Positions Available March 2022

Positions Available March 2022

Valentine Interiors & Design is a design studio embracing the unexpected while understanding + connecting with clients in a fun, exuberant, and inclusive environment.

/ Senior Interior Designer

/ About you

  • Bachelors degree in a related field
  • Proficient in CAD software essential, Vectorworks is desirable
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Minimum 5 years in a client facing design industry role
  • Commercial experience is essential
  • Multi-residential experience is desirable 

/ About the job

  • Project lead / end to end design project management
  • Concept development / design / documentation / leadership
  • Commercial / hospitality / workplace / residential interiors
  • Salary + hours negotiable

/ Designer & Interior Curator 

/ About you

  • Design qualification / minimum 2 years client or customer facing experience 
  • Empathetic / energetic / positive / meticulous
  • Extensive knowledge in materials, finishes, fittings and furnishings
  • Ability to work independently and confidently deliver design outcomes 
  • Proficient in Indesign / Photoshop
  • Strong written communication and documentation skills
  • Photography and/or graphic design skills an advantage

/ About the job

  • This is a client facing role 
  • Undertake client consultations & interior curation projects independently 
  • Research & document material / finishes / furnishings schedules
  • Present design proposals to clients
  • Assist senior designers
  • Salary + hours negotiable

/ Social Media Coordinator 

/ About you

  • Design focused 
  • Marketing qualification and/or 2 years experience in a related role
  • Empathetic / energetic / positive / meticulous
  • Experience in social media management platforms
  • Competent in Indesign
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Photography and/or graphic design skills an advantage

/ About the job

  • Studio based  
  • Undertake social media planning sessions
  • Document social media content strategies
  • Work independently to deliver social media goals and outcomes for our industry clients
  • Responsible for proactively growing our social media client base
  • Salary + hours negotiable

/ Send your:

  • CV
  • Portfolio
  • A short written response to the following questions

01 / What is the most challenging project you have worked on?

02 / Which Valentine project catches your eye and why?

03 / What will be your unique contribution to Valentine Interiors & Design?

/ To: 

joinus@valentineinteriors.com.au by 5pm, Tuesday 29 March 2022. Please include the position you are applying for in your subject line.

NAWIC Crystal Vision Award

We were over the moon to be awarded the Crystal Vision award at the NAWIC Tasmanian Awards for Excellence dinner. The Crystal Vision award recognises the work of our team for encouraging and promoting the advancement of women in the industry, and providing a significant contribution to the industry as a whole. Valentine Interiors & Design is working hard to challenge the perception of interior design, achieving this through our education work that inspires the next generation of designers, along with thought leadership talks, integrated design, and our work experience program.

Valentine Carbon Neutral

Becoming carbon neutral was a collective and mutual aspiration in the studio. Our conversations and discussions incrementally transformed from words into action. A goal, we continue to grow, that allows our practice to adapt in order to support low toxicity, reduce our footprint and forever elevate our design outcomes. We were heartened by the number of Tasmanian signatories to the Architects Declare network, and with our gradual work over the past few years, it has allowed us to officially become a carbon-neutral studio. Small steps, small impacts maybe, but if there is one thing we know from living on this small wondrous island of Tasmania, is that if we want to impact, action must be taken, both collectively and independently.

2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards

Valentine Interiors was tickled pink to be selected as a State Finalist in the 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards. With over 24,000 nominations and a rigorous judging process, these are Australia’s most prestigious business awards. We are very proud of our business and our team. The process was lengthy, yet highly rewarding and allowed us to really delve into the reasons behind starting and developing our business. Entering our 7th year in business, it was perfect timing to be part of the prestigious awards.

#TelstraBestofBusinessAwards

Slected as Juror for GOTYA Awards

A true honour for Jane to be part of the jury for the Australian GOTYA (Graduate of The Year Awards) 2021. Education and inspiring the next generation of designers is an area that Jane is deeply passionate about and she loved being part of this process, having an impact on our design community.
 
‘The GOTYA program mentoring students for almost two decades is a unique awards program created to support and celebrate exceptional designers from around Australia in the early stages of their career.’ DIA
 
 
 
 

published in inside magazine

A fabulous feature in inside magazine, on our short-listing for the national IDEA awards, Battery Point Living project!

We are very proud to be featured amongst some of the best names in the country. The IDEA winners will be announced at a gala event in February 2022, stay tuned!

Thank you to Anjie Blair for her stunning photography for our project. Finally, a big thank you to Maria Gigney for her incredible architecture that set the scene for us to integrate our interior design with.

 

Short-listed for national IDEA awards 2021

This week was an exciting one for our team, being short-listed for the national Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), which celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design.

A single vision, to enmesh art and design into the client’s daily lives. A concept, larger than life and a place for reveries where moments are mused away.

Working with Simon Ancher for pieces that twist and turn. A torched table resembling a guitar plectrum, a spinal wall sculpture and a vertical blackwood leaf form, allowing light to dance through the central void.

Maria Gigney’s metal, grid-like architecture is at once unobtrusive and yet strong. Our interior pays tribute to her considered style, weaving, interlocking, and creating moments of pause. Black with rich, saturated ochre embracing the unicity of forms.

Natural light teems through the space, expanding the landscape while heightening the differing lines. Trust and desire are fused together in the most arresting way.

Interior design / Valentine Interiors
Photography / Anjie Blair

 

 

St Mary’s College talk at Elite Appliances

St Mary’s College students were treated to a morning of bathroom inspo and design insights at Elite Appliances.

Jane discussed the role of an interior designer in the industry, career opportunities and the way we use processes, design thinking and collaboration to achieve the fusion of form and function.

The Housing and Interior Design students explored the impressive historic building, checking out tapware, appliances, fixtures and fittings.

A fun and inspiring session, allowing students to embrace an industry that has passion, integrity, skill and the deep understanding of human behaviour within habitable spaces.

Work experience for Jaden

For Jaden, our most recent work experience student, a day at the Valentine Studio involved partaking in one of our intense team workshop sessions that involved developing and sharing a unique design concept in response to an object as simple as an orange. 

Jaden rose to the challenge, collectively reminding us of the importance of continually striving to learn more and the inherent value of sharing these experiences with aspiring designers to allow our industry to grow. 

A big thanks to Polytec Tasmania & Featherston Interiors for supporting these initiatives for the next generation of aspiring designers.

 

 

Knocking what?

In a world fuelled to promote efficient, convenient, and time-saving processes we can’t help but clutch on and bring to question the moments when tradition overrules and triumphs change. These moments exist, they are played out day in and day out, they are subconscious, unseen, and require no recognition. But we can’t help but ask, what is the deciding factor that encourages tradition over efficiency? What feeling, sense, outcome do we require to decipher when tradition is more important than convenience?

Take the concept of ‘‘knocking-in” the cricket bat. For those that don’t know, “knocking-in” is the process of preparing a new cricket bat so that it’s ready for use. Some use a mallet for this and apply linseed oil to prevent cracks, and others have their own unique way of preparing it, but the vital outcome is that the timber fibers are compacted together to create a smooth and durable surface. As parents or for anyone who doesn’t play cricket it’s extremely annoying, it’s six hours of loud repetitive noise, and it brings up the question of why? Why would we purchase an item that is not ready for use? Why would a cricket bat, during its manufacturing process not be fit for purpose or completely resolved? It seems strange that in the world we live in we haven’t yet resolved these requirements. Does this instead indicate that we actually need these traditional processes as a way to prepare us or to find value?  And if we are to think like this, what do these personal processes say about our practice? At what point does tradition become valued and triumph change? 

Forbes in their article How innovation can keep traditions alive in modern business discusses this fine balance between integrating tradition and innovation to ensure brands and organisations remain current and competitive in our ever-changing world. They unveil an interesting concept in their discussion that considers how traditions, passed down from generation to generation, ‘are anchors in our lives and form a fundamental part of our identity’ (1). It brings to light a notion of nostalgia, one that values an intricate relationship that exists in our experience of process rather than the experience of the outcome. For the cricket player, the knocking in of a new cricket bat is a fundamental step of ownership, and yet, would this then represent something entirely larger than simply ensuring that the timber is durable and ready for use? Does this process implicitly bind a player to their bat and in turn prepare them for their practice?  

Much like the ideas highlighted in the article by Forbes, this anecdote of the knocking-in of a cricket bat indicates that there is an undercurrent of value present when tradition triumphs over convenience and efficiency. What other processes do we apply to our practice that come from tradition, and what do they say about the deliverable. Because, as much as the noise of the cricket bat hitting the mallet frustrates us, it represents something more profound for the player. 

A subtle profoundness where the smell of freshly cut timbers, the feel, the texture, and the new form are material representations of the place where physical readiness coexists with the mental rehearsal that is often inherent in expressions (sporting and otherwise) that are grounded in tradition. It brings to light that other traditions, although trivial in their manner, should not be let go in fear of losing their fundamental value but instead harnessed and embraced. Often.

  1. Soulaima Gourani, How Innovation Can Keep Traditions Alive in Modern Business (2019) [online], Forbes, available at: <https://www.forbes.com/sites/soulaimagourani/2019/11/27/how-innovation-can-keep-traditions-alive-in-modern-business/?sh=16bf6a4bbe28>
 Article written by Valentine Interiors & Design