2018’s Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program – launched yesterday at an event in South Melbourne.
Now in its 16th year, IDEA was launched by inside magazine and celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 13 categories and five Special Awards.
“Every year Gillian my co-editor and I are amazed at the standard of entries we receive for IDEA,” said Jan Henderson, editor of inside, speaking at a launch event at sponsor Miele’s South Melbourne showroom last night.
“The innovation, the sophistication and the detail that is presented is truly world class and in many cases world’s best. As IDEA 2018 is launched we look forward to another incredible year and to receiving entries that will again raise that design bar even higher.
“One of the pivotal aspects of IDEA is the jury and this year we have gathered an auspicious group that between them bring a wealth of experience, deep understanding of design and a particular expertise.”
That panel includes:
Christopher Boots, Director, Christopher Boots
David Flack, Founding director, Flack Studio
Hamish Guthrie, Director, Hecker Guthrie
Iain Halliday, Director, BKH
Jan O’Connor, Managing partner, environa studio
Christie Petsinis, Director, Folk Architects
Kirsten Stanisich, Director, SJB Interiors
Petsinis, who last year along with business partner Tim Wilson won the Event category for their Watchmaker project, revealed what she is looking forward to for IDEA 2018: “I think it’s really exciting, becauset there is a strong culture of design in Australia at the moment and I think it’s being looked at globally. I think the IDEA awards is a really good opportunity in a supportive environment.”
In terms of entries, Petsinis said she is excited to learn about the story behind each project.
“I think it’s really nice to see not just the final resolution but the understanding of what was briefed and what the influences were.”
Early bird entries for the awards are open now. Click here to submit your entry!