Smeg, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), has opened entries for the 2023 Smeg Tour competition.

The Smeg Tour Competition, also supported by media brand, Vogue Living, recognises outstanding kitchen design and the best of Australian design talent.

Entrants must submit a kitchen project, new build or renovation featuring Smeg products (completed between January 2020 to December 2022) to be eligible. The 2022 jury will include Commissioner for Australia, Venice Architecture Biennale, philanthropist and architecture supporter, Janet Holmes à Court, Vogue Living editor, Rebecca Caretti, award-winning architect, John Wardle, and Smeg Australia head of marketing, Livia McRobert.

The panel will be looking for innovative design and creative use of materials and appliances, a nod to Smeg’s continuous commitment to technology with style.

McRobert said Smeg is proud to be providing Australian designers a platform to have their work recognised on a global scale.

Smeg headquarters in Guastalla, Northern Italy.

“The Smeg Tour Competition is an opportunity for Smeg to celebrate local talent who embody the same values and design principles as the brand, and we’re so excited to see all of the incredible projects that utilise Smeg products in fresh yet timeless ways,” she said.

The prize includes return flights to Venice for the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale and a spot on the Smeg Tour, which begins at the exclusive Vernissage opening of the Biennale before a visit to Smeg’s headquarters in Guastalla, a hub for innovation and design.

Previous Smeg Tour winner, Isabelle Toland of Aileen Sage Architects said, “The Smeg Tour was a memorable and invaluable experience – not only to see first-hand the care and attention to design, detail and manufacturing that goes into the Smeg products, but also their generosity in wanting to share their love of Italian food, the local produce, landscape and architecture.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to get to know a great and diverse group of other talented Australian designers.”

Australian Institute of Architecture general manager, Michael Finke added, “The AIA are delighted to be partnering with Smeg on the 2023 Smeg Tour, and we’re looking forward to recognising and celebrating the best in Australian design and architecture.”

Feature image: Smeg Tour Competition 2020 winner, Camp Hill Cottage by Owen Architecture.