Rigg Design Prize 2018



The Rigg Design Prize has recognised and celebrated the best of interior design since 1994. In support of the prestigious prize, the NGV has created its first major exhibition of contemporary interior design and decoration, showcasing the works of ten shortlisted Australian design studios.



The Table is the Base

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Designed by Hecker Guthrie (PRIZE WINNER)

There’s no denying our dining table is the heart of our home, it’s where bellies are filled, conversations are held, and ideas are born. When we heard Hecker Guthrie’s room explores the unassuming table as a unifying object, we knew it wouldn’t disappoint.

The installation highlights the table as a fundamental object in bringing people and space together using light timbers, terracotta hues and minimal embellishment. The best part? almost every object in the room reflects a table-like appearance, including the shelves.

I think our role is to heighten people’s sense of theatre when they walk into a space. If you don’t make someone feel something then you have failed.
— Paul Hecker


Home: Feast, Bathe, Rest


Designed By Arent&Pyke

Ever wondered why you feel good the moment you step into a well designed space? Our interiors can have a profound impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing. The Arent&Pyke duo created their room on the notion that home is a source of restoration.

With a timeless blend of dark green and rich ochre hues throughout their three-part room, they explore the fundamental needs of the human soul - feast, bathe and rest. Without a doubt, the lighting is key to the design and throws a moody ambience in the rest area and an energetic atmosphere in the feasting and bathing area. You also can’t go past the beautiful Australian artwork and bespoke furniture (those wishbone backed chairs are incredible).

We want people to really experience the space, not just enjoy it. We are trying to create real emotion.
— Juliette Arent


Panic Room


Designed By David Hicks

Think about the first thing you do when you wake up — do you reach for the phone?

There is no denying the impact of today’s digital landscape on how we live. David Hicks ‘Panic Room’, shows how traditional and social media can alter our perception towards ourselves and our home - often chasing perfection.

At first glance, the Panic Room oozes glam through a monochrome palette, draped chandeliers and luxe furniture. It’s not until you look past the glam and notice the large surveillance screens and a dark disguised figure on the lounge chair, that you start to wonder — is home a place of retreat and protection from the watchful world.

I’ve called my room ‘Panic Room’, the whole thesis of it I suppose is about this voyeurism and how design is reacting to the pressure of being watched.
— David Hicks


Take it Outside


Designed by Amber Road

Who doesn’t love sitting on the porch with a glass of vino or getting the barbie started. This installation explores the transitional space between indoor and outdoor living — the verandah. A humble platform part of our home where we seek refuge, unwind, play, and reflect.

The design is inspired by the Australian landscape and culture, with an alluring starry ceiling, skyline curtains, cloud-shaped lighting and colours and textures resembling the dusty outback. There’s also iconic references to the outdoors, including a pair of thongs (shoes, of course) and a mozzie coil.

For us the perfect brief is somewhere we can execute both indoor and outdoor spaces, and it’s about the exploration of that area blurred in-between we find fascinating.
— Yasmine Ghoniem




Designed by Scott Weston Architecture Design

Scott Weston’s room features a collection of curiosities and rarities. His six-room diorama features his personal collection of artworks, sculptures and keepsakes that are digitally printed on the wallpaper.

As an architect and an interior architect, I like to borrow from the past and reinterpret.
— Scott Weston


We’ve boundless plains to share


Designed by Flack Studio

Flack Studio’s domestic space imbues a luxurious ambiance through rich gold hues to represent the ‘golden age’, a time where many Australians are able to create personalised interiors when parts of our world is in crisis. It’s also worth noting the interior embodies Australia’s indigenous history and celebrates cultural diversity for those who’ve come across the sea, we’ve boundless plains to share.

The unification of our spaces really comes together through all of our collaborators. Something that represents their culture or their way of living in Australia.
— David Flack




Designed by Martyn Thompson Studio

Do you work from home and often find it difficult to draw the line between work and personal sanctuary?

Martyn Thompson’s installation uncovers the blurred line between work and home. His beautiful representation of a modern-day atelier shows the shift in domestic spaces as more people work from home. It inspires you to create spaces that are both functional and personal, yet fluid enough to meet life’s ever-changing demands.

The light was the starting place for me... that’s what gives a room an emotional quality. In my room, I hope it’s evident that the home is a nest, it is a cave, it is a sanctuary, and it should feel like that.
— Martyn Thompson


Our natural needs in a digital world


Designed by Richards Stanisich

Richards Stanisich set out to explore our natural needs in a digital world. In the center of the installation represents our basic needs - a kitchen, living and sleeping area to shelter, eat, sleep and connect. The breathtaking display is stripped to its purest primitive form, including the standout linen ceiling that throws a shade of light over the textured linen-bedding and clay-based interiors.

A black glossy wall encapsulates this warm and earthy living area, with screens emitting blue light to represent technology and the digital world that surrounds us — its impact on our basic needs not yet fully realised.

We thought about what is the essence of being in our home, we wanted to create a space that reduced the core elements to its most purest almost primitive state.
— Jonathan Richards




Designed by Danielle Brustman

Danielle’s take on domestic living pushes us to wonder — can our homes be more fantastical?

Looking at her installation you wouldn’t have guessed it’s a living room (even kitted with a record player). Stepping outside the norm, she’s created a theatrical design with a ‘stage-like’ sitting area inspired by the dazzling 80s musical fantasy movie, Xanadu, retro roller skating rinks and amusement rides.

Using colour, shape and lighting, Danielle’s contemporary room inspires us to be courageous and freely express our spaces regardless of the social norm — after all, home is a place where dreams come true.

The interior I have created offers a new way to look at domestic space and the possibilities of domestic space.
— Danielle Brustman




Designed by The Society Inc By Sibella Court

Sibella’s installation beautifully portrays the many stories every home holds. Whether it’s passed down heirlooms, travel souvenirs, pictures in frames, or things we’ve collected over time — each tell a story about our life and experiences.

The installation is inspired by the ‘cabinet of curiosities’, originating in the sixteenth-century, to showcase a collection of objects. When you explore the intricate details of this wonder-room, you begin to notice the antiques and modern pieces — an alchemy workshop, a crow’s nest from a ship and a huge abacus. You’re left wondering about the story behind each piece and the unknown inhabitants. A captivating and magical display that makes you reflect on the objects you bring into your home, each telling your story - past, present and future.

Every space that I create starts with a story, whether it is history-based which is one of my passions, or whether it is history and a bit of make-believe.
— Sibella Court


Mirka Mora:

Pas De Deux - Drawings And Dolls

Her private collection

Escher x nendo

A mind-bending experience

Clement Meadmore:

The Art of Mid-Century Design

Works of a Melbourne-born Artist