Interior designers from Melbourne may lead the charge, but there are unique and diverse firms across Australia’s eastern seaboard.
Looking for an interior designer for 2015? Look no further – here is a comprehensive list of interior designers from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to keep an eye on for 2015.
Based in West End in Brisbane, Derlot may be a small design studio, but its reach across the design industry is broad, and growing. Run by Alexander Lotersztain, Derlot focuses on a variety of projects including product, furniture, branding, hotel design, interior design and art direction, with clients both nationally and internationally.
In Brisbane, their interior design work can be found in all the favourite hot spots, such as Alfred & Constance, Limes Hotel, Chester Street Bakery and Bar, Depo, Alfredo’s Pizzeria and Kwan Brothers. The Wooly Mammoth Alehouse, a beer hall opened in late 2014, contains the slick and eclectic style that Derlot is best known for. With the practice’s proliferation across Brisbane’s hospitality scene, it will be interesting to see what is up next under their transformative direction and stylised interior design ideas.
2. GREG NATALE DESIGN
Greg Natale Design is having a moment, a richly layered moment. With a distinct bold, sophisticated style that is known for its preference for colour, pattern and texture, Greg Natale Design is at the forefront of the design movement against minimalism. Established in 2001, the Sydney firm works across interior architecture, design and decoration of residential, retail and commercial spaces, referencing the lush visuals of Hollywood Regency and the luxuries of yesteryear.
Natale’s designs give cause to be noticed, with him named Interior Designer of the Year at both the 2014 and 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards. Having produced textured and abstract interior design ideas over the last few years, Natale has turned his eye to product design, creating pieces or collections for Designer Rugs, Worlds Away, Porters Paints and Stylecraft. With a new collection of tiles for Teranova, it is clear Natale has only just touched on his highly patterned and tailored vision for the future of the design industry.
3. TECHNĒ ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN
Technē Architecture + Interior Design, founded in 2002 by Nicholas Travers and Justin Northrop, is a passionate and dynamic interior design firm in Melbourne. Working across commercial, hospitality and residential projects, Techné’s interior design ideas create spaces that make you stop and think due to their highly innovative and thoughtful designs.
In 2014, Techné’s Prahan Hotel revitalized the pub scene, creating an innovative and engaging solution through the use of precast concrete pipes for patrons to sit within. With a new collaboration with March Studio in the works for 2015, as well as a project in Airlie Beach and a new pub in Flinders Lane in Melbourne, despite being a local interior design firm from Melbourne, Techné is quickly becoming a powerhouse in the Australian design industry.
4. FIONA LYNCH
Notable amongst the interior designers of Melbourne, with over 15 years in the industry, Fiona Lynch shows no sign of slowing down. A master of materials and colour, Lynch leads a multidisciplinary team with expertise across architecture, interior design, visual arts and management, and specialises in retail, hospitality and residential projects.
Lynch garnered industry acclaim in 2014 for the electric, moody interior for Melbourne’s first ticketed restaurant, Prix Fixe, which was awarded a High Commendation in the Best Restaurant category at the 2014 Eat Drink Design Awards. Utilising strong materials such as metallics, marble and concrete, the design speaks volumes about the future of restaurant design, revealing a balanced mix of masculine and feminine features that form an understated, yet dramatic mood.
As Lynch’s versatility as a designer is apparent in her ability to turn a staple shopping visit to the local butcher into a beautiful moment, seen through her fit out for Canning Butchers in Melbourne, it is with anticipation that we wait to discover where the interior designer of Melbourne next weaves her design finesse.
5. JAMES DAWSON INTERIORS
Established only a short while ago in 2012, the style of James Dawson Interiors is bold and dynamic, and pushes the boundaries of contemporary style. In 2014, Dawson was named winner of the Best of State Queensland – Residential Design at the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards, and received a commendation in the Residential Decoration category for his Marine Parade Apartment. Not afraid of heavier tones, the matt black cabinetry throughout the Marine Parade apartment is anchored by a black and white geometric wallpaper, which is pulled from walls to ceiling in an unregulated pattern, breaking up the strong architectural lines of the apartment.
James Dawson Interiors might be new to the scene, but with a Sydney office recently added to their existing Brisbane Base and awards already under his belt, Dawson’s avant-garde interior design ideas are sure to shake up the industry.
6. HECKER GUTHRIE
Interior designers of Melbourne, Hecker Guthrie, under the direction of Hamish Guthrie and Paul Hecker, is a practice leading the charge of the Australian interior design industry. Working across the hospitality, residential, retail and commercial sectors, Hecker Guthrie designs are memorable, and breathtaking, with each project full of detail and delight in unexpected elements, which is why this is their second year in a row on this list.
With an incredible array of awards and commendations to their name from 2003 onwards, the practice continues to raise the bar, as shown through their recently completed project Polperro Winery in Red Hill, Victoria. The earthy interior, inspired by the artist Rebekah Stuart’s artworks, is warm and engaging, yet simultaneous organic and refined. Undoubtedly, Hecker Guthrie will accrue even further acclaim with this project across various 2015 design awards – building upon their reputation not just within interior designers in Melbourne, but nationally.
7. CLARE COUSINS ARCHITECTS
While Clare Cousins Architects is predominantly an architectural practice, the incredible attention to detail in their interiors is what has landed them on this list. With their big architectural ideas boiling down into the smallest design details expressed through interior design ideas, they stand out from the interior design firms of Melbourne. 2014 was a big year for the practice, winning multiple awards or commendations for their St Kilda East House, Flinders Lane Apartment and Shingle House, following on from Cousins receiving the AIA National Emerging Architect in 2013.
As interior designers from Melbourne, Known for their focus on the integrity and authenticity of materials, the firm’s interiors are often raw and honest, as revealed through their Blackwood Street Bunker project, with extensive use of plywood through the space softening the overall industrial materiality. Proactive in the industry with a focus on sustainability, Clare Cousins Architects is paving the way for greater focus on substance in the industry, one well-crafted and considered interior at a time.
8. PASCALE GOMES-MCNABB
Pascale Gomes-McNabb is an architect with significant hospitality skills, and clearly knows the ins and outs of the industry better than most. Having been in hospitality in some form or another the for majority of her life, including designing and opening her own restaurants such as Mrs Jones, Cumulus Inc and Cutler & Co. Although an architect at heart, she competes readily with the interior designers of Melbourne, recently Gomes-McNabb has focused mainly on working with private clients.
In 2014 Gomes-McNabb’s work was recognised with an Australian Interior Design Award for her Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant project (SA) in the Hospitality design division, and a Belle Coco Republic Interior Design award in Hospitality category for French bistro Yellow (Sydney). Reported to be working on the new Stokehouse in St Kilda after it was destroyed by fire, it is expected the space will be filled with custom designed pieces, and will focus heavily on materiality and quality craftsmanship.
Article contributed by Tara Dennis, an interior designer and the founder & director of TD Creative Agency.
TD Creative Agency is an interior design studio based in Brisbane offering Interior Architecture & Design, Decorating & Styling and Consulting services.
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