Bellwood is an independent and collaborative design studio, specialising in user focused interior design. Principal, Bernadette Hardy (nee Bellwood) is a qualified award-winning interior designer, having worked across areas of design and manufacture within the commercial design sector for the past 15 years. Bernadette’s project work spans commercial, hospitality, education and residential categories, reflecting a passion for developing solutions that respond to clients’ unique needs.
Raised in a family joinery business, Bernadette has come to understand all facets of the architecture and design industry. She has worked as a buyer and international distributions manager for a well-known commercial furniture supplier; a business development manager with one of Australia’s leading publishing houses; and sales and marketing mentor to numerous industrial designers within Australia.
Bellwood is committed to connecting designers, manufacturers and retailers with their user. As such the studio collaborates with a number of industrial designers and manufacturers on interior design projects. The studio is currently working with award winning industrial designer Chris Hardy Pty Ltd, applying an interior and industrial design mindset to its interior design projects. This unique partnership allows Bellwood to consider inhabited space at a macro (holistic concept) level, as well as from a micro (detailed product development) perspective.
Having visited Salone del Mobile Milano annually since 2009, Bernadette has a first-hand understanding of international trends, particularly in areas of colour, pattern and form. As a trend analyst, Bernadette has worked with commercial trade suppliers to develop trend insight reports for product design development. Bernadette has also collaborated with the Design Institute of Australia to present trend insights from the Milan Furniture Fair and EuroCucina at its annual Post-Milan Industry Briefing.
Drawing from extensive design knowledge and connections with local and international trade sectors, Bellwood provides clients with a service that brings together international industry insights and local market knowledge to build effective, user-oriented interior environments.
Bellwood Hardy represents a value for design and culture where big budget does not dictate quality and function.