World Interior of the Year 2018

A total of 77 projects will be competing for the honour of being awarded the World Interior of 2018 title at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors.

The awards will be held in Amsterdam from the 28th to the 30th of November 2018, alongside the World Architecture Festival.


Image: Interloop by Studio Chris Fox


Thus far, a Lego house, a transparent pharmacy and Orient Express train carriage are just 3 of the most outstanding shortlisted interiors. Over the three day INSIDE award festival, the design community shares, inspires and celebrates the people, projects and developments changing the face of global interiors. The award categories include:  

Bars and Restaurants

Civic, Culture and Transport

Creative Re-use


Health and Education






Image: Lego House by Bjarke Ingels Group ©Iwan-Baan


Nominees will present their projects to panel of expert judges that include Nigel Coates and Lyndon Neri, Neri & Hu.

Programme Director of INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, Paul Finch, commented, ‘Once again our finalist judges will have a wealth of good interiors to consider, and it will be a treat to listen to the designers present their ideas live to our international juries and delegates. This was a pleasing entry in terms both of geographical spread and range of project types.’


Image: FritzHansen Showroom by Genius Loci, Indonesia


In addition to this, the eleventh edition of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) that will be hosted alongside the INSIDE festival will be doing so for the first time in Amsterdam. Previous editions have been hosted in Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin.

South Africa’s very own Zeitz MOCAA, located in Cape Town and designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studios, has been shortlisted for the Old and New category. This category awards the innovative and creative re-use of old structures. The perfect example is how Heatherwick converted the un-used grain silo into a contemporary art gallery.


Image: Iwan Baan


Featured Image: Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express by WATG and Wimberley Interiors