Egenia Aucamp's Student Kitchen Design To Be Built Into Charity House

01 Jul 2016

“I would never have thought I’d be doing something like this.”

English teacher, Egenia Aucamp attended the Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (WBoPP) 2015 INSPIRE event armed with a love of textiles and crafts. Motivated by its artistic speakers, she made a now or never career change, enrolling upon the institute's Certificate in Creative Arts.

While she says that back then she was unable to draw, today her kitchen design has been chosen to be built into the 2016 Waiariki Charity House.

“I am really overwhelmed to win and excited about the opportunity to be involved in the Charity House project going forward.”

Built by WBoPP's carpentry and electrical students under supervision, the Charity House is an annual auction-based project, with profits going back into local community initiatives.

2016’s house will soon star Egenia’s modern, crisp and clear design. One that pays homage to her love of both industrial and vintage aesthetics by incorporating practical wooden items, industrial chairs, blackboards and more.

“The main thing I wanted to do was create something practical for a smaller home, something that would be applicable for any type of family living there.

“I’m especially proud of the mobile island that you can move around. Being a small kitchen, it makes more use of what is now a multi-functional space.”

Having already enrolled to continue studying interior design at diploma level next semester, Egenia has no regret about following her urge to do something more creative.

“My family and I moved here from Auckland and I thought what a wonderful opportunity to go for it, as Waiariki offers interior design and I’d rather learn practically in a classroom than try studying art online."

As for how that tasty macaroon image on her mood board ties into her design? “Well it is a kitchen after all.”

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