Winner of the prestigious I.D.E.A. Australian Designer of the Year, 2008-09 - the first time the Australian design industry was asked to vote for the nation’s top design practice, Hospitality Designer of the Year for Sydney’s internationally-acclaimed Flying Fish restaurant and named by the UK’s Wallpaper magazine, the world’s most influential design and lifestyle publication, as Sydney’s “designer du jour” and selected as one of SDQ / Indesign Magazine’s ten most influential people in the Australian design industry, Michael brings an almost unique wealth of international hotel / resort, restaurant, bar and club design, development and operational experience to his wide variety of trend-setting projects. Michael also won the Belle Magazine / Georg Jensen national design award in 2009 for bringing Dreamtime’s unique brand of exciting hospitality design to an equally unique retail development for a Harley Davidson, Ducati and BMW motorcycle superstore, Fraser Motorcycles and later won Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year (BOY) Award in New York for the Best Retail Design world-wide 2010 along with the Australian Interior Design Awards National Interior Design Excellence and Innovation award and National Retail Design Award in April of 2010, all for a truly ground-breaking butcher shop in Sydney: Victor Churchill Fine Family Butcher. In the US, Michael was the runner-up to Philippe Starck in the international IHMA Gold Key awards in 2008 for the best new bar world-wide (Argyle Bar, Sydney), runner-up and in 2009 for the Best Fine Dining Restaurant (Steel Restaurant, Sydney) as well as winner of Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year (BOY) awards (NYC) in 2009 for Best Bathroom for the firm’s unique Argyle Bar. Most recently the Studio’s design for The Woods at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney won the award for Best New All Day Dining Restaurant in the Asia Pacific area at the Asia Hotel Design Awards 2015, and the firm’s Grain Bar, also at the Four Seasons Sydney, was runner-up for the Best New Bar 2015 while Dreamtime’s design of the DoubleTree Hotel Melbourne won the prestigious Best New Hotel Award World-wide in London’s World Interior News (WIN) Awards 2015. Before establishing himself as a renowned designer, Miami, Florida native Michael created, opened and operated more than 80 restaurants, bars and night-clubs in 12 countries and territories on 4 continents world-wide and operated over 120 more already in operation in a 25 year 5 star international hotel management and development career with such companies as Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Hyatt International until his creation in 1995 of his unique hospitality design studio.
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