Guest Post: Three Australian Designers to Watch

In anticipation of the 2013 Australian Interior Design Awards, we look back to three award-winners from 2012. The 2012 Awards were held in Sydney on Friday 27 April. The Awards are organised and presented annually by the Design Institute of Australia. The organization of professional designers chooses award winners and commendations in thirteen categories through anonymous and confidential peer review. Submissions are accepted from retail, hospitality, residential, workplace, public, and installation (art gallery) designers.

The following designers won awards for their residential designs. Sleek and sophisticated across the board, these designs show that Australian designers can certainly hold their own against the best in the world.

Anthony Gill Architects

This Sydney-based architecture and design firm shared the 2012 Residential Design Award with Smart Design Studio, but Anthony Gill Architects distinguished themselves by winning the 2012 Emerging Interior Design Practice Awards. The judges were impressed with the firm’s ability to demonstrate that good design can be achieved on a modest budget.

The Potts Point Apartment won recognition for its “intelligent approach” to designing smaller urban spaces. A one-bedroom apartment was redesigned to create a larger living space and functional storage. (Photos by Peter Bennetts)

This area was separated to provide the child some privacy and present them with a space of their own:

master bed slides out, allowing one to make the most of limited space during
the day:

storage makes this kitchen perfectly functional:

Williams Burton Architecture + Interior Design

The Best of State awards are given to exceptional commercial and residential designers that distinguish themselves in a particular Australian state or territory.

Williams Burton Architecture + Interior Design won the 2012 Best of State: South Australia award for their renovation of this North Adelaide residence. (Photos by James Grose)

Flow and
sophistication were the primary motivators in this redesign:

But we certainly welcome a fun splash of color in the bathroom: Atticus & Milo

Atticus & Milo, founded in 1998 by Australian designer Caecilia Potter, earned the 2012 Residential Decoration award for their work on a Victorian residence in Hawthorn. Atticus & Milo is committed to green & sustainable practices and the team is passionate about contemporary Australian art.

The name Atticus & Milo harkens back to the Golden Ages of Ancient Greece and Rome, where the two cultures excelled in culture, the arts, and architecture. The Atticus & Milo philosophy respects these historical roots while remaining firm-footed in the present day: “The fusion of Greek form with Roman function laid the foundation of modern European design, and today our design team strive to achieve an aesthetic ideal whilst at the same time satisfying the many practical needs of our clients.”

(Photos by Derek Swalwell)

Comforting colors create serenity in the bedroom…

work space…

While this
bath makes quite the statement:

Submissions for the 2013 AID Awards will be accepted from Monday 12 November 2012 until Friday 1 March 2013. The Awards Announcement Dinner is to be held on Friday 31 May 2013. Australia’s

Artichoke magazine will publish results in June.


By guest Blogger: David Ackley

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