Your INDE.Awards Official Shortlist for 2018 is about to be announced. We cast our eyes back to the successful entries of 2017. What new directions will 2018 bring?
April 26th, 2018
When we launched the INDE.Awards, we at Indesign Media Asia Pacific had a powerful big picture in mind. Our aim was to recognise the Asia Pacific region’s most progressive design and architecture on a global stage, and in so doing, to create a unifying lens for all of us across what is an extremely diverse part of the world.
The INDE.Awards are about assessing Asia Pacific’s designers and designs on the region’s own terms, not the terms of the world’s other design centres. We believe we have set a new benchmark for design accolades across APAC.
“It’s showing we’re coming of age as a region,” said INDE.Awards 2017 jury member Sue Carr, the Founder of Carr Design Group, of the 2017 awards program. “We’re starting to demonstrate what we do and how we do it. We’re forging our own way.”
In 2017 the INDE.Awards received over 400 entries from 14 countries all around the region, with the most entries coming from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia and Japan. Despite the diversity of entrants’ locations, the jury had no major differences of opinion – a strong indicator of the cross-border consensus going on across APAC nations and beyond.
Who was successful in 2017? Here’s a quick recap:
Indigo Slam – Smart Design Studio; Moving House – ArchitectsEAT; NBCS Learning Environment – WMK; Ply House – Upstairs_; Skye by Crown Group – Koichi Takada Architects; South East Water – BVN.
“Exceptionally grand and rich in detail” – Jury
ArchitectsEAT; Austin Maynard Architects; Breathe Architecture; Foolscap Studio; Joyce Wang Studio; Kennedy Nolan; Linehouse; Spatial Practice.
“An acerbic intellect combined with a great big heart” – Jury
88 Angel Street – Steele Associates; Hotel Mono – Spacedge Designs; Living Shelter – WY-TO; Noma Australia – Foolscap Studio; Seat Bubbler, Spring Hill Primary – Steendijk for EMBASSYliving; Siren Design Group – Siren Design Group; SJB Melbourne Studio – SJB; St Stephens Junior School – CODA Studio.
“Creatively intelligent” – Jury
BCG Digital Ventures – Carr Deisgn; Honestbee Office – Wynk Collaborative; NIO Brand Creative Studio – Linehouse; PetSure Sydney – The Bold Collective; Slack Melbourne Office – Breathe Architecture; The Work Project – Bean Buro; WeWork, Shanghai Flagship – Linehouse; Woods Bagot Melbourne – Woods Bagot.
“A natural place for human interaction” – Jury
Cornwall Gardens – CHANG Architects; Disappearing Corridor – Bean Buro; Fitzroy Loft – ArchitectsEAT; Forest House – Fearon Hay Architects; House 24 – Park + Associates; Moving House – ArchitectsEAT; Peninsula Residence – SJB; The Courtyard House – Kister Architects.
“A wonderful blend of nature and architecture” – Jury
Cinemaxx Junior – DP Design; Humming Puppy – Karen Abernethy Studio; M&G Café and Bar at The Star – Luchetti Krelle; Mezzi Master Bookshop & Exhibit – One Plus Partnership; PLAYbox at Esplanade Theatres – Lekker Architects; Sensory Lab – Foolscap Studio; The University of Sydney – Carr Design; Woollahra Library – BVN.
“Human responsive design at its best” – Jury
Gelava Chairs – Ross Didier; Greenway – Alex Fitzpatrick; Grill’d Signature Collection – Dowel Jones; HUP HUP Chair – Tom Skeehan; Marlu – Blackandwhite Creative; Ora Desk Lamp – Ross Gardam; Polar Desk Lamp – Ross Gardam; Pylight – Rakumba Lighting.
“A beautifully resolved and thoughtful piece” – Jury
Daniel To & Emma Aiston – Daniel Emma; David Flack – Flack Studio; Frank Leung – Via; Karen Abernethy – Karen Abernethy Studio; Lorene Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui – Bean Buro; Nelson Chow – NC Design & Architecture; Pan Yicheng – Produce; Vince Alafaci & Caroline Choker – Acme & Co.
“Formidable talents to be watched” – Jury
Kerry Hill – Kerry Hill Architects; Wong Mun Summ & Richard Hassell – WOHA; Nik Karalis – Woods Bagot; Paul Hecker & Hamish Guthrie – Hecker Guthrie; Sonny Chan – Chan Sau Yan Associates; William Smart – Smart Design Studio.
“A genuine, deserving icon” – Jury
“Intensely relevant for the future of the workplace” – Jury
“Sophistication, maturity, and intuitive sensitivity” – Jury
“Exceptionally grand and rich in detail” – Jury
The region’s best in our four new award categories, for starters: The Multi-Residential Building, The Shopping Space, The Learning Space, and The Wellness Space. What directions is A&D taking in APAC? Find out shortly with the announcement of the 2018 INDE.Awards Shortlist!
Don’t miss your chance to find out first hand who wins in 2018. Tickets to the INDE.Awards 2018 Gala are on sale now.
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