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Inclusive and integrated design

Duncan Meerding, who is legally blind with less than 5% of his sight remaining, is best known for his exceptionally designed and built timber light pieces. Our site visit to his studio was not only an incredible opportunity to see first-hand the processes behind his practice, but also allowed a conversation about the ways we can better design for all.     In our studio, we are always expanding our…
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Commercial projects require discipline.

Commercial projects require discipline. The discipline to understand regulations and restrictions. The discipline to manage risk. The discipline to extensively research and adhere to standards. The discipline to work within restraints.   As teachers of commercial interior design and its application in hospitality and retail and as qualified and accredited designers, we both understand best design practice, current regulations and how to implement these for ergonomics and anthropometrics. We study…
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Seafaring twist!

Twin boys deserve a special room.   With a location close to the ocean, it only felt right to respond with a seafaring twist.   Deep tones of navy float behind the spotted eagle ray, while timber detailing in the bespoke furniture provides an imaginary escape…in tandem of course!   Photography / Loic Le Guilly  

Emotionally connected to a home

Being emotionally connected to a home is at the core of most interior briefs. This delightful space focuses on the family hub. Feeling good, enjoying the space and smiling at your surrounds.   We were able to achieve this by working closely with our client. Together, we have created an artistic expression, telling a story, moving through the chapters, one room at a time.   Photography / Loic Le Guilly…
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A lucid quality

Our design was informed by the necessity of a bath within the family home. The space was small and the spatial layout needed careful consideration.   Listening, along with methodical planning allowed us to create a design that enhanced the flow and layout substantially. By utilising smart cabinetry and material selections, the end result was a room that felt expansive with an inviting lucid quality.   Design / Valentine Interiors…
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Classic contemporary style

A classic contemporary style requiring careful thought and consideration.   Harmony has been achieved through proportion, scale and understanding our client needs.   Paring back, curvaceous forms and being respectful of tradition with a fresh approach.   Design / Valentine Interiors Photography / Loic Le Guilly                                        

Welcome Naomi Doedens

We are very excited to welcome Naomi Doedens to our Valentine team!   Naomi is an interior designer with a strong background in commercial design, where her most recent role involved designing temporary installations and spaces for the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The fast-paced world of events requires a strong creative flair, an excellent work ethic, and an ability to think on your feet, all of which Naomi brings to the…
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A classic contemporary twist

Respect and understanding the original era of a home is crucial when designing any interior space.   Our classic contemporary kitchen pays homage to the mid-century style, with warm timber tones and feature shelving. Views have been maximised allowing the merging of the interior and exterior.   Detail is refined, all components have been carefully crafted and there is a seamless flow throughout the space resulting in a timeless design….
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Imagine seeing the world through an unfocused lens. Now try to find a door when it looks no different to the wall.

Imagine seeing the world through an unfocused lens.  Now try to find a door when it looks no different to the wall. If we are to dismantle space and then reassemble it, must we as designers embrace our responsibility to establish inclusivity for all that will pass through it? Let’s pose the question to ourselves and our industry; are we designing for all or are we passively bypassing regulations because…
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