Meet the Interior of the Year judges

HOME Interior of the Year is an awards programme designed to celebrate the best of New Zealand residential interior design and architecture.

The awards seek to recognise outstanding design in five distinct areas of the home: Kitchen, Bathroom, Living, Lighting, and Bedroom, inviting entrants to submit recently completed work that fits into one or more of these categories. 

In addition, two further categories, Colour, and Emerging Designer, will consider masterful use of colour in an interior space, and the work of a young or early-career designer respectively. 

Entries are invited from those who work in the design sector, across architecture, kitchen and bathroom design, and interior decoration and design.

Interior of the Year 2024 judges, Federico Monsalve, Lorraine O'Rourke, Amy Hendry.

Lorraine O’Rourke

Lorraine O’ Rourke Interiors

Lorraine O'Rourke

Lorraine O’Rourke is an award winning interior designer and founder of Lorraine O’ Rourke Interiors. Having trained and spent her formative years in Europe, she has spent over 20 years working and collaborating with some of New Zealand’s leading design firms. 

She has a wide breadth of experience gained from working on large scale projects locally as well as in Europe and the United States. Lorraine’s design directive is an all-encompassing one that specialises in high-end residential and commercial projects. 

Ever-inspired by New Zealand landscapes combined with her love of Europe’s rich heritage; she is recognised for creating multi-layered narratives in her design approach. Storytelling, honest materiality and considered design detailing are at the heart of each project; whether it is collaborating with local architects and artisans or sourcing the unusual globally. 

Lorraine’s tailored designs celebrate the built form with a sense of place and connection for the people that inhabit them. 

Amy Hendry

Principal, Four Walls Architecture

Amy Hendry

Amy Hendry has worked for more than 20 years in residential and commercial architecture and interior design across New Zealand. She is currently focused on residential new-builds, renovations and refurbishments, and multi-residential development work, where she loves the challenge of making the impossible possible and finding a bespoke, design-lead solution to design and construction challenges. She brings enthusiasm, energy and an eye for excellence to all her projects. 

Federico Monsalve

Architectural Writer and Editor

Federico Monsalve is a senior writer and editor whose work has appeared in most of New Zealand’s leading media, as well as a smattering of international publications. 

For the past decade or so, his focus on design and architecture has seen him lead the editorial direction of Urbis and Interior magazines, and he is a regular contributor to HOME magazine. 

Federico has been a judge at the World Architecture Festival and is a long-standing convenor of the Home of the Year and Home Interior of the Year Awards. 

He has sought to combine his passion for the wider visual and literary arts into a distinct voice within the architectural criticism and feature-writing fields. 

Entries are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 2 August 2024.

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Meet the Interior of the Year judges

Entries are now open for Home Interior of the Year 2024 – a celebration of New Zealand’s best residential interior design and architecture.