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2022 Australian Interior Design Award Winners Announced

Australia’s finest and most esteemed design minds have been recognised at the 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Held on the 17th of June, the 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards Gala united Australia’s finest and most esteemed design minds to celebrate the best of design practices and projects. Now in its 19th year, the Australian Interior Design Awards is delivered in partnership between the Design Institute of Australia and Architecture Media’s Artichoke Magazine. The joy and beauty expressed in this year’s submissions is a testament to the creativity and tenacity of Australia’s interior design industry, having overcome the hardships of the past two years. 

Jury members unanimously awarded this year’s highest accolade, the Premier Award for Interior Design, to Clare Cousins Architects for Stable and Cart House. The stunning home was also awarded the highly regarded Residential Design Award and the Best of State Residential Design (VIC). 

Stable and Cart House was labelled by the jury as “sublime in every way”. The Clare Cousins Architects project was applauded for its innate understanding of design which delivers a home which is powerful yet pared back. “What resonates most is the authenticity of the design and the way it has been conceived to be lived in, not just looked at,” expressed the jury. 

The project incorporates a bold use of colour and detail which according to the jury is neither ostentatious nor working too hard. Additionally, Stable and Cart House successfully balances the retained features of the existing building with striking and practical new insertions. 

Troye Sivan House from Flack Studio was presented with this year’s Residential Decoration Award. The jury commended the practice’s acknowledgement of the building’s architectural history. Further, the jury noted that the project articulated a “strong sense of the client’s character through a beautiful curation of art, furniture, lighting and objects in a way that doesn’t feel forced or contrived.” 

The jury felt a strong affinity for the respect given to the building and celebration of the original architecture by John Mockridge, which they felt was elevated to “a whole other level” by the work of Flack Studios. 

Despite fierce competition, with the jury labelling the calibre of this year’s Hospitality Design entry pool “incredibly impressive and hard to judge”, Studio Gram’s Arkhé, was declared the deserving winner of the Hospitality Design Award. The project was also awarded the Best of State Award for Commercial Design (SA). The jury stated the following about the design, “the highly experiential nature of moving through the interior makes for a gutsy, powerful project.” 

The esteemed Emerging Interior Design Practice was jointly awarded to Brahman Perera and Pattern Studio, with the jury considering both practices to be shaping the advancement of Australian interior design.  

Melbourne-based Brahman Perara’s design studio (which launched in 2020) beholds an impressive portfolio marked by an “individual style that shows both flair and restraint,” according to the jury. Nationally and globally acclaimed Pattern Studio was celebrated for their portfolio of “strong compositions and a sense of calm, along with beautifully considered details.”  

The jury felt that the considered and forward-thinking designs from Brahman Perera and Pattern Studio were an embodiment of the potential and promise of Australian design. 

The full list of the Australian Interior Design Award winners for 2022 are as follows: 

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design

Clare Cousins Architects for Stable and Cart House, Victoria

Interior Design Impact Award

YSG Studio for Edition Roasters, New South Wales

Sustainability Advancement Award

BKK Architects and Clare Cousins Architects for 17 Union Street, Victoria

FJMT Studio for Built Head Office, New South Wales

Emerging Interior Design Practice

Brahman Perera, Victoria

Pattern Studio, New South Wales

Residential Design

Clare Cousins Architects for Stable and Cart House, Victoria

Residential Decoration

Flack Studio for Troye Sivan House, Victoria

Hospitality Design

Studio Gram for Arkhé, South Australia

Retail Design

Studio Edwards for Finesse Shoe Store, Victoria

Workplace Design

BVN for Multiplex Head Quarters, New South Wales

Installation Design

SJB in collaboration with Rick Leplastrier and Vania Contreras for Eucalyptusdom, New South Wales

Public Design

Studio Bright for Monash Robotics Lab, Victoria

International Design

D Hage Designs for Den Tex Apartment, Amsterdam

Best of State Awards for Residential Design

Australian Capital Territory – Red Hill Residence by SJS Interior Design

New South Wales – Brad Swartz Architects and Henry Wilson for Laneway Glass House Queensland – Alcorn Middleton for Toowong Lighthouse

South Australia – Studio Gram for Rose Park House

Tasmania – Tanner Architects for Mays Point

Victoria – Clare Cousins for Stable and Cart House

Western Australia – Iota and Studio Roam for Lewis House 

Best of State Awards for Commercial Design

Australian Capital Territory - Pattern Studio for Adytum

New South Wales - Richards Stanisich for The Woollahra Hotel Queensland - BVN for BVN Brisbane Studio

South Australia - Studio Gram for Arkhé

Victoria - Studio Bright for Monash Robotics Lab

Western Australia - Hames Sharley for Hames Sharley Perth Office 

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