Australia’s Best Of Design Announced At The 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards
A bold yet inherently sustainable design that celebrates the theatricality of the dining experience, restaurant Di Stasio Citta by Hassell has been presented with the 2020 Premier Award at the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA).
Celebrating its 17th anniversary this year, entries to the 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards set a new standard of best practice in design, showcasing innovative projects that pushed boundaries and did away with the conventional. This year’s entries represent a focus on the human experience, with considered design elements and rigorous craftsmanship used to show that the functional can be exceptional.
In response to restrictions on public gatherings, organisers were tasked with finding another way to present this year’s awards. For the first time, the announcement was held online and live-streamed via Facebook Live, with Australia’s most esteemed interior design and architecture practitioners and professionals engaging from the comfort of their own homes.
Delivered through a partnership between the Design Institute of Australia and Architecture Media’s Artichoke magazine, the Australian Interior Design Awards is Australia’s most distinguished awards program for the sector.
Hassell’s Di Stasio Citta is lauded for its sense of art and drama, with the creative way in which it allows the space and its patrons to interact one of the key reasons it received a triple accolade, winning the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design, the award for Hospitality Design (jointly) and Best of State Commercial Design (Victoria). The jury unanimously agree that the project gives the sense “a genuinely rigorous design process has taken place and the result is a strong conceptual offering that’s original, brave and highly impactful.” The longevity of the design and its international appeal is also noted.
According to the 2020 jury, “There exists a level of austerity to this project that’s cinematic in the way it allows one to understand the design’s concept and the way the space and its patrons work together.”
This year, the esteemed Award for Interior Design Impact has been granted to PTID for studioFive. The purpose of this award is to recognise the transformative effect that design can have on the user-experience, both that of the occupants and also of the community at large. The jury unanimously agreed that this teaching, research and engagement centre in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education embodied the mission of this accolade.
The multi-functional design can facilitate a wide range of services for a diverse group of users, and this was instrumental in the jury’s decision. They noted that it is ‘an exemplar of the positive impact design can have on art education and practice, and its broader impact on the community’.
Formed this year, YSG is the brainchild of Yasmine Ghoniem, formerly of Amber Road. YSG has been awarded the top honour in both the residential decoration and residential design categories for Budge Over Dover. The project is remarkable for the consistency in its design and styling, with a clear relationship between the interior architecture and decoration.
The jury commended the designer for showing great expertise in working with the existing composition of the building, remarking that the “radical transformation never battles against the original structure, but instead feels completely natural and effortless.”
The jury also named Victorian-based practice Fowler and Ward as the ones to watch, presenting it with the 2020 Award for Emerging Interior Design Practice. Established in 2018 by co-directors Jessie Fowler and Tara Ward, the practice has produced several commercial, retail and residential projects, with an emphasis on the engagement between people and design.
Praising the exciting new voice the practice brings to the industry, the jury commented on the clarity of Fowler and Ward’s mission and the energetic approach with which it operates. Applauding the experimentation in their process and the fearlessness of their approach, the jury noted that “everything they do is perfectly articulated and successful in increasing engagement between people and design.”
2020 AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS
Premier Award for Australian Interior Design
Hassell for Di Stasio Citta, Vic
Interior Design Impact Award
PTID for StudioFive, Vic
Sustainability Advancement Award
Jackson Clements Burrows Architects for Gillies Hall, Vic
Emerging Interior Design Practice
Fowler and Ward
Esoteriko Interior Architecture Eastop Architects
YSG [Formerly Amber Road] for Budge Over Dover, NSW
studiofour for Ruxton Rise Residence, Vic
Eastop Architects for Elm Tree Place, Vic
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects for Tree House, NSW
Killing Matt Woods for Perfect Storm, NSW
YSG [Formerly Amber Road] for Budge Over Dover, NSW
Alicia Holgar for Avian Apartment, Qld
Chelsea Hing for Orchard House, Vic
Hassell for Di Stasio Citta, Vic (Joint Winner)
Richards Stanisich for Hotel Rose Bay, NSW (Joint Winner)
studio-gram for Leigh Street Wine Room, SA
Carr for Eazy Peazy Richmond, Vic
Hecker Guthrie for Script Skincare, Vic
The Stella Collective & Thomas Coward Studio for Il Bosco Artedomus, Qld
Hogg&Lamb for Salon X Papas, Qld
Studio Goss for Armadillo & Co Sydney Showroom, NSW
Cox Architecture for Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ, NSW
Six Degrees Architects for RMIT Capitol Theatre, Vic
Hassell for Angel Place Lobby, NSW
Bates Smart for Gandel Wing, Cabrini Malvern, Vic
Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design for Warwick Creative Studio, Vic
Mim Design for Cobild HQ, Vic
Carr for Norton Rose Fulbright Sydney, NSW Hassell for Transurban Melbourne, Vic
Liminal Objects with Van Tuil for The Magic Box, Tas (Joint Winner)
Studio Goss for Articolo Lighting – Milan, Italy (Joint Winner)
Best of State Awards for Residential Design
New South Wales – YSG [Formerly Amber Road] for Budge Over Dover
Queensland – Alicia Holgar for Avian Apartment
South Australia – Sans-Arc Studio for Plaster Fun House
Victoria – studiofour for Ruxton Rise Residence
Western Australia – Decus Interiors for Coastal Home
Best of State Awards for Commercial Design
Australian Capital Territory – BVN for Marie Reay Teaching Centre, ANU
New South Wales – Richards Stanisich for Hotel Rose Bay
Queensland – The Stella Collective & Thomas Coward Studio for Il Bosco Artedomus
South Australia – studio-gram for Leigh Street Wine Room
Tasmania – Liminal Objects with Van Tuil for The Magic Box
Victoria – Hassell for Di Stasio Citta
Western Australia – Ohlo Studio for Willing Coffee
Best International Design Award
Studio Goss for Articolo Lighting – Milan, Milano