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Celebrating and rewarding design excellence


Last week the leading lights of Australia’s interior design community gathered for the industry’s night of nights, the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards.  Belle magazine, an authority on Australian and international style and design, have adjudicated the awards since their inception in 2010.

This year’s record number of high calibre entries across residential, commercial and hospitality categories afforded very deserving winners:

Best Residential Interior

Winning project: Palm Beach House by Jeremy Bull, Alexander & Co

Best Residential Kitchen Design

Winning project: 1906 by Yasmine Ghoniem, Amber Road

Best Residential Bathroom Design

Winning project: Woollahra House Bathroom Two by Alexandra Donohue Church, Decus

Best Hospitality Interior

Winning project: Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera by Jeremy Bull, Alexander & Co

Best Commercial Interior

Winning project: Hordern House by Kate Nixon, Studio Kate

Best Work with Colour

Winners: Juliette Arent & Sarah-Jane Pyke, Arent & Pyke

Emerging Interior Design Star – sponsored by Smeg Australia

Winners: Sarah Cosentino and Felicity Slattery, Studio Esteta

Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year

Winner: Jeremy Bull, Alexander & Co

Smeg sponsored the emerging designer award; an award befitting a brand with a long history of design collaborations with world renowned architects and designers and an unmatched reputation for intuitive innovation.

Smeg’s National Marketing Manager Olivia Anderson (L) with Emerging Interior Design Star winners Felicity Slattery and Sarah Cosentino

The impressive judging panel included Steve Cordony (L) and Tanya Buchanan (R), Belle’s style director-at-large and editor, respectively.

The night was true celebration of the vibrancy and breadth of creative talent in the interior design industry; an industry with a very bright future.

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