2024 AIDA shortlist revealed

5 April 2024
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Carr is pleased to share that Aesop Australian Headquarters and Refinery House have been shortlisted for an Australian Interior Design Award (AIDA).

Australian blackbutt timber in Aesop's Australian headquarters provides a peaceful backdrop for the people and furniture. Photography by Peter Bennetts.

Shortlisted in the Workplace Design category, Aesop Australian Headquarters represents a new chapter for the company following recent global growth. Moving towards an increasingly international approach, with offices in London and Paris, Aesop appointed Carr to craft interiors that facilitate a collegiate and sophisticated workplace while evoking a lasting impression that embodied the brand.

Located in Collingwood, Melbourne, the Aesop headquarters encompasses a changing business model, one that Carr deeply understood. Initially, Aesop engaged Carr to reassess its existing strategic brief to best manage and optimise its pivot in operations and direction. Under these changed circumstances, a new workplace was required, which speaks to the internal and external functions of a global business with a Melbourne office and employees.

Refinery House is a two-storey brick building on the river in New Farm, Brisbane, had been stripped back to a shell with the layers of history clearly legible. Photography by Timothy Kaye.

Also shortlisted is Refinery House, which features in the Residential Design category. Transforming a 19th-century heritage building on the Brisbane River, Carr seamlessly integrates modern elements with the existing structure. As the office headquarters for Kokoda Property, the space has been converted into a comfortable home-away-from-home for the team, while also serving as a space for entertaining and showcasing their work. The approach focused on preserving as much of the heritage fabric and structure as possible, resulting in a harmonious blend of old and new.


The AIDA program is a partnership event of the DIA and Artichoke magazine with winners announced at a gala presentation on Friday 14 July 2024 at Sydney’s Sofitel Wentworth.


We wish all the shortlisted teams the best of luck.