Good morning/day/evening dearest yellowtrace readers! I’m super excited to share with you this year’s sexy shortlist for Australian Interior Design Awards, which was announced last Wednesday evening. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick of the week than by celebrating Australian Design excellence. Yet again, the competition was fierce and there are some absolutely spectacular projects on the very long shortlist (seriously, why call it a SHORT list when there are 38 projects in one category alone. Am I missing something?)

There is no question that Residential Design was once again the competition’s strongest category. Australian architects and interior designers have a real knack for crafting exceptionally beautiful and liveable homes. (Typing this makes me feel like I may have said exactly the same thing last year… just checking… ummm, yes I did. At least I’m consistent!)

The gala presentation of the 2012 Awards will take place at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney on Friday April 27th (you can purchase your tickets here).

As per usual, below is a selection of 2o12 projects that caught my design eagle-eye. You can see all the complete list by clicking here. Congratulations to all designers who’s projects were shortlisted in this year’s awards. Incrediballs* effort!  (*French for “incredible”.)


Residential Design.

Armadale Residence, VIC by Wonder. Photography by Paul Barbera.

Manning Road House, VIC by Noxon Giffen. Photography by Peter Clarke.

Fitzroy Residence, VIC by Templeton Architecture. Photography by Sharyn Cairns.

Courtyard House, VIC by Studio Moore. Photography by Lachlan Moore.

Stepped House, VIC by Russell & George. Photography by Dianna Snape.

South Yarra Residence, VIC by Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

PLE Residence, VIC by Mim Design. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

South Yarra Residence, VIC by Carr Design Group. Photography by Derek Swalwell.

Fitzroy North House, VIC by Peter Miglis + Woods Bagot. Photography by Trevor Mein.

Sorrento, VIC by Robert Mills Architects. Photography by Earl Carter.

Tusculum St, NSW by Smart Design Studio. Photography by Sharrin Rees.

Treehouse ,VIC by Susi Leeton Architects+Interiors. Photography by Peter Bennetts.

Brick House, VIC by Clare Cousins. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Airlie Bank, VIC by Neometro in collaboration with MA Architects. Photography by Shannon McGrath.


Retail Design.

Aesop Claremont, WA by Russell & George. Photography by Stephen Nicholls.

Saba, VIC by Hecker Guthrie. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Oscar & Wild, VIC by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Corporate Culture Showroom, VIC by DesignOffice. Photography by Dianna Snape.

The Galeries Victoria, NSW by The Uncarved Block. Photography by John Gollings.

Melbourne Central, VIC by The Uncarved Block. Photography by John Gollings.

VENN, WA by Geyer in conjunction with Matthews Architecture. Photography by Joel Barbitta.

Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens, ONTARIO by Landini Associates. Photography by Trevor Mein.


Workplace Design.

George Patterson Y&R, VIC by HASSELL. Photography by Dianna Snape.

Hoyne Office, VIC by Elenberg Fraser. Photography by Peter Bennett.

Whybin\TBWA Tequila, NSW by Bates Smart. Photography by Richard Glover. (Ok, a little disclosure – I could be completely biased with this one as this is the last project I worked on before my departure from Bates Smart last year.)

Project 37, VIC by Carr Design Group. Photography by Derek Swalwell.

Saatchi & Saatchi, NSW by Smart Design Studio. Photography by Sharrin Rees.

Paper Stone Scissors, VIC by Russell & George. Photography by Dianna Snape.

Oxigen, SA by Oxigen with Woods Bagot. Photography by David Sievers Photograpgy & Dan Schultz.

CODA Studio, WA by CODA Studio. Photography by Peter Bennetts & Bo Wong.

Skilled Medical, VIC by Hola Projects. Photography by Mark Ashkanasy.


Hospitality Design.

Vue de monde, VIC by Elenberg Fraser. Photography by Dianna Snape.

Super Whatnot, QLD by Marc&Co. Photography by Alicia Taylor.

The Old Library, NSW by Hecker Guthrie. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Scarlett Restaurant, NSW by SJB Interiors. Photography by Tom Evangelidis.

Ramen Ya, VIC by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. Photography by Christine Francis.

Albert St Food & Wine, VIC by Fiona Drago Architect. Photography by Carla Gottgens.

Wallis & Ed, VIC by Woods Bagot. Photography by Derek Swalwell.

Berta Restaurant and Bar, NSW by Anthony Gill Architects. Photography by Peter Bennetts.

Threefold, VIC by Travis Walton. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Graze & Kha, Singapore by Hecker Guthrie. Photography by Michael Weber.

Yarra Lane Precinct, VIC by HASSELL. Photography by Sharyn Cairns.


Residential Decoration.

Huntingtower, VIC by Atticus & Milo. Photography by Derek Swalwell.

Sydney Harbour Penthouse, NSW by Sarah Davison Interior Design. Photography by Prue Ruscoe.

Kooyong Residence, VIC by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

Avoca Beach House, NSW by Architecture Saville Isaacs. Photography by Kate Bayer – Product K.

Astor Apartment, NSW by Greg Natale Design. Photography by Anson Smart.

Twomey Country House, NSW by Greg Natale Design. Photography by Anson Smart.


Installation Design.

Scrumptious Reads, QLD by Atelier Chen Hung. Photography by Jon Linkins.

Nishi Display Suite, ACT by DesignOffice. Photography by Scottie Cameron.

‘New Generation’ Orchid, VIC by Gloss Creative. Photography by Marcel Aucar.


Public Design.

UTS Great Hall and Balcony Room, NSW by DRAW: de Manincor Russell Architecture Workshop in collaboration with Kann Finch. Photography by Brett Boardman.

PEGS Junior Boys, VIC by McBride Charles Ryan. Photography by John Gollings.

Annexe – Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC by Searle x Waldron Architecture. Photography by John Gollings.

Parents Retreat at Melbourne Central, VIC by Clare Cousins. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

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    What an amazing calibre of design talent that has created such a stunning array of entries! Looking forward to the results.

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    Courtyard House should definately win because it’s AMAZING and my friend Andy designed, documented and managed the whole thing by herself. Just one lady did all of this! She is very clever!

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    i really have to stop looking at all the fantastic blogs out there and do some real work…really glad i saw this post though…lots of timber, stone and metal….my favourite combinations…i think my favourite is the fitzroy home by templeton …but then i always wanted to live in a warehouse apartment so i’m biased x danielle


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