Yellowtrace Best Of 2021 Australian Interiors Architecture Product Design

When Yellowtrace hatched some 10+ years ago, most of our content was sourced from overseas. Oh, how things have changed in the last decade, as Australian Design has picked up its pace, with local Architecture, Interiors and Products now forming a substantial component of the content we champion. So what better way to kick off our best of 2021 Archives than with all things homegrown—from extraordinary Australian homes (which we know how to do oh so well), to a handful of compact residential renovations (something we need to embrace more and get better at), through to commercial, retail, wellness and hospitality interiors (something we’ve become exceptional at in the last decade), through to products and a bunch of talented and hard-working independent designers.

Having had a few recent conversations with fellow local creatives, we’ve all concluded that Australian creatives—irrespective of their field—have always felt the need to work extra hard to make things extraordinary. This could be due to the lack of product availability when sourcing for projects; our existing building stock is not as impressive as European palazzos, etc. Hence, when Aussies do something, they do it exceptionally well and smash it out of the ballpark. Case in point—the 60+ exceptional examples below.

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Explore our archives through the years: 2020 Archive / 2019 Archive2018 Archive / 2017 Archive / 2016 Archive / 2015 Archive / 2014 Archive / 2013 Archive / 2012 Archive / 2011 Archive / 2010 Archive

Fox Johnston Sir Grounds House Balmain Sydney Architecture Conrad Johnston Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 04

Fox Johnston Sir Grounds House Balmain Sydney Architecture Conrad Johnston Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 17

Fox Johnston Sir Grounds House Balmain Sydney Architecture Conrad Johnston Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 22

Flashy Yet Modest, Eccentric but Purposeful: Sir Roy Grounds House in Balmain by Conrad Johnston. 

Kew Residence, John Wardle Architects, Modern House, Photo Trevor Mein | Yellowtrace

Kew Residence, John Wardle Architects, Modern House, Photo Trevor Mein | Yellowtrace

Kew Residence by John Wardle Architects.

Architects Eat Bellows Beach House Flinders Masonry Architecture Photo Derek Swalwell Yellowtrace 36

Architects Eat Bellows Beach House Flinders Masonry Architecture Photo Derek Swalwell Yellowtrace 17

Pyramids of Flinders: Bellows House by Architects EAT.

Core Collective Architects Hollow Tree House Australia Heritage Renovation Photo Adam Gibson Yellowtrace 14

Core Collective Architects Hollow Tree House Australia Heritage Renovation Photo Adam Gibson Yellowtrace 02

Hollow Tree House in Tasmania by Core Collective Architects.

Kennedy Nolan Milkbar House Melbourne Residential Architecture Photo Derek Swalwell Yellowtrace 19

Kennedy Nolan Milkbar House Melbourne Residential Architecture Photo Derek Swalwell Yellowtrace 05

Nostalgia Reinvented: Milkbar House by Kennedy Nolan.

Welsh Major Architects The Hat Factory Sydney Adaptive Reuse Photo Anthony Basheer Yellowtrace 03

 

The Hat Factory by Welsh + Major.

Studio Prineas, Bona Vista House Renovation Sydney, Photo Chris Warnes | Yellowtrace

Studio Prineas, Bona Vista House Renovation Sydney, Photo Chris Warnes | Yellowtrace

Bona Vista House by Studio Prineas.

Daniel Boddam Villa Carlo Mosman Residential Architecture Photo Pablo Veiga Yellowtrace 02

Daniel Boddam Villa Carlo Mosman Residential Architecture Photo Pablo Veiga Yellowtrace 04

Homage to Scarpa: Villa Carlo in Mosman by Daniel Boddam Studio.

Conrad Architects Mim Design Armadale Residence Melbourne Interior Architecture Photo Timothy Kaye Yellowtrace 01

Conrad Architects Mim Design Armadale Residence Melbourne Interior Architecture Photo Timothy Kaye Yellowtrace 07

Armadale Residence by Mim Design and Conrad Architects.

Nic Brunsdon East Fremantle House Australian Architecture Photo Dion Robeson Yellowtrace 11

East Fremantle House by Nic Brunsdon.

Adele Mcnab Redfern Terrace Conversion Photo Clinton Weaver Yellowtrace 02

Adele Mcnab Redfern Terrace Conversion Photo Clinton Weaver Yellowtrace 22

Small But Mighty: Redfern Terrace Conversion by Adele McNab.

Studio Bright 8 Yard House Melbourne Architecture Photo Rory Gardiner Yellowtrace 03

Studio Bright 8 Yard House Melbourne Architecture Photo Rory Gardiner Yellowtrace 23

Integrating Interior & Exterior Spaces: 8 Yard House in North Fitzroy by Studio Bright.

Kennedy Nolan Elsternwick House Melbourne Residential Architecture Photo Derek Swalwell Yellowtrace 04

Kennedy Nolan Elsternwick House Melbourne Residential Architecture Photo Derek Swalwell Yellowtrace 28

Calm Drama: Elsternwick House by Kennedy Nolan.

Dune House Perth Mid Century House Renovation Ohlo Studio Simon Pendal Photo Jack Lovel Yellowtrace 14

Dune House Perth Mid Century House Renovation Ohlo Studio Simon Pendal Photo Jack Lovel Yellowtrace 10

Dune House Perth Mid Century House Renovation Ohlo Studio Simon Pendal Photo Jack Lovel Yellowtrace 02

A Life of Ease Without Excess: Dune House in Perth by Ohlo Studio, Simon Pendal & Steven Postmus.

Tamsin Johnson Treehouse Domain Rd South Yarra Luxury Home Photo Sean Fennessy Yellowtrace 02

Tamsin Johnson Treehouse Domain Rd South Yarra Luxury Home Photo Sean Fennessy Yellowtrace 04

Tamsin Johnson Treehouse Domain Rd South Yarra Luxury Home Photo Sean Fennessy Yellowtrace 10

Treehouse in South Yarra by Tamsin Johnson.

O Conner And Houle Oliver Lane Melbourne Home Photo James Geer Yellowtrace 10

O Conner And Houle Oliver Lane Melbourne Home Photo James Geer Yellowtrace 12

O Conner And Houle Oliver Lane Melbourne Home Photo James Geer Yellowtrace 01

An Urban Oasis Intimately Connected to the City: Melbourne Laneway Home by O’Connor and Houle.

Alcorn Middleton, Walan Apartment Brisbane, Photo Toby Scott | Yellowtrace

Alcorn Middleton, Walan Apartment Brisbane, Photo Toby Scott | Yellowtrace

Walan Apartment in Brisbane by Alcorn Middleton.

Fiona Lynch Burnley House Australian Interior Design Photo Amelia Stanwix Yellowtrace 03

Fiona Lynch Burnley House Australian Interior Design Photo Amelia Stanwix Yellowtrace 16

Touch & Texture: Burnley House in Melbourne by Fiona Lynch.

Ysg Studio Soft Serve 75 Evans St Rozelle Sydney Property Photo Prue Ruscoe Yellowtrace 04

Ysg Studio Soft Serve 75 Evans St Rozelle Sydney Property Photo Prue Ruscoe Yellowtrace 18

Ysg Studio Soft Serve 75 Evans St Rozelle Sydney Property Photo Prue Ruscoe Yellowtrace 28

Soft Serve: YSG Studio Transforms a Rozelle Corner shop into a Family Home.

Wahroonga House, Tom Mark Henry, Sydney Homes, Photo Damian Bennett | Yellowtrace

Playfully Sophisticated: Wahroonga House by Tom Mark Henry.

If Architecture Little Prince Wine St Kilda Melbourne Hospitality Photo Sharyn Cairns Yellowtrace 14

If Architecture Little Prince Wine St Kilda Melbourne Hospitality Photo Sharyn Cairns Yellowtrace 08

Prince Public Bar and Little Prince Wine by IF Architecture.

ITL Restaurant Adelaide, Genesin Studio + Walter Brooke, Photo Jonathan VDK | Yellowtrace

ITL Restaurant Adelaide, Genesin Studio + Walter Brooke, Photo Jonathan VDK | Yellowtrace

ITL Restaurant Adelaide, Genesin Studio + Walter Brooke, Photo Jonathan VDK | Yellowtrace

ITL Restaurant Adelaide by Genesin Studio in Collaboration with Walter Brooke.

Alexander Co Harbord Hotel Freshwater Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 02

Alexander Co Harbord Hotel Freshwater Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 11

Harbord Hotel Renovation by Alexander & Co.

Studio Gram Fugazzi Adelaide Restaurant Bar Photo Jonathan Vdk Yellowtrace 01

Design Déjà Vu: Fugazzi Adelaide by Studio Gram.

Luchetti Krelle Ovolo Hotel South Yarra Melbourne Hotel Interiors Photo Sean Fennessy Yellowtrace 11

Luchetti Krelle Ovolo Hotel South Yarra Melbourne Hotel Interiors Photo Sean Fennessy Yellowtrace 12

Big Interior Energy: Ovolo Hotel South Yarra by Luchetti Krelle.

Sans Arc Midi Melbourne Cafe Richmond Photo Dan Preston Yellowtrace 08

Midi Cafe in Melbourne by Sans-Arc.

Sans Arc Bloom Adelaide Hospitality Design Photo Jonathan Vdk Yellowtrace 12

Bloom Cafe in Adelaide by Sans-Arc.

Brahman Perera Entrecote Melbourne Restaurant Photo Lillie Thompson Yellowtrace

A New Beginning for a Melbourne Classic: Entrecôte by Brahman Perera.

Lime Street Skin Clinic Barangaroo Jason Byrne Design Photo Traianos Pakioufakis Yellowtrace 19

Lime Street Skin Clinic Barangaroo Jason Byrne Design Photo Traianos Pakioufakis Yellowtrace 24

Lime Street Skin Clinic Barangaroo Jason Byrne Design Photo Traianos Pakioufakis Yellowtrace 26

Lime Street Skin Clinic in Barangaroo by Jason Byrne Design.

Akin Atelier Fenn Beauty Treatment Space Paddington Photo Terence Chin Yellowtrace 04

Akin Atelier Fenn Beauty Treatment Space Paddington Photo Terence Chin Yellowtrace 09

Fenn Beauty & Treatment Space in Paddington by Akin Atelier.

Golden Viktoria Woods Chadstone Retail Interiors Photo Timothy Kaye Yellowtrace 06

Viktoria & Woods Chadstone Flagship by GOLDEN.

Astra Walker Brisbane Showroom, designed by Richards & Spence, Photo David Chatfield | Yellowtrace

Astra Walker Brisbane Showroom, designed by Richards & Spence, Photo David Chatfield | Yellowtrace

Astra Walker Unveils New Brisbane Showroom by Richards & Spence.

Russell & George, Sarah Sebastian Jewellery Store Armadale, Australian Interiors, Photo Sean Fennesey | Yellowtrace

Under The Sea: Sarah & Sebastian Armadale by Russell & George.

Pattern Studio The Daily Edited Qvb Store Sydney Retail Photo T Pakioufakis Yellowtrace

Historic Grandeur Meets Modern Elegance at The Daily Edited QVB Flagship by Pattern Studio.

Pattern Studio The Standard Store Surry Hills Fashion Retail Photo Traianos Pakioufakis Yellowtrace 16

Pattern Studio The Standard Store Surry Hills Fashion Retail Photo Traianos Pakioufakis Yellowtrace 02

The Standard Store Surry Hills by Pattern Studio.

Sarah I Anson Venroy Armadale Store Australian Fashion Retail Photo Tom Ross Yellowtrace 01

Sarah I Anson Venroy Armadale Store Australian Fashion Retail Photo Tom Ross Yellowtrace 13

Venroy Armadale by Sarah I’Anson.

Arent&pyke Project Image

Vida Glow’s Sydney HQ by Arent&Pyke.

Ritz & Ghougassian, Mr P Studio HQ, Melbourne Interiors, Photo Tom Ross | Yellowtrace

Ritz & Ghougassian, Mr P Studio HQ, Melbourne Interiors, Photo Tom Ross | Yellowtrace

Mr P Studio HQ in Melbourne by Ritz&Ghougassian.

Alexander And Co Alexander House Bondi Junction Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 05

Alexander And Co Alexander House Bondi Junction Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 17

Alexander And Co Alexander House Bondi Junction Photo Anson Smart Yellowtrace 29

Creative Prototype: Alexander House by Alexander &Co.

Rhythm Of Nature, Armadillo x House Of Grey, Sydney Installation | Yellowtrace

Rhythm Of Nature, Armadillo x House Of Grey, Sydney Installation | Yellowtrace

Nurturing a Gentler Pace of Life: Rhythm of Nature by Armadillo x House of Grey.

Armadillo Rugs x House Of Grey, Ellipse Collection, Perilune Quartz | Yellowtrace

A Conscious Collaboration: Ellipse Rug Collection by Armadillo and House of Grey.

Tigmi Trading Rilievo Rug Collection Yellowtrace 04

Rilievo Rug Collection by Tigmi Trading is an Ode to Brutalist Form.

Tsar Carpets Forma Collection Styling Nat Turnbull Photography Lillie Thompson Yellowtrace 10

Tsar Carpets Forma Collection Styling Nat Turnbull Photography Lillie Thompson Yellowtrace 01

TSAR Carpets Introduces Hand-Tufted Rug Collection, Forma.

Astra Walker Sensor Tap Collection Capacitance Technology Australian Design Yellowtrace

Cutting Edge Sensor Collection by Astra Walker.

Volker Haug Studio Tableton Lamp Collection Australian Lighting Design Yellowtrace

Volker Haug Studio Introduces Tableton, a New Lamp With Communality and Materiality at its Core.

Sculptural Vases Nicole Lawrence Hattie Molloy Design Collaboration Yellowtrace

Sculptural Vases by Nicole Lawrence Studio & Hattie Molloy.

Sarah Ellison La Banda Capsule Collection Photo Dave Wheeler Yellowtrace 01

Sarah Ellison La Banda Capsule Collection Photo Dave Wheeler Yellowtrace 03

Sarah Ellison Introduces La Banda Capsule Collection.

Designbythem Olio Armchair Australian Design Yellowtrace 04

Designbythem Olio Armchair Hearth Yellowtrace

Meet Olio, DesignByThem’s Latest Armchair.

Tait Zephyr Lounger High Back With Arms Bankisa Leaf Textured Sunbrella Fern Yellowtrace

Tait Zephyr Lounger Low Back Paperbark Textured Sunbrella Heather Yellowtrace

Introducing the Zephyr Lounger by Charles Wilson for Tait.

Ross Didier Apparel Collection Launch Australian Furniture Design Image Rodrigo Rabaco Yellowtrace

Ross Didier’s Apparel Collection Captures the Essence of Haute Couture.

Melbourne Design Week 2021 Video Highlights by Yellowtrace

The Good, The Inspiring & The Talented: Melbourne Design Week 2021 Video Highlights.

Tom Fereday Drift Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Nick Hughes Yellowtrace 77

Wonderstruck One Two One Two Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Nick Hughes Yellowtrace 89

Justin Ridler At The Above Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Nick Hughes Yellowtrace 27

A Deep Dive into Melbourne Design Week 2021 Highlights.

The Nature Of An Island Dale Hardiman James Lemon Brick Chair Yellowtrace 03

The Nature Of An Island Dale Hardiman James Lemon 2 Leg Table Yellowtrace 08

The Nature of an Island by Dale Hardiman & James Lemon at Melbourne Design Week 2021.

Anna Varendorff After Hours Volker Haug Studio Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Tom Ross Yellowtrace 02

Skyline Carpet After Hours Volker Haug Studio Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Tom Ross Yellowtrace 03

After Hours at Volker Haug Studio during Melbourne Design Week 2021.

Charlie White Opus Vincula Mattresses Bound Breuer Chair Yellowtrace 06

Charlie White Opus Vincula Mattresses Bound Black Chair Yellowtrace 04

Opus Vincula: Mattresses Bound by Charlie White at Melbourne Design Week 2021.

Catherine Jones Future Inheritance Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Lillie Thompson Yellowtrace 04

Tamara Maynes Future Inheritance Melbourne Design Week 2021 Photo Lillie Thompson Yellowtrace 17

“Future Inheritance” Curated by Marsha Golemac at Melbourne Design Week 2021.

Mass Collection Fred Ganim Agglomerati Studio Alcova 2021 Photo Mattia Parodi Yellowtrace 01

Roung Table Fred Ganim Agglomerati Studio Alcova 2021 Photo Mattia Parodi Yellowtrace 09

MASS Collection by Fred Ganim for Agglomerati.

Jordan Fleming Bright Thing Lamp Collection Australian Design Victoria Zschommler Nat Turnbull Yellowtrace 01

Jordan Fleming Bright Thing Lamp Collection Australian Design Victoria Zschommler Nat Turnbull Yellowtrace 06

Sydney Designer Jordan Fleming Launches Bright Things Lamp Collection.

Another Bureau Of Design Corner Collection Contemporary Australian Design Photo Annika Kafcaloudis Yellowtrace 08

Another Bureau of Design Relaunches the Corner Collection.


See All Yellowtrace 2021 Archives Here.

Explore our archives through the years: 2020 Archive / 2019 Archive2018 Archive / 2017 Archive / 2016 Archive / 2015 Archive / 2014 Archive / 2013 Archive / 2012 Archive / 2011 Archive / 2010 Archive