Australia's Most-Stylish Restaurants, Bars and Homes Have Been Revealed at the 2024 Interior Design Awards

Melbourne's Reine and La Rue and Purple Pit, which are located in the same building, shared the Hospitality Design Award.
Sarah Ward
Published on June 17, 2024

Head to Melbourne's Reine and La Rue for a French meal in the luxe surroundings of the neo-gothic Melbourne Stock Exchange building, or to Purple Pit in the same abode for Euro-style cocktails, and you'll be eating and drinking at Australia's two most-stylish hospitality venues for 2024. At this year's Australian Interior Design Awards, which were announced on Friday, June 14 in Sydney, the pair shared the Hospitality Design accolade in a night that showered plenty of love upon Victorian locations.

A house in Northcote earned the top award at this year's ceremony, the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design. Unsurprisingly, it also took out the Residential Design Award, although it had company there with a a New South Wales abode named Daddy Cool. And if you're wondering what makes a home dazzle so much that it's considered the absolute pinnacle of interior design in Australia for the past year, Northcote House earned praise for boasting an "exciting collision of technology, sculpture and innovative material use" — and also for its "unfamiliar yet captivating interior spaces".

Reine and La Rue, Tim Salisbury

Now in its 21st year, AIDA highlights spectacular decor in shops, workplaces, homes and public settings. When it revealed its shortlisted picks for this year in April, it whittled down its choices to 222 projects from around the country (plus a few overseas that spring from local talent), which is a record for the awards.

Back in the Hospitality Design field, four other venues received commendations, giving the revamped Gerard's in Brisbane, Bar Besuto in Sydney, The Sporting Club Hotel in Melbourne and Bambino in Vietnam some affection.

Northcote House, Tom Ross

In the Retail Design category, the flagship store for fashion outfit Song for the Mute in George Street in Sydney did the honours, with the city's LeTAO getting a commendation alongside Melbourne's Pidapipó Laboratorio, July at QVM and Up There.

The list of award-winning spots — and commended ones — that the public can easily check out includes the Public Design field, where the Berninneit Cultural and Community Centre on Phillip Island in Victoria emerged victorious. The Art Gallery of New South Wales' library and members lounge scored a commendation, as did the Memorial Hall at Christ Church Grammar School in Melbourne and The Embassy of Australia in Washington DC in the US.

Song for the Mute, Tom Ross

While you can't head along anymore, the Installation Design Award went to the design wall championing Melbourne-born product designs at the National Gallery of Victoria, in a category that commended the Community Hall at the NGV's 2023 Melbourne Now exhibition, as well as Zampatti Powerhouse — a retrospective devoted to fashion designer Carla Zampatti — at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.

The Australian Interior Design Awards also make state-by-state choices from both commercial and residential premises, with plenty of the above spots also popping up. In Victoria, Reine and La Rue and Northcote House topped the list, while 477 Pitt Street and Daddy Cool were NSW's picks, and Gerard's and a Gold Coast apartment were Queensland;s. Vin Populi and Proclamation House did the honours in Western Australia, as did the Samstag Museum of Art at University of South Australia and Stirling Residence in SA.

Gerard's, David Chatfield

Bar Besuto, Damian Bennett

The Sporting Club Hotel, Derek Stawell

For the full Australian Interior Design Awards 2024 winners, head to the AIDA website.

Top image: Purple Pit, Peter Clarke Photography.

Published on June 17, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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