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Despite its small footprint, 19 Waterloo Street, designed by Adam Haddow of SJB, engages in a playful conversation with space. “Doing more with less,” as Adam says, informs the design of the entire project while also foregrounding sustainable design. “The project is at its core a reuse project. Taking an underutilised inner-city plot, well connected to services and transport, and intensifying its uses.” With a maximum width of 3.3 metres, the dwelling is never far from the streetscape, speaking to the significance of creative and clever spatial planning in achieving a sense of scale and luxury. Every inch has been meticulously considered, designed to serve a purpose, whether that be functional or playful and it is the confluence of these design choices that made SJB the standout for both Best Residential Interior and the ultimate accolade, Interior Designer of the Year, in this year’s awards.
No strangers to the winners’ podium in varying categories for these awards over the years, Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke are also former Interior Designers of the Year. In this award season, they won Best Commercial Interior for their glamorous imagining of a new studio for premier Sydney hair salon Koda Cutters. From their minimalist but luxe flagship in Bondi Beach, the Koda team turned their vision towards a CBD presence, in the iconic heritage Queen Victoria building. Tasked by Koda owner Diane Gorgievski to “consider the client’s journey in minute detail to enhance their experience”, Arent&Pyke’s response incorporates myriad shades and glossy tints plus layered volume, mixing burl timbers with contemporary hybrid materials including terrazzo, Marblo and high-gloss polyurethane.
A look through Studio Doherty’s body of work to date and their talent for applying bursts of bright colour tastefully and with longevity in mind quickly becomes apparent. Here, resplendent in apple green, the ensuite for which they took home the prize for Best Bathroom is a shining example. Tasked with capturing their clients’ love of mid-century design, interior designers Mardi Doherty and Phoebe Lipscombe exhibited their ability to deftly blend charm, craftsmanship, playfulness, and timeless design into a single project.
A certain rebellious air permeates the work of Sydney-based practice YSG Studio and, with Yasmine Ghoniem at the helm, there’s boldness and bravery to be found in every project. Nowhere else is this better demonstrated than by the way in which she wields colour to weave narratives into her interiors to tell stories of faraway places. Rich with tone, texture and pattern, a YSG project is one that bucks trends, it’s at once radical and balanced and characterised by a tapestry of influences. It’s no surprise then that YSG Studio took out the prize for Best Use of Colour in this year’s awards.
When the owners of Boccaccio Cellars, a family-run Italian grocer and bottle shop, were looking to extend their business to include a wine bar upstairs, they invited Mim Design to distil their vision of preserving family values and celebrating Italian heritage into their new space. This concept forms the through-line of Enoteca Boccaccio, from the practical preservation of meat, cheese and wine to the preservation of family traditions and culture. Accessed via a narrow flight of stairs clad in Signorino’s Corsica Rosa del Garda tiles, the bar gleams with brass detailing and terracotta-hued flooring, rich burgundy joinery and stone finishes sing together, making this project the obvious pick for this award.
The lush scheme by Placement Studio for this kitchen encompasses walls painted in a deep, muted artichoke green and a darker pine-hued marble with swirling veins lavished upon the curvaceous island benchtop. Looking out onto the kitchen garden via a newly created bay window that pinches a couple of metres from the previously unused courtyard, the space is reminiscent of a Victorian conservatory with its “delicately considered” ribbed glazed insertions with ribbing also seen on joinery. Placement Studio’s mission was to rejuvenate an 1870s Victorian terrace in Melbourne’s Parkville which was “bookended by similar homes projecting a strong heritage street presence”, explains co-founder and director Jacqueline O’Brien who helmed the project.
Telling stories through design, Amelda Wilde, founder of Amelda Wilde Interiors, attempts to distill the character of her clients within the interiors she creates for them. A unique style that celebrates imperfections within materials and the ability to craft spaces that are at once quirky, playful and timeless, all form the reasons for Amelda being selected as Emerging Design Star in this year’s awards. "Decadently imperfect and rich in patina, the design intent was all about preservation and amplification of the atmospheric qualities of the existing California bungalow.” Throughout, antique features are softened in neutral, contemporary finishes to highlight the home’s artisanal elements without compromising on Amelda’s joyful placemaking.
Taking home the Readers’ Choice prize this year is ‘Rosetta’ by Hugh-Jones Mackintosh. Designed and built in the 1920s, this home was lovingly restored to its former glory by principals Justine Hugh-Jones & Katrina Mackintosh. Says the designers, “Drawing from its rich past, the new owners navigated various heritage overlay restrictions to arrive at a series of insertions and interventions. The balancing of retaining key details and a formality in planning, while also opening and creating a connected interior, was key to the overall reimagining.” The resulting space artfully marries vintage with contemporary, creating a warm and inviting space that will serve its current owners for generations to come.
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