Interior Design

Interior Design is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most dynamic design disciplines. Clever, unique and considered interiors are transformative, and contribute to a cultural identity which is uniquely Australian.

This category seeks to award one distinctive residential interior design Project created by an individual or studio. At least one individual per Entry must be a practising interior designer.


One winner in the Interior Design category will be awarded a $5000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded.

Applications have been shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by three expert judges, on the following criteria :

Fulfilment of the client brief / project objective

Originality – something we haven’t seen before, something invented from scratch.

Visual Appeal – beauty, boldness, aesthetic appeal.

Craftsmanship – how well does this project integrate skilled craftsmanship, and demonstrate mastery of a craft?

Function – how well does this space deliver the desired functional outcomes?

Sustainability – how well does this project contribute to positive environmental outcomes, with specific consideration of local environmental impact, management and reduction of waste, water and energy consumption?

Visionary thinking – does this project push boundaries, does it achieve something bigger than the intended commercial outcomes?

Bonus points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.

The Interior Design award is sponsored by Miele
Brammah Interior Design, Ferndale House

A carefully crafted renovation of a classic 60s Bungalow, this Chatsford home expertly fuses old-world charm with contemporary style.

Interior Design
Chelsea Hing, Yarra Valley House

Set in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, this Aussie beauty with vineyard views was completely overhauled to create more space for a growing family.

Interior Design
Workroom, Huntingtower Tower Residence

A richly layered family home that connects the interior and exterior, and creates an oasis from the outside world. 

Interior Design
Doherty Design Studio, St Kilda Residence

A revitalised 1920s Californian Bungalow that retains the best bits of the original home, expertly redesigning the rest and keeping colour at the fore.  

Interior Design
Doherty Design Studio, Thornton Residence

This ‘contemporary country’, low-maintenance weekender for a Melbourne couple sits calmly within its idyllic bush setting.

Interior Design
Matt Woods Design, Perfect Storm

Known as ‘the concrete bunker’, this sleek Camperdown apartment is an intimate, yet utilitarian environment

Interior Design
Olivia Bossy, Freshwater

All neutral tones and soft edges, this light-filled family home is both refined and relaxed, making the most of a tiny footprint.

Interior Design
Dylan Farrell, Sydney Contemporary Perch

A cutting-edge family home that incorporates sculptural elements into the design itself, this cosmopolitan project is rich with texture. 

Interior Design
Sarah Cosentino & Felicity Slattery, Portsea Beach House

A refurbished clifftop residence in Portsea that pays homage to the Modernist era of the home and the surrounding coastal context.

Interior Design
Simone Haag, House Poynton

A renovated Modernist home with an emphasis on texture, layers and silhouettes to create a warm family environment.

Interior Design
Georgina Jeffries, The Victorian

A playful inner-city Victorian terrace that opens up living spaces, paying tribute to the heritage of the property whilst pushing the boundaries of the ‘norm’.

Interior Design
Kate Challis Interiors, Gertrude Street Project

A bold home for a family of creatives that blurs the distinction between art and design.

Interior Design
David Flack

David Flack is the founder and director of Flack Studio, a studio he founded in 2014 armed with experience and skill acquired through working at some of Melbourne’s most esteemed design practices. Flack Studio has gone on to win accolades for its bold design approach, with a nod to restrained, classic stateliness, offset by unexpected, light-hearted elements.

Yasmine Ghoniem

Raised across four continents, Yasmine Ghoniem’s interiors are inspired by her vast childhood memories abroad, from Kuwait to Sydney, Savannah to Saudi Arabia. After graduating in the USA, Yasmine Ghoniem lived and worked in the United States and the Middle East before returning to Australia in 2013 to form Amber Road with Katy Svalbe. Today, Amber Road is known for its nuanced, sophisticated approach, and has been shortlisted for, or won, 35 design awards over the past six years.

Adriana Hanna

Adriana Hanna is a Senior Project Architect and Head of Interiors at Kennedy Nolan, where she has worked for over ten years. In recognition of this, Adriana was appointed as an Associate of the practice in 2018. Adriana has a particular interest in design that spans the creative disciplines, and ensures each project is delivered with architecture, interiors, furniture and associated design items treated consistently and seamlessly.