Welcome to INDEX, the 2020 RMIT Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) Graduate Exhibition. On behalf of the program it is a privilege to introduce the Major Project work of our graduates. As an exhibition it is a celebration of diversity and possibility. Each project presents a unique and individual exploration into interior design. As a whole the work explores a range of spatial and temporal practices; It questions ideas of interior design and interiority; and asks how interior design might contribute to contemporary society. INDEX speaks of a program culture that pursues a questioning and expansive approach to interior design practice and continues to reimagine what the discipline may be.
INDEX itself is an annual encounter with this program culture. For 36 years the program has occupied different sites in the city, a mapping of the continual change and reinvention of Melbourne. In this sense the shift to INDEX 2020 as a multi-user virtual environment is no different – an interior response to a world pandemic and a city in lockdown. It is an experimental interior to inhabit and celebrate, a becoming of exhibition, event and celebration. It reflects an approach to testing through design that is nurtured within the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours). Marking an emergence of this year’s graduates importantly INDEX is also a vibrant and continuing engagement of the program with our global alumni, industry partners and design community.
On behalf of the program thank you to the final year tutors: Phoebe Whitman, Jen Berean, Katie Collins, James Carey, Leslie Eastman, Nick Rebstadt, Raphael Kilpatrick and Pip McCully for their generous and supportive supervision of this year’s final design research projects and their significant contributions to INDEX. Thank you also to Phoebe Whitman and Adam Nash for their coordination and design of the INDEX environment. And to Public Office for the design of the visual communication and collaboration with INDEX.
Finally thank you to the rest of our discipline staff; Suzie Attiwill, Millie Cattlin, Ying-Lan Dann, Kate Geck, Olivia Hamilton, Roger Kemp, Adam Nash, Andy Miller, Philippa Murray; our sessional staff; and invited external critics; all who have generously contributed to the interior design education of this cohort of students.
Anthony Fryatt, Program Manager
Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours)