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2017 was the Year of the INDE.Awards – A new voice for APAC

The inaugural year of the INDE.Awards did what no other design awards program has done: unite our APAC region. We recap the winners as we anticipate what 2018’s cycle will bring.


January 12th, 2018

When we launched the INDE.Awards, we at Indesign Media Asia Pacific had a powerful big picture in mind. Our aim was to recognise the Asia Pacific region’s most progressive design and architecture on a global stage, and in so doing, to create a unifying lens for all of us across what is an extremely diverse part of the world.

Strength, after all, comes with unity. The INDE.Awards are about assessing Asia Pacific’s designers and designs on the region’s own terms, not the terms of the world’s other design centres. We believe we have set a new benchmark for design accolades across APAC.

“It’s showing we’re coming of age as a region,” said INDE.Awards 2017 jury member Sue Carr, the Founder of Carr Design Group, of the 2017 awards program. “We’re starting to demonstrate what we do and how we do it. We’re forging our own way.”

In 2017 the INDE.Awards received over 400 entries from 14 countries all around the region, with the most entries coming from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia and Japan. Despite the diversity of entrants’ locations, the jury had no major differences of opinion – a strong indicator of the cross-border consensus going on across APAC nations and beyond.

Who were the big winners in 2017? Here’s a quick recap:

Winner | The Buildingbrought to you by Cult
Indigo Slam, Smart Design Studio
“Exceptionally grand and rich in detail” – Jury


Winner | The Design Studiobrought to you by Denovo Recruitment
Austin Maynard Architects
“An acerbic intellect combined with a great big heart” – Jury


Winner | The Influencer, brought to you by Interface
Central Seat & Drinking Fountain, Steendijk for Embassy Living
“Creatively intelligent” – Jury


Winner | The Work Spacebrought to you by Shaw Contract
Slack Melbourne Office, Breathe Architecture
“A natural place for human interaction” – Jury


Winner | The Living Space, brought to you by Gaggenau
Cornwall Gardens, CHANG Architects
“A wonderful blend of nature and architecture” – Jury


Winner | The Social Space, brought to you by Living Edge
Humming Puppy, Karen Abernethy Architects
“Human responsive design at its best” – Jury


Winner | The Objectbrought to you by Neolith
“A beautifully resolved and thoughtful piece” – Jury


Winner | The Prodigybrought to you by Cosentino
Vince Alafaci & Caroline Choker, Acme&Co
“Formidable talents to be watched” – Jury


Winner | The Luminary, brought to you by Wilkhahn
William Smart, Smart Design Studio
“A genuine, deserving icon” – Jury


Winner | Launch Pad Australiabrought to you by Schiavello 
PLICO, Dora Ferenczi
“Intensely relevant for the future of the workplace” – Jury


Winner | Launch Pad Asia, brought to you by Schiavello 
Never Mind Tableware Series, Jonathan Saphiro Salim
“Sophistication, maturity, and intuitive sensitivity” – Jury


Winner | Best of the Best, brought to you by Zenith
Indigo Slam, Smart Design Studio
“Exceptionally grand and rich in detail” – Jury


Thank you to all our sponsors and partners in 2017 for supporting the inaugural INDE.Awards!


What will 2018 bring?

Four new award categories, for starters. Design and architecture in APAC are progressing in response to the region’s needs, and so are the INDE.Awards. We have introduced four new award categories to safeguard the success of the INDE.Awards as a barometer of progressive design around APAC: The Multi-Residential Building, The Shopping Space, The Learning Space, and The Wellness Space. Read more about them in our new category explainer.

Find out who’s in our stellar international 2018 jury here, and stay tuned for the announcement of additional juror names!

The world’s eyes are on Asia Pacific. Be part of the voice celebrating the region’s best design in 2018. Entries close on 29 January 2018. 

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