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Grinning Winners: IDEA 2010…

Last Thursday saw the ninth IDEA Awards by the team at (inside) magazine, celebrated at The Ivy Room and The Ivy Lounge in Sydney.

As usual, the event was sold out and the spectacular after-party continued until the wee hours of Friday morning.  Without saying too much, we may or may not be aware of a number of bleary eyed revelers crawling into work late on Friday… no naming names!

Winners this year were a welcome mix of large International practices and emerging, smaller firms – a heartening indication that the Australian Interior Design Industry is very much alive and better still: thriving.  The fact that the shortlisted and winning projects ran the full gamut of budgets, scale and time-frames was proof more-so that the local talent pool is abundantly rich and fiercely creative in the face of the recent economic downturn.

Having had a hand in designing the venue for the awards night itself: The Ivy, Woods Baggot celebrated their win of the “overall best design” category for the breathtaking Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne’s docklands precinct.

Coupled with the integrated convention center, the project had already won them the category for Best Institutional Design, Best Hospitality Design as well as The National Award for Public Architecture at the recent Australian Institute of Architects Awards.  It seems Woods Baggot have demonstrated their international design prowess with every facet of this immense project.  Capitalising on the latest in local and imported designer fittings to furnish the world class facility, Woods Baggot specified striking Ferrari red Round Bar Stools from Christophe Pillet and EMU, Italy – A punchy addition to the public bar.  As well as this, restaurants were fitted out with the Carlotta Chair from Andreu World, combining luxurious upholstered seats with fine wicker weave back rests in a timber frame.  A study in pure refinement.

Luchetti Krelle were duly rewarded for their intensely productive two years since the firms inception.  Having picked up the Best Emerging Practice Award in 2009, Rachel and Stuart were back on the podium this year triumphantly but no less humbly collecting their People’s Choice Award for Designer of The Year…  not bad for a two year old!

Michael McCann and Dreamtime‘s Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher was unsurprisingly the big Retail Design winner this year.  The incomparable project was a sure-fire winner as one of the most amazing retail fit-outs Australia has ever seen with Italian Calacatta marble stone floor and Himlayan salt brick walls.

The Major Commercial Category was a win for HASSELL and their ANZ Centre in Melbourne.   The vast 84,450 sqm commercial complex was given life with stunning geometry, an uncluttered sense of space and a riot of colourful breakout areas infusing a sense of playfulness and intrigue.  Very much at home within this brief were the bd Love Bench and bd Love Lamps by Ross Lovegrove and Spain’s bd Ediciones.

All in all, the Awards were again a celebration of local talent and best practice.  We look forward to seeing you all next year!

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Westfield Wonders…

After $1.2 billion invested, ten years of planning and negotiations with almost two years of CBD traffic turmoil, the new Westfield Sydney finally welcomed punters to phase one of the gigantic development.

For those unfamiliar with the project and location, the better part of Sydney City’s primary outdoor retail strip; Pitt Street Mall, was progressively bought up by the Lowy Family’s Westfield Group and augmented into one huge branded internally focussed super centre.

While debate on the pros and cons of the Mega-Mall trend rages and the demise of “high street” retail traditions and that social impact is highlighted, these centres continue to go up…. “you cant stop progress”.

Internally, the transformation is quite impressive ranging from high-concept, the humorous, the whimsical to the brand consistent and the purely luxe aesthetic of established high-end retailers.  The securing of these high fashion labels such as Gucci, Mulberry and Armani (to name only a few) has fundamentally seen the bar set higher for the standard of fitouts.  With the various levels carefully demarcated by the quality of the goods sold, there is quite deliberately something for all budgets in the new complex, catering to a mixed demographic in the central business district sees the full swathe of tastes in decore and finishes also explored.  Surprisingly, this has worked out quite well.  In most cases very much on par with some of the international standards we have not seen in local retail ventures to date.

Having kept many of Sydney’s design studios and suppliers busy for the past few years, the gradual roll-out of the remaining stores (such as Spanish clothing giant Zara and additional eating options) over the next seven months will undoubtedly see even more striking works unveiled.  Put simply, we predict next years IDEA and Australian Interior Design Awards retail categories to be quite competitive!

If you can handle the crowds already trawling through the grand halls, we’d recommend it’s worth a look.

It looks shiny, smells new and tastes delicious.

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Bright Ideas: IDEA Awards 2010

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) showcase the best of Australian design. First held in 2001, the prestigious awards program receives hundreds of submissions from across Australia each year and is recognised by the design community as the country’s pre-eminent design awards program.

Whilst the award winners are actually announced in November at a gala event, for now, the shortlisted projects have been made public and what a collection!

We dont mind telling you that the “Best Event Design” category excites us no end as our very own showroom installation for Saturday InDesign by Sheargold, David Caon, Good Manors and Group GSA is nominated, as well as the King’s Vault pop up bar designed by Luchetti Krelle which features our classic Pigalle Chair from EMU.

Head over to the IDEA 10 website to peruse the projects in the running!  It’s been a big year for interiors and spatial projects so we eagerly await the announcement of the winners!

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