Naomi Abiera from RMIT, October 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Our Designer of the Month program is all about showcasing  Australian interior specialists who use BQ Design products in inspiring ways.

Once selected we showcase each specialists work, not just on our website but also across our social media network. It’s our little way of saying thanks to the many talented designers we work with day in and day out.

Now into the second month of our Designer of the Month program, we have an RMIT student who is making a big splash with her designs.

Here's a recent design from this month's selected Designer and scroll down the page to reveal our Designer of the Month.


Introducing Naomi Abiera

We sat down with Naomi to find out what makes her tick.

Tell us a little about yourself...

I have recently graduated from the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration and am currently taking on a Bachelor of Design (Interior) at RMIT.

Which area/s do you specialise in?

I’ve had some experience in the retail and hospitality sector of interior design. I particularly enjoy the brainstorming part of design that involves all the drawings and rendering and strangely enough, I find drafting up documentation quite soothing.

What type of clients would you like to work with?

After graduation, I would like to work with high-end clients in the retail and hospitality area of Australia that love to support local talent and designers. I think it’s important that the emerging designers and artist know that they have a promising future awaiting them.;

What do you love about being an interior specialist?

I really enjoy the storytelling part of interior design, where it’s not just about decorating a space but rather creating a story within the space that would make people stop and think. I like to feel that I have a small part in creating the atmosphere and surrounding that people have daily where they too can get inspired.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I like to think that I am in a perpetual state of inspiration where everything no matter how what it is has huge potential. Melbourne is such a great city where local artist have a great support from the community and because of that, art is evident in even in the most unexpected places. I love just walking the streets and being in awe of the beautiful architecture and at the same time, I like sitting in my living room and watching how the light and shadows change through the windows. For this particular project, I was inspired by the winter glaze of the Fitzroy Gardens in all it’s silver and green glory.

What is the most challenging part of your industry?

The most challenging part for me is that sometimes I have to separate my personal taste and really try to understand what the client is asking for. I find it particularly hard to do this while at the same time trying not to compromise my own design aesthetic.

What is it like to partner with BQ Design?

BQ were amazing to partner with, their extensive domestic range allowed for me to really be unlimited in my choices for my particular design.

Congratulations Naomi, we look forward to seeing more of your work over the coming years!

You can email Naomi at

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