The core elements of a successful hospitality business are undisputed – good food, good service and a good environment in which to enjoy them. Especially in saturated markets such as Melbourne and Sydney, two out of the three elements is not enough for a new venue to thrive, prosper and earn longevity.
Needless to say operators rely on chefs for the food and floor staff to provide service. Acknowledging the role that design and fit-out play as part of a new venue’s success, the annual Eat-Drink-Design Awards was established in 2012 to recognise the work of the architects, interior designers and graphic designers active across all facets of the hospitality sector.
From high-end restaurant design to temporary and pop-up design, food retail, identity and branding, the awards cover projects of all scales and types. The only awards program in Australia dedicated to the space, Eat-Drink-Design is a forum for architects, designers, restaurateurs and bar operators to present and share their best new projects.
The short list for the 2013 awards has just been announced, with 81 projects shortlisted across six categories: Best Bar Design, Best Restaurant Design, Best Cafe Design, Best Temporary Design, Best Retail Design and Best Visual Identity Design.
Check out a small selection of projects from around the country that caught our eye below, or check all out finalists at the Eat-Drink-Design Awards website.
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Alfred & Constance
130 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006.
Photography: Florian Groehn
Bar Di Stasio
31C Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, VIC 3182.
Design: Robert Simeoni Architects, VIC
in collaboration with Callum Morton and David Pidgeon
Phone: 03 9347 4411
Photography: Trevor Mein
424 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland, NZ 1021.
Design: Ctrl SPACE and Lovelace & Co.
www.ctrlspace.co.nz | http://lovelace.co.nz/
Photography: Sarah Grace
1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Design: Denton Corker Marshall
Photograper: Itsuka Studio
Kitchen By Mike On Wheels
1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, NSW 2018
Design: Koskela Pty Ltd
Photography: Ashley Jones
3/129 Bathurst Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
Designer: Kirk Richardson with Dunbabin Architects
Phone: 0419345794 | www.dunbabinarchitects.com.au
Photography: Luke Burgess
The Eat-Drink-Design Awards ceremony and awards announcement takes place in Melbourne on 12 November, 2013.
By Matt Hurst