The 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards Have Announced Australia’s Most Exquisite Venues

Australia’s most stunning venues have once again been celebrated at this year’s Eat Drink Design Awards. The annual event pays tribute to the best-designed establishments across the hospitality industry, with the 2019 edition dominated by venues located across Melbourne.

This year’s judging panel was made up of some of the biggest names in the design world:

  • New York Times restaurant critic Besha Rodell
  • Studio-Gram Architect and Co-Founder, Graham Charbonneau
  • Artichoke Editor, Cassie Hansen
  • The Mulberry Group CEO and Founder, Nathan Toleman 
  • Architect Phillip Schemnitz

Some notable winners included Blacksmith Providore Lake Mulwala which took out best bar design for their ’70s-style Southern Californian estate. Collingwood ice cream store Piccolina was awarded best retail design, while Port Fairy’s Drift House and Brisbane’s The Calile Hotel tied for best hotel design.

Speaking on what swayed their choices the jury said, “there was one word that arose over and over during our deliberations: restraint. The principle of restraint marked every single winner, as well as many commendations, though it was expressed in myriad ways.”

Check out the main awards below and find the full list of winners and commendations at Eat Drink Design.

Best Restaurant Design: Di Stasio Citta by Hassell (Melbourne, VIC)

Best Cafe Design: Via Porta by Studio Esteta (Mont Albert, VIC)

Best Bar Design: Blacksmith Lake Mulwala by The Stella Collective (Mulwala, NSW)

Best Hotel Design: Drift House by Multiplicity (Port Fairy, VIC) and The Calile Hotel by Richards and Spence (Fortitude Valley, QLD)

Best Installation Design: The Magic Box by Liminal Objects with Van Tuil (fabricated in Hobart, TAS)

Best Retail Design: Piccolina Collingwood by Hecker Guthrie (Collingwood, VIC)

Best Identity Design: Lagotto by Studio Hi Ho (Fitzroy North, VIC)

Hall of Fame: Cumulus Inc by Pascale Gomes-McNabb (Melbourne, VIC)

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