The IDEA 2019 Gold Medal is presented this year to the formidable Andrew Parr, director of SJB. As founder and director of SJB Interiors, Parr’s contribution has been immeasurable and his vigour and expertise have helped shaped the Australian design landscape beyond measure.
As a young boy Parr was influenced by his grandmother and mother, who both embraced modernism and colour within their own homes. Always passionate about creating, Parr designed the family home, inspired by Graham Gunn, at the tender age of 16 and at his family’s request this plan was then documented by his father’s friend, architect Ian Barr.
Testament to his ongoing professional life is the fact that his portfolio of current commissions is stronger than ever with some 50 projects on the drawing board at any one time. Parr has produced a body of work that is daunting and exhilarating in both size and stature. Many of the best residences in Melbourne have his design signature stamped on the entrance portal and there are many more in progress.
Andrew Parr has dedicated his life to design and creating interiors that sustain both his practice and the broader industry through his creativity and individuality. He is a credit to the industry he works within and is truly an extraordinary and worthy recipient of this year’s Gold Medal award.
Along with his prodigious talent, anyone who knows Parr will attest to his sense of fun and zest for life and it is these combined attributes that he brings to the fore in his professional career that mark him as a design icon of his time. Congratulations Andrew.