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2023 TIDA International Interior of the Year

Inspirational interior design projects take out the awards in 2023 TIDA International Interior of the Year

Winner: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

FGMF (Forte Gimenes e Marcondes Ferraz) Architects – São Paulo, Brazil

This 600m² apartment in a prominent 1969 building in Sao Paulo had been well cared for, but had not undergone changes since the work done by the former residents in 1978.

FGMF's renovation of the interior has been dramatic in terms of the new layout, facilities, materials and furnishings.

The main circulation occurs naturally around a central core, clad with greenish patinated copper plates. 

This contrasts large wooden volume accomodating an office, TV room and intimate room for the daily life of the family. 

Fully clad in oak, it has trellis-like sliding doors that can be fully opened or closed depending on the occasion, and create an everyday dynamic that changes the appearance of the social area.

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Judges' comments:

The flexibility to change the configuration of this apartment's public spaces demonstrates an innovative approach to the design of this apartment interior.

The furniture is an intriguing collection of seemingly disparate pieces, that never-the-less come together in a cohesive whole.

Everything about this warm and welcoming interior benefits from closer inspection.


Runner-up: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

O&A Design Studio (London) – New York City

This 130m² one-level apartments boasts a beautiful layout and panoramic-view windows that face historic heart of the New York City. 

The apartment was not our owner’s only place of residence for him and his family, so only needed two bedrooms – which left a large open light space to combine the kitchen, hall and sitting room.

A mirror wall  in the sitting room helps make the space seem even larger.

Shades of grey are a prominent feature of the finishes, with cool and warm tones that are diluted by various types of metal.

Furniture and light fittings are a curated collection of individual items, each contributing to the intricate interplay of colour and space.

Judges' comments:

A classic interior which avoids going down a predictable path.

Distinctive furniture pieces, selection of materials and the way spaces are composed all set off the 'shades of grey' approach to the space.


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Angel O’Donnell – London

The designers set out to breathe new life into this well-loved and well-lived-in family home with its bounty of Edwardian features.

This was achieved by taking an eclectic and considered and considered approach that has created an interior that is homely and relaxed, without being faddist.

The project was also about reconfiguring rooms, improving flow and functionality, and giving sections of the house a new purpose and identity.

Layered on top of these design principles is the addition of pops of colour, so that each room evokes a different mood.

Judges' comments:

An excellent examples of how occasional use of bold colour can add so much impact to spaces – even in spaces with rich historical detailing.


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Emma Morris, Eternodesign – Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled lakeside and flanked by schist rock and mountains, this home naturally draws inspiration for its architecture and interiors from its spectacular surroundings.

The goal was to 'bring the outside in', So the designer and architect worked together from the outset to create a five-bedroom family home that is in synergy with its setting on all of its various levels.

A key requirement for the owners was to be able to cater for immediate and extended family, with partners and grandchildren, including a highly functional, free flowing space between the kitchen and scullery, living and dining, and outdoor entertaining areas.

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Judges' comments:

Spectacular mountain and lake views are the compelling feature of this home. 

And its interiors have successfully connected indoors and outdoors through form, tone and texture.



Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Di Henshall Interior Design – Queensland, Australia

The owners of this expansive family home overlooking the Sunshine Coast had differing requests when it came to deciding on the interior design.

Key to solving these opposites was a large pavilion on the plan that hadn't been designated for any specific function.

This was developed into a glamorous performance area, with raised stage, a huge back-lit bar and games area.

That contrasts with the calm and natural atmosphere of the living areas of the home – such as the main lounge, with its curved furnishing, a custom carpet with a design representing falling leaves, and a custom balsa wood wall light in the form of a stylised flower.

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Judges' comments:

This project demonstrated a skillful implementation of interior design concepts across a substantial home with wide ranging spaces.

A wealth of impressive custom-designed elements have been incorporated throughout.


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design – Auckland, New Zealand

One of six large apartments in the development, this penthouse occupies the entire top level and has a resort-style feel developed through the use of natural materials such as stone, timber, steel, alabaster and marble.

The expansive living space runs the full width of the northern face of the complex, with floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides making the most of panoramic views of Rangitoto and the Waitemata Harbour.

Positioning the kitchen and scullery to the rear created three distinct zones, with the dining area in the centre of the open plan space, plus a seating arrangement around a large gas fire that's ideal for relaxed entertaining.

The large space to the rear of the living room is designed as a separate media room, with contemporary aluminium framed glazed walls providing uninterrupted transparency from every angle out to the view beyond.

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Judges' comments:

The interior design of this penthouse ticked all the boxes for functionality required in a high-end home, while creating a sophisticated ambiance to complement the spectacular setting.


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

K2LD Architects – Indonesia

The house is designed as a calming and restoring abode, where they can get to enjoy the tropical weather and at the same time allow all rooms to enjoy natural daylight as well as cross ventilation. 

The basic concept was to create a free plan at the first storey with large sliding glass panels. 

Structural elements are expressed as blades of Stone Cladded Walls at the first storey, while services areas such as the kitchen and back of house areas are cladded in timber screens/ panelling as part of a volume inserted within the space.

A curved staircase becomes a standalone sculpture that works as a lighting feature at the same time. At night the underside of the staircase glows against the 8m high vertical greenery at the exterior. 


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Angel O’Donnell – London

Once home to Britain’s military HQ under Churchill’s premiership, this neo-baroque Grade II listed gem boasts a fine pedigree.

With such a strong backdrop, the interiors have been given a quieter and welcoming ambience – one that looked like it had been lovingly assembled over many years.

Craftsmanship, pin-sharp detailing, expert art curation and that all-important comfort work in concert with each other.

In honour of the heady mix of the building's heritage, multicultural flavours were incorporated throughout the interior, working harmoniously together to create pockets of pleasure throughout the apartment.


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Kurz Architects – Prague, Czech Republic

The interior of this Prague villa has been completely transformed into a comfortable and functional interior full of natural materials, muted, earthy colours, unique furniture and custom-made accessories.

What initially appeared to be a simple request by the owners for minor changes to make the interior cosier turned into a dramatic transformation of every corner of the house. 

The heart of the ground floor is dominated by a generous bespoke piece of furniture unified by a homogenous pattern of oak veneer that comes from a single tree.

While the ground floor is very open and invites the family to spend time together, the second floor remained divided into individual rooms despite necessary layout adjustments. 

Both floors are rich in storage space, so the rooms appear calm and very orderly. 

Judges' comments:

The imposing centrepiece on the ground floor not only grounds the design but also cleverly fulfils a variety of functions – kitchen cabinetry, living room wall, a library, or display shelving.

The project is a good example of how an initial request for small changes to an interior, can evolve into something more substantial and lifestyle-changing for the owners.


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

La Firme – Montreal, Canada

In the early 2000’s, This fourth-floor unit in a heritage building on Old Montreal’s had suffered an ill-conceived renovation in the early 2000's, resulting in conflicting odd angles, wasted space, a dysfunctional kitchen, and a long black wall that consumed light. 

The antidote was clear: light, openness, enduring design.

The space was gutted and straightened out, and the new inteior designed with the aim of decrease reliance on artificial light, reuse existing appliances and plumbing emplacements, and preserve the space’s timeless features.

Wood ceilings, light-painted brick and white floors now help lighten the main living spaces, while a mirrored back wall in the black-tiled master bathroom bounces light from the windows back into the bright, warm bedroom. .


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos – São Paulo, Brazil

This apartment's interior design stands out for a dramatic curation of iconic and experimental design pieces from Brazilian and international designers.

In the social area, the dining room is integrated to the living room, surrounded by large, landscaped balconies, the custom wine cellar, kitchen with lunch room, and the tv room  – a wall separates the social area from the entry hall and the apartment's private/intimate spaces. 

The interior design stands out for its unique curation of iconic and experimental design pieces from Brazilian and international designers. 

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Judges' comments:

Both architects and owners took a responsible sustainability approach when crafting this interior.

This included leaving the elegant original concrete ceiling of the building exposed in some rooms, avoidance of leather or synthetic fabrics, and sustainability certificates for every piece of wood used in the renovation.  


Finalist: 

TIDA International Interior of the Year

Right Angle Studio – Singapore

An open plan configuration blurs the barrier between indoors and outdoors of this city fringe duplex apartment, conveying a continuous experience for guests and homeowners. 

Primarily rendered in ash wood, marble, and lime-washed textures, the interior space is complemented with a mix of understated furnishings, enabling a continuous dialogue between the living, dining, and patio areas.

Every room is carefully considered for the homeowners’ lifestyles, and the space portrays an understated, warm ambiance, where the owners’ personality and style blends seamlessly with its architecture and interior design.


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