Recognised by the design community as the country’s pre-eminent design awards program, Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) have been held annually since 2001. IDEA promotes and rewards recent work in interior design and product design across 14 different categories, and also recognises emerging young talent and designers whose work demonstrates exemplary sustainable objectives.

IDEA 2010 shortlist has been announced last week. Golly – there are LOADS of projects on the shortlist this year. Tis a bit overwhelming really – see the complete list here. Congratulations to all designers and practices who have had their projects shortlisted in this year’s awards, particularly to the IDEA Gold Medal Award nominees. Fantastic effort everyone – it is seriously good to see so many brilliant projects by our super clever local designers. Australia’s got talent, and I’m not even talking about the TV show. Winners will be announced at the IDEA gala party, which will be held in Sydney in November 2010.

I thought I’d share with you a selection of my favourite projects in their respective categories.

And the Oscar goes to…


Best Major Commercial Interior over 1000m2.

Host by WHO Design. Seriously – how hot is this project? Is it just me? Nah, it can’t be – it’s smokin’! Designed by David Whittaker and Todd Hammond, who I met just the other day which was really nice. Hi Todd! You may also recall that I blogged about this project right here. It was also the cause of my little rant about the lack of good commercial design in our industry. Ok, I’m calling it – this is my favourite nominated project this year. It gets a yellowtrace star (I think I may have just made up an award). Photography by Marcus Clinton.


Goods Shed North by BVN Architecture. Photography by Peter Clarke, Anson Smart.


Best Event Design.

Schiavello Spring Racing Carnival Marquee 2009 by BVN Architecture. Photography by Kate Morris.


Best Hospitality Interior.

Outpost by Hecker Phelan & Guthrie. Photography by Thom Rigney.


Dundas & Faussett by Chris Connell Design. Photography by Ella Thomas.


Spice Temple by BatesSmart (Go Mark, Yiani and Herbee – the unstoppable team of three straight male interior designers. Sorry to stereotype here, but seriously – how rare is that?) Photography by Earl Carter.


Crown Metropol by BatesSmart. Photography by Shannon McGrath.


Hilton South Wharf – Joint Venture between Woods Bagot and NH Architecture. Photography by Trevor Mein.


Best Commercial Interior under 1000m2.

Leo Burnett by HASSELL. Photography by Brent Winstone.


MKT Office by Henry Francis Design. Photography by Andrew Richey.


Cornwell Studio by Woods Bagot with Hecker Phelan & Guthrie. Photography by Shannon McGrath.


Best Residential Interior – Multi Dwelling.

Albert Road Apartment by Jolson Corp. Photography by Jason Busch.


Elizabeth Street Sydney Apartment by BKH. Photography by Sharrin Rees.


Best Residential Interior – Single Dwelling.

St Kilda Residence by Carr Design Group. Photography by Derek Swalwell.


Cubby House by Edwards Moore. Oh yes, I blogged it right here. Photography by Peter Bennetts.


Golden Crust Bakery by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photography by Shannon McGrath.


Elm & Willow House by Architects EAT. Photography by Earl Carter.


Mary Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. Photography by Shannon McGrath.


Brent Knoll by March Studio. Photography by John Gollings.


Westwyck Unit 4 by Multiplicity. Photography by Emma Cross.


Perforated House by Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD). Photography by Peter Bennetts.


Best Product – Furniture.

Block 2 by Henry Pilcher. Ah-ma-zing!! Extreme love. Available from Anibou. Photography by Michelle Taylor.


Secede by Henry Pilcher. Photography by Bo Wong.


Quadrant Soft by Koskela – I blogged about it right here. Photography by Anson Smart.


Fill Bookshelf by Jon Goulder. Photography by Bo Wong.


Best Sustainable Product.

Glissando Credenza by Jon Goulder. Photography by Bo Wong.


Best Sustainable Project.

Seven Seeds by Breathe Architecture. Photography by Andrew Wuttke.


Bloodwood by Matt Woods – you may remember that I blogged about it right here. Photography by The Moment It Clicks, Will Reichelt.


Best Retail Interior.

Lisa Ho Queen Street by Nicholas and Alexandra. Photography by Terence Chin.


Lisa Ho Adelaide by Nicholas and Alexandra. Photography by Terence Chin.


Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher by Dreamtime Australia Design. Photography by Paul Gosney.


Best Institutional Interior.

Surry Hills Library and Community Centre by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

One Response

  1. Linda from OEKE

    LOVE the oversized lighting in the MKT office ..
    LOVE schiavello’s 2009 spring racing setup (biased as I used to work there???)
    LOVE the host interiors (I 2nd your yellowtrace star on this one – that staircase, the round ‘bits’ – oh my)
    Cornwell .. and oldie but a delightful goodie .. i love their kew home (don’t you??)

    I won’t go on and bore you .. but yet again, great post. THANKS


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