Categories

International

This award recognises Australian design excellence in the interior design of a project overseas. Qualities under consideration include decoration and spatial acumen as integral to the ‘look and feel’ of the design. The selection of lighting, fixtures, fittings, hard and soft furnishings etc comes into play here, but the handling of space, light and structure is also of key concern. Hence, designs that demonstrate a totality (architecture and interior) will be highly regarded. Any project an Australian practice has been involved with overseas is eligible. Considerations include: brief, concept, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Event

Pop-up shops, theatrical staging, exhibitions, marquees and other temporary installations-cum-event spaces are eligible for entry into this category. While clever, readily demountable design is likely to dominate here, the manner in which it contributes to the experience of the event itself is of course absolutely key. Considerations include: brief, concept, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Hospitality

Cafés, bars, restaurants and hotels are eligible for this category. Functionality and smart planning are important considerations for the jury here, but just as important will be the ways in which the design works with the program and personality of the venue to deliver that all-important memorable experience, drawing the clientele back for more. Considerations include: brief, concept, functionality, character clarity, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Object – Furniture and Lighting (Professional)

This category serves as a showcase of the best Australian furniture and lighting design. Work submitted to this category will be judged on form and function; however, objects that demonstrate genuine innovation (be it in terms of materials, manufacturing, distribution or functionality etc) will be highly regarded. Please note student projects and/or prototypes are not eligible for this category. Considerations include: brief (if applicable), functionality, aesthetic, concept, parameters, sustainability, innovation, material consideration and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Object – Furniture and Lighting (Rising)

This is new category that will serve as a showcase of the brightest rising stars of Australian furniture and lighting design. The work submitted to this category will be judged on form and function; however, objects that demonstrate genuine innovation (be it in terms of materials, manufacturing, distribution or functionality etc) will be highly regarded. This category is specifically for students or recent gradates (less than three years since graduating). You can have already set up your own business though. Considerations include: brief (if applicable), functionality, aesthetic, concept, parameters, sustainability, innovation, material consideration and originality of design outcome. The category will be judged by our co-editors of inside Jan Henderson & Gillian Serisier with the winner being announced at our shortlist reveal event on August the 18th in Melbourne. There will be a shortlist announced on the IDEA website in July.

Public Space

This category is open to any interior design projects funded by a public body and/or that are dedicated to public use. Projects suitable for inclusion include institutional buildings such as schools, museums, galleries, libraries and churches etc. Given the wide variety of typologies this category governs, submissions will be judged on case-by-case criteria with regards to how they have acquitted their stated brief. Considerations include: brief, concept, ability to engage and serve the general public, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Residential Decoration

This category is all about the dressing of residential interiors and how that contributes to enhance the experience of inhabitation. Unlike the other two Residential categories, Residential Decoration is concerned purely with qualities brought to an existing dwelling by a designer who may have had little or no input into its architectural elements. The selection of furnishings, both soft and hard, colour, surfaces, and fixtures and fittings are all of key importance here. Considerations include: brief, concept, parameters, decorative totality, innovative use of decoration, flow and focus, overall aesthetic, lighting and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Residential-Multi

This category relates exclusively to designs for multi-unit residential complexes; i.e. interior designs that apply to more than one dwelling. Much like the Residential-Single category, spatial planning and programming, and its relationship to the ‘look and feel’ of the design are critical. Importantly though, the design will also be considered with regards to the strictures of multi-unit, template-based design. In this respect, attention will be paid to qualities of modularity and economy of construction, and how the design contributes to the rationing and exploitation of space and the provision of amenity. Absolutely essential to this will be an understanding of how the design reflects its target market demographic. Considerations include: brief, concept, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Residential-Single

This award recognises excellence in the interior design of a single dwelling. Qualities under consideration include spatial planning and programming, and its relationship to the ‘look and feel’ of the design. The selection of lighting, fixtures, fittings, hard and soft furnishings etc comes into play here, while the handling of space, light and structure is also of key concern. Hence, designs that have been dealt with in this respect as a totality (interior architecture and interior design) will be highly regarded. Single apartments, townhouses, terraces and standalone dwellings are all eligible. Considerations include: brief, concept, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Retail

Submissions to this category denote retail fitouts that demonstrate a good understanding of all the things that contribute to making a shopper’s visit to a store a memorable one (and, of course, a profitable one for the store in question). Considerations include: brief, concept, product display, brand translation, experiential quality, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Workplace – over 1000sqm

A category for large commercial office designs, over 1000 square metres in size. Key considerations here include how a commercial fitout has been designed to enhance the efficiency of the workplace, not just from the perspective of user productivity, but also with regards to comfort and happiness. Considerations include: brief, concept, projection of company brand and ethos, support of workplace culture, where applicable client ease of use, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.

Workplace – under 1000sqm

This category for the smaller, more bespoke office solutions, under 1000 square metres in size – with often concomitantly more tightly constrained budgets. Considerations include: brief, concept, projection of company brand and ethos, support of workplace culture, where applicable client ease of use, spatial acumen, parameters, decoration, lighting, sustainability, innovation and originality of design outcome.

Submissions to this category must include a separate Sustainability statement to be considered for the Sustainability Award.