Christina Stanes

In 2015 I completed a degree at UNITEC in Auckland, graduating top of my class and earning a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts in Interior Design.

I am passionate about art and design, photography, and architecture. My hobbies include reading, sewing, model-making and painting. I am hard working, reliable and eager to learn, meticulous in my work and pay careful and considered attention to detail.

During the course of my studies I became interested in the ways in which we, as individuals, mark out space, establish our identities and ultimately forge a sense of being and belonging within the architectural constructs we come to acknowledge as home. I believe that there is a dynamic relationship between people and their environments, that there is a symbolic and psychological nature to the way in which we inhabit our interior spaces.

Through the adornment of our homes, and the arrangement of objects we express our identities; we forge a connection and endeavor to find meaning within the world. Architect Charles Moore contends that an integral part of our existence is the need to belong:

‘…of connecting ourselves, however temporarily, with a place on the planet which belongs to us and to which we belong.’ (Tanizaki, Junichiro: In Praise of Shadows)

We inhabit and shape interior space in order to connect with our surroundings and establish a sense of place; a point on earth to which we feel we truly belong. I feel that it is important to remember that it is people who ultimately activate the space around them; they give it personality and identity. Without the resonance of the individual, interior space is just an architectural shell.