The win­ners re­vealed.

Belle - - Belle Promotion - Words TANYA BUCHANAN

This year’s Belle Coco Re­pub­lic In­te­rior De­sign Awards at­tracted the largest pool of en­tries to date with projects run­ning the gamut from re­fined res­i­den­tial abodes to so­phis­ti­cated shared work hubs. And the win­ners? Aus­tralian in­te­rior de­sign lovers of course...

THE UNIQUE BACK­GROUNDS of the team be­hind Whit­ing Ar­chi­tects have given their prac­tice a dis­tinc­tive style and ap­proach. Cre­ative di­rec­tor Ca­role Whit­ing spent 20 years in the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try pro­duc­ing high-end tele­vi­sion cam­paigns while Steven Whit­ing has de­grees in both in­te­rior de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture and 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence gained lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The O’Grady kitchen pro­ject, this year’s win­ner of the Belle Coco Re­pub­lic Best Kitchen De­sign award, deals with vol­umes and forms with the sub­text ‘hid­ing in plain sight’. “The kitchen is quite de­cep­tive – what ap­pears to be a small work­ing area at the end of a large vol­ume of white space is only the be­gin­ning. The fridge is re­cessed into the rear wall hid­ing be­hind oak han­dles. The long join­ery bench runs the full length of the liv­ing room from the kitchen to the laun­dry area, which dou­bles as a but­ler’s pantry. The over­all style is monochro­matic but in keep­ing with the sub­text of ‘hid­ing in plain sight’ there are nu­mer­ous tones and colours ac­cen­tu­at­ing and giv­ing weight to the ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments. Leather han­dles help dis­guise the func­tion of the cup­boards hold­ing ap­pli­ances and add an or­ganic over­tone,” says Ca­role.

LO­CATED WITHIN the iconic Para­mount Pictures build­ing in Syd­ney’s Surry Hills, Para­mount by The Of­fice Space pro­vides 22 hand­crafted tim­ber of­fice suites. The phi­los­o­phy was to cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated con­cept for the shared workspace, em­brac­ing tra­di­tional join­ery and ar­ti­san skills while hon­our­ing the build­ing’s her­itage. The out­come was a truly in­no­va­tive adap­tive re­use de­sign with the 1940s her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture set­ting the geom­e­try for the in­te­ri­ors. The build­ing’s sig­na­ture form is echoed in the softly curved hand­made tim­ber of­fice suites, built by Boris Tosic and the team from Elan Con­struct, that wrap around the con­tour of the floor plate. An in­tri­cate three-di­men­sional fea­ture ceil­ing of tim­ber and brass links the in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments within the of­fice, cre­at­ing a com­pelling as­pect both within and from the street. Clas­sic de­sign pieces, in­clud­ing iconic chairs such as the Eames ‘TimeLife’, Wal­ter Knoll ‘Lead­chair’ and Molteni&C ‘GiO Ponti’, aug­ment the in­te­rior de­sign with a hand-built wal­nut ta­ble and whisky repos­i­tory. A care­fully cu­rated art col­lec­tion with orig­i­nal pieces by Stephen Or­mandy, Del Kathryn Bar­ton and Ben Quilty de­liver each suite with a sense of in­di­vid­u­al­ity and ex­pres­sion of per­son­al­ity per­fect for the dis­cern­ing end user. For more go to woods­

JULI­ETTE ARENT AND SARAH JANE PYKE, the team be­hind Arent&Pyke share a pas­sion for res­i­den­tial spa­ces, beau­ti­ful, prac­ti­cal de­sign and be­lieve that thought­ful in­te­ri­ors nur­ture the hu­man con­di­tion. So it’s no suprise that their win­ning pro­ject in the Hospi­tal­ity In­te­rior cat­e­gory, Alex Ho­tel, is im­bued with a strong res­i­den­tial feel. The pri­mary con­cept for the pro­ject was ‘Ho­tel as Home’, thus the pub­lic spa­ces in the ho­tel are so­phis­ti­cated and el­e­gant yet cosy and wel­com­ing with a care­ful se­lec­tion of fur­nish­ings, light­ing and rugs that in­vite guests to pour a glass of wine and linger, read­ing, chat­ting or even play­ing a round of Scrab­ble. And there are dra­matic mo­ments cour­tesy of unique sculp­tural ar­range­ments of pen­dant light­ing that in­clude the Ladies & Gen­tle­man Stu­dio ‘Shape Up’ and Noguchi ‘Akari Light Sculp­tures’. The ho­tel rooms are el­e­gant and pared back and richly painted from floor to ceil­ing in dusty colours such as rose and eau de Nil that pro­vide respite and rein­vig­o­ra­tion. And the verdict? The re­laxed, con­tem­po­rary and in­clu­sive feel of the Alex re­flects its lo­ca­tion in Perth’s newly reborn North­bridge area. For more go to ar­ent­

THIS YEAR’S BELLE COCO RE­PUB­LIC IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN AWARDS were dom­i­nated by the out­stand­ing projects of triple-threat de­signer Fiona Lynch of Fiona Lynch. Fiona took out the top award in three cat­e­gories: Best Res­i­den­tial In­te­rior for the Bal­wyn res­i­dence, Best Bath­room De­sign for the Har­g­reaves res­i­dence and Belle Coco Re­pub­lic De­signer of the Year 2016. The Bal­wyn res­i­dence is a home con­structed by a builder for his young fam­ily. Concrete, tim­ber and stone dom­i­nate the pal­ette and are com­ple­mented by aged brass and grey-stained oak cab­i­netry. “Our ap­proach was to keep the ma­te­ri­als tonal,” says Fiona. “All join­ery is made from grey-stained solid oak with grey stone. Brass was added to the pal­ette to give light and a metal fin­ish. The pal­ette was re­fined over the course of the build­ing process.” The win­ning bath­room de­sign in the Har­g­reaves res­i­dence is in a build­ing in Mel­bourne’s Fitzroy that was orig­i­nally the Lara boot fac­tory. “The client brief was to cre­ate a pri­vate sanc­tu­ary with ma­te­ri­als dark in tone,” says Fiona. The de­signer had a short­listed pro­ject in ev­ery cat­e­gory across the awards, demon­strat­ing the breadth and ver­sa­til­ity of her de­sign prac­tice. “Last year was an amaz­ing year for us with won­der­ful clients and builders,” she says.

De­sign duo Juli­ette Ar­ent and Sarah-Jane Pyke shot ex­clu­sively for Belle in the Dou­ble Bay res­i­dence, a nal­ist in the Res­i­den­tial In­te­rior cat­e­gory.

Todd Ham­mond and Domenic Al­varo shot ex­clu­sively for Belle at the ground­break­ing Para­mount by The O ce Space.

Ca­role and Steven Whit­ing shot ex­clu­sively for Belle in the award-win­ning O’Grady kitchen where el­e­gant join­ery and hard­ware con­ceal a host of util­i­ties.

Fiona Lynch shot ex­clu­sively for Belle at the Bal­wyn res­i­dence.

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