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



Ronald Young Office Fit out

Ronald Young & Co Builders, a family-run business, provides a space where clients can feel engaged throughout the construction process of their homes. We wanted to honour this, inspired by the notion of a cocoon as a metaphor for home. The way they are constructed through an intricate process of weaving strands of silk influenced our design choices and the way material could weave, cross over, and envelope space much like the threads of a cocoon do.
We designed a reception desk, a result of a series of prototypes that found its unique expression through linear features inherently responsive to how silk strands make up the cocoon. We created moments, nooks, and subtle opportunities to welcome visitors into their office, a weaving and integration of the threads and materiality representational of the fine craftsmanship involved in the process of creating a home.
A successful project, measured through the mutual trust that was developed with the team at Ronald Young & Co. A trust that meant we could design a space that truly represents their values and processes, a space that is inherently theirs.
Client / Ronald Young & Co Builders
Interior Design / Valentine interiors + design
Architecture / BYA Architects
Photography / Loic Le Guilly

The Valentine Typewriter

Stories matter. The big, the small, the inspiring, the humorous, the quirky, and the simply serendipitous. This is one such tale. The story of a typewriter; found, lost, rediscovered. The Valentine Typewriter.
A design icon famous for its use of colour and form, and revered for its practicability. A design that challenged the stereotypical typewriting machines of the 1960s that were widely regarded as ‘dull and uninspiring to look atʼ(1). It was clever, every component considered and well designed, including the carry case which doubled as a wastepaper basket.
A couple of years ago Sarah, with her incredible eye for detail spotted the Valentine typewriter in the window of a vintage shop. She knew we had to have it. An inspiring design icon that just belonged at Valentine Interiors. Alas, the shop owner never responded to our inquiry.
A year later, looking through some old photos, Jane came across the picture of the Valentine typewriter. Literally, at that moment, she received a message from the original shop owner, asking if she would be interested in purchasing the typewriter. She did.
Some might call it coincidence, but to us, it’s simply serendipity. Today that Olivetti Valentine typewriter is ‘our’ design icon, sitting quietly in the studio, a constant reminder to believe in chance, to understand that good design considers form and function equally and that truly great design is timeless.
And that could have been the end of the story. However, just the other day whilst browsing at the Hobart Bookstore, Jane happened to flick a book called Great Designs: The world’s best design explored and explained, and low and behold right there on page 192 is the Valentine Typewriter, which we now know was designed in 1969 by Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King. Yes, Jane, bought the book.
(1) Wilkinson, P (2019), Great Designs, Penguin Group, UK.

New Norfolk Rowing Club

“In order to find the set and create swing, everyone must work together to balance the boat and have exact timing. Your hands must be at exactly the right height as you slide up to the catch. Every oar has to drop into the water at the exact same time. Everyone needs to pull at equal pressure. All the blades need to come out of the water and release in unison. Any deviation disrupts the boat.” – Bruce Eckfeldt, Business Insider
A sense of place exists within the heart of the New Norfolk Rowing Club.
Our considered design reflects the techniques and discipline required through the sport of rowing. The angled handles of the trophy cabinet simulate the propulsion of oars, steering you in the direction of the memorabilia above. The grain in the cabinetry is a nod to the traditional craftsmanship of rowing vessels. Slim, vertical panels of veneer on the edge of the glass doors are strategically placed to signify the path of travel in a rowing course. The crew in the next lane are edging away, gathering momentum and working together in perfect unison.
Client / New Norfolk Rowing Club
Interior Design / Valentine interiors + design
Photography / Loic Le Guilly

Naomi provides tips to graduating students

Our Naomi giving a talk to the interior design students at Foundry about life after graduating.
Naomi discussed her work in commercial event spaces, creating temporary installations, and preparing a folio to enter the interior design industry.
Naomi is a First Class Honours graduate from the RMIT Bachelor of Interior Design and had some fabulous tips and advice for the students.
Naomi spoke with confidence, engaging the students who are aspiring to be interior designers. Her thought-provoking folio was a perfect example to show as the students were preparing their own folios for assessment.

Ability Hearing and balance

A uniquely Tasmanian concept drawing upon the analogy between sound waves, ocean waves, and the search for balance.
Ability Hearing and Balance had three sites to be designed around Tasmania.
Our design celebrates the perfect blend of Tasmanian art, design, and craftsmanship with sensory curved walls suggesting the turning of the wave, cabinetry units displaying longitudinal and transverse lines for an overall equilibrium. Undulating brass handles with a silence. A linear light, radiating around is suggestive of a wave building with momentum.
Listen to the quietness, the balance, the equilibrium. Tune in, just for a moment, to absorb the sound of the waves.
Client / Ability Hearing and Balance
Design / Valentine interiors + design
Photography / Loic Le Guilly

Integrated design talk / Bentley Workspaces

A great discussion at Bentley Workspaces on having all the experts in the room at the beginning of a project. Thank you to Nicole and the team at Bentley for allowing Valentine Interiors & design to have the opportunity to be part of this.
Laura Callingham, architect from Studio ilk, Peter Ventieri, Director of In2Construction and Jane Valentine from Valentine Interiors & Design came together to chat about how engaging all the experts in the initial stage of a brief will ensure a truly integrated project and an exceptional client outcome.
Nicole from Bentley Workspaces summarised the talk following on from the day:
‘From learning about the different elements and thought process that goes into designing spaces through to the practicality and effectiveness of the build. There’s a level of collaboration and understanding that needs to happen for a project to succeed.
Some key takeaways:
1. Get the right people to the table right from the start.
2. Know your value and what you can offer and be transparent with communicating these.
3. Leverage off each other’s expertise and solve problems together, always.’
Images courtesy of Bentley Workspaces.