Rigg Design Prize

Recognising excellence in Australian design, the Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia. The Society inc by Sibella Court was invited to participate as one of ten Australian design studios working in the field of interior design and decoration. For the prize exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, each studio was invited to design a purpose built interior in response to the 2018 exhibition theme of Domestic Living.


Welcome to Imaginarium by designer Sibella Court, a redefined room in the home with origins steeped in history and inspired by the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ – a sixteenth-century ‘wonder room’ that invites show and tell, speculation, storytelling and long discussion.

The room is inhabited by a family whose library of life’s souvenirs are displayed on a large feature wall, their very own cabinet of curiosity. The various spaces offer glimpses of the family’s lifestyle and activities: the steel-framed curved–glass wall of an alchemy workshop, a whimsical crow’s nest from a ship, a bar, a playful dress-up cupboard, a pot-belly stove, a custom dining table that doubles as a research station, and a transitional bed and lounge.

The Imaginarium is a place to wonder, imagine, interact, research and create. The home as a whole is distilled into a room with much purpose. Its elements are part real and part imagined. Each area in the room invites you as the viewer to imagine yourself discovering more about an object, reading by the fireplace, talking and dancing and drinking with friends, dressing for a day of exploring.

It’s foundation materials are from the natural world, layered with texture and colours both ancient and modern. Every object, a mix of found, new and fantastical, is a catalyst to memory and imagination. This space celebrates the craftsmen that created everything within it.

Alexis Wollof | Seamstress
Anaesthetic. | Lighting
Anna-wili Highfield | Artist
Ben Wallbrook | Soundscape engineer
Carpenter’s Daughter | Apron maker
Colo Forge | Blacksmith
Dave Austin | Builder
Duckfat | Lighting
Fossil Vintage | Vintage Furniture
George & Willy | Fire starter
Greg Hatton | Handcrafted Furniture
Hub Furniture | Furniture
Jatana Interiors | Antique tiles
Joshua Yeldham | Artist
Katie Marx Flowers | Florist
LightCo | Lighting
Lynes & Co | Traditional Signwriter
Mark Denver | Vintage Furniture
Moda Piera | Lighting
Mokum | Textiles
Molmic | Furniture
Neil Mallard | Scenic Painter
Noelle Rigaudie | Cardboard Artist
Oblica | Pot Belly Stove
Outlines Mirrors | Antique mirrors
Paul Ryan | Artist
Raffles Textiles | Textiles
Robert Gordon Australia | Ceramic sink
Sawkille Co. | Furniture maker
Seasonal Concepts | Objet d’art
Sennheiser | Headphones
Shibori | Dyers
Stuart Pinkerton | Furniture maker
Teranova | Tiles
The Classic Family | Pressed panels & down pipes
The English Tapware Company | Tapware
The Society inc | Hardware merchants
Tigger Hall Design | Textiles
Toby Jones | Furniture maker
Tongue n Groove | Flooring
Tradco | Light switches & sockets

Read on to find out more about how to bring home the look.

Photography by Sharyn Cairns

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