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Rachael Brennan

Rachael Brennan

Senior Interior Designer, Pai Interiors
To me, good design realises the potential of any space. It involves considered choices teamed with a sense of bravery. As a designer, I have a strong understanding of how interiors come together, from the architecture of a space to the furniture and soft furnishings that fill it. Colour palette, material choice and finishes are all equally important - each element is essential to creating one cohesive look that is both resolved and sensitive to the clients needs. On a personal note, I was born from New Zealander parents in Brisbane, Meanjin, Australia. Born, raised and living there for the majority of my life it is my true home. I moved to Sydney, Eora 3 years ago and felt connected to the history, the close proximity to natureand sense of place almost immediately. With atruly creative background having started out my career wanting to be an art historian, I have an immense appreciation for a range of design periods and styles. Any designed space should tell the story of the people that inhabit them. For me, spaces truly work when balance is created through sensitivity to the context of the project and the functionality required with modern life. I've been fortunate enough to work with some incredible clients on projects that span from boutique hospitality venues located in heritage listed buildings to large hospitality fit-outs. I spent 13 years with a small architectural firm in Brisbane, Meanjin as an Interior Designer graduating to Senior there where I built a comprehensive portfolio that displays my ability to work across a range of interior genres. Having completed a Bachelor of Design at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, I am formally educated and trained in an industry that I truly love. As an interior designer, I am required to design ultimately for my clients. This flexibility, along with an ever changing industry has imbued me with an innate sense of creative freedom. Today, contemporary design has to encompass several key issues: financial, social and importantly, environmental points of view, all of which need to be addressed by client and designer, together.