The inaugural Eat-Drink-Design Awards were announced last night at Melbourne’s Crown Metropol, where around 300 designers, architects, and their hospitality clients from Australia and New Zealand gathered to celebrate. The new annual awards program speaks to the passion, creativity and rigour of designers and operators who create brilliant hospitality destinations.

Eight winners and twenty-four high commendations were awarded from a shortlist of 157 projects, and one restaurant was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

HASSELL and Schiavello were awarded the Best Temporary Design for their Chasing Kitsune project, with the judges commenting: “Capturing the imagination of the Melbourne food and design community, with its synergy between compact form, a tight selection of Japanese food and drink, and urban extemporaneity, Chasing Kitsune demonstrates that memorable dining experiences can be simple and spontaneous. Despite its deliberately restricted material, formal and gastronomic palette, there is a great degree of ingenuity, adaptability and accessibility in the design. With its evocation of both traditional and contemporary Japanese aesthetics, Chasing Kitsune achieves a remarkably rich conversation between culture, the city and the senses.”

Schiavello congratulates HASSELL for developing this imaginative concept and is honoured to have been a partner. Constructing the truck in six days from a bare van to a fully functional kitchen, the team looked after all joinery, arranged the logistics, consulted on design resolution and developed solutions with structural integrity in mind.

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