Jessica Testa - 10 Sep, 2020

Celebrating The 2020 Australian Interior Design Award Winners

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The Australian Interior Design Awards are the annual celebration of some of the best in Australian interior design, an industry where rules are meant to be broken, based on an industry-based program. The 2019 season showcased some stunning work the talents designers of the nation had to show, and they’ve done it again in 2020.

This year, the lucky winners were announced via a live broadcast on Friday 29 May. Those named were among some incredible designs that judges described as “a breath of fresh air, with the best projects possessing a strong sense of place.”  

Here is the full list of winners for the 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards:

Premier Award for Australian Interior Design: Hassell for Di Stasio Citta

Located in their new location in Melbourne opposite the treasury gardens, Di Stasio Citta has been described as feeling “fresh, genuinely creative and is highly appropriate in terms of the theatricality of the dining experience”, as well as having international appeal. With hand finished, textual surfaces and customised joinery and furniture, allows a unique and personalised experience for patrons.

Award for Interior Design Impact: PTID for StudioFive

StudioFive is a teaching, research and engagement centre located in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Winning an award that “recognises the transformative effect that design can have on a building’s occupants and the wider community”, the innovative space has been designed with flexibility in mind, meaning those who use it can arrange it to suit their needs.

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Sustainability Advancement Award: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects for Gillies Hall

In an effort to contribute to Monash University’s net-zero 2030 agenda, student accommodation building Gillies Hall has features, such as including exposed CLT panels, the use of FSC timber and plenty of natural ventilation that allow greater sustainability. This 150-room Passive House-Certified building has been said to push the boundaries on certification and exemplifies how design can be used to create better sustainability.

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We were thrilled that Gillies Hall received the Sustainability Advancement Award on Friday night at this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards. Gillies Hall sets a new benchmark for low carbon sustainable living, combining Cross Laminated Timber Construction and Passive House Principles to become the largest Certified Passive House building in the Southern Hemisphere. Interiors are inviting, comfortable and enriched through the warm palette that layered and built on the expressed CLT frame elements. A huge congratulations to the JCB project team, our clients @monash_uni @monashmasterplan , our collaborators @aecom and builders @multiplexconstruction_au. A big thank also you to @artichoke_magazine @dia_national and the jury members. Photos @peterclarkephoto #jcbgillies #jcba #passivehouse #passivehaus #australianinteriordesignawards2020, #aida2020 #interiordesign #sustainabledesign #studentliving #studentaccomodation

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Retail Design: Hecker Guthrie for Script Skincare

Since they are in an industry where there is demand for the knowledge and science behind what we buy, Script Skincare’s interior design has been created with this in mind. Using an androgynous look and international style of branding, the Melbourne-based store shines elegance and a new way to showcase skincare. With their multi-layered grasp of visual merchandising and attention to detailing and materiality, they have taken out the Retail Design Award.

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Hogg and Lamb for Salon X Papas

The Stella Collective and Thomas Coward Studio for Il Bosco Artedomus

Studio Goss for Armadillo and Co Sydney Showroom

Hospitality Design: Hassell for Di Stasio Citta and Richards Stanisich for Hotel Rose Bay

Being awarded for the second time this year, Di Stasio Citta is one of the joint winners for Hospitality Design. With sustainability in mind to ensure its longevity, the jury is confident patrons will still be able to marvel at its dramatic and carefully curated design in decades to come.

The second winner was the renovation of a 1929 pub in Sydney’s Rose Bay, which has been described as sophisticated and modern while paying homage to its history. The detailed design of Hotel Rose Bay is made with durable materials that create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for its patrons.

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We’re so proud and excited to have been recognised as the joint winners for Hospitality Design, and the Best of State Commercial at the Australian Interior Design Awards last night! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Congratulations to our co-winners @hassell_studio and all of the finalists. Outstanding projects.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Particularly in the current climate we would like to recognise our wonderful clients at Hotel Rose Bay and the contribution they, and the entire hospitality industry make to our community. We’re simply not the same without them!! Thank you @hotelrosebay for backing us!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Photography @felix_forest ⁣ ⁣ #australianinteriordesignawards2020 #australianinteriordesignawards #australianinteriordesign #hospitalitydesign #hotelrosebay #bardesign #pubdesign #restaurantdesign #aida2020 #aida

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Studio-Gram for Leigh Street Wine Room

Carr for Eazy Peazy Richmond

Public Design: Cox Architecture for Sydney Coliseum Theatre

Complete with a magical and elegant look, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre won the award for Public Design. The ribbon windows allow natural light to brighten up the 2000 seat multi-mode performance venue while the grand sculptural stair connects all the interior spaces, creating an easily accessible space. 


Six Degrees Architects for RMIT Capitol Theatre

Bates Smart for Gandel Wing, Cabrini Malvern

Hassell for Angel Place Lobby

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Workplace Design: Melanie Beynon Architecture and Design for Warwick Creative Studio

With its clean and crisp detailing and custom storage solutions, Warwick looks like it was designed with functionality and innovation in mind. The fabric and textile wholesaler in Melbourne is home to many creative minds where ideas are built to fruition. With skylights introduced that ensure the ability to access fabric colour and texture, the design allows them to do that by appealing to their specific needs.


Carr for Norton Rose Fulbright Sydney

Mim Design for Cobild HQ

Hassell for Transurban Melbourne

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Installation Design: Studio Goss for Articolo Lighting Milan and Liminal Objects with Van Tuil for The Magic Box

Crowning another joint for installation design, the jury was treated with two pieces that serve their function while reflecting an interesting, modern look that could not be ignored.

The Articolo Lighting – Milan temporary installation explores the use of natural light to showcase products, in this case the light fittings, in “a simple, restrained way.” The balance of light and dark are both instrumental in encouraging an emotive response from those who see them and contribute an immersive experience.

In terms of storage solutions, The Magic Box is an invention that allows functionally in a stylish way. The round whiskey cabinet shows that spacial awareness was taken into account while ensuring that it fosters social interaction when in use. Its ability to open and close when required is both exciting when its contents are revealed and useful in the way that it allows easy transportation.

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The Australian Interior Design Awards 2020 providing a wonderful moment to pause and celebrate Australian design excellence during times that are tough for many! . Thrilled Liminal Objects’ ‘Magic Box’ collaboration with @van.tuil was joint winner of the Best Installation Award for our touring pop-up installation that takes Tasmanian design, craft and #tasmanianwhisky to the rest of the world. . Thank you to the team at @auinteriordesignawards Archmedia, jurors and sponsors for advocating quality Australian design. Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted projects. Australian architects and designers have a lot to be proud of and celebrate! Go to the Australian Interior Design Awards website to see for yourself! . A big thanks and shout out to @dfat for having the insight to commission the work, @artichoke_magazine @cassiehansen_ @maher__design @paddyjkennedy @stuart_vokesandpeters Angel Biddle of @scottcarver_australia Rachel McCarthy of @batessmart Kevin Ho of @akinatelier Sarah-Jane Pyke of @arentpykestudio Ljiljana Gazevic of @aboutsjb Eva Sue of @woodsbagot @dia_national and the sponsors for making this event possible. . And to our contributors…@josegarciacesar @killara_distillery @launcestondistillery @sullivanscovewhisky @larkdistillery @oldkemptondistillery Vos Construction and Joinery, Pickers Canvas, James Dobson Master Glassblower, 📷 @peterwhytephotography . #LiminalObjects #AIDA20 #australianinteriordesignawards #tasmaniandesign #australianinteriordesign

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Residential Design: YSG for Budge Over Dover

The interior of this coastal house showcases a personalised design purely through the collection of furnishing selected. The colour palette is striking, without being overpowering, while the materials allow a warm feel to the space that ensures an inviting atmosphere. The attention to detail means attention is drawn to the handcrafted qualities of the art and furniture while the textures used contribute to the sensual appeal that pervades the home.

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W I N . 2020 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Covid hangs were made so much sweeter when the YSG team celebrated our three wins at last nights @auinteriordesignawards , taking out Residential Design, Residential Decoration and Best of State NSW for our Budge Over Dover House. Holy shit still pinching ourselves!!!! Thankyou to Cassie Hansen and the entire Archmedia team for pulling together the ceremony regardless of the trying times, our industry is so lucky to have such amazing support. Thankyou to our incredible clients, builders, trades and collaborators, our designs are only paper dreams without you. A huge congrats to for your magnificent gardens – they are so dreamy! But biggest Thankyou to my team of ladies who continue to BRING IT !!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Special shout out to our long time builders @promenaprojects for always outdoing every build and @prueruscoe for your beautiful captures and beautifully styled by homegirl Felicity Ng ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #residentialdesign #residentialdecoration #bestofstatensw #australianinteriordesigner

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Studiofour for Ruxton Rise Residence

Eastop Architects for Elm Tree Place

Killing Matt Woods for Perfect Storm

Madeleine Blanchfield Architects for Tree House

Residential Decoration: YSG for Budge Over Dover

Earning themselves a second award for Budge Over Dover, YSG’s ability to style the coastal house by paying close attention to detail to the materials, colours, textures and accents used and ensuring everything responds to the wants and needs of the client. The elegant look is elevated with balanced proportions and sculptural aesthetic that compliments the exterior quite well.


Chelsea Hing for Orchard House

Alicia Holgar for Avian Apartment

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Emerging Interior Design Practice: Fowler and Ward

Noted for their energy and fresh new style, Fowler and Ward’s portfolio of work has illustrated why they were a stand-out when it came to choosing the winner of this award. Co-directors and architects Jessie Fowler and Tara Ward have shown they are not afraid to experiment with their process or materials and are determined to use design to improve the lives of others.

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Best In State

A list of the best commercial and residential designs for each state was also released, shedding some praise on these works of art:

New South Wales


Richards Stanisich for Hotel Rose Bay


YSG for Budge Over Dover



Liminal Objects with Van Tuil for The Magic Box



Hassell for Di Stasio Citta


Studiofour for Ruxton Rise Residence

South Australia


Studio-Gram for Leigh Street Wine Room


Sans-Arc Studio for Plaster Fun House

Australian Capital Territory


BVN for Marie Reay Teaching Centre, ANU

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The Stella Collective and Thomas Coward Studio for Il Bosco Artedomus


Alicia Holgar for Avian Apartment

Western Australia


Ohlo Studio for Willing Coffee


Decus Interiors for Coastal Home


Studio Goss for Articolo Lighting, Milan

Check out the Australian Interior Design Awards website to see all the winning and commendable designs.

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Words by Jessica Testa


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