Shortlist: 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards

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Smoko Room by Rachel O’Malley and Mike Petre, shortlisted for Best Bar Design.

Smoko Room by Rachel O’Malley and Mike Petre, shortlisted for Best Bar Design.

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Caretaker by Britomart Hospitality Group, shortlisted for Best Bar Design.

Caretaker by Britomart Hospitality Group, shortlisted for Best Bar Design.

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Bessie by Ctrl Space, shortlisted for Best Restaurant Design.

Bessie by Ctrl Space, shortlisted for Best Restaurant Design.

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Maude by Ctrl Space, shortlisted for Best Cafe Design.

Maude by Ctrl Space, shortlisted for Best Cafe Design.

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Brick Lane by AZB Creative, shortlisted for Best Bar Design.

Brick Lane by AZB Creative, shortlisted for Best Bar Design. Image: Jason Jowett

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Cutler and Co. by IF Architecture, shortlisted for Best Restaurant Design.

Cutler and Co. by IF Architecture, shortlisted for Best Restaurant Design.

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Au79 Cafe by Mim Design, shortlisted for Best Cafe Design.

Au79 Cafe by Mim Design, shortlisted for Best Cafe Design.

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Pizza Da Mario - Mobile Pop up by Victoria Hampshire Design, shortlisted for Best Installation Design.

Pizza Da Mario - Mobile Pop up by Victoria Hampshire Design, shortlisted for Best Installation Design.

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Handpicked Wines Cellar Door by DesignOffice, shortlisted for Best Retail Design.

Handpicked Wines Cellar Door by DesignOffice, shortlisted for Best Retail Design.

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The Garden by Sonnet, shortlisted for Best Identity Design.

The Garden by Sonnet, shortlisted for Best Identity Design. Image: Sonnet

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The 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards jurors (l–r) Nat Cheshire, Cassie Hansen, Ingrid Richards, Vanessa Crichton and Ross Lusted.

The 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards jurors (l–r) Nat Cheshire, Cassie Hansen, Ingrid Richards, Vanessa Crichton and Ross Lusted. Image: Kit Haselden

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From a pool of 156 entries, 94 projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards, with four New Zealand projects named as finalists.

The annual Eat Drink Design Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the design of hospitality venues of all scales and types, retail environments for the sale of food and beverages and visual identities for both.

“From coffee kiosks and twelve-seat restaurants to takeaway shops and food courts, this year’s Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist reveals the exceptional quality and variety of design in Australia and New Zealand’s hospitality scene,” says jury chairperson Cassie Hansen.

The entries were submitted across six categories: Best Bar Design, Best Restaurant Design, Best Cafe Design, Best Installation Design, Best Retail Design and Best Identity Design. From this pool, the jury has shortlisted the best projects from across Australia and New Zealand.

Caretaker by Britomart Hospitality Group, shortlisted for Best Bar Design.
Bessie by Ctrl Space, shortlisted for Best Restaurant Design.

Bringing together the expertise and experience of the design and hospitality communities, the judging panel for 2017 comprised Ingrid Richards, co-founder of Richards & Spence Architects; Nat Cheshire, director of Cheshire Architects; Vanessa Crichton, general manager of Rockpool Group; Ross Lusted, chef and owner of The Bridge Room; and Cassie Hansen, editor of Artichoke.

2017 Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist

Best Bar Design

New Zealand projects: 

  • Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room – Rachel O’Malley and Mike Petre
  • Caretaker – Britomart Hospitality Group

Best Restaurant Design

New Zealand project:

Maude by Ctrl Space, shortlisted for Best Cafe Design.
  • Bessie – Ctrl Space

Best Cafe Design

New Zealand project:

  • Maude – Ctrl Space

Best Installation Design

Best Retail Design

Best Identity Design

The winners will be announced Tuesday 14 November at the official awards ceremony held at The Arts Centre in Melbourne, and subsequently published online on Wednesday 15 November. The winners from each award category will receive a cash prize of $1,500.

Further to this, the jury will select one iconic hospitality venue from Australia or New Zealand to enter the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. Venues considered for this accolade have achieved a level of cultural significance as well as demonstrating longevity in an industry often categorised as transient.

The 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and supported by principal partner Taubmans; major partners Planned Cover and Shadowfax Wines; and supporting partners TaitStellar WorksMAP Furniture, Schiavello and Latitude.


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