An RMIT student was selected as a finalist in the "Rooms by Design" showcase competition at the Melbourne Grand Designs Live home show.
Sheree O'Malley's design, Balance, was on display at the three-day show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration student was one of four tertiary students selected for the showcase, which was judged by a panel including famed British Grand Designs television show host, Kevin McCloud, and RMIT alumnus and Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison.
"The idea of meeting and learning from Kevin McCloud is a dream come true," she said.
"He is such an inspirational man, who has contributed so much to the design world on so many levels.
Ms O'Malley discusses her design with Grand Designs UK host Kevin McCloud (centre) and Grand Design Australia host and RMIT alumnus Peter Maddison.
"His passion and belief for environmentally sound design is something any designer should, and needs to, aspire to."
Ms O'Malley worked through an extensive design process that began with the development of a set of technical drawings, supplier and material sourcing, and culminated in a detailed building process.
The project started as a semester one program assessment task, but was eventually selected as a finalist in the Rooms by Design competition.
"To build the space, I used a combination of technology like CNC Routers (computer controlled cutting machine) and traditional construction methods," she said.
"The space is a hybrid of simple materials, construction methods and contemporary design that allows the user to connect on an aesthetic, emotional and intellectual level."
Interior Design and Decoration Vocational Education Program Coordinator Jenny Crowley said Ms O'Malley displayed innovation, practicality and creativity in her Balance design.
RMIT Architecture and Design Vocational Education project co-ordinator Jenny Crowley and Sheree O'Malley at the Grand Design Live showcase.
"This is an example of the practical and industry-based focus of our program, giving Sheree the skills necessary to step straight into this competition and immediately produce industry-standard work," she said.
"The high-quality display is also appropriate recognition of the hard work and dedication Sheree has demonstrated throughout her studies."
Ms O'Malley said the purpose of her design was to generate a conversation about creating and maintaining "balance within design and our lives".
She said she felt proud to be able to represent RMIT and the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration program at "such a wonderful event", and revealed her surprise at how quickly her skillset had developed since starting her studies in 2013.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to complete a live project like this," she said.
"It has definitely made me feel like all my hard work has paid off and to be able to experience this process while still being a student is amazing to say the least."