When a new restaurant and bar opens, or relaunches after a revamp, the menu always takes pride of place — but we all know that that’s not the only attraction when you’re heading to a venue. Design-wise, what’s on the inside counts as well. And, at the Australian Interior Design Awards, top-notch decor in hospitality, residential, workplace, retail and public settings all gets thrust into the spotlight.
On AIDA’s 2022 shortlist, plenty of places have been given the nod — all now vying to emerge victorious when the gongs are handed out this winter. This marks the accolades’ 19th year of showcasing the finest design minds working in Australia’s residential, commercial and public sectors, and the work on display by the contenders is unsurprisingly stunning.
Obviously, if you like your interiors swish, plush, luxurious and stylish all round, you’re going to want to visit, live in or work at all of the places up for this year’s awards. Among the hospitality, retail and public spots that’ve earned some love, dropping by to scope of their interior design is definitely possible.
It helps if you live in Sydney or Melbourne, with spots in New South Wales and Victoria featuring heavily on the shortlists. Starting in the Harbour City, standouts include Genovese Coffee House in Alexandria, Ursula’s Paddington, The Woollahra Hotel and The Imperial in the hospo field, and the revamped Theatre Royal Sydney in the public design category.
Melbourne’s Smith Street Bistrot, Entrecôte Prahran, Yugen Tea Bar, Tokyo Tina, Untitled, Hector’s Deli South Melbourne, Ovolo South Yarra, Society, Flower Drum and Yakimono also rank among the places in the running, plus The Lume Melbourne and Victorian Pride Centre.
In Queensland, only six spots have made the cut: homes in Toowong and New Farm, Alba Noosa Providore and Wineism in the retail field, and two workplaces — with the local hospo industry missing out.
Elsewhere, Inka Japanese Restaurant in Canberra, and Fugazzi and Arkhé in South Australia join the places in contention.
The rundown goes on in all fields, which means that there’s no shortage of strikingly designed new, revamped and refurbished places demanding your attention around around the country.
This year’s winners will be announced in-person at a dinner the Hyatt Regency Sydney on Friday, June 17.
For the full Australian Interior Design Awards 2022 shortlist, head to the AIDA website.
Top images: Society by Russell George. Photography by Sean-Fennessy and Shannon McGrath. / Flower Drum by Studio 103. Photography by Pete-Dillon. / The Imperial by Welsh Major. Photography by Clinton Weaver.
Published on April 07, 2022 by Sarah Ward