Personality plus

For this award-winning designer, success means strongly reflecting the client's intentions, while adding a level of detail that sets each space apart
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A good interior designer can be considered a conduit someone who can channel ideas and intentions into a cohesive whole.

Formally trained, and an accredited member of the Design Institute of Australia, Eileen Middleton, from EMI Interior Design, has spent many years in the design industry. Working with architects and builders, as well as private clients, she says a key skill is the ability to adjust between styles.

"It's important to understand what the client wants. After all, it's their home, so they need to be comfortable in the surroundings. By understanding the client, we can also use our knowledge to further enhance the space," says Middleton.


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View of kitchen with timber, stainless steel and copper benchtops and cabinetry, bar stools, and timber flooring.

"Working with architects, it's particularly important to be able to interpret their work and follow through with creativity and flair. This is where formal training is such an asset."

EMI Interior Design has three accredited designers. The company offers a range of services, such as colour and finish selections, as well as furniture packages, but it is best known for its kitchen and bathroom designs. All design work is CAD generated, making it easier for contractors to provide accurate estimations.

Recently, Middleton won an HIA kitchen design award. The design drew inspiration from the architecture of Franklin Israel.

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View of kitchen with timber, stainless steel and copper benchtops and cabinetry, bar stools, and timber flooring.

"The kitchen had to complement the home's identity and portray aspects of the owners' personality. Numerous finishes, combined with different forms and angles, were used to achieve this," she says.

The kitchen island features a number of surface finishes most notably the bronze, real liquid metal which was sprayed on and finished in smooth pearl. Connections between different areas are made with sandblasted glass, and stainless steel.

For further information, contact EMI Interior Design, phone (07) 5456 2181.

Mar 03, 2006
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