INSIDE World Festival of Interiors announced today the best interior designs of 2016 across the categories of Bars and Restaurants, Offices, and Retail. The annual awards, which started today at Arena Berlin, encompass the best interior designs from the past 12 months from around the globe. This year’s winners include a 1950s style diner, a concept store in China and a co-working space in Sydney, Australia.
A further six category winners will be announced tomorrow. The nine category winners will then go head-to-head on Friday, the final day of the event, to be named World Interior of the Year 2016. Any favourites yet?
‘Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store’ by Hangzhou AN Interior Design topped this year’s retail category. The black shell interior assumes the role of an art and design exhibition space as well as a furniture and fashion store on the second floor. The jury felt that “the profoundly tectonic approach was mysteriously moving and refined."
Woods Bagot won the Offices category for their ‘Paramount by The Office Space’ co-working project. An innovative adaptive re-use design, Woods Bagot transformed the upper ground level of Paramount House in Sydney into a tailored shared working environment, creating 22 handcrafted suites for creative and niche business activity. The design celebrates traditional joinery and artisan skills, while honouring the building’s heritage. Judges praised the project as a “paradigm shift for co-working [which] achieved a high-quality outcome rarely seen before”. They felt it represented a “refreshing contrast in office design, where highly crafted spatial, detailing and materiality strategies have been composed with an old world dignity.” A workspace design that offers the best of both worlds.
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