Grey bathroom

Born to try

Emerging interior designer Olivia Cirocco of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens in Victoria is proving she’s one to watch on the competitive Australian design scene.

Photos courtesy GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens


Kate Veteri

Pablo Picasso once said ‘every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’.

For emerging designer Olivia Cirocco of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens in Victoria, her artistry continued to thrive after diving into a career in interior design. The award-winner is already proving she’s one to watch on the competitive design scene, and talks about her process and inspirations. 

Olivia Cirocco
Interior designer Olivia Cirocco of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

Q: Why did you want to pursue a career in interior design?

OC: I’ve always been creative, and loved design at school. It wasn’t until I went to an open day at university that I realised I wanted to study interior architecture.

My parents inspired and encouraged me the most to pursue this path. They built their own home when I was 12, and I was so interested in all the magazine cut outs mum collected, and loved going to open inspections with dad. It felt like a natural step for me.

Q: Who do you admire and draw inspiration from?

OC: I really admire Arent&Pyke’s designs, I think they do some absolutely gorgeous work. I also admire the work of Doherty Design Studio. I love the way they both push boundaries creating unique and beautiful spaces.

I’ve also been very lucky to work alongside two very talented and experienced designers in my career so far. I learnt a lot from one designer in particular when I first started working. I was fortunate enough to learn the way she handled herself with clients and how site issues were overcome. Her style was completely inspiring, and she really taught me to be confident with my eye for design and how to embrace colour.

Being in an open office space also allows for detailed conversations and problem solving to be explored alongside my colleagues. That has been key for me and has helped to shape the designer I am today.
Grey, marble, timber bathroom

‘I don’t think you can ever have too much knowledge about products and finishes’

Q: What does it take to be an award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer?

I think it’s really important to be across the client’s initial brief. It’s important to remember that it’s their home, and being a good designer means you take into consideration what they want to achieve from the renovation, and give them ways to make it possible. I think it’s important to stay passionate but not too focused on what product or finish you want to use, but what is most suitable for the client and their home. 

Q: What’s your favourite room to design, and what materials are you loving at the moment?

OC: The bathroom. I love how different they can be and the challenge that comes with designing them in regards to fittings and technical detailing. 

Right now, I love working with pastels. Implementing pastels and soft textures through my designs has become one of my personal preferences this year. 

Terrazzo flooring and tiles are another great way to liven up a space. The flecks within various stones can help to tie all the other bath-room finishes together. There is something about the natural tone and texture of terrazzo which complements pastel colours.

Q: What is your main goal as a designer?

OC: I really want to keep making visible improvements in professional development. I don’t think you can ever have too much knowledge about products and finishes, and I think you can always be better, so I will keep working to that. 

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