Design Graduate 2006
Laura graduated from the Design course in 2006. Since returning from overseas she has re-designed Hummingbird restaurant in Wellington, and completed three 'Cosmic' retail stores throughout NZ.
She worked in China for a year as an interior designer at NHDRO. Prior to that she spent three years in London as head designer for London-based event design company, Urban Caprice. Work with them included design for the iLUKA Olympic Pavilion, Jasper Conran's birthday party, the Deutsche Bank V.I.P lounge at the Frieze Art Fair and the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Summer Gala at Stud House, Hampton Court Palace, London, the Martini film premier of The Boat that Rocked, and a Hugo Boss fragrance launch event at the top of the Gherkin.
Laura also co-designed 'Caravan' Restaurant, Bar & Roastery in London. Other work includes working as a designer at ALLISTARCOX Architecture in Wellington, and set and costume design for The Glass Menagerie (Centrepoint Theatre and Circa).
“Toi Whakaari provided a multi-disciplinary learning platform, one which was constantly shifting to explore the true nature of performance design. As designers, we were encouraged to push the boundaries of our practice, through collaboration, experimentation and critique. The design degree helped me establish a strong base for the skill set I now use on a daily basis, enabling me to confidently express my own design language in many different ways.”