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Designers Australia 2021 Awards Shortlist News

12 August 2021

Australian Interior Design Awards 2021 Winners

Australian Interior Design Awards 2021 Winners

25 May 2021

Australian Interior Design Awards 2021 Shortlist

Design Institute of Australia releases groundbreaking Designers Australia 2021 Awards

Today, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA)—Australia’s peak national body spearheading the design industry released the shortlist for its inaugural Designers Australia 2021 Awards. An impressive shortlist of 74 entries was announced across the three cross-disciplinary categories—Place, Use, and Interact. The unique awards, a first for the industry, identify Australia’s best designers and studios emphasising the individual/s and their design processes as much as the outcome.

Outstanding shortlisted designers and design teams identified include Bates SmartCox ArchitectureDanielle BrustmanEdward LinacreGlenn Murcutt on behalf of Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Hames SharleyIan WongJen LoweMelissa MarsdenNick Karlovatsis and Sarah GibsonPhillips/Pilkington ArchitectsPierce Widera, and Tom Skeehan.

DIA President Gavin Campbell FDIA said:  

“Valuing the designer’s influence over process and purchasing is integral to quality design outcomes that shape a better world. The distinct attribution of our designers is fundamental to the Design Institute of Australia’s policy work. Underpinned by our core values and purpose, we are thrilled to identify these progressive designers and their impact towards authenticity, diversity, equality, inclusivity, community, and the environment.”

Awards juror and multi-disciplinary artist Nicole Monks also commented:

“The Designers Australia 2021 Awards focus on process, wellbeing, ethics, and advocacy; this shift is groundbreaking, and the projects highlighted are exemplary examples of this within the Australian design landscape. I’m interested in the change-makers, those who aim to leave a legacy in design by creating pathways for the next generations to learn and grow and encouraged by those designers who consider broader social and environmental issues and the impact of good design. These awards show how designers can create connection and share the story of how ‘now’ matters in creating a better future.”

The awards identify the best design thinking and processes applied across projects that would have previously been categorised by traditional design disciplines such as industrial, interior, graphic, digital, product, environmental, textile, fashion, and many more.

According to the DIA code of conduct, which demonstrates a commitment to best practice, continual improvement, and excellence of the design industry, a jury of local and international industry leaders judged the entries. They included Alessandra BaldereschilSusanna BilardoLisa CahillGavin CampbellLidewij Edelkoort & Philip FimmanoMarcus FairsJohn GertsakisDr. Rafael GomezPeta HeffernanFenella KerneboneTuba KocaturkDr. Scott MaysonNicole MonksLorenzo Palmeri, and Quan Payne.

All shortlisted designers are identified below, each with a link to a dedicated page on the Designers Australia 2021 Awards website, where you can find an image and more information about each studio and its projects.

Images courtesy of DIA

Place representing the spaces we live, work, and play:

A1 Office for Noma Consulting; 

A1 Office for Clevertronics;

Anna-Carin Design Studio for body of work;

Bates Smart for Gandel Wing, Cabrini;
Bates Smart for Gandel Wing, Cabrini interior design Australia

Beatrix Rowe Interior Design for Malvern East 01;

Billard Leece Partnership for Susan Wakil Health Building;

Cameron Chisholm Nicol for RAAFA Clubhouse and Apartments;

Comunitl for Davidson;

Cox Architecture for Parmelia Hilton Hotel;

Cox Architecture for Transurban Workplace;
Cox Architecture for Transurban Workplace

Cox Architecture for Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ;
Sydney Coliseum Theatre stairs atrium interior

Cox Architecture for 2 Market Street Lobby;
Cox Architecture for 2 Market Street Lobby interior design

Cox Architecture for Australian Museum Project Discover;
Australian Museum Project Discover

Cox Architecture for Eagle Workplace;
Cox Architecture for Eagle Workplace

Danielle Brustman for Brighton Street Early Learning;

DesiginInc Adelaide for DesiginInc Adelaide Studio;

Elenberg Fraser for Market Lane;

Entro Communications Inc. for Australian Museum;

Gabbert Design for The Coolalinga Tavern;

Glenn Murcutt for MPavilion 2019;
Naomi Milgrom Foundation for MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt

Hames Sharley for Finlaysons Workplace Strategy and Design;

Latitude for SBB;

Mata Design Studio for Applecross Residence;

Mycelium Studios for Mycelium Studios;

Ni Design for Brisbane Physio Clinic;

Ohlo Studio for Dune House;
Ohlo Studio for Dune House

Pierce Widera for Core Physiotherapy;

Pierce Widera for Dux Coffee;

Pierce Widera for Fitzroy Residence;

Phillips/Pilkington Architects for Gunditj Mirring Keeping Place;
PhillipsPilkington Architects for Gunditj Mirring Keeping Place

Russell & George for Sarah & Sebastian;

Skeehan Studio for Canberra Glassworks Shop;

Stephen Varady Associates for Nasteski Apartment;
Stephen Varady Associates for Nasteski Apartment

Studio aem for Inside outside house;

studio-gram for The Guardsman;

studio-gram from Leigh Street Wine Room;

studio-gram for Fino Vino restaurant, Adelaide, South Austrlia;
Fino Vino restaurant Adelaide S.A.

studio-gram for Bottega Bandito;

studio-gram for Hotel Indigo;
studio-gram for Hotel Indigo

Trentini Design for Balgownie House;

Trentini Design for Baron Cottage;

Valentine interiors + design for Clemens Hill Ensuite;

Walter Brooke & Associates for iTL;

Walter Brooke & Associates for SOL;

Walter Brooke & Associates for EOS by SkyCity;
Walter Brooke & Associates for EOS by SkyCity

Woods Bagot for Central Park Tower Refurbishment;
Woods Bagot for Central Park Tower Refurbishment

Zwei Interiors Architecture for body of work – pictured, Citizen.MDW:
Citizen.MDW by Zwei Interiors Architecture

Use describing things we use:

Alex Eviston for ‘Viaso’ Clinical Virtual Reality;

BoardGrove Architects for MPavilion 2020 Stool Dolly;

Cobalt Design for KeepCup Thermal Cup & Press Fit Lid;

DesignByThem for August Lounges by Gibson Karlo;

DesignByThem for DL Range;

Hare + Klein for Bridge Table;

ism objects for body of work;

JamFactory for Solute Pendant Light;

JamFactory for Sit Furniture Range;

JDT Design for LEGO 3D printed Spinner;

JPE Design Studio for SEDI;

kitely kianoosh design for Ostra Light;

Pivate for Variation object ver;

Pivate for Variation furniture ver;

Pinto Tuncer for Canberra Centre Mall Furniture;

Skeehan Studio for ROU House;

Skeehan Studio for NAVE Collection;

Suzi Attiwill for contribution to the profession;

The Classic Effect for Summit;

Uglykid.Org for Designs For The End of Life; and

Yellow Goat Design for H2O.

Interact depicting what or who we interact with:

Black Squid Design for A-Lure Gin;

Black Squid Design for 5Nines Distilling Single Malt Whisky;

EJO for 100 Objects;

Monash University Despartment of Design for HyperSext City;

Outspoken Entourage for Clarence Valley Conservatorium; and

United Studio for Markr.

The Designers Australia 2021 Awards is sponsored by Dulux Acratex. Winners will be announced at simultaneous hybrid events across each state on Thursday, 5 August 2021, with tickets soon to be released.

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About Design Institute of Australia 

Incorporated in 1958, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) is the peak national body steering Australia’s design industry. Its purpose is to grow the value and role of design and the impact of our designers in Australia. Having the most extensive design professional network, DIA is the leading advocate for design, champions design excellence, progress change, and is a trusted voice in the national conversation. It engages with and educates designers, the government, and our broader society and fosters collaborations for designers to engage across the industry and community.

About Designers Australia 2021 Awards  

The Designers Australia 2021 Awards initiated after recognising an industry void acknowledge the breadth of the design disciplines advocated by the DIA. Formed as an opportunity to highlight and honor design processes defined by designers, the awards identify and celebrate Australian emerging and established designers. The three entry categories differentiate the cross-disciplinary opportunities presented to Australian designers:  Place representing the spaces we live, work, play; Use describing things we use; and Interact depicting what or who we interact with.

Burgmann Anglican School – Early Learning Centre:
Burgmann Anglican School - Early Learning Centre interior
photo : Anne Stroud

ACMI Renewal:
ACMI Renewal interior design
photo : Shannon McGrath

The Mercy Centre Mater Private Hospital Townsville:
The Mercy Centre Mater Private Hospital Townsville interior design
photo : Andrew Rankin

Rouse Hill Childcare, New South Wales:
Rouse Hill Childcare, New South Wales
photo : Ross Honeysett

Spring Bay Mill – The Banksia Room, Tasmania:
Spring Bay Mill Banksia Room Tasmania interior design
photo : Samuel Shelley

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