Industry celebrates at last night’s Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in Sydney

Hecker Guthrie and the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne picked up the big prizes at the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in Sydney last night. The Seymour Centre was packed with the best names in the industry, sharing in each other’s success at the event, hosted by Inside magazine.

Hecker Guthrie’s Park Street residence, winner of the residential decoration category

In picking up the Gold Medal, Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie of Hecker Guthrie (who also picked up the residential decoration category) gave heartfelt speeches about their passion for the job, the fun they have at work, their respect for each other and how people shouldn’t think of “decoration” as a dirty word.

Facet Studio picked up both the emerging designer and international project categories and clearly weren’t expecting either, struggling to find the words as they took to the stage, overwhelmed and flattered at the recognition from their peers.

Brisbane’s Stokehouse restaurant by Arkhefield, joint winner of the hospitality category

The judges had a difficult job, with a highly commended award also given in several categories, sometimes even two!

Now in its tenth year, the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) are an independent design awards program organised by Inside magazine. This year, the program attracted over 400 entries from across Australia.

The 2012 awards were judged by Leanne Amodeo, former editor of Inside magazine; Melanie Dodd, Associate Professor and Director of the Architecture program at RMIT; Alexander Lotersztain, founder of Brisbane-based Derlot; Judith O’Callaghan, Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture at the University of NSW; Natasha Palich, Principal Architect at Sense Architecture; and Scott Walker, International Head of Interior Design for HASSELL.

The full winners list:

RESIDENTIAL DECORATION

WINNER 
Hecker Guthrie – Park Street Residence

MULTI RESIDENTIAL

WINNER 
BVN Architecture – Monash University Student Housing
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Six Degrees – Heller Street Park and Residences

RETAIL

WINNER
 March Studio – Baker D Chirico
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Luchetti Krelle – Adriano Zumbo

EVENT

WINNER
 Liminal Spaces – The Barbarians
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
HASSELL – Chasing Kitsune

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT

WINNER 
Facet Studio – M House
 HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hecker Guthrie – Graze & Kha; and
Landini Associates – Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens

HOSPITALITY

WINNERS
 Arkhefield – Stokehouse Restaurant, Brisbane; and
Breathe Architecture – The National Hotel
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Hecker Guthrie – The Old Library; and 
SJB Interiors Harbour Rocks Hotel

PUBLIC SPACE

WINNER
 Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart – The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Searle x Waldron Architecture – Annexe: Art Gallery of Ballarat; and
 BVN Architecture Narbethong Community Hall

IDEA GOLD MEDAL

Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, Hecker Guthrie

OBJECT – FURNITURE & LIGHTING

WINNER 
Evie Group – Spun Lamps 
HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Ross Didier – VDM Chair

SINGLE RESIDENTIAL

WINNER
 Smart Design Studio – Tusculum Street Residence 
HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Kerry Phelan Design Office with Chamberlain Javens Architects – Middle Park House; and 
Tribe Studio House Shmukler and McBride Charles Ryan Cloud House

WORKPLACE UNDER 1000SQM

WINNER 
MAKE Creative – Goodman Unit B4
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Oxigen with Woods Bagot – Oxigen

WORKPLACE OVER 1000SQM

WINNER 
Smart Design Studio – Saatchi & Saatchi
 HIGHLY COMMENDED 
BVN Architecture – AECOM Sydney; and 
DesignInc – Australian Red Cross Blood Service Melbourne Processing Centre

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

DesignInc – Australian Red Cross Blood Service Melbourne Processing Centre

EMERGING DESIGNER

Facet Studio

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Helen Kontouris

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Breathe Architecture

OVERALL WINNER

Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart – The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Photos: Shannon McGrath and John Gollings

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