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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Has technology reduced the value of raw expression?

There is something magical about watching a sketch evolve. The raw nub of an idea gradually evolving from simple marks into a physical expression that captures a concept and articulates complex thoughts. Each mark is attended to yet simplified, requiring no further description — an abstract expression of space, interior or exterior as experienced by the viewer. Expression is no longer confined to a realistic rendered approach but rather one…
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Push or Pull. Open or Close. Who knows…

‘The thing is, designers, should not make things work in the way they want it to work, but rather in the way human beings work’(1) Have you found yourself in a lift, or even just trying to get yourself through a door and just got it wrong? The awkwardly painful moment when you push instead of pull. Or when you intend to hold the lift doors open for somebody, only…
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Patrick Hall Talk for ADFAS

We are constantly inspired by the many amazing artists and makers that Tasmania is now so well known for. It’s not too much to say that a love of Patrick Hall’s work is a little secret that both Sarah & Jane each held closely for years, unbeknown to each other. Needless to say, meeting Patrick and Di Allison (Patrick’s equally talented partner) at the ADFAS Hobart event a little while…
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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”​ Arthur Ashe

It’s an elephant, and it’s in the room – climate change. Is it the ‘bigness’ of these two words that cause us to stall, to pull up short again and again in our efforts to make a difference, to have an impact?  Are you caught between the desire to do something and the reality of getting it done? Could it be we are collectively overwhelmed into inaction? What if, instead…
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