The Gift & Life Instyle Awards (GALA) were held in the sparkling new Grand Ballroom at the ICC Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour on Saturday 18 February, bringing to the limelight the cream of the industry crop.
We are thrilled to announce the following winners whose dedication to – and excellence within – our vibrant and innovative industry has not gone unnoticed.
Congratulations also to our shortlist, and a huge thank you to those who brought their dancing shoes to Darling Harbour for a spectacular evening of celebration!
Body, Bath & Fragrance Winner
Flourish Organics Collection – by Urban Rituelle
Urban Rituelle’s Flourish Organics collection is a luxurious offering of skin and well-being products carefully formulated to nourish the skin and enliven the senses. Proudly handcrafted in Australia, every element has been designed in-house with thoughtfulness and care, providing retailers with an authentic product that stands apart from competitors. This collection is the outcome of Urban Rituelle’s desire for natural, organic ingredients that deliver beautiful results without compromise.
Fashion, Accessories & Apparel Winner
Felt Baskets & Tote Bags – Habitat101
Designed in Habitat101’s in-house design studio in Melbourne, these felt baskets and felt tote bags are unique to the brand, on trend, functional and so popular. Also part of this range are storage cubes, baskets with leather look handles and two ranges of different styled tote bags to choose from – one with a front pocket and the other with leather look details. In shades of grey, these bags will fit into any space and make great storage options around the home.
Gadgets & Novelties Winner
Angry Mama by Davis and Waddell – Albi
Angry Mama steam cleans the grime from your microwave using just water and vinegar – keeping harmful chemicals out of Australian kitchens! To use this highly-popular product, simply fill with water and vinegar and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, letting steam pour from Angry Mama’s head. This steam loosens dirt and grime, allowing the microwave to then be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth. Voilà!
Gift Winner & Best New Talent Winner
The ToDo Game – Together Jar Games Pty Ltd
The ToDo Game is a boxed collection of 30 creative, innovative and fun activities for families to do together without the need for technology. Created by Sydney parents Alexandra Drury and David Oswell together with their 6 year old daughter, activities range from coming up with original Pizza recipes, to creating a family tree, to making a vision board for where every member of the family wishes to be in 10 years time. The beauty of many of these activities is that they keep on giving as they spill out over time and have been designed to be played over and again. The aim is to get families spending more time together, talking, learning, reminiscing and creating irreplaceable memories.
Pastiche Firefly Pastiche Pty Ltd
The Pastiche Firefly set comprises of a matching cuff bangle, necklace and ring crafted from IP rose gold Stainless Steel.
Kids, Toys & Games Winner
Technology Will Save Us – Until
Make, play, code and invent using technology. Technology Will Save Us is about inspiring kids and empowering parents to become creators of technology. Their DIY kits are vehicles for stealth learning that tap into the hobbies kids love, like music, gardening, gaming and sport. It’s not about the tech, it’s about what you can do with the tech: kids learn how to make, play, code and invent with technology and will find confidence, skills and passions through exposure to all the wonderful things technology can do. The box is just the start, and is supplemented by online tutorials, software and an array of project extensions.
Home, Furniture & Interiors Winner
Sapphire Blue Velvet Matelasse Sofa -Horgans
This velvet matelasse sofa provides decorators and trend setters an option to liven the room. With its gold tips on the leg and matelasse stitching on the back, it can sit proudly in the centre of the room as a statement piece for fun and elegance. Along with armchairs and ottomans, this sofa is one of a series of velvet furniture from Horgans. The wave of striking new colours over bespoke and distinguished velvet is a look that proves to be the pinnacle of reviving established fabrics under new light.
Kitchen & Dining Winner & Product of the Year Winner
Stasher – Until
Goodbye, plastic! Introducing the revolutionary alternative to plastic bags. Stasher is the world’s first self-sealing, airtight, non-plastic bag. It is easy to use, easy to clean and is safe for freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
Dot by Joseph Joseph – Independence Studios
With the aim of combining innovation with hydration, Joseph Joseph launched Dot – a 600ml drink bottle that tracks how much water you drink throughout the day automatically so you don’t have to remember. Dot’s innovative tracking lid records the number of bottles drunk (up to 4 bottles) with a new dot appearing every time the bottle is refilled and the lid is closed. Impact resistant and made from BPA-free Tritan, get your Dot in four colours – green, pink, white and grey.