RMIT graduate Laura Green has seen her vision for a contemporary bedroom on display in the showroom of Australian company BQ Design, after winning the annual Soft Furnishing Project competition.
Each year, students from the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration are given the opportunity to design a sophisticated bedroom for a client using BQ Design products and Zepel Fabrics.
Throughout the project, students are mentored by BQ Design, Zepel Fabrics and RMIT lecturers on soft furnishing design, manufacturing and installation.
Entries are then judged on the design’s level of styling and originality, product and fabric knowledge, attention to detail and costing calculations.
Ms Green, a 2014 Interior Design and Decoration graduate, said the competition was a great experience that gave her invaluable insight into the design process.
“Winning the competition gave me the chance to see my design fully realised,” she said.
“Seeing something I had spent hours creating and refining finally evolve into a tangible space was nerve-racking, scary and amazing all at the same time.”
Ms Green’s winning design was created for a contemporary master bedroom, using various BQ Design and Zepel Fabric items, and based on Pantone’s colour forecasts for the coming season.
Her design was created and featured at the BQ Design showroom in Notting Hill and is set to be featured online and in print.
Having previously completed two creative short courses at RMIT, Ms Green decided to apply for the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration after realising her love of design stemmed from a specific love of layout.
“I love what I do because it combines my creative side with my methodical, pedantic side,” she said.
Aside from garnering practical skills in building design software, hand drawing and rendering, Ms Green sites confidence as a turning point in her journey at RMIT.
“I feel that I have become better at making decisions and trusting my own judgment,” she said.
“Somehow, without even realising, I have become more confident and relaxed when it comes to getting up and speaking to a room full of people.”
Ms Green has also taken part in one of RMIT's Mentor students programs, where she was matched to design alumnus Maree Howley and gained industry experience with Ms Howley’s interior design business, Beautiful Room.