idea09 gala party celebrates Australian design excellence

Nov 13, 2009
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The Interior Design Excellence Awards 2009 were announced last night at The ivy in Sydney, with a packed house celebrating the best of contemporary Australian design.

Over 550 people attended the sold out event at the ivy lounge. Introducing the awards, Andrew Mackenzie congratulated the 275 shortlisted entries, saying that the outstanding designs were testament to the talent of Australian designers working across the country. He added that the projects and products in this year’s awards continued to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and sustainability, setting incredibly high standards across all thirteen categories.

The Overall Winner this year was The ivy, a collaborative project between Hecker Phelan & Guthrie, Woods Bagot and Cornwell Design. The opulent George Street venue, containing eighteen bars and restaurants as well as a rooftop pool, is inspired by LA homes and Palm Springs glamour and nostalgia.

As well as taking home the Overall and the Hospitality awards for The ivy, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie also won the Multi Residential category for Fjall, a Scandinavian-inspired apartment refurbishment, and the Major Commercial category for The Gauge – Bovis Lend Lease Melbourne Offices, a project designed in collaboration with WHO Design and Lend Lease.

Helen Kontouris received the coveted Designer of the Year award, which is voted for throughout the year by design industry professionals. Kontouris also won the Product category for the Breathe Outdoor Lounge Collection, a sofa made by fixing hand-woven Polyethylene plastic strips to an aluminium structure.

The Emerging Designer category was won by WSH Architects, whose work includes the Monash University Architecture School facilities and several striking residential interiors.

Tandem Design Studio’s Kensington Lighthouse won the Residential Single award, while Ryan Russell’s design for Aesop Doncaster won the Retail category.

Jackson Interiors won the Commercial under 1000m2 award, and the Institutional category was won by Johnson Pilton Walker for the National Portrait Gallery.

The sustainability categories were won by Freefold Furniture for Freefold 02 (Sustainable Product) and HASSELL for HASSELL Warry Street Studio (Sustainable Project).

An exhibition of all shortlisted entries is on show at Customs House, Sydney until 22 November.

*Overall Winner*
The ivy, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie in association with Woods Bagot and Cornwell Design

*Designer of the Year*
Helen Kontouris

*Emerging Designer*
WSH Architects

*Residential Single*
Kensington Lighthouse, Tandem Design Studio
Highly Commended: Fig Tree Pocket House, Owen & Vokes; Brimar Court, Chris Connell Design

*Residential Multi*
Fjall, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
Highly Commended: ivy penthouse suites, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie in association with Woods Bagot and Cornwell Design

Aesop Doncaster, Ryan Russell
Highly Commended: Cascade Coil Stand – designEX 2009, HASSELL

*Major Commercial*
The Gauge – Bovis Lend Lease Melbourne Offices, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie in association with WHO Design and Lend Lease
Highly Commended: HASSELL Warry Street, HASSELL

*Commercial under 1000m2*
Untitled, Jackson Interiors

The ivy, Hecker Phelan & Guthrie in association with Woods Bagot and Cornwell Design
Highly Commended: Caffe Moda, Chris Connell Design

Breathe Outdoor Lounge Collection, Helen Kontouris Design
Highly Commended: Heron Chair, Charles Wilson Design; Flint, Spaceleft for Tait

*Sustainable Product*
Freefold 02, Freefold Furniture

*Sustainable Project*
HASSELL Warry Street Studio, HASSELL
Highly Commended: Green Building Council of Australia Head Office, BVN Architecture

National Portrait Gallery, Johnson Pilton Walker
Highly Commended: Monash Architecture School, WSH Architects; Over the Front: The Great War in The Air, Freeman Ryan Design

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