Now in its fourth year, the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards project a worthy spotlight onto Australia's incredible interior design talent. Displaying a unique Australian sensibility, this year's finalists blew the judges away with their submissions, including Belle editor Neale Whitaker and New York-based designer and retailer Jonathan Adler.
Some of Australia's iconic hospitality and shopping destinations featured in the esteemed finalists ring, including the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and Yellow in Sydney, along with the innovative Sneakerboy store in Melbourne.
And now, to the big winner of the evening, the Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year . . . congratulations Greg Natale! Greg's impressive portfolio of stunning residential, corporate and commercial works brought him to the fore in 2014.
Three of the major award categories were dominated by some of Australia's leading female designers and architects—just fantastic to see. Architect Pascale Gomes-McNabb took out the Hospitality category for French bistro Yellow in Potts Point, Miriam Fanning of Mim Designs won the Corporate category with the Little Group office in Melbourne, and Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke were awarded the highly contested Residential category with The Avenue in Sydney.
In an unusual move there was a tie in the Hospitality category with Alexander & Co sharing the accolade for their Hamptons-esque re-interpretation of the famous Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Finally, the progressive integration of online and retail shopping in the futuristic Sneakerboy store design in Melbourne took out the Commercial category for March Studio.
For details on all the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2014 winners and their respective interior design projects, pick up the June/ July issue of Belle magazine on shelf Monday May 19.