Designing with an Olympian

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The day is finally here where I get to creatively collaborate with a childhood friend of mine. This past  week I’ve been helping out  on a few bits and pieces for an interior wall makeover. My friend Vicky, a badminton player  in the 2012 London Olympics  and now an interior designer, organized this project to take place on what seemed to be a tight schedule. Vicky is still heavily involved in the Victorian badminton community, regularly coaching students of all ages. The badminton facility she coaches at needed some life to it – the walls were covered  by  fingerprints and the majority of paint was off-white.

Ever since I found out she took interest in design a while ago I had a feeling there would be a collaboration looming ahead. Now there is.

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Photography: Olivia Na

This project required two walls and a door to be designed and repainted. Primarily experimenting  with  water-based paints and Washi tape, we  had some rough concepts that were tweaked along the way. We treated the white wall like  they were huge canvasses and decided to work our way through the mural instead of having it all precisely planned out.elevation-main-hall-doors-lets-play-concept

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Photography: Olivia Na

There were another  two painters who sped up the process by taking care of most of the orange and blue on the long wall. Vicky and I took care of the details on both walls which we managed to finish in two days.

When picking colors it’s always hilarious having deep conversations about which shade of color pairs best with the other. Talking about this with Vicky and the painter reminded me of what my year 10 art teacher always used to  say to me and my friends…”it’s not blue, it’s ultramarine. It’s not brown, it’s burnt umber. Use the correct terminology!”

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The last time I was involved in  anything close to  interior design was the RMIT communication design graduation show. Apart from that I’ve done some planning work around my  house with changes to our flooring, walls and kitchen this year. It’s a hugely fun process choosing materials and designing a space the way you imagine it to be. These encounters taught me how to be resourceful, in fact you NEED to be resourceful because you’re dealing with a large space and a budget. Things like reusing the same paint for another wall or element – really pushes you out of your comfort zone and to think strategically…luckily we didn’t run out of tape or paint!

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One lady from the gym walked past our finished product and asked what our concept was, Vicky and I paused and looked at each other. We actually didn’t have a word to describe our concept. But it was self-explanatory in the end. We agreed, “badminton” is the concept!

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