Bauer Media’s Australian House & Garden has unveiled its 20th-anniversary edition of the Top 50 Rooms.
House & Garden’s 20th Annual Top 50 Rooms, sponsored by Warwick Fabrics, celebrates the cream of Australian residential design. This year more than 160 proud homeowners and designers submitted rooms. From beautifully functional kitchens to ingenious living spaces and dream bedrooms, the rooms reflect the depth of Australia’s design talent and the lifestyle aspirations of Australians.
“We were delighted by the quality and diversity of this year’s rooms,” said Australian House & Garden editor in chief, Lisa Green. “The line-up of entries was excellent, with style and comfort levels fully explored and every room in the home represented.
“The materials, palettes and design ideas we are seeing are ever-more sophisticated, driven by the lifestyle expectations of increasingly design-savvy homeowners. We love publishing this annual collectors’ edition. It’s a wonderful record of residential design excellence at this moment in time.”
Alongside Green, an esteemed judging panel was tasked with the tough job of sifting through the entries including Australian House & Garden houses/interiors editor Kate Nixon, interior designer and blogger Dana Tomic-Hughes of Yellowtrace, colour expert Lucy Sutherland, and Janey Ridge of Warwick Fabrics.
Six states, as well as the ACT, are represented in the Top 50, with a blind judging process ensuring each room was judged purely on its visual appeal. The judges each assigned their top three rooms in each category, with points tallied to arrive at category winners.
The 2018 award categories and winners are:
- Best Use of Soft Furnishings – Nina Maya Interiors, NSW
- Best Use of Colour – Enoki, SA
- Best Use of Materials – Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, NSW
- Best Indoor-Outdoor Connection – Splinter Society, Vic
- Best Use of Lighting – Studio Prineas, NSW
- Best Kitchen – Brett Mickan Interior Design, NSW
- Best Bathroom – Coy Yiontis Architects, Vic
- Best Outdoor Room – Dalecki Design, WA
- Room of the Year – Louise Walsh Interior Design, NSW/Qld
A special Hall of Fame award was also given to leading interior designer Meryl Hare of Hare + Klein who was part of the line-up in the very first Top 50 Rooms two decades ago and again has a project in 2018’s Top 50 edition.
The Top 50 Rooms Awards were announced in Sydney on October 4 at a gala lunch held at Vaucluse House and MCd by Deborah Hutton whose new kitchen recently featured on the magazine’s cover. Top 50 Rooms is proudly sponsored by Warwick Fabrics, along with Blum, Victory Curtains & Blinds, Parisi, Porter’s Paints, James Hardie, Maison & Objet Paris and Voyager Estate.
Louise Walsh, the winner of Room of the Year, receives a trip for two to Paris for the Maison & Objet Fair in January 2019 courtesy of Cathay Pacific.
H&G readers can vote for their favourite room. An online vote will determine the People’s Choice Award, with the winning entrant receiving a $3000 Warwick Fabrics prize package, along with a Mantra Hotels & Resorts stay. Voting opens when the magazine goes on-sale, Monday 8 October.