2022 Australian Interior Design Awards: Emerging Interior Design Practice – joint award

Jury’s comment

by Brahman Perera beautiful entries in this year’s awards really impressed the judges, making the Melbourne-based designer a very worthy recipient. His stories and creative process are genuinely heartfelt, and this engages not only his clients, but all who experience his creations in residential, hospitality, business and multi-residential. It has a maturity that demonstrates strong design principles and an individual style that exhibits both flair and restraint. His projects are rich and thoughtful, and the jurors believe he has great potential to contribute to the advancement of Australian interior design, which they believe he will fully achieve.

Practice profile

With boundless creative energy and an entrepreneurial spirit, Brahman Perera found establishing a solo interior design studio to be a natural progression. After studying at RMIT for a BA in Architectural Design and an MA in Architecture, Perera worked in fashion design and conservation before honing her interior design skills at some of Melbourne’s most highly regarded studios.

Building on this creative foundation, Brahman established his own practice in early 2020, at the age of 33. Brahman has since developed a portfolio of almost ten projects across residential, business and hospitality, each expressing his multi-layered and personalized approach to interiors.

In addition to design, Brahman is a strong advocate for diversity in the industry. His Sri Lankan heritage and belief in the power of representation has led him to participate in panel discussions, award juries and interviews to demonstrate the importance of inclusion and the visibility of identities and diverse perspectives.

design practice — Brahman Perera

group project — Brahman Perera

The prize for the emerging practice of interior design is supported by Space. The Australian Interior Design Awards are presented by the Design Institute of Australia and Artichoke magazine. For more images of this designer’s work, see the Australian Interior Design Awards gallery.

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