The Australian Interior Design Awards were announced last Saturday, so let’s take a look at the winners, commendations and hottest shortlisted in the hospitality category. Above, South Australia’s Penfolds’ flagship Magill Estate Restaurant by Pascale Gomes-McNabb shared the top prize with its sophisticated and quirky use of forms in the furniture and custom lighting. The hot reds and pinks really luxes it up.
The other winner was Industry Beans in Melbourne’s original cool-grunge inner suburb, Fitzroy, by Figure Ground Architecture with its’ industrial recycled pallet chic. The strong concept takes advantage of the internal spacious void, and a simple tonal material palette accentuated with the use of repeated materials creating an internal rustic rhythm, ripe for bean flickin.
Of course it’s not all about the lucky few the judges choose.
What I find interesting is the genre groupings established by international trends and popular influences. With the above cluster we see a yearning for the olde worlde influence of the retro-Edwardian/Federation era of the surrounding Sydney North Snore’s vernacular, that gives the Woolwich Pier and Oaks Hotels a sense of belonging to the heritage in which they inhabit, as they are both executed with such sincerity. SJB Interiors & Luchetti Krelle for Woolwich and Paul Kelly for Oaks have both used old world quality detailing and materials to deliver authentic and timeless spaces, that don’t resort to gimmicky eclecticism or surprises. I can feel a full post coming for Woolwich. Must visit! Also, Quarter café, Melbourne by Travis Walton and Sydney’s Local bar by RDO Rob Design would look equally at home being rammed with bearded gents in derby hats and waist coats with fob watches, sighing at the lovely ladies swinging their bustles.
There were only 3 accommodation hotels shortlisted, but each quite different. The Parkroyal by Hassell is quintessentially Sydney with crisp white, aqua and teal and a funky sixties playfulness. The Collins Hilton in Adelaide by Wood Bagot is a sophisticated and subdued business palette with bold gold and yellow moments. The lighting certainly deserves a prize.
I am a bit surprised the iconic Melbourne Adelphi Hotel makeover by Hachem, didn’t get a prize, as it is dramatically radical and an unforgettably artistic personality. perhaps the judges are tiring of design with attitude that screams at you? Its uber hip and playful, making Rydges QT brand look demure.
Finally, the most popular genre for cafes, bars and restaurants in Oz at the mo has got to be industrial grunge chic. Heavily textured, dark and warm, with plenty of stripped back surfaces, (including burnt with A.Baker), is the go. Great to see Acme & Co’s earthy adaptive re-use of W.B. Griffin’s famous industrial heritage 1934 incinerator, (The national capital city’s designer and protégé of Frank LLoyd Wright). Luchetti Krelle’s Donny’s bar is down right dark n dirty – not what you expect from a Sydney beach suburb.
The awards are presented by the Design Institute of Australia, designEX and Artichoke magazine.
Images from The Australian Interior Design Awards website. Check out the other categories.
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