Winners revealed: 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards

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Best Bar Design: Malt and Juniper by Sans-Arc Studio.

Best Bar Design: Malt and Juniper by Sans-Arc Studio. Image: Brendan Homan

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Best Restaurant Design: Ishizuka by Russell and George.

Best Restaurant Design: Ishizuka by Russell and George. Image: Felix Forest

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Best Cafe Design: Bentwood Cafe by Ritz and Ghougassian.

Best Cafe Design: Bentwood Cafe by Ritz and Ghougassian. Image: Tom Blachford

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Best Installation Design: Pop Inn by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects.

Best Installation Design: Pop Inn by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects. Image: Damian Roos

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Best Retail Design: Chandon Australia by Foolscap Studio.

Best Retail Design: Chandon Australia by Foolscap Studio. Image: Tom Blachford

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Best Hotel Design: Brae Restaurant Accommodation by Six Degrees Architects.

Best Hotel Design: Brae Restaurant Accommodation by Six Degrees Architects. Image: Trevor Mein

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Best Identity Design: Shobosho by Crafty Design.

Best Identity Design: Shobosho by Crafty Design. Image: Corey Roberts

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Hall of Fame: Cookie by Phillip Schemnitz Architect.

Hall of Fame: Cookie by Phillip Schemnitz Architect. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Simplicity and essentialism” were the stand out hallmarks of the 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards, which were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on 13 November.

In 2018, a new category, Best Hotel Design, was added to the existing six categories: Best Bar Design, Best Restaurant Design, Best Cafe Design, Best Installation Design, Best Retail Design and Best Identity Design.

A jury that combined expertise and experience of the design and hospitality communities selected the winners from 156 entries across Australia and New Zealand.  The winners from each award category received a cash prize of $1,500. 

“The jury brought varied experience, expertise and opinion to the mix and some wins were decided by tight votes. However, there was consensus about what we were looking for: authenticity, clarity and a sense that venues were fit for purpose,” said the jury.

The jury also selected one iconic hospitality venue from Australia or New Zealand to enter the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. Venues considered for this accolade have achieved a level of cultural significance as well as demonstrating longevity in an industry often categorized as transient.

2018 Eat Drink Design Awards

Best Bar Design

Best Restaurant Design

Best Cafe Design

Best Installation Design

Best Retail Design 

Best Hotel Design

Best Identity Design

Hall of Fame

High commendations

The 2018 jury comprise Simon Kardachi (restaurateur), George Livissianis (founder, George Livissianis), Fabio Ongarato (founder, Studio Ongarato), Dani Valent (food writer and cook), and Cassie Hansen (editor, Artichoke magazine).

Winners, commended projects and the shortlist are all featured in Artichoke 65, along with a full jury overview. View all the entries and more images at the Eat Drink Design Awards gallery. 

The 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and supported by major partner Shadowfax Wines; supporting partners Euro CaveLaminexLatitudeOwnworldPlanned CoverRocaSchiavelloTait; and event partners Four Pillars, Sample and San Pellegrino.

The Eat Drink Design Awards are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia.


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