Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2013 Winners
On Wednesday, May 22nd Australia's interiors and decorating industry braved the rain and navigated the back streets of Sydney's industrial areas to attend the third annual Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, the most outstanding to date. Designers and representatives from Sydney and Melbourne's interior design studios mingled, sipped and anxiously awaited the awards formalities, hosted by Belle's senior editorial team at the Coco Republic showroom.
If you're an avid reader of Belle, you'll be aware their events are no small occasion. Oft styled to perfection and with champagne aplenty, Belle's Editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker utilises the talents of his outstanding editorial team, particularly Interior Design Editor (and judge at this year's awards) Steve Cordony, who this year transformed Coco Republic's showroom into a neo-classical garden with a maze-like quality using floral, foliage and products from Coco Republic's extensive range.
The record number of entrants at this year's awards represented the most respected pool of interiors experts in Australia. The judges' criteria was to find those standouts who presented diversity, originality and balance using innovative design, quality of execution and realisation of the client's brief.
Cited by Neale Whitaker as a standout category this year, the Residential accolade went to Greg Natale Design for his work on the Brighton & Perikic houses. The Commercial category went to interior architect George Livissianis for his wonderfully considered work on the Jac + Jac retail space at The Intersection, Paddington. The Hospitality finalists were a diverse mix, but came down to Melbourne architect Pascal Gomes-McNabb for Monopole, Sydney. A surprise this year was relative newcomer to the scene, Adele Winteridge of Foolscap Studio, taking away the Corporate category for their unpredictable design of Clemenger's Melbourne offices.
The ultimate award was the subject of much discussion in the crowd, with previous winners Iain Halliday from BKH and Greg Natale back again to face the judges. The Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year was awarded to Melbourne’s Hecker Guthrie and accepted by Paul Hecker on behalf of his team, dressed in plaid, he gushed about his creative team. According to Belle's Neale Whitaker, the winner "has taken Australian interior design and decoration in an intriguing new direction, which is as refined as it is industrial and as glamorous as it is raw. Their body of work is consistently fresh and directional."
Hecker Guthrie will receive two return flights to the prestigious trade fair Maison et Objet, Paris, plus a package of prizes including Parisi bathroom products, a Smeg fridge and generous vouchers from both Cadrys and Coco Republic.
The complete list of winners and their respective projects will be featured in Belle's August/September issue with a complete overview of the awards. See our gallery here for the winner's projects.