Meet the winner of the RMIT Student Project 2013!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

BQ Design is a major sponsor of the RMIT Student Design Project, in conjunction with Zepel Fabrics.  RMIT 2nd year students are invited to enter by completing a project from a design brief.

The projects are judged by interior design industry leaders from BQ Design and Zepel Fabrics as well as RMIT teaching staff.  The winning prize is then commercial manufactured and professionally photographed. 

Real world designing opportunities

It's a great project as students are given the opportunity to really experience working on an interior design job (thinking about a client, developing a concept and pitching their concept) – but in a safe environment with professional advice and support.  All the students are given the chance to visit Zepel Fabrics (and receive first hand information about choice fabric and budgeting).  This is an important part of the project as the students must work within a budget.  The students also complete a full factory tour of BQ Design – they get to see how all soft furnishing products are manufactured and talk with professional staff to get the ‘top tips’ from people who have been working in the industry for over 30 years.

The winner also has their concept brought to life with the manufacturing help of BQ Design and fabric assistance of Zepel Fabrics. BQ Design manufacture the soft furnishing products featured in the winning room and place it on display in the BQ showroom. Finally, the winning design is professionally photographed, a great boost for any student portfolio.

View the slideshow below for a behind-the-scenes peek at the construction of this years winning entry.

And the winner for 2013 is...

This year's winner, Samantha Elsworthy, delivered a colourful and inspiring design that really impressed the judges thanks to the use of carefully selected fabrics and furniture combined to create a colourful and eye-catching winning design.

Samantha took some time to tell us a little more about her work:

I was excited to be given such a broad scope and began research immediately. My "clients" were Jo and Tracey, together for 15 years. A globally dynamic couple, they have lived in some very exotic locations including Paris, Mexico City and Mumbai. Another key element in my research was the WGSN Spring / Summer 2013 colour forecast. I kept a copy with me in the Zepel showroom while scouring for fabrics.

When I found the Casamance fabric, Axiome, I knew immediately I had my feature fabric. The colourways were complementary and beautiful. 100% linen with a ziggurat embroidery pattern, it was ideal for bedding and also related back to my clients' love of travel, with the ziggurat pattern recalling the Aztecs. While referring to the WGSN report, I selected the chartreuse and grey colourways. Using neutral grey as the base, as opposed to earth tones or warm grey, gave my project the contemporary edge that was desired. 

I chose complementary fabrics in Monaco Blue (to reference paris) and Hot Pink (to reference Mumbai), and continued with natural fibres - cotton, linen and silk. I always try to avoid polyesters for bedding.

The bedding design incorporated an asymmetrical inset band that ran along the quilt cover and pillow case which provided a graphic element to the scheme. This was offset nicely by the large scale patterned wallpaper behind the bed which, while contemporary in colouring, was traditional in design, featuring a stylised ikat pattern. I set out to create an aesthetic that fit the brief of contemporary colour while also linking back strongly but subtly to my clients, and I am very proud of how it came together.