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The winners in the inaugural Melbourne Design Awards have been announced, rewarding Victorian designers across a broad range of design disciplines.
The new program recognises exceptional design in the fields of architecture, interior design, advertising, graphic design, product design, fashion and animation. Creative Director of the awards, Mark Bergin, said: It was phenomenal to see the response from the Melbourne design community supporting their own local, design market and embracing what is a new and innovative annual awards program.”
McBride Charles Ryans Letterbox House a beach house on the Mornington Peninsula with a verandah that appears to have been carved out of the raked timber exterior of the house won the Architecture Residential category, while Bent Architectures Growing Up Green Roof a retrofitted green roof in the heart of Melbournes CBD won the Architecture Commercial category.
In the interior design categories, Hecker Guthries The Millswyn won the Hospitality category, while peckvonhartels The Wheeler Centre was the winner of the Public/Institutional category. Doherty Lynchs Hawthorn Residence won the Residential category.
Mim Design received two awards: the Interior Design Retail award, presented for the Joy Cupcakes fitout, as well as the Installation Design award for the Tabcorp Birdcage Marquee fitout at the Spring Racing Carnival.
In the product design field, the Lighting category was won by Electrolight for their work on the façade lighting for AAMI Park Stadium, which features 1,544 custom designed LED lights that illuminate the Cox-designed stadium in Olympic Park. The Architectural and Interior product award was presented to Patterniques collection of furnishing fabrics called the Coast Collection.
Winners were selected through a process of public and peer voting, with votes from members of professional design organisations such as the DIA worth 5 points. Public votes were worth 1 point.
The Melbourne Design Awards are a partnership between A Thinking Company and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Melbourne is the first participating city in the City Design Awards project.