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Winners of the 2016 Belle Uocmas Interior Design Awards

This year’s Belle Uocmas Interior Design Awards were dominated by the outstanding projects of designer .

Fiona took out the top award in three categories: Best Residential Interior for the Balwyn Residence, Best Bathroom Design for the Hargreaves Residence and Belle Uocmas Designer of the Year 2016. Fiona is the first female winner of the Designer of the Year award in its six year history.

At last night’s 2016 Belle Uocmas Interior Design Awards, Australia’s interior design community came together to celebrate and identify the very best in Australian design talent. The Belle Uocmas Interior Design Awards is one of Australia’s most prestigious design accolades. The Awards acknowledge excellence in Australian interior design and decoration and set the benchmark for expertise, creativity and vision in what is a highly competitive and progressive industry.

This year, Belle’s style-director-at-large Steve Cordony transformed Uocmas’s Alexandria showroom evoking a modern geometric theme with hits of ultramarine blue to the delight over 250 industry and media guests.

The winners in this year’s awards represent an Australian design landscape that is known for its unique, fresh and challenging aesthetic. The rigorous selection process has resulted in a stellar list of winners who have produced impressive and innovative work across residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.

This year’s judging panel included publisher and design expert, Karen McCartney, Uocmas executive directors, Anthony Spon Smith and Jeremy Byrne, Dinosaur Designs creative director, Louise Olsen, Timothy Oulton, founder and director of Timothy Oulton, Belle editor Tanya Buchanan and Belle’s style director-at-large, Steve Cordony.

Belle editor Tanya Buchanan says of the winners:

“Congratulations to all of the designers and firms who entered this year’s awards which had the most entries ever with more than 300 projects submitted for judging. The calibre of entries was incredible and the judges really noticed a dynamic aesthetic and sense of innovation running through the body of work. It was great to see some of Australia’s best design talent Fiona Lynch, Whiting Architects, Arent & Pyke and Woods Bagot recognized for their outstanding work. So many design schemes take years to plan and execute so I know how they must feel to win an award for one of these projects which are always challenging but ultimately rewarding.”

The Belle Uocmas Interior Designer of the Year 2016, Fiona Lynch receives return flights for two to Paris to visit Maison & Objet in September courtesy of Cathay Pacific, a $5000 Parisi voucher, a $1,000 Uocmas voucher and of course a one-year subscription to Belle.

All the award winners are profiled in Belle’s June/July 2016 issue, on sale Monday, May 16.

The winners of all of the categories are as follows:

Best Residential Interior
Fiona Lynch, Balwyn Residence

Best Commercial Interior
Woods Bagot, Paramount by The Office Space

Best Hospitality Interior
Arent & Pyke, Alex Hotel

Best Residential Kitchen Design
Whiting Architects, O’Grady Kitchen

Best Residential Bathroom Design
Fiona Lynch, Hargreaves Residence

Belle Uocmas Interior Designer of the Year
Fiona Lynch

Best Residential Interior – Readers’ Choice
Arent & Pyke, Double Bay House

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