The Great Indoors Website is Online!

The 2011 winner of the Show & Sell category was Aēsop Shops in Paris and Melbourne designed by March Studio (AU).

Registration is now open to participate in the international biennial design competition, The Great Indoors. The award honours interior design projects in the following four categories: ‘Show & Sell (Retail: shops, showrooms, stands, exhibitions), ‘Relax & Consume’ (Leisure: hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, spas, wellness centres), ‘Concentrate & Collaborate’ (Work: offices, studios, administration buildings, conference centres), ‘Serve & Facilitate’ (Public: libraries, hospitals, theatres, schools). 

Detailed information about the Award, the education programme and the events is available at: The website works as a blog to which up-to-date information will be continuously added. You can also like the Facebook page for the latest news and images.

The Great Indoors is a biennial event with workshops, an international competition, and lectures that aims to stimulate discussions about the interior, and contribute to its talent development and theory. The Great Indoors is an initiative of Bureau Europa, Marres Projects, and Frame magazine, and in 2013 takes place for the fourth time. This edition’s theme 'The Nature of Things' is a study of the material and immaterial developments of interiors within a globalized reality.

With a special insert in its January/February 2014 issue, Frame magazine will feature the winners and nominees of The Great Indoors Award 2013. 

The Great Indoors Award will honour the most innovative interior design projects for public and commercial spaces. The winner of each category will receive a monetary prize of EUR 5,000.

The 2013 jury consists of:

  • Edouard François (FR): Director Maison Edouard François, Paris
  • Beatrice Galilee (UK): Chief curator of 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, London
  • Fabrizio Gallanti (IT): Associate Director Programs at Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
  • Christien Meindertsma (NL): Designer, Rotterdam
  • Lyndon Neri (CN): Founding partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Shanghai and Design Republic, Shanghai

Only projects realized between September 2011 and August 2013 are eligible for participation. Click here for Terms & Conditions.

Registration for the Great Indoors Award is possible from today via the website.  

Education Programme
Each edition of The Great Indoors offers an education programme in which design students from Dutch and international schools participate. The education programme consists of a series of workshops, where groups of students, under the guidance of a mentor, work on an assignment for a ‘real’ commissioner at a ‘real’ location. Click here for the participating schools/programmes.  

The Great Indoors draws attention to the latest developments in interior design on a (Eu)regional, national and international level. In doing so, The Great Indoors provides an important contribution to research and education in the field of design in the broadest sense of the word.

The Great Indoors is made possible by the City of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and the Creative Industries Fund.



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