In this issue of Home Design magazine, we look at uplifting and inspiring interiors. Plus, creating a practical stylish kitchen, cool tableware for summer entertaining, and lighting solutions.
This year I’ve had the privilege to judge a number of Australia’s building and design awards, including the Graduate of the Year (GOTYA) for the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the DIA Student Design Awards, the Green Interior Awards, the Timber Design Awards and the Building Designers Australia Awards. I have been a judge for several of these awards for many years and it’s been my pleasure to have this opportunity. Entering works into design awards takes a great deal of work and organising; so too for the organisers and judges, but without them our design industry would be much the poorer and the community would be far less informed about the excellent design culture we have in Australia. So to all those who entered their work, whether you took home a gong or not, well done for upholding the tradition and pursuing excellence in your field. We look forward to bringing you several of the winning designs in future issues.
This issue we showcase the NSW Australian Architecture Association Architecture Awards. These are in their 82nd year and continue to showcase excellence and diversity in an often challenging social context and geographical terrain, to create buildings of exceptional merit. The institute’s first design award in 1932 was named after the English-trained John Sulman, who had worked in NSW since the 1800s. In 1964, the residential Wilkinson Award was introduced, named after Professor Leslie Wilkinson to recognise exceptional residential architecture. This year the coveted Wilkinson was won by Popov Bass Architects for the Griffith House, which you can see along with the other winners.
Featured projects this issue include a colourful and compact apartment in Taiwan by Ganna Design, which serves as both home and studio for the design practice. And from East London’s Spitalfields, the renovation of a home by Clare Pascoe gives a significant building a modern touch. Back home in Sydney’s Bronte, a tired 1920s beachside home is now a modern, spacious haven for its builder-owner’s family and on the NSW south coast, an original beach shack is now a beautiful, light-filled home. Each one is crafted with love for their owners and families to enjoy.
Did someone say it’s nearly Christmas? With only two months to go it’s time to start planning the celebrations and there’s nothing like a beautiful table to greet your family and guests. This year we’ve taken a modern approach to cooling down when it’s sizzling outside with an Australian white Christmas feature. And our outdoor living and kitchen stories are sure to inspire you to get creative in the food department — inside or out.
Enjoy this issue.
Kate St James, FDIA