Always eagerly anticipated, the Australian Interior Design Awards are upon us again with the shortlisted projects providing plenty of fabulous design inspiration. Delivered by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and Architecture Media’s Artichoke magazine, the program is in its 16th year and while it celebrates innovation and ingenuity across retail, hospitality, workplace, public and commercial interior design, it’s the residential finalists that get us most excited.
A couple of projects stand out including ‘Oak Tree House’ by Susi Leeton Architects with its many, beautiful curves. A family home set around an oak tree and stables in Victoria, the soft curved forms were achieved with off-form concrete and curved, rendered and polished plaster walls.
Simone Haag’s entries are another highlight. The ‘Armadale III’ project was described as ‘masculine by nature’ by its owner who sought Simone’s help to curate an eclectic array of furniture pieces to complement the architecture with the end result one of luxury and layers.
One of Simone’s other entries ‘House Poynton’ is also noteworthy. Part of a wider renovation, Simone was employed to redecorate the home and in doing so include vintage pieces as well as custom joinery, collected artworks and objects and all while maintaining the original feel of the home.
Renato D’Ettorre Architects submitted two exceptional yet very different Sydney projects. ‘GB House’ is a stunning coastal abode while the firm’s ‘Italianate House’ project is a grand restoration and conversion of a heritage-listed 1880’s Italianate-style Victorian terrace complete with with carriageway and stables.
The winners will be announced in a gala presentation at Forum Melbourne on Friday 31 May.