Creative Industries


15 February 2012

What better place for young interior designers to display their creativity with pre-loved materials than a shopfront?

QUT interior design students were given the brief to create exciting displays for a Fortitude Valley retail window with a mere $250 for materials and only four weeks to do it.

Valley visitors will need to stay attuned to Artisan's Brunswick St gallery shopfronts over the coming year, with the first window display in a series of five by The Window Project's QUT design students now on show.

The first project's key principle is upcycling or the turning of pre-used materials into something new, cutting waste and conserving resources.

The intriguing installation uses old picture frames and discarded wooden pallets to explore the "framing" of wares to promote curiosity and tempt window shoppers within.

Jonathan Morehen, a QUT architecture student on the team, said the idea behind the installation was to use materials already on hand and give them a new life, while visually promoting the gallery.

"The whole point of upcycling is to change the existing function into another one," he said.

The students said they enjoyed the challenge of repurposing materials: "It's always in your mind to keep costs down." "It sets you apart."

QUT interior design lecturer Natalie Wright said The Window Project was a partnership between QUT's School of Design and Artisan.

"The partnership opens opportunities for our students to work collaboratively on small-scale retail and exhibition design projects," Ms Wright said.

"The design teams on the future window installations will work with Artisan to develop a concept aligned to upcoming exhibitions and their retail program.

"It's a great project. The public gets to see the talents of up and coming designers and our students get real-world engagement, broadened networks and an introduction to professional practice."

The students on the team were: Karlee Blackburn, Simone Lockley, James Luu, Jonathan Morehen and Vanessa Parker.

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Media contact: Niki Widdowson, QUT media officer, 07 3138 1841 or

QUT design students (l to r) Simone Locley, Jonathan Morehen, Karlee Blackburn and Vanessa Parker with the window installation from pre-loved material.


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