The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program.
Launched by inside magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 14 categories and six Special Awards.
The program has been growing steadily each year, and now attracts hundreds of entries from practices and designers from across Australia. In 2021, we received the largest number of entries ever, establishing IDEA as the premier awards program for interior designers and architects. Entries are judged by a panel of design industry professionals, each of whom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the judging process. As well as attracting submissions from some of the country’s leading architecture and design firms, the program also helps to support emerging local designers. We are proud to be associated with some of the key manufacturers and distributors within the Australian design industry. (For more on these organisations, see our Sponsors page.)
All shortlisted projects are published in a special shortlist edition of inside magazine, appear on the IDEA and Australian Design Review websites, are on display during the Shortlist Reveal event, to be held in August.
Winners are determined by the jury, with winners announced at the IDEA Gala Party in November. In addition, winning projects and designers will be published online and profiled in a special IDEA edition of inside magazine.
For more information about entry deadlines and subsequent stages of IDEA, view the Timeline.