VIP design dreams a reality for Coomera TAFE student

A student from TAFE Gold Coast has designed a new VIP space for NightQuarter in Helensvale.

NightQuarter invited TAFE students to conceptualise a new VIP dining and lounge function area to accommodate up to 100 people with students provided with a design brief, site visit and consultation.

The winning student, Melissa Bergen then worked with NightQuarter management to implement the design.

When we spoke to Melissa she’d just been onsite. “They’ve got the street artist in at the moment and the upholsterer should be putting in the daybeds in the next couple of days,” she said.

The space will open with a VIP launch on Saturday 30 April before being made available to the public for private functions.

As well as conceptual sketches, Melissa delivered the colour scheme, technical drawings, floor plan, elevations, schedule of materials, finishes, furniture and fittings, CAD renders and cost estimate. She was in Hawaii for a wedding when she found out her design was chosen as the winning concept.

“Oh, I was really excited. I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy,” Melissa said.

The interior design student found inspiration for her career goals while backpacking the world with her partner.

“I just really loved going to trendy cafes for the cool, interior design and I thought that was something I’d like to do when I got back to Australia,” she said.

Locally, she rates Paddock Bakery and Bam Bam Bakehouse for their vintage design and aesthetic and she said the end goal is to start her own business.

“I’m moving to Melbourne when I finish my TAFE course in June,” she said. “I’m going to focus on cafes, bars and restaurants. You can be much more creative than working on someone’s home.”

And now that she’s been onsite seeing it all come together, what does she think?

“Yeah, it’s definitely what I expected,” she said. “They had to change some things along the way, but I love the small changes.”

“I also just noticed that from what my original idea was, it just evolved. It’s not always how you imagined at the start,” Melissa said.

So, as Melissa finds her feet in Melbourne town she’ll have a feather in her cap that not many brand new design graduates can boast: a real-life design for a space seen by thousands of people every week.

“It’s going to look great having a real-life design in my portfolio,” she said.

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NightQuarter’s new VIP space will be available to the public for private hire from 1 May. More on the website.

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