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Tafe Interior Design Graduate Wins Installation At Nightquarter


Drawing inspiration from secluded sandy bays, sub-tropical forest and geothermal wonders of the north to the spectacular sounds, magnificent glaciers and snow-capped mountains of the south island, New Zealand’s diverse and mesmerising landscapes created the backdrop for Alicia Donnelly’s winning design entry in the NightQuarter’s Depot function venue installation competition.

The Depot Deck at Night Quarter was officially launched on Friday 27 July, and sits at the back of The Paddock with a direct view of the main stage.

An Interior Design graduate from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region, Alicia did her research into the demographics of the Helensvale area and it was clear that the suburb has a high New Zealand population which formed the backbone of her design concepts.

“The earthiness, balance and harmony from the natural beauty which is romantically evoked in the country’s Maori name, Aotearoa, translating as the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ has been visually represented in the design,” said Alicia Donnelly who now has her own property styling business that specialises in property presentation and real estate photography since graduating from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Coomera campus in 2017.

Continuing with the strong New Zealand theme, the Kiwi bird and ferns are splashed on the walls along with colours such as green and orange to stimulate the senses and incorporate fun elements.

“At the cocktail bar, a beautiful canopy of greenery, set against white washed walls, the Depot cocktail bar, is sure to create the feeling of balance and harmony.”

“The warm rich colours radiating from the timber work creates the sense of earthiness, while pastel colours incorporated into the soft furnishings breathes femininity, creativity, mystery and magic into the overall look of this space which also operates as a function and VIP area. This area has the best seats in the house for prime viewing of the main stage area,” said Alicia, who also credits her TAFE teachers who give the students the opportunity to be involved in live projects such as the Depot installation.

NightQuarter has had a strong relationship with various integrated learning opportunities for TAFE Queensland Gold Coast students since its inception.

Director of NightQuarter, Michelle Christoe has been impressed with the calibre of the TAFE students that have been involved with other interior installations as well as working backstage at events.

“For the Depot installation project competition, Alicia Donnelly was a stand-out entry and I was extremely impressed with her overall proposal which reflects our brand and target audience” said Michelle Christoe.

“I highly recommend using TAFE students and graduates as they are career ready, some even before they have completed their courses, and have helped NightQuarter in so many areas of business.”

“Even our Food Focus business that organises the Gold Coast Food and Wine Show uses the students as trainees and interns. We see our businesses as bringing people together and incubating the local talent on their career pathways,” said Michelle.

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