News / December 2017
Friday 24 November 2017
Rob Backhouse receives Interior Design Excellence Awards Gold Medal

HASSELL Principal and Chairman Rob Backhouse has been awarded the 2017 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Gold Medal.

The IDEA is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by inside magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five Special Awards.

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious award at the IDEA, and is given in recognition of those practitioners who have made an influential and enduring contribution to Australian design culture over the course of a career.

On awarding the Gold Medal to Rob, the jury cited: “As a designer he [Rob] has contributed to projects that have been recognised worldwide and, as managing director of HASSELL, one of the country’s most successful design practices, he has led the business to further accomplishment.”

“Perhaps one of Rob Backhouse’s greatest talents is his inclusive and collegiate nature. He has the ability to nurture and sustain inter and multidisciplinary teams that work together for the greater good of the project and the practice. His perception of design is inclusive of all design genres and he understands that this is what makes a good project great. Through his own experience, however, Backhouse has shone a very bright light on the importance of interior design and, as Managing Director, he has championed the importance of interiors as a principal player along with architecture, landscape and urban design.”

Upon accepting the award Rob said he was honoured to receive this type of recognition from the industry.

“This is such an unexpected honour. I’m proud of the many great projects I’ve been able to be involved in throughout my career so far and have been lucky to work with loads of really talented designers and clients."

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