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inside Interior Design Review has revealed the winners of its prestigious 2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) at an event in Sydney on Friday 18 November.
Now in its 14th year, IDEA showcases the best of Australian interior and product design, as well as the designers behind the work. Each year, it receives hundreds of submissions from around the country and is recognised as Australia’s premier independent awards program. Winners from the 2016 field of entries were honoured with an unforgettable event at the IDEA Gala Party, which took place at a picturesque location overlooking the Sydney Harbour at Dockside Pavilion.
The respected 2016 IDEA jury included Greg Natale (Greg Natale Design), Helen Kontouris (Helen Kontouris Design), Jan O’Connor (Environa Studio), John Wardle (John Wardle Architects), Melissa Bright (MAKE Architecture), Nic Graham (Nic Graham + Associates) and Tim Jackson (Jackson Clements Burrows), along with inside editors Jan Henderson and Gillian Serisier.
The highly regarded Overall Winner went to Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio. The project, in Sydney’s Chippendale, is a piece of livable art, featuring a façade of sculpted concrete and an interior which plays on proportionality and light. The outcome is a transformative piece of architecture and design. “If even for just a moment we put aside the architecture of the house, the interiors really stand on their own,” said Greg Natale, 2016 IDEA juror.
One of the highest honours to be bestowed on an individual designer, the Gold Medal, was this year awarded to Kerry Phelan of Kerry Phelan Design Office (KPDO). Throughout a career that has spanned more than 20 years, Phelan has produced exciting and groundbreaking designs that are polished and creative, winning accolades and securing loyal clients along the way.
The 2016 Designer of the Year award was taken out by Melbourne-based interior architect and designer, Fiona Lynch. Lynch’s studio has built a reputation for its defined and elegant residential projects, with a distinctive sophistication and exceptional detailing. Her work is meticulous and textural, and each project interprets and refines the client’s needs and desires.
2016 IDEA winners
Winner: Genesin Studio – Antica Pizzeria e Cucina
Highly Commended: Hecker Guthrie – The Ugly Duckling
Highly Commended: Kerstin Thompson Architects – TarraWarra Cellar Door
Winner: Russell & George – Aēsop KLCC
Highly Commended: HASSELL – Global Mining and Resources Company Headquarters
Highly Commended: Russell & George – Aēsop Westgate
OBJECT – PROFESSIONAL
OBJECT – RISING
Winner: Woods Bagot – International Towers Sydney, Tower 2 Lobby
Highly Commended: CODA – St Stephen’s Junior Years Refurbishment
Highly Commended: McBride Charles Ryan – Ivanhoe Grammar Senior Years & Science Centre
Winner: SJB Interiors – Peninsula House
Highly Commended: SJB Interiors with Koichi Takada Architects – Pacific Lighthouse
Highly Commended: Studiobird – Theodore Treehouse
Winner: Kennedy Nolan – Melbourne Central Lower Ground Refresh
Highly Commended: Studio Esteta – Lune Croissanterie
Highly Commended: Tandem Design Studio – Yellow Earth Flagship Store
WORKPLACE OVER 1000SQM
Winner: Woods Bagot – Woods Bagot Melbourne Office
Highly Commended: Bates Smart – Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Highly Commended: SJB Interiors – Harry the Hirer, Head Office
WORKPLACE UNDER 1000SQM
Winner: Karen Abernethy Architects with Louisa Macleod – Humming Puppy Sydney
Highly Commended: Bates Smart – 106 Flinders Lane
Highly Commended: SIBLING – Squint / Opera Melbourne
Winner: Geyer – Westpac Barangaroo
Highly Commended: Fringe Architects – Concrete House
Highly Commended: Six Degrees Architects – Brae Restaurant and Accommodation
Winner: Karen Abernethy Architects
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Fiona Lynch
Winner: Bates Smart
Winner: Smart Design Studio – Indigo Slam
Winner: Kerry Phelan of KPDO
See all the photos from the Gala Party online now.
Lead image, Williamstown Residence by Fiona Lynch, recipient of 2016 Designer of the Year award. Photo by Dan Hocking.