• Inside 2023 shortlist celebrates finest examples of interior design from around the world

    13 July 2023

    The finest examples of global interior design are revealed today as the shortlist for the 2023 Inside World Festival of Interiors is announced, ahead of the live event taking place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from 29 November – 1 December.

    Inside is the sister festival of the World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s biggest live architectural awards programme, and all Inside and WAF finalists will present their projects to a panel of judges live at the international festival in Singapore.

    The 2023 Inside shortlist represents over 70 interior projects from across the globe, in cities including: New York, Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Mumbai, Istanbul, Kyiv, Helsinki, Madrid, and London. Leading design firms to feature in this year’s shortlist include Neri & Hu, Atelier Tao+C, Woods Bagot, and Rapt Studio. Many emerging design firms will also be on stage, live pitching against the big names.

    Today’s shortlist celebrates the best new completed interiors across eleven categories, ranging from Residential, Hotels and Bars & Restaurants to Workplace, Public Buildings and Meanwhile Use, each giving a window into the most cutting-edge interior design innovations, concepts, processes, and trends from around the world. The judging panel for this year’s Inside awards consists of international industry experts, including Linzi Cassels of Perkins + Will, Vincent de Graaf of AIM Architecture, Simone de Gale of Simone de Gale Architects, Friedrich Ludewig of ACME, and Ingrid van der Heijden of Civic Architects.

    The Inside 2023 shortlist follows the announcement of the WAF shortlist earlier this week (10 July), celebrating the best new global completed buildings, landscapes and future architecture concepts across 33 categories.

    (Top Left: Biz Istanbul – AKM Terrace Restaurant by Tabanlioglu Architects; Bottom Left: Office Space Reconstruction of KingJee Winsun by ADINJU Muhhe Studio; Middle: Boatyard Hotel by WJ STUDIO; Top Right: Bananain Concept Store Hangzhou by Some Thoughts; Bottom Right: FUEGO by VAIR Design)

    For the 16th edition, Inside and WAF return to world-class venue Marina Bay Sands, after the global community of designers and architects last met in Singapore, in 2015. In addition to the unique live-judged awards programme and crit presentations, this year’s event programme will include charettes and keynote talks from an international panel of speakers.

    On the final day of the festival, category winners from across all eleven Inside awards will go head-to-head for the accolade of 2023 Interior of the Year. On the same day the WAF finalists will compete against each other for Landscape of the Year, Future Project of the Year and ultimately World Building of the Year.

    Amongst the interiors projects to be shortlisted this year are the InterContinental Hotel Sydney, in the heart of the Central Business District, by Woods Bagot, New Version of Haidilao by Vermilion Zhou Design Group, a revamp of the popular international hot pot restaurant chain, and Entertainment Company Headquarters, by Rapt Studio, an interior workplace concept designed to channel the energy of live events into a Los Angeles HQ.

    Shortlisted Public Buildings include Zikawei Library, Shanghai, by Wutopia Lab, the transformation of a bookshop by David Chipperfield Architects into an emerging cultural landmark for the city, and the V&A Photography Centre, London, by Gibson Thornley Architects, a new gallery space within this world-leading museum which features a multimedia room for large-scale, immersive projections, and a walk-in camera obscura.

    Inside programme director Paul Finch comments: “This year’s entries are well up to standard, showing a zest for life and colour which reminds us of the important contribution design makes to the everyday world.”

    This is the second time that the Inside Festival of Interiors has been hosted in Singapore, following previous editions in Lisbon, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Berlin. Inside World Festival of Interiors and its co-located event, WAF, will welcome the world’s leading designers and architects for three days of talks programmes, awards, exhibitions, and fringe events, showcasing leading international practices and design firms, the best new projects, and most pressing live debates.

    The full shortlist for this year’s Inside projects can be viewed here.

    For more details on the 2023 Inside Festival of Interiors and the World Architecture Festival please visit www.insidefestival.com and www.worldarchitecturefestival.com @worldarchfest #INSIDE23 #WAF23


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