I first came across the Australian Interior Design Awards a few years ago, doubtless scrolling for inspiration online, and I’m pretty sure that Vogue Living was the source of that initial encounter. Covering categories from retail and workplace design to hospitality, the residential design and residential decoration shortlists are always the must-see categories for me as both showcase some of the most exciting domestic architectural and interior projects in Australia.
This year’s winners will be announced later this week on June 10, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos from one of the projects listed in the residential decoration category: the Richmond Residence designed by We Are Huntly, with gorgeous photography by Brooke Holm.
Located in Melbourne, We Are Huntly describe this project as “a unique 80s style warehouse. We curated the art, furniture and custom joinery to complement and seamlessly integrate with the existing environment. The result is a gallery-like interior, which finds the perfect balance between personality and a homely yet luxurious space.”
It’s easy to see that this interior is bursting with personality. On their website, We Are Huntly say: “This is not: Your average client.” Likewise, this is far from your average home. From the volume of the space to the dramatic artworks and furnishings, this home is a statement of bold and confident design. Much of the furniture and lighting has a sculptural quality, while pieces like the custom-made storage and shelving cabinet below have been designed to reflect the building’s industrial heritage.
There’s also a tactile quality to this space thanks to the wall finishes. And for all the drama, this interior also has these quiet and restrained moments where each piece and each element in this interior has space to breathe and be appreciated.