The 2013 Eat-Drink-Design Awards gongs were handed out last night in the performance space of Brunswick bar Howler in Melbourne's inner north (itself short-listed and receiving a highly commended nod). Recognising excellent design in the hospitality industry, the awards were decided by a five-person jury that included chef Christine Manfield and writer John Birmingham.
The award for Best Restaurant Design went to Nicholas Gurney for his tiny handcrafted restaurant Farmhouse in Sydney's Kings Cross. The jury thought Gurney's recycled and reclaimed restaurant "pares back the dining experience to its essentials".
The Best Bar Design category was a tie between two Melbourne bars, Simon Denton's Japanese jewel Hihou (pictured above) and the exuberant, concrete pipe-dominated extension to the Prahran Hotel, while Best Café Design went to the Six Degrees Architects-designed Top Paddock café in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond.
Ronnie Di Stasio's trophy cabinet may need further extending as Bar Di Stasio picked up the award for Best Identity Design, while Café Di Stasio, designed by architect Allan Powell in 1988, was inducted into the Eat-Drink-Design Hall of Fame, joining previous inductee Jimmy Watson's.
Best Retail Design went to Con Christopoulos's multi-faceted Spring Street Grocer, while the winner of the Best Temporary Design Award was Sydney's Kitchen By Mike On Wheels for its brilliant, barrow-like portable kitchen.