Art & Design

What You Need To See At The NGV’s New Interior Design Exhibition

By Sophie Hodges - 17 Oct 2018


If you find yourself getting 'emotionally invested' in colour swatch choices on The Block, you might want to check this out. The Rigg Design Prize is back at the NGV, and for the first time, it's all about interior design.

The Rigg Design Prize is awarded to an Australian contemporary designer who displays 'outstanding creative achievements'. In this case, very creative lounge rooms and kitchens. The NGV will play host to the top ten finalists exhibition rooms from now until the end of February 2019. 

And good news: this year Melbourne design practice, Hecker Guthrie, has already taken out the top gong (Melbourne represent). The $30,000 triennial prize was announced at the opening of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Rigg Design Prize 2018 exhibition.

The exhibition is the first major presentation of contemporary interior design in the NGV’s history and features purpose-built interior rooms by ten shortlisted Australian interior designers. And the winner? Well, Hecker Guthrie created a room called The Table Is The Base. It looks like the Brady Bunch house meets Japanese ryokan. Lots of timber and terracotta. 

Here are some other incredible rooms to check out:

  • Take It Outside, by Amber Road. This room looks like an alien desert landscape.
  • Inner-Terior, by Danielle Brustman. Expect Art Deco meets Star Trek.
  • Atelier, by Martyn Thompson Studio. We could legit see ourselves living in this one. 

You can check out all the shortlisted designs here

Swing by and check out the cutting edge of interior design (even more cutting than Shaynna Blaze's room reveal comments). The exhibition itself is totally free, and it's on display from 12 October to 24 February. You can see all the action at the Ian Potter Centre in Fed Square.

The Details

Where: The Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, CBD
When: 12 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
For more info, click here.

Design nerds still need to drink right? Good thing Arbory Afloat installed a floating rooftop deck

Image credit: NGV

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