Australian interior design projects feature prominently on the shortlist for the 2013 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors awards. Of the 59 projects shortlisted for the INSIDE awards, 13 are Australian.
INSIDE is the only international festival and awards programme focused on interior design and architecture in which designers present their work live to an expert panel of judges. This year's competition will be held in Singapore from October 2 to 4 alongside the World Architecture Festival (WAF).
The teams responsible for the shortlisted projects will compete against one another in front of international judging panels and sessions open to all delegates. The winners will then be in the running for the World Interior of the Year Award.
INSIDE is described by its organizers as “a feast of creativity and inspiration exclusively for the interior design community including designers, architects, clients and press” and features seminars with more than 40 inspirational speakers, live judging of the projects and comments by the jurors, an extensive gallery of last year's finest interior projects and tours of Singapore’s finest design sites.
This year's competition has attracted entries from more than 50 countries all around the world.
Australian projects were shortlisted in nine of the 12 diverse INSIDE awards categories.
Russell & George (Crumpler Prahran, Melbourne) and Matt Gibson architecture + design (Oscar & Wild, Camberwell, VIC) were shortlisted in the Shops category, while Johnson Pilton Walker Architects (Sydney Cruise Terminal) earned high marks in the Transport category.
BVN Donovan Hill (Victoria University, Learning Spaces of the Future, Melbourne) and JCY Architects and Urban Designers (Baldivis Secondary School) were shortlisted in the Education category with BVN Donovan Hill also shortlisted in the Health category (The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Darlinghurst, NSW) and twice in the Offices category (Allen & Overy, Sydney, NSW; and Allens Linklaters, Melbourne, Vic). HASSELL was also shortlisted in Offices category (Clemenger BBDO, Sydney).
In the Bars and Restaurants category, the shortlisted Australian entries include Luchetti Krelle (Fat Noodle, Brisbane) and Landini Associates (Jones the Grocer, Sydney). While in the Creative re-use category, Robert Simeoni Pty Ltd Architects (Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford VIC) and Woodhead (Gowings and State Theatre Buildings restoration and hotel conversion, Sydney) were selected.
The success of last year’s INSIDE festival was evident in the positive comments from those in attendance.
“Events such as this are important because it gives people such as myself an opportunity to understand how everyone is thinking right now and as we all know the design that we do today will eventually be executed in a couple of years time so we are really planning and designing for the future instead of doing something for now so having an understanding of what the market is considering is important,” said Hong Kong-based interior designer Andre Fu.
“What has been really wonderful is how international the event is. We are here talking to people from Mexico, New York and Australia so it is really wonderful to meet our contemporaries. Also, this event is really important because it spotlights the interiors perspective,” added fellow participant James Russell of UK-based firm JamesPlumb.