Sue Carr awarded IDEA Gold Medal

Nov 15, 2010
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As part of this year’s IDEA program, a new award was introduced to recognise the outstanding career of an Australian designer and his/her contribution to the design community. The inaugural award, announced at the IDEA 2010 Gala Party, was presented to Sue Carr, the founder of Carr Design Group.

Sue Carr co-founded Inarc Design in the early seventies, with the name later changing to Carr Design Group. The leading architecture and interior design firm is responsible for high-profile projects including the Hilton Hotel interiors Adelaide, Westin hotel interiors Melbourne, Australian Stock Exchange and Deacons Law Tenancy national roll out.

Sue Carr will be presenting a Gold Medal talk on Thursday 18 November at the Designer Rugs showroom (100 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, NSW) from 6-8pm, discussing her career in interior design, her inspiration and the journey of her career. RSVPs for this event are essential. To attend, please email with ‘RSVP Gold Medal Lecture’ in the subject line.

Sue Carr: Design Statement
“A singular idea is the power of a great project. It is the feel of the space that is important – the sensory and emotional experiences that give people a sense of ease and wellbeing. My work is very subtle, yet when you put all those subtleties together, the whole can be very strong.

“My practice was founded in 1971, and we have established ourselves as one of Australia’s leading architecture and interior design firms, having demonstrated a capacity to push conventional boundaries. This success owes much to the outstanding results we have achieved for clients through the combined energy, focus and commitment of the Carr team. This includes senior associates, designers, architects and support staff from a diversity of backgrounds.

“Carr offers the advantages of both small and large design firms. There is a team approach, an emphasis on immediacy and flexibility as well as access to extensive resources, all of which contribute to our provision of a superior service. We are dedicated to designing buildings and spaces which aim to minimise environmental impact, and optimise energy efficiency. Equally, with accuracy, efficiency and cost-effectiveness as key outcomes, our commitment to information technology places us squarely at the forefront of developments in this area. What remains consistent, despite the size and nature of the project, is our commitment to ensuring out client’s success by using design excellence, budgetary control and exceptional service as a major instrument of that success. Our enduring relationships with several clients are testament to this.”

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