Now in its 15th year, the competition was particularly tight, with event organiser, Niche Media, receiving 533 entries – a record number.
The program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 14 categories and five special awards. Testament to the quality of entries, this year more than 250 projects were shortlisted.
Paul Lidgerwood, managing director of Niche Media, says IDEA grew out of a desire to celebrate Australia’s vibrant and highly skilled design community. “When we established the IDEA program back in 2003, nothing at that time recognised excellence in interior design and architecture. We wanted to change that,” says Lidgerwood. “Over the last 15 years, we’ve been amazed by both the quality of the thousands of submissions we’ve received, and the way in which the design community has embraced the awards. This year we’ve seen more entries than ever before, and tickets for the awards dinner sold out more than a month before the event.”