IDEA 2011 winners announced

Nov 27, 2011
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(inside) magazine announced the winners of its annual Interior Design Excellence Awards at a glamorous gala party held in Melbourne on Friday 25 November.

The Wood Marsh-designed Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) on Melbourne’s Southbank was transformed for the evening with an installation produced by local architecture firm Edwards Moore. Over 500 members of the Australian design industry attended the awards presentation, where this year’s winners were revealed at the awards presentation hosted by (inside) editor Domingo Antonio Robledo.

This year’s overall winner was Sydney-based Ian Moore Architects for the celebrated residential project, Strelein Warehouse (above. Photo: Iain D MacKenzie). This monochromatic adaptive reuse project is an elegant and restrained conversion of an 18th century warehouse into a private residence located in Surry Hills, praised by the jury for its “total clarity of thought”. Strelein Warehouse was also the winner of the Single Residential category, a hotly contested category that saw two other strong projects awarded commendations: Andrew Maynard Architects’ Mash House and Noxon Giffen’s Manning Road House.

The prestigious IDEA Gold Medal, presented in recognition of a distinguished contribution to the Australian design industry over the course of a career, was this year presented to Janne Faulkner AM (above) – founder of Nexus Designs. Faulkner has played a pivotal role in developing an Australian design style since the 1960s, working with David Yencken’s company Merchant Builders and establishing Nexus Designs in 1967. Her wide sphere of influence, which extends from publishing to practice, has informed the Australian penchant for relaxed residential interiors with a distinctive, timeless aesthetic. Click here for a video interview between Jeff Copolov and IDEA 2011 Gold Medalist, Janne Faulkner AM.

Other big winners on the night included Edwards Moore, recipients of the Designer of the Year: Judges’ Award and the Best Event Design award for their pop-up retail store for Arnsdorf earlier this year (above. Photo: Tony Gorsevski), a fitout that featured a landscape fabricated from dozens of pairs of stretched stockings.

Anthony Gill was the winner of the 2011 Emerging Designer award. Since establishing his own practice in Sydney in 2007, Gill has mastered a number of intelligent and popular hospitality venues in Sydney as well as a 38sqm studio in a Harry Seidler building in Potts Point. Juror Sam Spurr commented: “Throughout Gill’s work, spatial organisation serves as a core principle in his design process. There is nothing radical about his careful reading of site and program, but rarely does this remain the driving force of a design.” In addition, Gill was awarded in the Hospitality category for Berta Restaurant & Bar (above. Photo: Peter Bennetts).

In the commercial projects, BVN Architecture proved strong in the Major Commercial category, winning for their AECOM Brisbane fitout and also receiving a commendation for the firm’s Sydney Studio. Wilson Architects won the Commercial under 1000sqm category for the Wilson Architects Office in Brisbane, while two projects received commendations: Georgia Nowak’s Edwards Street Studio, and SNELL’s Insight Advertising Agency.

Facet Studio won the Retail category for their clever Sneakerology/Streetology fitout in Sydney (above. Photo: Katherine Lu), while both Ryan Russell of Russell and George and Universal Design Studio were awarded commendations for Crumpler Doncaster and Corporate Culture Showroom Melbourne respectively.

The Institutional award was presented to Kerstin Thompson Architects for the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) fitout (above. Photo: Trevor Mein). Two commendations were awarded in the same category – Penleigh and Essendon Grammar – Junior School for Boys by McBride Charles Ryan, and RMIT Building 88 (Levels 5&6) by Spowers and NMBW Studio.

Spore Furniture + Product Design was awarded twice, winning the Product category and receiving a commendation in the Sustainable Product category for the Flat Pack Bed (above. Photo: Campbell Boyer). Kate Stokes of Coco Flip was highly commended for her Coco Pendant in the Product category, while Sebastian Lights was awarded a commendation for Stadium in the Sustainable Product entries.

The Multi-Residential winner was Neometro, winning top honours for Harper Lane (above. Photo: Shannon McGrath) – a series of apartments located within a small-scale multi-use development. Two further projects were highly commended: Anthony Gill Architects, for the resourceful fitout of Potts Point Apartment, and Smart Design Studio, for Central Park West.

Other winners on the night were Matt Woods Design, winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award, while Wolveridge Architects won the Sustainable Project award for the Hill Plains House – with a commendation presented to Breathe Architecture for River Studios in the same category.

Marking the ninth year of the awards, in 2011 IDEA attracted a record number of 416 entries from designers and practices across Australia. The 2011 judging panel included 2010 IDEA Gold Medalist Sue Carr, Founder of Carr Design Group; Jeff Copolov, Interior Design Director at Bates Smart; Professor Sam Spurr, Senior Lecturer at UTS School of Design; Hannah Tribe, Director of Tribe Studio; Toby Horrocks, founder of Toby Horrocks Architecture and Freefold Furniture; and Sioux Clark, director of Multiplicity.

IDEA 2011 Winners

Overall Winner: Ian Moore Architects, Strelein Warehouse

IDEA 2011 Gold Medal: Janne Faulkner, Nexus Designs

IDEA Designer of the Year, Judges’ Award: Edwards Moore
IDEA Designer of the Year, People’s Choice Award: Matt Woods Design

Emerging Designer: Anthony Gill Architects

Single Residential, Winner: Ian Moore Architects, Strelein Warehouse
Single Residential, Highly Commended: Andrew Maynard Architects, Mash House
Single Residential, Highly Commended: Noxon Giffen, Manning Road House

Multi-Residential, Winner: Neometro, Harper Lane
Multi-Residential, Highly Commended: Anthony Gill Architects, Potts Point Apartment
Multi-Residential, Highly Commended: Smart Design Studio, Central Park West

Major Commercial over 1000sqm, Winner: BVN Architecture, AECOM Brisbane
Major Commercial over 1000sqm, Highly Commended: BVN Architecture, BVN Sydney Studio

Commercial under 1000sqm, Winner: Wilson Architects, Wilson Architects Office
Commercial under 1000sqm, Highly Commended: Georgia Nowak, Edward Street Studio
Commercial under 1000sqm, Highly Commended: SNELL, Insight Advertising Agency

Hospitality, Winner: Anthony Gill Architects, Berta Restaurant and Bar
Hospitality, Highly Commended: Six Degrees Architects, Newmarket Hotel

Retail, Winner: Facet Studio, Sneakerology/Streetology
Retail, Highly Commended: Ryan Russell for Russell and George, Crumpler Doncaster
Retail, Highly Commended: Universal Design Studio, Corporate Culture Showroom Melbourne

Institutional, Winner: Kerstin Thompson Architects, Monash University Museum of Art
Institutional, Highly Commended: McBride Charles Ryan, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar – Junior School for Boys
Institutional, Highly Commended: Spowers and NMBW Studio, RMIT Building 88 (levels 5 & 6)

Sustainable Project, Winner: Wolveridge Architects, Hill Plains House
Sustainable Project, Highly Commended: Breathe Architecture, River Studios

Sustainable Product, Highly Commended: Stadium, Sebastian Lights
Sustainable Product, Highly Commended: Spore Furniture + Product Design, Flat Pack Bed

Event Design, Winner: Edwards Moore, Arnsdorf Concept Store
Event Design, Highly Commended: ENESS, A Light Session: Tron Legacy Premiere
Event Design, Highly Commended: Toby Horrocks and Kristian Aus, Flatform 322

Product Design, Winner: Spore Furniture + Product Design, Flat Pack Bed
Product Design, Highly Commended: Coco Flip, Coco Pendant


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05 Dec 11 at 11:32 AM • Joanna Ford

Congratulations to all the winners – there are some truly inspired interior design concepts among them.

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