Habitat1 are proud their project for Inlite won a Design Institute of Australia (DIA) award. The DIA is the professional membership body and only multi-disciplinary organisation of designers in Australia. The 2012 DIA(WA) Awards program showcases leadership and innovation in imaginative and sustainable Australian design practice. It proudly recognises the talents and contribution of Western Australia designers.
This project won the coveted ‘Award of Merit’ for Interior Design – Corporate, which is awarded to entries that demonstrate the highest professional achievement within their category in accordance with the judging criteria.
Inlite has found a new home in the old flour mill in Northbridge. The brief presented the opportunity to reinterpret and celebrate this forgotten space, all whilst carefully preserving the integrity of the building envelope.
The design challenge in this project was to convert the old flour mill built in 1906 into Inlite’s edgy ‘pop-culture’ lighting showroom, while at the same time allow a strong presence of the aged building with all its history and idiosyncrasies. Highly contemporary materials join the distinctive qualities that are inherent in aged materials, their differences in texture, reflection, colour and time meet to enhance each other. The designer has mastered constrains within this project with innovation including creating a new room with a shipping container. Thoughtful and subtle design moves have dealt with pre-existing structural elements to create simple, meaningful moments that in a lesser designer’s hands may well have become awkward obstacles.