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Take a look at our IDEA 2022 shelfies!

Take a look at our IDEA 2022 shelfies!


Last year, the IDEA 2022 gala took place at The Timber Yard in Melbourne. More than 500 architects, designers and design lovers gathered to celebrate the category and overall design award-winners.

The IDEA gala was a night to remember for architects, interior designers, suppliers and the industry as a whole. Among the highlights of the evening were the Axolotl trophies awarded to the category and overall winners. For 13 consecutive years, the Axolotl trophies have been synonymous with excellence, creativity, and innovation in the Australian design world.

Beyond being a symbol of recognition for the winners’ talent and hard work, these trophies are also a tribute to the team of artisans at Axolotl who brought them to life. The solid cast Nickel material provides a lustrous hand-polished finish, while the delicate lines and engraved logo and winner’s names add a personal touch to each trophy.

Since 2010, Axolotl has been a proud supporter of IDEA and their expertise and dedication have helped make the recognition program an even more prestigious event.

As we look forward to IDEA 2023, explore some of our winner’s trophy shelfie displays!

Bolaji Teniola

Photo: Bolaji Teniola.

As the recipient of the IDEA 2022 trophy for Object – Furniture & Lighting – Rising, Bolaji Teniola‘s Timber Shaving Vessels are an exercise in upcycling. They’re objects that change the perceived value of timber offcuts.

Inspired by the manufacturing techniques of the Akari lamps and the papier-mâché process, timber shavings are transformed into vessels using a homemade organic adhesive and found objects acting as moulds.

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Fiona Lynch Office

Photo: Fiona Lynch Office.

As the recipient of the IDEA 2022 trophy for Object – Furniture & Lighting – Professional, Workshop x Future Archive by acclaimed interior design Fiona Lynch Office, was inspired by the studio’s commitment to working with local artisans and exploring sustainability through materiality.

It uses reclaimed Oregon timber and developed pigment created from waste materials, which were then used to create a custom fabric.

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Kerstin Thompson Architects

Photo: Kerstin Thompson Architects.

As the recipient of the IDEA 2022 trophy for Workplace Over 1000sqm, Kerstin Thompson Architects designed Queen & Collins, which was conceptualised as a city within the city, possessing a vision for the future workplace, and with well-being and social connection at its heart.

The semi-open laneways, open-air courtyards and campiellos integrate the remarkable Heritage-listed buildings and reimagine the commercial workplace experience.

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Pattern Studio

Photo: Pattern Studio.

As the recipient of the IDEA 2022 trophy for Retail, Pattern Studio was tasked to create Above the Clouds flagship store in Surry Hills, Sydney.

The space reflects the unique Australian brand’s offering, values and growth. This fashion-forward multi-brand retailer’s stylish yet understated new store was inspired by, and designed to delight, the brand’s loyal and diverse customer base; and was influenced by creative culture from across the globe.

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Richards Stanisich

Photo: Richards Stanisich.

As the recipient of the prestigious Gold Medal award for IDEA 2022, Richards Stanisich represents one of Australia’s most beloved interior design and architecture partnerships.

The fortunate collisions of Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich occurred over two decades ago, and since then, the duo has directed SJB’s Sydney interior design department, before rebranding under their own names in 2018.

Russell & George

Photo: Russell & George.

Led by directors and registered architects Ryan Russell and Byron George, Russell & George is an internationally recognised award-winning architecture and design studio situated in Melbourne and Designer of the Year for IDEA 2022.

With backgrounds in social theory and hospitality, both directors employ a thorough examination of every project’s context, purpose, and realisation.

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Simone Haag

Photo: Simone Haag.

As the recipient of the IDEA 2022 trophy for Colour, Simone Haag designed a gutsy and luxurious space to reflect her adventurous client.

Haag was driven to push the possibilities of place-making even further. In this case, the challenge involved working with a strong colour palette of greens and earthy tones, while creating differentiation in the various rooms.

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Photo: Unispace.

As the recipient of the IDEA 2022 trophy for Workplace Under 1000sqm, Unispace was responsible for creating HUGO BOSS’ new home in the creative hub of Cremorne, Melbourne.

Designed to capture the brand’s culture and unique identity, this project was created in close collaboration with the HUGO BOSS team. The new workspace provides multiple functional areas in a relatively small space creating myriad connections with this iconic lifestyle brand.

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Entries for IDEA 2023 are open now! Get yours in early for your chance to pick up your own trophy at next year’s gala.

See more exciting and innovative work by Axolotl by checking out their website and Instagram.


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