 2014 winners and those who received commendations, but most of all to everyone who entered. We look forward to talking with you in 2015 and seeing your projects for the next Interior Design Excellence Awards.
Jan and Gillian
Co-editors of (inside) Interior Design Review