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LISA CUNNINGHAM

K5 Furniture

SAY IT LOUD - Naarm Melbourne Exhibitor​
MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The Scandinavian designers are very innovative and have such focus on sustainable design and environmental impact of furniture manufacture. The craftsmanship and the clever ideas that are developed into furniture pieces is quite outstanding.

LISA CUNNINGHAM

Bio:

Lisa is a "Specialist Furniture Consultant"with many years experience working in the contract furniture industry. Lisa graduated from RMIT with a BA in Interior Design and worked as a commercial designer for 10 years. A recession lead to her transition to furniture sales and she has travelled the world visiting the factories and furniture fairs in Scandinavia, USA and Europe. Lisa works closely with clients, architects and designers to achieve the best furniture solution for each unique project.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

As a teenager I was very interested in Interior Design. The transition to being a Furniture Specialist happened due to circumstance and I have never looked back. The furniture is an incredibly important part of the Interior of a space.

What do you do?

As a Furniture Specialist I assist the Designers, Architects and clients with suggesting the best furniture solution to meet their brief, leadtime and budget. I prepare quotes and provide technical information, loan samples and finish options.

What excites you in the work you do?

Walking thru a completed project after working on it for sometimes 2-3 years is very rewarding. Seeing the furniture in place, and how it impacts the Interior gives me real satisfaction. Working with International brands is also very exciting.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The Scandinavian designers are very innovative and have such focus on sustainable design and environmental impact of furniture manufacture. The craftsmanship and the clever ideas that are developed into furniture pieces is quite outstanding.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Supplying 3,500 stacking chairs to"CentrePiece" media centre at Melbourne Parks in 2021 was a real achievement. A lot of work went into the selection with NH Architects, and then engagement with Lend Lease to ensure they were ordered and delivered.

Featured Project Name: 

Cobaw Community Health Services

Featured Project Location: 

Kyneton Victoria

Featured Project Completion Date: 

june 2020

Role in Featured Project: 

Specialist Furniture Consultant

Featured Project Description:

The project encompassed many functional areas including a large waiting area, flexible meeting/community gathering rooms, administration workstations and consult rooms for one to one appointments. Working with NTC Architects and directly with the client, we reviewed and trialed a range of seating options and proposed a number of feature modular furniture for the wait lounge. The end result is a wonderful showcase of furniture to compliment the fabulous statement architecture of the building.

Photography Credit:

photos by Diana Snapes and v1s1onforce studio

Featured Project Name: 

Hobart Airport

Featured Project Location: 

Hobart Tasmania

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Dec 2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Specialist Furniture Consultant

Featured Project Description:

Hobart Airport underwent a massive upgrade and renovation designed by Hassell Architects. The Green Furniture Concept NOVA C timber modular seating system supplied by K5 Furniture was selected. The solution also incorporated the Acoustic trees which supplied illumination and a feature to the Interior. The dark timber and the organic layout was a nod to the nature and heritage of Tasmania. It was a complex project and has been featured internationally in Airport magazines and conventions.

Photography Credit:

Matt Walsh photography