Meet Paige Gannon, RMIT Bedroom Design Award winner - Designer Profile, February 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Each year BQ Design has the pleasure of working with RMIT's Interior Design faculty in Melbourne. As part of the collaboration BQ conduct student tours of our workroom, provide soft furnishing classroom support literature and samples, participate in RMIT's mentoring and work experience program and sponsor the annual Bedroom Design Award in conjunction with fabric partner, Zepel Fabrics.

The RMIT Bedroom Design Award requires all students in their final year of the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration course, to design a luxury master bedroom for a middle aged, well traveled couple living in a city apartment while working within a fabric and BQ soft furnishing manufacturing budget. 

The Design and Decoration Diploma students graduating in 2015 showed exceptional talent and capability with their designs, making the judging process a difficult task.  

Introducing Paige Gannon

Paige Gannon was awarded the 2015 RMIT Bedroom Design Award prize with her luxurious design entitled "Jungle Elements". Paige's design incorporated a rich colour palette with a combination of floral, plain and striking black and white tribal patterns. The bed setting featured a quilted BQ padded band bedhead and corner pleated valance both in a teal velvet, a range of european cushions, pillow cases and bolsters, a floral throw rug and a quilt cover cleverly designed with cordless piping to hide fabric joins. The window furnishings included a sheer ripplefold curtain adding softness to the room and a customised roman blind with emerald band on three sides. Paige's ability to incorporate a range of clever soft furnishing designs and beautiful fabrics, whilst keeping to the budget, made her a worthy winner.

Recently we met with Paige to discuss her studies, winning design and future plans.  

What inspired you with your winning RMIT Bedroom Design Award entry? 

The master bedroom draws inspiration from the depth of the Jungle. I fell in love with the Metamorphose  painterly floral print fabric from Zepel Fabrics and developed a concept around its essences. I wanted to create a space that provided an escape for its occupants and was reinvigorating through a rich palette and pattern.


Why did you choose to study Interior Design? 

My first degree was a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Visual Communication. After I graduated I found myself itching for a more hands-on creative outlet. Influenced by my childhood surrounded by constant renovations of the family home I fell in love with collating fabrics, textures and colours to express my personality and ideas through my environment. Interior Design feels like a natural progression in my design journey.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My work is inspired by my everyday life, the people I admire and my love for colour and patterns. The initial stimulus for each project begins with the client's brief then I inject my personal perspective into the process. I have been fortunate enough to do quite a bit of traveling throughout my studies. In those travels I find inspiration everywhere I look. I have seen the masters of fine art and architecture both in Europe and America. Highlights include the magic and fantasy of Gaudi’s architecture and recently the work of Henri Matisse and the Cut-Outs exhibit at MOMA in New York. Living in Melbourne I also get swept up by the buzz of the local design community filled with inspiring talented people.

What websites, social media and magazines do you follow?

I am an avid Instagram and Pinterest user, I can spend hours scrolling different designer's feeds, I have discovered so many talented people and inspiring images on these platforms. I subscribe to a few different blogs, I like to keep up with the design community at large not just interior design. I do love The Design Files with it’s focus on local design heroes and in contrast monocle 24: Section D a podcast on design from around the world. 

Who are your favorite designers that impress you with their use of soft furnishings? 

I am a huge admirer of Kelly Wearstler and her approach to soft furnishings and everything she does. Her designs appeal to the graphic designer in me as they tend to have bold graphic elements.

Now that you have finished your Diploma, what are your plans?

I'm currently freelancing as PG Designs, but looking for full or part-time work. I am very passionate about design and can't wait to make my mark in the industry.

What are the benefits of partnering with BQ Design to manufacture soft furnishings for your future clients?

BQ Design were a fantastic partner for this project, the staff were extremely knowledgeable and   accommodating answering any questions I had. The products range is flexible and dynamic allowing me the creative freedom as a designer to put together, what I feel, is a  beautiful bespoke space.


Follow the links to find out more about Paige and PG Designs:




Back to top