The sense of comfort and nostalgia was a common theme among the Australian and New Zealand hospitality venues shortlisted in the 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards.

At a time of pandemic lockdown, the hospitality industry, like many sectors, is suffering economically and it has never been more important to recognize the spaces that bring value and joy to everyday life.

Jury chair and editor of Artichoke magazine Cassie Hansen said, “Perhaps it is no coincidence that in a time of such upheaval, we have seen designers create spaces that provide familiarity in their appearance and comfort in their feel. Many venues appeared to be in search of an air of nostalgia in their design, with many showcasing a modern take on traditional spaces. This year’s designers have one foot in the past whilst firmly looking towards the future.”

2020 Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist

Best Bar Design

Best Restaurant Design

Best Cafe Design

Best Installation Design

Best Retail Design

Best Hotel Design

Best Identity Design

The annual Eat Drink Design Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the design of hospitality venues of all scales and types, as well as retail environments for the sale of food and beverages and their visual identities.

Winners will be announced on 18 November 2020. Each category winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The jury will select one iconic hospitality venue from Australia and New Zealand to be inducted into the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. Venues considered for this accolade have achieved a level of cultural significance as well as demonstrating longevity in an industry often categorized as transient.

The 2020 jury comprises Iva Foschia (founder, IF Architecture), Jonathan Richards (co-founder, Richards Stanisich), Frank Camorra (restauranteur, Movida), Gemima Cody (food and restaurant writer), and Cassie Hansen (editor of Artichoke magazine).

The 2020 Eat Drink Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and supported by Chandon Australia, Latitude, and Roca. See all the shortlisted projects on the Eat Drink Design Awards website.

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