Cara Wrigley & Kirsti Tenni

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Kirsti: Bachelor of Design Studies (Three-Dimensional Design), 2005, Queensland College of Art,
Griffith University.
Cara: Currently undertaking a Masters of Industrial Design, Queensland University of Technology.
Bachelor of Industrial Design, 2006, Queensland University of Technology.
Bachelor of Design Studies (Three-Dimensional Design), 2006, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Where did you head after graduating?
Since graduating Kirsti has become an interior designer for a Brisbane based interior design firm and is creatively involved in a wide range of commercial projects. Cara began a Bachelor of Industrial Design and is currently completing her Masters by research part time while lecturing in industrial design.

When did you launch your own business?
In February 2007.

What motivated you to start your own business?
We set up Cuttpaste to start designing for ourselves. As young designers we want to enter the design industry as professionals. A year ago we registered our company. This has made us re-think who we are and what we really want to do.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
Our dream is to get our ideas off the paper, out of prototype and into everyday life. We would love our products to be described as beautiful, functional, accessible and desirable.

What inspires your design projects?
Originally it was simply scissors and glue. They are basic tools that introduced us to the world of design. We are inspired by each others ideas and friendship and our design is inspired by wanting to surround ourselves with beautiful things, but mostly we want to create a better way of doing things.

What are the next steps for you?
We want to launch our brand and products in the field of furniture, lighting and homewares. We are not stopping until we have designed one of everything! Our dream is to have a successful small design business with creative freedom and the opportunity to make our dreams a reality.

Published 14 July 2008.

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