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"Design style comes from the sum of the intellectual and the emotional experiences of the individual. For it to be positive and vital, design style must be exercised and developed. It is changeable and influenced by environment. A well-cultivated design style is likely to be exciting and provocative, design style at it's highest level."- Eleanor Brown

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  • ABBIEMAWHINNEYPERSONAL MANIFESTO

  • Personal

  • PERSONAL MANIFESTO

    Design style comes from the sum of the intellectual and emotionalexperiences of the individual. For it to be positive and vital, design style must be exercised and developed. It is changeable and influenced by environment. A well-cultivated design style is likely to be exciting

    and provocative, design style at its highest level.

    - Eleanor Brown

    To begin my personal manifesto journey I looked to my personal styleaswell as to my body of works thus far.

    My personal style says a lot about me, it is indeed the result of myintellectual and emotional experiences. My current studies allow me to

    exercise and develop it. It is changeable and is influencedby my environment.Personal

  • Manifesto

  • ManifestoMy work is a direct reflection of this. I have enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with different facets of my style but I have also observeddistinct concepts that continuously present themselves asreoccurring themes in my designs. My designs are bold and brave. What ever I do, I do with dedication. There is little to be confused about and the intention is clear.It is my challenge to counter balance this approach with intrigue and mystery so as to create the most desirable atmosphere ofcomfort and harmony.I am attracted to nature and its representation inside, some might call this bringing the outside in.Thirdly, it is obvious that there is an element of minimalism is about me. I detest clutter and enjoy clear open spaces. It is my belief that everything has a place and organisation and order is thebest way to achieve this.

  • Feminine

  • Contrast

    Contrast is the title derived from the bold and brave nature of mydesign approach. It includes both the masculine side and the feminine

    side of my personality and is representative of opposites.

    All of us have a masculine and a feminine side. The masculine side comes from a place of strength and in contrast, the feminine side comes

    from a place of goodness.

    It is said that design too, has a masculine and feminine side. We see this in all forms be it fashion design, furniture design, architecture or interiors. To me perfection in design, and life, is the attainment of

    a balance between the two.

    The masculine comes from my ability to approach a project with strength,confidence, determination and vigor. I do this by enjoying structural elements such as steel beams and strong materials such as concrete. It is the masculine, which makes up the primary elements in my designs.Feminine

  • Masculine

  • MasculineAs a woman, I am naturally feminine and a need for my designs tobalance with a sense of femininity is strong. I do this throughdecoration, the small things, be it artwork, furniture or dcor.Femininity in my designs cretaes the mystery and intrigue I feelnecessary to balance a space. It is the feminine that makes up thesecondary elements of my design.I enjoy how both sides either blend together harmoniously or juxtapose against each other simultaneously. Each case presents interest andintrigue with opposing elements co-existing together. In whicheverexample opposites exists and contrast is the principle that defines their relationship to one another.

  • Contrast

  • Resilience

    Resilience is the term reached in order to represent my attraction tonature and the desire to have it appear throughout my designs.

    The remarkable resilience of nature continuously amazes me. Its ability to survive against the odds is impressive and its capacity to absorbdisturbance whilst retaining its essential function, structure and

    identity is to be respected, valued and admired.

    In a society almost entirely defined by artificial things, a connection to nature seems necessary in order to stay centered and grounded atop of

    the pressure that comes with modern day life. Through its use ininteriors I am able to create the harmony required to do so.

    I am particularly attracted to the roughened and aged textures of stone, timber and minerals. In their natural form they offer an abundance of

    shapes, patterns and colours.

    Using natural materials enhances sustainability and promotes healthyecological design practices which given my background of sustainable

    living and my inherent respect for the envirnment,is important and meaningful to me.Contrast

  • Beauty

  • Silence

    Silence represents minimalism. Minimalism sets out to expose theessence, essentials and identity of a subject through eliminating all

    non-essential forms, features or concepts.

    To quote Antoine de Saint-Exupe, Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

    It is this concept of taking away that appeals to me. To live with only fundamental elements creates space for thought and tranquility.

    Organisation and order is also important to me and is vital in thepursuance of creatng minimalistic spaces.Beauty

  • Imagination

  • ImaginationIn conclusion, my design style encompasses these three aspects in anembodiment of which is my personal approach to design. In all of myprojects at least one or all of these details will be present. The following pages are a collation of imagery and text fashioned toevocatively symbolize Contrast, Resilience and Silence.- Thank you, Abbie Mawhinney

  • Indulgance

  • indulgeto allow oneself the pleasure of somethingIndulgance

  • Resilience

  • nurt ureto cherish

    foster & keep aliveResilience

  • BraveryLYLE NEWRYMIRRAWONG GADJURONG TRIBE WA

    braverydesign

  • resilienceto survive the test of

    timeBravery

  • Explanation

  • its art if it cant be explained. its fashion if no one asks for an explanation. its design if it doesnt need an explanation.

    - wouter stokkelExplanation

  • LoveCHURCH OF LIGHTOSAKA JAPANTADAO ANDO 1989

  • Lovelovefor the loveof design

  • WisdomBLACK & WHITEGIANLUCA SPAGNUOLI 2007

  • wisdomdesign is intelligence

    made visible.

    - alina wheelerWisdom

  • DecisionCATE BLANCHETT AS BOB DYLANIM NOT THERE 2007

    decisionconcision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.

    - victor hugo

  • BILLIE HOLIDAYNEW YORK

    C.1946

    Decision

  • Directiondirectionregulate the course of control

  • restraintANNA MARIA URAJEVSKAYA

    MICHELANGELO DI BATTISTA

    Direction

  • Lonliness

  • lonlinessNATALIA VODIANOVA

    MARIO TESTINOLonliness

  • Sophisticationsophistication

  • SOPHIA LAUREN1962

    Sophistication

  • Determinationstylea girl should be two things: classy & fabulous.- coco chanel

  • determination FRIDA KAHLO1946Determination

  • Transparency

  • good design is obvious.great design is transparent.

    - joe sparanoTransparency

  • Expressionprettiness

  • Expression

  • MagicFLORENCE WELCHFLORENCE + THE MACHINE

    expression

  • magicthe art of seduction

    Magic

  • Strength

  • strengthVALERIJA KELAVA

    POLO ROVERSIVOGUE ITALIA FEBRUARY 2011

    Strength

  • Simplicitysimple

  • SET OF THREE FRENCH HERB & GARDEN SCISSORSDUNLIN HOME

    thingssimplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

    - leonardo de vinciSimplicity

  • manipulationEmpowerment

  • powerTILDA SWINTON

    W MAGAZINE AUGUST 2011

    Empowerment

  • Silence

  • GRACE KELLY ON HER WEDDING DAYMONACO 1956

    silencevirtuous silenceSilence

  • Minimalism

  • less is more.

    - ludwig mies van der roheMinimalism

  • HOMEWARESSKANDIVIS

    Freedom

  • Freedom

  • IntricacyTHE BONEYARDTUSCAN ARIZONA

  • intricatedetailIntricacy

  • Mr Foxfantastic

  • mrFoxwhen youre building a room, youre building a character &

    charcter is the strength & wisdom of a home. - rose tarlowMr Fox

  • CoppercopperMR COPPER PENDANTMERCHANT NO. 4

  • COLE STOOLMADE GOODS

    Copper

  • Goldengold

  • Golden

  • Lightlight

  • Light

  • Commitment

  • commitmentstay committed to your decisions but flexible in

    your approach.

    - tom robbinsCommitment

  • materialitythe applied use of a materialStr uct ure

  • str uct urethe arrangement of elementsStr uct ure

  • Purpose

  • design is a plan for arrangingelements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

    - charles eamesPurpose

  • CreativitymysteryDAVID GULPILILAUSTRALIA

  • RECLAIMED TIMBER STAIRCASELOS ANGELES

    ... the heart of creativity.Creativity

  • HOT MUD SPRINGNAMASKARD THERMAL AREA

    SOLFATARENFELD NORTHERN ICELAND

  • a design is a planner with

    aesthetic sense.

    - bruno manari

  • SALT LAKE EYRE SA

    MURRAY FREDDRICKS

  • SustainWOODEN SPOONSDUNLIN HOME

  • GENUSS WERKSTATT COOKING SCHOOLPOLLAU ASTRIA

    sustainabilitySustain

  • DefinitionWASHINGTON PARK RESIDENCESULLIVAN CONRAD ARCHITECTS

    clearly outlined

  • definitiondistinct

    ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM OF VITORIAFRANCISCO MANGADO

    Definition

  • HOUSE IN THE PYRENEESCADAVAL & SOLA-MORALES

    Deathdeath

  • Death

  • all architects w