The winners of this year’s Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards represent a suitably inspiring culmination of the program’s first 10 years, exhibiting the confidence, sophistication and verve of an industry that continues to go from strength to strength.
Coco Republic’s Anthony Spon-Smith says, “the pool of talent gets more competitive each year. In the ten years of judging the Awards, the task gets more and more challenging – a testament to the brilliance of Australia’s design visionaries.”
The tenth annual Awards hosted by Belle magazine were celebrated at the Coco Republic flagship showroom in Australia in an intimate sit down dinner by L’Americano.
And the winners are…
BELLE COCO REPUBLIC INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR & EMERGING DESIGN STAR
Winner: Gillian Khaw and Tania Handelsmann: Handelsmann + Khaw
Established in 2016, Tania Handelsmann and Gillian Khaw have captivated with the youthful energy and whimsy of their designs and are worthy recipients of the coveted Interior Designer of the Year award and Emerging Design Star. Their uncontrived spaces balance spontaneity and refinement while reflecting their clients’ personalities and requirements.
BEST RESIDENTIAL KITCHEN DESIGN
Winner: Gillian Khaw and Tania Handelsmann: Handelsmann + Khaw – Bellevue Hill Federation House
In their winning Bellevue Hill project, recycled materials and traditional forms provide a sense of continuity overlaid with a contemporary ethos. Bespoke solutions combined with vintage and organic pieces add to the esoteric nature of their work.
BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR &
BEST WORK WITH COLOUR
Winner: David Flack, Flack Studio – Potts Point House
Described as a ‘massive transformation’ the reinvention of a 1930s freestanding house in Sydney’s Potts Point has been awarded Best Residential Interior and Best Work with Colour for Flack Studio. The Melbourne-based studio is known for its fearless approach to design.
BEST HOSPITALITY INTERIOR
Winner: Jeremy Bull, Alexander & Co – Glorietta
An earthy and warm Italian restaurant crafted by Alexander & Co in the North Sydney business precinct has taken out the award for Best Hospitality Interior. Natural materials and muted tones are a soft backdrop to a variety of seating options. And with a lively bar, open kitchen, plenty of greenery and an outlook onto a lushly planted balcony garden and outdoor seating, the stage is set for convivial imbibing and dining.
BEST COMMERCIAL INTERIOR
Winner: Phoebe Lipscombe and Mardi Doherty, Doherty Design Studio – Marquise Flagship
Doherty Design Studio combines form and function with ease in its beautiful Marquise flagship store in Melbourne. What director Mardi Doherty and interior designer Phoebe Lipscombe have created is a consciously calm, immersive retail space for one of Australia’s oldest and best-loved babywear businesses.
BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR READERS’ CHOICE
Travis Walton, Travis Walton Architecture – Toorak Residence
A magnificent residence resplendent with sumptuous furnishings, glittering chandeliers, French-inspired mouldings and intricate stone floors has garnered the lion’s share of votes in the Best Residential Interior – Readers’ Choice category for Travis Walton Architecture.
BEST RESIDENTIAL BATHROOM DESIGN
Dylan Farrell, Dylan Farrell Design – Alchemy House
Dylan Farrell brings a touch of his hometown New York flair to this Melbourne ensuite. An abundance of mirrors and great proportions allow light to bounce around the room and it’s this sense of spaciousness that sets the scene for monumental pieces such as the over-scaled, hand-carved marble bath.
See the night in pictures below…