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Top Interior Design | James Dawson

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Established only a short while ago in 2012, the style of James Dawson Interiors is bold and dynamic, and pushes the boundaries of contemporary style. In 2014, Dawson was named winner of the Best of State Queensland – Residential Design at the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards, and received a commendation in the Residential Decoration category for his Marine Parade Apartment. Not afraid of heavier tones, the matt black cabinetry throughout the Marine Parade apartment is anchored by a black and white geometric wallpaper, which is pulled from walls to ceiling in an unregulated pattern, breaking up the strong architectural lines of the apartment.

James Dawson Interiors might be new to the scene, but with a Sydney office recently added to their existing Brisbane Base and awards already under his belt, Dawson’s avant-garde influence is sure to shake up the industry.

Top Interior Design | James Dawson



James Dawson is a multi award-winning interior designer based in James Street Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. James’ inspired love of Avant-garde details, offset by an Australian simplicity; creates unique, elegant and unexpected interiors for private residences, commercial restaurants, bars and retail stores. James’ reputation in the design industry has seen him many awards including most recently for 2014 winning the Australian Interior Design Award for Best of State Queensland-Residential Design.




Background & Realizations : Bests Projects

12 New Farm Luxury Townhouses

Partnering with a boutique developer to Design 12 beautifully finished luxury townhouses in New Farm, Brisbane.





Springwood Residance

Situated in a leafy neighbourhood this tired family home underwent a complete Decorative overhaul to reveal  its new tailored self. It was an open floor plan so it was important not to over crowd the areas with heavy furniture or accessories but simply define the different spaces when dealing with open plan homes.






Most Iconic Projects

Marine Parade Apartment

Avant-garde in design and inspired by all things Parisian the space exudes sophisticated textures and clean-lines. The hand-drawn layout of the black and white wallpaper lifts the spaces and excites with an unexpected twist.


Custom-made black wooden veneer throughout and the large windows allow masses of light to flood into the apartment that were softened with the use of sheer white curtains throughout the apartment.


The decoration of the living area was furnished minimally in soft natural tones allowing the finer details of the wallpapering, polished brass custom designed door handles, island legs and the beautiful Louis Poulsen pendents to remain the focal point of the space.

Black and white is classic, but can be deceivingly tricky to pull off. Because it’s such a timeless combination, the final product can end up confusing and muddled, with a lack of cohesion besides the duo-chromatic color scheme. James Dawson, an emerging Australian designer has created a wonderfully balanced apartment in black, white, and gold for warm accents. The end product is restrained, elegant, and innovative.


The most striking part of this apartment would be the bold ceiling above the kitchen. Besides offering texture, interest, and a graphic element, the design helps separate the kitchen from the living area in the foreground. This distinction is important and helpful for such a small space.

The use of mirrors, above the counters and on the kitchen island help expand the space and, in the kitchen, help to reflect light to lessen the severity of the dark cabinetry.






People that inspire him

Inga Sempe

French designer, born in Paris, Inga Sempé graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Paris) in 1993.
From 2000 till 2001 she was scholarship holder at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome and opened her own studio in Paris in 2000.
In the beginning, she collaborated with the Italian companies Cappellini and Edra.

Tom ford

One of the most famous fashion designers.

Ford is well-known in the fashion industry for its revival of Gucci, which today is one of the most influential brands in the world. Dating for more than two decades, journalist Richard Buckley, Vogue magazine’s former editor.


Known simply as Björk is an acclaimed and influential singer and Icelandic composer, winner of the Polar Music Prize, known as the “Nobel Prize of Music”. Björk is also an actress, musician and record producer.



  • Australian Interior Designer Awards 2014 – Residential Design Winner
  • Australian Interior Design Awards 2014 – Residential Decoration Commendation
  • + HIA + DIA + AWARDS + Gold Coast Interior Designer of the Year 2014 – Winner Residential Apartment
  • HIA Gold Coast Interior Designer of the Year 2013- Commerical Design Winner
  • HIA Queensland Interior Designer of the Year 2013 Residential Decoration Commendation
  • HIA Judges Choice 2013Winner
  • HIA People’s Choice Award 2013 Winner
  • KBDI Designer Awards 2013 Small Bathroom – Winner




James Dawson is described as the ‘dark horse’ of the interior design industry as he continues to create unique, sophisticated and luxurious spaces for his discerning clients.

James’ work is featured in international and local publications as Belle, Vogue Living, Home Design, Grand Designs, Artichoke, Metropolitan Home Malaysia, Ukraine Décor.


Drawing his talent from the Parisian influences and study of arts and interior architecture, James’ eye for all things natural and beautiful is resembled in each of his projects. Each work is imbued with life and vision and creates a deep emotional chord for his clients, says James.

James’ natural ability for design and adaptive eye makes him a true artist –a one of a kind, that connects interiors and people in a seemingly effortless way.


James advocates the professionalism of the interior design industry and has made many public appearance on the topic.  His study in interior design, art, architecture and fashion is a life-long passion. He continues to travel to Europe each year to source and learn about new product designs, materials and processes.  He studied in a Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture).



Work Process

Our design process adopts a cohesive voice and strong partnerships with each project and client.

The design team prides itself on specialised attention to detail and intimate collaboration for each project.

Our general project process includes:

Client Briefing– Idea’s captured to achieve desired aesthetics by our interior designers

Concept design– Schematic concept designs to convey our approach and design intentions

Design development– Product specifications, schedules and costings for client approval

Implementation– Products ordered and manufactured to design specification.

Our award winning design practice has developed a reputation for quality interior design and decoration in both residential and commercial environments.

The high level of personal consultation and collaboration brings design solutions that are client focused and always sympathetic to context and function.

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