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Finalists Announced: Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2016

The Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards are one of the most anticipated events on the Australian design calendar celebrating excellence in Australian interior design and decoration. Now in their sixth year, the awards set the benchmark for expertise, creativity and vision in what is a highly competitive, highly progressive industry.

The 2016 finalists for the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards represent the highest calibre in interior design, each showcasing a uniquely Australian design aesthetic. The intensive selection process has resulted in a list of finalists who represent and fulfil their clients’ brief with innovation and exemplary execution across residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.

The finalists for the prestigious Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year category are chosen for an overall body of work that displays exceptional creative vision and an inherent talent for taking the functional into the realms of the transformational. Each of them stand out among their peers.

This year’s judging panel includes Belle editor Tanya Buchanan, Belle style director-at-large, Steve Cordony, publisher and design expert, Karen McCartney, Coco Republic executive directors Anthony Spon Smith and Jeremy Byrne, Dinosaur Designs creative director, Louise Olsen and Timothy Oulton, founder and director of Timothy Oulton.

Belle editor Tanya Buchanan says of the finalists: “This year’s exceedingly high standard of entries confirms that the pool of diverse design talent in Australia is very deep. It’s always an exciting time in the Belle office when the entries flood in and we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to get up close and personal with so much fabulous talent. Discovering the work of new names, who are just starting to make their mark, and seeing established designers evolve and tweak their style over time are highlights for us. We are fortunate to have the support of Coco Republic, our partner in these awards, who are equally passionate about the Australian interior design industry.”

Coco Republic executive director Anthony Spon Smith is impressed with the entries each year saying, “Our local designers raise the bar every year with the calibre of projects put forward. This year was no exception with fresh, innovative and intriguing interiors from these designers. We’ve been a part of the Awards since 2011 and this year was certainly the most challenging to judge with the highest number of entries. It’s exciting to see such a great mix”.

The winners will be announced at the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, to be held at Coco Republic in Sydney’s Alexandria on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. All winning interior designers and their respective work will be published in Belle’s June / July issue, on sale May 16.

The finalists;

Residential Interior

Balwyn House, Fiona Lynch
Double Bay Residence, Arent & Pyke
Carrical House, Robert Mills Architects & Interior Designers
REL House, Mim Design
Haberfield House, Greg Natale Design

Bathroom Design

Hargeaves Residence, Fiona Lynch
Maple Display Suite, Studio You Me
Willoughby House, Arent & Pyke
Willamstown Residence Powder Room, Fiona Lynch
Wooloowin House, Owen Architecture

Kitchen Design

Fitzroy Loft, Architects EAT
Balwyn Residence, Fiona Lynch
Apartment Finger Wharf, Architects Prineas
Middle Park Residence, Fiona Lynch
O’Grady Kitchen, Whiting A+ I

Hospitality Interior

Alex Hotel, Arent & Pyke
Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, Bates Smart
Tetsujin, Architects EAT
Beresford Tasting Pavilion, Enoki
Smalls Bar, Fiona Lynch

Commercial Interior

Viktoria & Woods, Fiona Lynch
1888 Certified, TomMarkHenry
One Hot Yoga & Pilates, Robert Mills Architects & Interior Designers
Greg Natale Design Studio, Greg Natale Design
Paramount By The Office Space, Woods Bagot

Interior Designer of The Year

Robert Mills, Robert Mills Architects & Interior Designers
Fiona Lynch, Fiona Lynch
Miriam Fanning, Mim Design
Juliette Arent & Sarah–Jane Pyke, Arent & Pyke
Greg Natale, Greg Natale Design

See below for a sneak peek of some of the finalists’ work, as seen in the latest issue of Belle magazine.


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