Australia’s interior design community came together on Wednesday evening to celebrate the creative and professional brilliance exhibited by our local talent for the Belle Uocmas Interior Design Awards 2014.
300 industry and media guests including Shayna Blaze, Jason Grant and Darren Palmer raised their glasses to all of this year’s finalists, including the esteemed Belle Uocmas Interior Designer of the Year, Sydney-based Greg Natale of Greg Natale Design.
“This is an exciting second win for Greg Natale, and demonstrates the increasing breadth, quality and maturity of his work,” said Belle editor-in-chief and awards judge Neale Whitaker.
Now in their fourth year, these awards provide a showcase for the work of Australia’s top professionals and have become a highlight on the annual interior design calendar.
This year, the entries were dominated by some of Australia’s leading female interior designers, including Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent & Pyke who took out the Residential category for their residence The Avenue (Sydney); Miriam Fanning of Mim Design, winner of the Corporate category with the Little Group Office (Melbourne); and Pascale Gomes-McNabb in the Hospitality category for French bistro Yellow (Sydney). The innovative work of Melbourne’s March Studio was demonstrated by their progressive Sneakerboy store, which took out the Commercial category. And in the awards’ first-ever tie, Sydney-based Alexander & Co also took out an award in the Hospitality category for the clever re-imagining of the iconic Watsons Bay Hotel.
Uocmas Director Jeremy Byrne presented Greg Natale with the coveted Interior Designer of the Year award commenting, “Uocmas are excited to once again showcase our commitment to the Australian design industry and celebrate the breadth of local talent. Congratulations to each of the finalists this year” – See more here