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Meet The 2016 Winners: i29 interior architects

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Ella Pilkington

In this issue of ‘Meet The 2016 Winners’, we speak exclusively with Amsterdam-based studio, i29 interior architects, founded by partners Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen, joint winner of the WIN AWARDS 2016 Interior Practice of the Year category (enter IPOTY 2017 category here).

Here we speak with the dynamic duo to find out a little more about the firm, their design influences and up-and-coming projects…

i29 interior architects – Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen with Piers Taylor – 2016 WIN Awards Ceremony

What is the ethos behind i29 interior architects?

i29 stands for a radical design attitude that leads to award winning design solutions, dependent neither on expensive materials nor on technical show. We aim to discover unexpected concepts, bold contradictions and clear answers to any design question. Always made to measure for each client, we look for choices that answer to multiple questions at the same time. They should tell a conceptual story about the company, the space and it’s users.

DeBijenkorf ©Ewout Huibers – Longlisted – 2017 WIN Awards Restaurant category

What projects are you currently working on? Do you have any additional award winning projects up your sleeve?

We have many exciting projects running, but if they are award winning or not, that’s not for us to judge. Currently, we are working on a showroom for a large fashion brand. A cultural centre hosting events, a restaurant, and a concert hall. A large retail project for a premium store in Amsterdam. An office building in Oman. A cinema, and some private homes including a newly built holiday home…

Room On The Roof ©Ewout Huibers – Winner – 2015 WIN Awards Museum or Exhibition Spaces category

Would you say that working in Amsterdam inspires and influences your design?

Amsterdam is a city of free minds and this definitely influences our way of thinking. For us it is most important that we keep looking for the unexpected. We try to get the most out of every project, and that takes sometimes more time, money and effort then everybody is suspecting. We want to keep a fresh, creative and open minded view to our work.

Frame Store ©Ewout Huibers – Shortlisted – 2015 WIN Awards Retail category

i29 work on a variety of projects, is there a particular sector that you haven’t yet worked on but would like to? If so, why?

We would really like to work on a hotel and spa project. In the past, we worked on many small projects and houses. We would love to take that experience to a next level, and show how you can achieve a lot of spatial experience in a very small room.

BKR ©Ewout Huibers – Shortlisted – 2017 WIN Awards Public Sector category

How has your work evolved over the years and what direction do you see yourself heading in future years to come?

We are looking for simplicity and surprise in one hand. Spatial experiences which should be discovered step by step. Lately, we are also more aware of the fact that we really help companies building their brands by making iconic designs. This obviously helps us to be even more convinced that we are on the right path.

FLINCKSTRAAT ©Ewout Huibers

You have been a success within our awards. What impact does winning this type of award do for the project team and the company as a whole and what would you say to anyone considering entering the WIN Awards?

Luckily, we are successful in all kind of awards! Well, it’s just a very nice way to celebrate our work, and to show a larger audience of what we have achieved each year.

Furthermore, it’s a nice way to combine business with pleasure, and in the meantime meeting lots of interesting new people during the award show.

Meet The 2016 Winners: Joanne Motee

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Annalisa

This week our blog comes from Melbourne, Australia where we catch up with Joanne Motee, interior designer, stylist and winner of last year’s WIN Awards Cafés category, with her beautiful design for the Mister Hoffman Café.

Named after the street it’s located on, Mister Hoffman won many plaudits from our jury, who concluded: ‘The compositions are thorough and composed. There are some quirky items in there as well – altogether a very optimistic project’. Here’s what Joanne had to say to us….

Joanne Motee collecting the WIN Awards 2016 Cafés trophy

You grew up with creative parents who would regularly redecorate your home. Now you have a home of your own, do you do the same?

I spend a lot of time creating inspirational and functional spaces for amazing clients – turning job sites into homes, and spaces into beautiful places where people enjoy and congregate. So the focus when I am home is to feel clear and inspired at all times, along with all the things I love; regular bed linen, floral arrangements, scatter cushions…changes are made almost every week.

Mister Hoffman – Winner – 2016 Cafés category

You have worked on many beautiful projects including Mister Hoffman, a café in Melbourne and winner of the WIN Awards Café category 2016. Do you work on international projects as well, or do you prefer to work locally?

I am very honoured and humbled to have been recognised for great design for Mister Hoffman by WIN, and enjoyed attending the ceremony and meeting amazing creatives.

I love a variety of works and curating different styles, so working overseas allows me to extend myself and collaborate with local designers, clients and suppliers. I have executed many successful projects in the US and UK and am currently working on some exciting future retail spaces in Asia. Thankfully the WIN Awards allowed me to connect with many inspiring people and I am looking forward to designing for a Maltese architectural firm I have been following for some time. The prospect of working on a project in Malta excites me, as it is both my heritage and source of inspiration.

Mister Hoffman – Winner – 2016 Cafés category

How does living and working in Melbourne influence your design?

Design in Melbourne is highly valued by the public, which means as a community of designers we are constantly pushing the boundaries. I find the multicultural diversity in Melbourne quite influential with strong blends of classic and contemporary meetings, allowing me to create fearless and soulful interiors.

Lost in Seasons

This year you have entered the WIN Awards with Lost in Seasons, a retail space in Melbourne. Tell us about this project.

Yes! Fingers crossed as Lost in Seasons is a compelling brand based on trend clothing for any season. Executing the brand’s identity for Lost in Seasons was both rewarding and challenging. Working with clients who have total trust in your design and understanding of their brand allows for an amazing outcome. Adjacent to the tourist-attracting South Melbourne Market, Lost in Seasons is a crisp, artistic and clever design in a limited space.

What next for Joanne Motee?

I want to create cohesive and immersive experiences through thoughtful curation of spaces. I feel blessed to have such creativity, so next is an amazing café project, retail stores in Hong Kong, a boutique hotel in Bali and clever residential designs.

Lost in Seasons

Do you ever switch off from designing, and if so, what might a typical diversion be?

Strangely enough, I am at my most creative when I am free of mind, I find it both relaxing and uplifting to be in these moments. A typical diversion for me would be family and travel.

What is your biggest extravagance?

My continuously growing collection of dresses.

Thank you!