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Austaron Surfaces


Kelly Swanson-Roe designs an earthy and organic living room space featuring Acrylic Couture.


Each year Grand Designs Live offers young Australian design students the chance to showcase their talents by inviting them to create a room in our exhibition space. This year, Kelly Swanson-Roe – a Billy Blue College of Design student brought to life her interior design vision – live at the Grand Designs Live show.

Acrylic Couture in Cangiante colour Copper was featured as a projector reveal. The beautiful piece of Acrylic Couture was installed with hinges. When it sits flush against the wall, it looks like a beautiful metallic piece of art. It can then be swung open to reveal the projector screen behind. The copper colour of this piece works well with all the earthy and natural colours of the space. While the clear acrylic and metallic finish adds a sense of sophistication.

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The Concept

Based on Australia’s unique mega diversity; a country of extreme variable and great seasonal change. It has inspired a concept of the elements: earth, air, fire and water.


The Design

The living room has been created to subconsciously stimulate the senses. It’s a space that allows you to relax and entertain, to be productive in a serene environment, ad to completely rejuvenate and unwind. It’s design to live, work and play in but most importantly; it is a sanctuary which the soul will yearn to come home to.


The Client

Her age, taste sophistication and style – a 44 year old woman, living in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs with a high disposable income and high end tastes to match.

About Kelly Swanson-Roe


With a breadth of experience in sales and marketing, followed by a decade in broadcast journalism, Kelly brings a wide range of skills to the design industry. From flipping properties, to designing many of her friend’s homes including joinery and floor plans, Kelly has finally decided to make her passion, her profession, enrolling in Billy Blue’s Bachelor of Interior Design – Residential.

As a former news presenter and radio host, Kelly is comfortable pitching concepts and ideas, be it to large crowds or intimate groups. She also has a lot of experience managing people, so is adept with any number of tradesman and is equally happy project managing onsite, as she is in an office sketching layouts or designing on Revit & Autocad.


Congratulations to Kelly for creating this beautiful space that is very suited to her targeted client. The space is a very realistic design concept that would be easy to live in as it is functional and aesthetically appealing.


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