You could blame it on the reputation of house renovation television shows, Instagram or Pinterest but it appears there has by no means been a bigger focus on interior style. And it is anything Australia’s style heavyweights have noticed also. “It is clear that the impact of design and style on our lives, both at operate and residence, is continuing to acquire momentum. It appears that the industry is far more involved than ever in a vast variety of projects from tiny renovations to huge scale public spaces,” says Fiona Lynch, director of Fiona Lynch. It’s exciting times for interior lovers.


The 2016 winner of the Australian Interior Design Award (residential): Fitzroy loft

“Interestingly, 1 of the greatest influences on design has been the reputation of Instagram. We now have greater access to designers from around the world and can see the latest style exhibitions in true time,” says Fiona, referring to the indelible mark that technology has left on the design scene.

From natural materials to clever use of colour and the bespoke trend, we spoke to this year’s Australian Interior Design and style Awards’ judges to get their take on what they are expecting from this year’s entrants and the part of style in 2017.

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2016 AIDA shortlisted project: East Melbourne residence

Adaptive re-use
The push to revitalise current properties and celebrate the previous shows no sign of abating. “Currently, there is an emphasis on adaptive re-use with many opting to strip back existing buildings to their bare bones and operate within the context of the building’s original structure to expose and celebrate its authenticity. This, combined with a concentrate on enhancing daylight possibilities, the use of natural and very textured components, smooth neutral tones and the inclusion of foliage and lush greens, informs the approach we are seeing nowadays,” says Sonda Banney, head of interior style at Architectus.


A fantastic instance of adaptive reuse. The 2016 winner of the Australian Interior Style Award (residential): Fitzroy Loft

Organic components
Related to Sonda’s comments above, 2017 will see organic components at the forefront of style however again. “This year, I am expecting to see an elevated demand for the handmade, with numerous searching for out the imperfect beauty of more authentic, organic supplies. With a progressive approach, these materials can be reinterpreted in new ways, constructing on less conventional notions of luxury,” says Sophia Leopardi, director of Williams Burton Leopardi.


2016 AIDA shortlisted project: Deepwater

Colour
Although monochrome interiors are still going powerful, 2017 will see a return to a lot more enthusiastic use of colour. “This year, I expect to see a lot a lot more colour-blocking come to the fore. I have noticed a quantity of designers maintaining colour tonal where all finishes are in the very same shades. Opposite to this is a pared back method to materials exactly where internet site-particular elements are retained and then juxtaposed against detailed design and style components in rich materials,” says Fiona.


2016 AIDA shortlisted project: Bronte Home

Personalisation
Eschewing the cookie cutter, generic design method of the previous, there will be a massive emphasis on bespoke design in 2017 also. “Every client is seeking a design solution that reflects and speaks to themselves and their aspirations. With an endless stream of looks and designs presented within all kinds of media, it is the part of the designer, now much more than ever, to elevate and enrich projects with personal, original and progressive ideas,” says Sophia.


2016 AIDA shortlisted project: Bendigo residence

Buying local
It&#8217s anything we have written about and there’s no doubt there has been a push to assistance regional makers of late. “In Australia, there is definite development in the nearby furniture industry, which is great to see, each in terms of design and production. This year I am expecting to see some higher-good quality pieces becoming created for the international market place as well as the nearby 1,” says Mark Simpson, director of DesignOffice.

Photography: Felix Forest, Brooke Holm &amp Marsha Golemac and Justin Alexander

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