Australian designers examine contemporary domestic life for Rigg Design Prize

Danielle Brustman’s fantastical Art Deco-inspired play den interior set
Danielle Brustman’s fantastical Art Deco-inspired play den interior set
(Image credit: Danielle Brustman)

The Triennial Rigg Design Prize exhibition (Australia’s leading design competition) celebrates the field of interior design and decoration this year with the theme of ‘Domestic Living.’ Embedding their interiors with the ideas and stories that engage directly with the cultural, historical, material and technological aspects of society, Australian interior designers and decorators create environments that range from an intimately tactile golden-hued sanctuary to a fantastical Art Deco-inspired play den (part lounge, part stage) with cosmic lighting.

Design duo Hecker Guthrie scooped the accolade this year with a simple interior universe that centred around the humble table. The ten shortlisted sets are installed at National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and the purpose-built rooms address a current conundrum: acknowledging that the boundaries between work and pleasure are statically blurred due to our steadfast interaction with digital devices and the dissolution of a structured office environment, how do you distil the values and rituals of contemporary home life?

Hecker Guthrie’s interior design set

(Image credit: Hecker Guthrie)

Hecker Guthrie’s winning interior set

Scroll below for our pick of the shortlisted designers and practices that include Amber Road, Arent & Pyke, Danielle Brustman, David Flack, David Hicks, Hecker Guthrie, Martyn Thompson Studio, Richards Stanisich, Scott Weston Architecture Design and The Society Inc by Sibella Court.

Hecker Guthrie’s winning interior set

Hecker Guthrie’s winning interior set

(Image credit: Hecker Guthrie)

Amber Road’s interior set

Amber Road’s interior set 

(Image credit: Amber Road)

David Hicks’ interior set

David Hicks’ interior set

(Image credit: David Hicks)

Richards Stanisich’s interior set

Richards Stanisich’s interior set

(Image credit: Richards Stanisich)

INFORMATION

‘Rigg Design Prize 2018’ is on view until 24 February 2019. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Victoria website (opens in new tab)

INFORMATION

‘Rigg Design Prize 2018’ is on view until 24 February 2019. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Victoria website (opens in new tab)

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
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Melbourne
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