2013 Melbourne Design Awards

Interior Design - Residential

This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration also given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.


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Nominations in Category

John & Kathleen's - Private Client / Irons McDuff Architecture

Interior Design - Residential

- Winner

Deco 'Swellegance' juxtaposed with a practical and constructed approach was required to continue the life of this house with a new occupant. The 'swellegance' was retained and enhanced with richly stained joinery to the interiors. The practical and 'constructed' approach was used in the reduced footprint to maximise connections with the external garden areas with a new deck and ‘folly.’ Such a reduction equally required some clever solutions to create a more with less within the house. Reconfigured arrangements within the house, new plywood cabinetry and built in bed units provide valuable storage and a new flexible and open family lifestyle.

50s Inspired bathroom - Private Client / Pioneering bathroom designs

Interior Design - Residential


This 1950's bathroom had a typical layout for the era. Three rooms shared one open space. One main room housed a bath and vanity, then next that room a separate toilet and a separate shower room. A complete design and renovation was required.

barry street residence - caia_di_lizio design

Interior Design - Residential


Barry Street Residence is a major renovation and extension to an original grand old Victorian home. The client brief was to invigorate an existing building with a new modern direction to the new construction. The interior was to be carefully considered as integral to the architecture. Our intention was a marriage of the old and new rather than a jarring juxtaposition of past and present. Most rooms at the front of the property were left largely in their original form,while the new spaces to the rear are open sculptural spaces enlivened by an abundance of natural light . A sophisticated palette was selected in a range of textures and finishes such as stucco walls surrounding the kitchen joinery, fine timber detailing adjacent to Borghini marble both in the kitchen and main bathroom. Our aim was to carefully choreograph the materials in order to give a nod/reference at the old historic aspects of the original house by using fine crafted materials such as handmade tiles, wood turned legs on the vanities, textured splashback in the kitchen and (loose interpretation) refectory style island bench. This was intended to compliment without attempt to mimic.

Dent Street House, Glen Iris - Private Client / Metroworks Architects Pty Ltd

Interior Design - Residential


A funky and stylish, open planned and welcoming home with all the modern conveniences, nestled into a beautifully landscaped garden. With a modern architectural style, the home has a dramatic entrance composed of a cantilevered portico, angular walls and eaves and high volumes. The key architectural feature of the house is an amazing hand-laid stone fin wall that cuts from inside to out and soars from the impressive entrance through the first floor and beyond the roof. This fin wall sits beside a beautifully crafted steel and timber staircase, which leads from the spacious and light-filled entry hall up to the children’s lounge room on the first floor. The interior includes crisp, custom-designed joinery throughout – all designed by the architect to maintain a continuity of style throughout the house. Interior features include walk-in robes to the bedrooms, integrated and unified joinery design linking kitchen, butler's pantry and laundry and a striking timber veneer bar in the pool room - concealing access to a 2000 bottle wine cellar below. The kitchen island bench and living area are also visually linked through the use of "Black Rust" feature panels in their joinery and cleverly designed lighting.


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