Interior Design students’ outside celebrations

A crazy, vibrant, revolutionary, rebel was just one of the Central Institute of Technology graduates celebrating the completion of their Interior Design degree last week.

Peru born Christian Oshiro has also described himself as both ‘curious’ and ‘colour-fool’.  A broad spectrum of characteristics, that reflects the wide range of talent completing the Associate Degree of Interior Design (Commercial) that Central runs in partnership with the design school Billy Blue.

The unique course offers students the chance to acquire skills to create state-of-the-art commercial interiors in both the physical and digital world.

They develop their creativity to respond and adapt to the ever-changing drivers of commercial environments, such as retail stores and exhibitions, hotels, bars, restaurants, night clubs, workspaces and even the design of online, virtual commercial environments.

The nine happy graduates celebrated the completion of their training. A learning journey which taught them how commercial interiors can engage an audience, and gave them all an opportunity to apply theory to practice, by inventing a range of commercial interior design solutions for real clients.

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Graduate Kerrie Allen found the course a rewarding challenge.

“This degree and experience has been nothing short of intense. I have studied all throughout a relatively long career so far, in many demanding industries, and it didn’t prepare me for what was ahead.  We were the inaugural Billy Blue students of Perth and although it wasn’t a perfect journey, it was a real one, and that’s far more valuable”, she said.

“Design is underestimated – in business, in society and in the community. It is complex, intricate and above all, it is a way of life for those that pursue it”, she added.

“If there is one thing I have learned that will never appear on a course outline or a project brief, is that design is a method of thinking that can be applied to anything.  My eyes are now wide open to a world of opportunity that stems from what we have just completed.”

While in Peru, Christian gained his first degree in Architecture and gained experience in several architectural firms in Lima from 2001 to 2004. Heading off to Japan, he has travelled the world and worked in a variety of areas outside of architecture.

Now settled in Perth, Christian’s design flair was well illustrated with a recent award win.  He won the coveted National Samsung Staron Design Award in the concept category for his Kokoro shoe stand.  The mid-floor, heart shaped, shoe display was created for boutique store Melissa.

picture care of Samsung Staron Solid Surfaces
picture care of Samsung Staron Solid Surfaces

Kerrie and Christian both received individual awards at the graduation ceremony.  Kerrie won the HE Outstanding Award (Highest Grade Point Average) while Christian took out the HE Engagement Award (Most Engaged Student)

Off the back of live projects they worked on together, Christian and Kerrie realised that they shared many outlooks, including both wanting to affect change within the design industry. This included a desire to see designers of all disciplines collaborating and working together. A situation where designers move forward both independently and as a collective.

Their mutual ambition has given birth to Guerrilla Creative. This new collective aims to boost Perth’s ongoing journey as a cultural, innovative place in which to live.

Congratulations to all the graduates who look perfectly placed to help tackle this challenge.

Find out more about Central’s interior design courses


Christian Makes a Stand

It’s that time of year again; where Central and Billy Blue design students prove that they are design industry leaders.

This year, Christian Oshiro won the coveted National Samsung Staron Design Award in the concept category (edition 2) for his Kokoro Stand.

Christian receives award from Fiona Parsons - Specifications Manager, Austaron Surfaces
Christian receives award from Fiona Parsons – Specifications Manager, Austaron Surfaces

The Staron Design Awards is open to any designer, architect, developer or student that has created a project using Staron Solid Surfaces. The awards are designed to create exposure for designers that use Staron in outstanding applications.

As winner of the concept category, Christian created a unique product design using Staron. He designed a mid-floor shoe display in the shape of a heart for shoe boutique Melissa.

Melissa is a Brazilian company, which prides itself on customer care, a value, which translates into heartfelt, pure, honest products.

Kokoro in Japanese means heart, the feelings, spirit or essence of an individual. Christian used this concept to inspire his design to represent the culture and values of Melissa.

Adding to the sentiment of the project, Christian dedicated his heart shaped design to his mother, who recently passed away.

The design that could be created in one continuous surface with no joins using Staron, has received high praise from the judges.

”This design extracts the essence of the Melissa brand – it’s geometric shapes and colours – merges it with an abstracted heart shape and infuses it with emotion and meaning, while understanding the potential of the Staron product to create such a sculptural solution”, said Stephen Varady of Stephen Varady Associates.

Which clearly should be the final word here!

Christian with Central's Design portfolio staff
Christian with Central’s Design portfolio staff


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Display image care of Samsung Staron Solid Surfaces