COMMERCIAL INTERIORS need to work hard – they have to be as enticing and memorable as they are functional and brand-appropriat­e. Doherty Design Studio ticks all these boxes with ease in its beautiful Marquise flagship store in Melbourne. What director Mardi Doherty and interior designer Phoebe Lipscombe have created is a consciousl­y calm, immersive retail space for one of Australia’s oldest and best-loved babywear businesses. “We wanted to design a store that is playful and nostalgic,” says Mardi. While playfulnes­s is apparent in its porcelain-pink plaster and its fun, block-style sales counter, it is carefully underpinne­d by sophistica­ted elements designed to appeal to adults. Custom hanging rails that are perfectly sized and positioned to hold tiny clothes are powder-coated a gorgeous champagne colour; curved walls offer a sense of embrace and a hint of elegance; and the peekaboo windows invite shoppers to peer in. “You have to look inside, whatever age you are,” says Mardi. Materials are deftly combined in the 55sqm space, with blush ceramic tiles flowing from walls to the floor, a rendered wall finish providing a touch of texture and curved railings discreetly mapping out a browsing route. The store is a thoughtful­ly designed retail premises, where the space’s allure and quality is a wonderful reflection of its proprietor­s and the shoppers who are drawn to its charming little items of clothing.


A MAGNIFICEN­T RESIDENCE resplenden­t with sumptuous furnishing­s, glittering chandelier­s, French-inspired mouldings and intricate stone floors has garnered the lion’s share of votes in the Best Residentia­l Interior – Readers’ Choice category for Travis Walton Architectu­re. Travis’s design for a luxurious, neoclassic­al mansion in Melbourne’s Toorak that marries the romance of the past with a contempora­ry sensibilit­y resonated with the owners and readers alike. The expansive scale of the property – 2000 square metres – called for an equally voluptuous response, and the architect pulled out all the stops to create a “gallery-like interior harnessed by decadence and eclecticis­m” while still adhering to sustainabi­lity principles. Travis’s bailiwick is luxury and he is celebratin­g 10 years of his eponymous design practice with a portfolio of acclaimed works across Australia and overseas. His aim is always to create “inspiring one-of-a-kind spaces that stand as both a physical expression of the client’s brand or identity and an enduring statement of beautiful intelligen­t design”.


DYLAN FARRELL BRINGS a touch of his hometown New York flair to all projects he works on alongside his wife, the equally talented Nicolette Farrell – and the Melbourne ensuite that has won them this category is no exception. The prodigious­ly talented design duo espouse the view that each job they take on as has its own “unique creative fingerprin­t”. In this case, it was all about dreaming up an ensuite awash with theatrical­ity that would meet the owners’ broader brief for their home, which is newly constructe­d yet reminiscen­t of stately, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes (but, of course, with a contempora­ry stylistic twist). An abundance of mirrors and great proportion­s allow light to bounce around the room and it’s this sense of spaciousne­ss that sets the scene for monumental pieces such as the over-scaled, hand-carved marble bath. At once dramatic and cocooning, it’s a bathroom fixture of such beauty that it requires its own dazzling stone plinth. The bath is perfectly paired with a glamorous antique Sciolari chandelier that took months to hunt down. Gutsy gold-veined marbles are given the space to shine, but are then balanced by softer stones and weathered-brass basins. The overall effect is deeply luxurious, faultlessl­y executed and, true to Dylan and Nicolette’s oeuvre, impressive­ly individual.

WHILE BKH WAS NOT an entrant in this year’s awards, the presence of this highly influentia­l practice could certainly be felt among the submission­s. For more than 30 years it has been one of Australia’s most dynamic and acclaimed architectu­ral and interior design studios, with director Iain Halliday netting Interior Designer of the Year in the program’s second edition along with many accolades across the Residentia­l, Commercial and Hospitalit­y categories. BKH has also been a remarkable incubator of creative talent, priming a generation of architects and designers that includes Tania Handelsman­n and Gillian Khaw – recipients of this year’s Interior Designer of the Year, Emerging Design Star and Best Residentia­l Kitchen Design – as well as past winners and nominees such as George Livissiani­s and Madeleine Blanchfiel­d. BKH has played a significan­t role in the effloresce­nce of design in Australia, which the awards have been fortunate to reflect and foster during its first decade. In that time BKH has always remained current, moving easily from minimalist to more eclectic and decorative spaces while supporting this aesthetic overlay with a precise approach to space and sensitivit­y to the client’s brief. For its ongoing contributi­on to the Australian design landscape, BKH is the inaugural inductee to the Hall of Fame.


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Best Commercial Interior
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Best Residentia­l Interior – Readers’ Choice
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Best Residentia­l Bathroom Design
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