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Mona Roma with interiors by Georgina Freeman Design.

Mona Roma with interiors by Georgina Freeman Design. Image: Remi Chauvin

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Gordon Street Garage by Foolscap Studio.

Gordon Street Garage by Foolscap Studio. Image: Penny Lane

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Pony Brisbane by Woods Bagot.

Pony Brisbane by Woods Bagot. Image: Trevor Mein

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Crumpler Prahran by Russell & George.

Crumpler Prahran by Russell & George. Image: Dianna Snape

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Double Monk by MRTN Architects.

Double Monk by MRTN Architects. Image: Nic Granleese

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Manning Cartell by MCK Architects.

Manning Cartell by MCK Architects. Image: Shannon McGrath

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Artichoke 43.

Reflecting on a decade of excellence and innovation

This issue of Artichoke celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the Australian Interior Design Awards. Artichoke, the Design Institute of Australia and Designex partner to present this prestigious program. To mark this milestone, this issue reflects on the past decade of award winners, assembling a unique picture of Australian interior design practice. Eminent critics, curators, advocates and clients were invited to share their thoughts in introductions to the ten awards categories’ alumni of winners. Spread across these pages are reminders of the game-changing projects that have defined (and redefined) practice, spaces that have be­come symbolic of good times and special experiences and of the young-guns who have gone on to make a significant contribution.

Visions for fashion, food and fun spaces

Alongside this reflection of the Australian Interior Design Awards, the issue also looks at the future of retail design. With consumer trends changing so rapidly, what are fashion-focused retail stores, and the designers behind them, doing to keep up? Three projects show us how it’s done:  

  • Crumpler Prahran. Russell & George’s futuristic and bold design for bag and accessories brand Crumpler is a shining beacon on Melbourne’s busy Chapel Street.
  • Double Monk. MRTN Architects gives this gentlemanly Melbourne shoe store a slick and sophisticated design to the joy of its well-heeled clientele.
  • Manning Cartell, Chadstone. In Melbourne’s mammoth Chadstone shopping centre, Sydney firm MCK Architects has applied grit to the store interiors of feminine clothing brand Manning Cartell.

Artichoke also reviews three new projects based on food and fun:

  • Mona Roma 1. Ferrying passengers between the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the Brooke Street terminal in Hobart, MONA Roma 1, with interiors by Georgina Freeman Design, is unlike any other catamaran.
  • Gordon Street Garage. The reuse of this West Perth garage by Foolscap Studio has merged the space’s industrial qualities with European ideals of the home, generating a casual eatery with soul.
  • Pony Brisbane. Perched above the Brisbane River, Pony restaurant by Woods Bagot features a rich and thoughtful design that encourages long lunches and horsing around.

Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director, Artichoke

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