As a consultant interior designer some of Francoise projects include the CAAMA Visitor’s Centre Alice Springs NT and ARUP Engineers and Project Managers Cairns Office. Francoise enjoys the process of uncovering the needs and aspirations of her clients and incorporating these into their interiors. Francoise has worked, and continues to work, in collaboration with other architectural practices.
Francoise has technical skills and experience in the following areas;
- Residential Interior Design
- Commercial Office Interiors Design
- Educational Institution Interior Design
- Retail Interior Design
- Indigenous Engagement Services
- Indigenous Remote Housing and Design
- Furniture Design
- Bespoke Design Prints
From 1995 – 1999 Francoise was employed by the Qld Department of Housing ATSI Housing Program (ATSIHP). Whilst with ATSIHP she adapted their portfolio of houses into semi-adaptable and fully adaptable house designs. These first steps to make State provided housing accessible was initiated through ATSIHP in 1999.
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Visitor's Centre
CAAMA Visitors Centre is located in the heart of Alice Springs. The brief required a visual relationship to the Central Australian landscape of which CAAMA broadcasts and provision of display boards telling the CAAMA story. Key features of the design were two curved rammed earth walls with display cases and incorporation of the CAAMA logo into the carpet design. One local builder said the walls could not be built however Francoise worked closely with the successful contractor to resolve the technical constraints and the walls were completed. Custom designed furniture and fittings are also key features of the design.
Arup Project Managers and Engineers, Edge Hill (Cairns)
The Arup Cairns office fitout was completed in 2006. The project brief required an interior design befitting of the Arup international corporate image. At the opening event, the then chairperson of Arup Global commented “…that this office fit out displayed the corporate image recognised of the global company”.
The entry featured a laminated bamboo feature wall with photographic displays of Arup projects in Cairns, Australia and internationally. The board room fed off the entry and waiting areas and featured a custom designed laminated bamboo board table with seating for 16. The board room table could be divided into 3 tables when smaller groups were required.
Consideration of design elements for optimum productivity in an office environment was a main factor in the brief. Design planning allowed for the maximum distribution of natural lighting with sensor lighting support during the day to workstations and the incorporation of sliding windows on external walls to allow for cross ventilation on cooler days.
High End Unit Fit Out, Esplanade (Cairns)
Indij Design developed the design for the refurbishment in close consultation with the client. This resulted in an enriched design process pushing both client and designers to explore ever creative design solutions. By relocating rooms and adjusting walls, an open style plan unique to that apartment was created. These changes opened up additional views to the Cairns Marina and Esplanade from the entry and all liveable spaces.
One of the unique features of the unit is the kitchen splashback. Francoise asked the client if she had a favourite artist to which she mentioned a local indigenous artist Karen Gibson. Karen Gibson’s acrylic on canvas ‘Women’s Business’ became featured as a design repeat applied on film to the kitchen glass splashback. Indij Design worked with Jeannie Heynatz of Yalanji Arts in Mossman Gorge and Karen Gibson for a licencing agreement. Our client met with Karen and Jeannie to hear a personal account of the story behind the artwork. The wonderful thing about this process was that Karen was able to generate income without leaving her community.
Retail Fit Out, Edge Hill (Cairns)
Gayle Plunkett Architect teamed with Francoise as a consultant interior designer for this project. The business owners of Beauty Par Excellence required display solutions for beauty products and design ideas for their beauty and spa treatment spaces. The treatment rooms can be described as spaces of sanctuary complementing the individual beauty treatments of which Beauty Par Excellence specialise.