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Check Out the Winners of 2019's Australian Interior Design Awards

A Sydney hair salon took out the top gong, while a slew of Melbourne installations, hotels and restaurants also took home awards.
By Libby Curran
June 03, 2019
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Check Out the Winners of 2019's Australian Interior Design Awards

A Sydney hair salon took out the top gong, while a slew of Melbourne installations, hotels and restaurants also took home awards.
By Libby Curran
June 03, 2019
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Some of Australia's dreamiest contemporary spaces have been given the ultimate tick of approval, taking out top honours at the Australian Interior Design Awards 2019. From the daring to the downright dapper, the esteemed awards recognised next level talent displayed in bars, hotels, cafes, public spaces and retail stores, all across the country.

The top gong, known as the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design, went to George Livissianis for his work on sleek Sydney hair salon USFIN. The space was described by the 2019 awards jury as "genuinely clever" and "a bit sexy", with "a real joyfulness to it, despite its futuristic laboratory aesthetic".

USFIN

Elsewhere, BVN took out the Award for Interior Design Impact for North Strathfield's Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School, while the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland, took home the award for Best Public Design.

The designers behind some of your go-to hospitality spaces were also given serious props, including Melbourne firm Pierce Widera, which was awarded the title of Emerging Interior Design Practice. This is the team that brought us contemporary favourites like Cheek (and its rooftop bar Peaches), Richmond's Sister of Soul and Northcote cafe Bicycle Thieves.

United Places Botanic Gardens. Image: Sharyn Cairns

Melbourne-based studio Carr scooped up the Hospitality Design Award for South Yarra hotel United Places Botanic Gardens, which is also home to chef Scott Pickett's fire-driven restaurant Matilda 159 Domain. Further north, Herbert & Mason scored a Commendation in the Retail Design Award category, in honour of its work on Surry Hills' multifaceted wellness hub Paramount Recreation Club.

Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds. Image: Takumiota

And the Installation Design Award honoured some familiar activations, with the top prize going to the National Gallery of Victoria and Nendo for the Escher X Nendo: Between Two Worlds exhibition. Anna Tregloan pulled a Commendation for her work leading us all down the rabbit hole at ACMI's Wonderland.

You can check out the full list of award winners at the AIDA 2019 website.

Images 1–2: Sister of Soul by Derek Swalwell. Images 3–4: Cheek by Jana Langhorst. Image 5: Waltzing Matilda Centre by Casey Vallance.

Published on June 03, 2019 by Libby Curran

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