“Wow” was pretty much all I could say when I attended the fourth annual Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards last night. Held at Coco Republic’s Alexandria showroom and styled by the very talented Steve Cordony, the room was more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Interiors Addict favourite Greg Natale, took out the top award of Interior Designer of the Year, beating out fellow finalists SJB Interiors, Sarah Davison Interior Design, Arent & Pyke and Pascale Gomes-McNabb. He also won the top award in 2010 .
Belle editor-in-chief and one of the awards judges, Neale Whitaker, said Greg’s work had continued to develop and flourish through the years: “This is an exciting second win for Greg Natale, and demonstrates the increasing breadth, quality and maturity of his work.”
We couldn’t agree more. Jen has been privy to much of Greg’s as yet unpublished work which will appear in his forthcoming first book. I’ve heard it’s pretty incredible stuff!
Greg receives two return flights to Maison et Objet in Paris, plus a package of prizes that includes Parisi bathroom products, a Smeg fridge, a Riedel decanter and generous vouchers from Cadrys and Coco Republic.
The night was also one for the ladies, with entries this year being dominated by some of Australia’s leading female interior designers. Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent & Pyke took out the residential category for The Avenue (Sydney); Miriam Fanning of Mim Design won the corporate category for the Little Group Office (Melbourne); and Pascale Gomes-McNabb won the hospitality category for the French bistro Yellow (Sydney).
The innovative work of Melbounre’s March Studio saw them take out the commercial category for the Sneakerboy store and in the awards’ first-ever tie, Sydney-based Alexander & Co also received the award for the hospitality category for the Watsons Bay Hotel. Each category winner receives Cadrys, Coco Republic and Parisi vouchers.
Look out for Belle’s June/July 2014 issue (on sale 19 May), featuring a complete overview of the awards, winners and their respective projects.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!