2017 Interior Designer of the Year

May 2017

Photo by Dave Wheeler

The Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards recognises Australia’s leading design practices, their respected bodies of work, and the acclaim amongst industry and peers. 

“Congratulations to the winners of the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2017 – Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich of SJB. The pair, and their team, had a very big year with a myriad of projects entered in the awards – taking out the Best Hospitality Design Interior for 12-Micron at Sydney’s Barangaroo and the ultimate gong – Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year. It’s the sophisticated and assured Australian sensibility that SJB has brought to its work that has earned the team global recognition,” says Tanya Buchanan, editor of Belle.

SJB awarded Interior Designer of the Year 

Taking out the most prestigious award for the night, Designer of the Year, Kirsten Stanisich and Jonathan Richards, interior design directors at SJB. 

“We would like to celebrate the unconscious inclusivity of the Belle Coco Republic awards.  With just over half of the shortlisted projects this year being designed by women. Not only is this incredibly exciting for Australian design, but it is a true indicator of just how progressive our profession really is,” Kirsten Stanisich and Jonathan Richards.

“This award recognises the best of interior design and we feel incredibly proud to be honoured with this accolade. We have been working incredibly hard this past year and are overwhelmed and excited by this recognition” says Kirsten Stanisich.

SJB awarded Best Hospitality Interior for 12-Micron

SJB are incredibly proud and humbled by the proceedings of last night, and pay special thanks to Belle magazine, Tanya Buchanan, Coco Republic, and most importantly – our clients, consultants and builders.

“We are amazed by our team, and this award is theirs as much as ours. It’s the team who push ideas around the table at lunch time which results in the quality of our work,” says Jonathan Richards.

“We also would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients, who have invested in our profession … and are willing to take chances with us - without their support projects like 12-Micron wouldn’t be possible,” continues Jonathan Richards.

For 12-Micron, the award celebrates the juxtaposition between nature and urbanisation; the combination of the spotted gum, and an homage to Jean Pierre Raynuads’ The Grid. As part of the Barangaroo foreshore it was essential that a Sydney aesthetic be developed to harmonise, but not compete, with the harbour views. Drawing on Sydney’s native flora and urban context, the combination of a grid pattern overlay is contrasted with the natural texture of eucalyptus. Additionally, the design references the indoor/outdoor lifestyle of Sydney with exterior finishes, such as stone cobbles, used indoors.



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