With a background in interior architecture across the fields of corporate, residential, hospitality and retail, my practice has focussed on individualised solutions over a universal or "designer's signature" approach. I have project managed and designed projects up to $15M but now prefer to work on smaller projects that require a greater focus on the intimacy between the person and the designed object or space. 

Emotion, narrative, personal and public meaning, and its influence in object longevity is my current practice focus. By critically interrogating contemporary design through a process of creative practice and theoretical investigation and reflection, I experiment with new technologies, to question existing standard practice and develop improved solutions. I actively participate in industry events, research through PhD studies, public exhibitions and as a guest speaker as a way to challenge myself and my work, and maintain relevance to practice and end users.


■ Forlano, P, 2015. 'Making custodians; Furniture as Intergenerational objects' at Unmaking Waste; Transforming Produciton and Consumption in Time and Place Conference, May 2015. ZERO Waste SA Research Centre, University of South Australia. 
■ Forlano, P and D. Smith. 2012 'Becoming object..' IDEA 2012 Symposium, conference paper. 

■ Lommerse, M, Eggleston, R, Brankovic, K, and Forlano, P. 2006. A matter of attitude - "The phenomenon of the 'designer-maker' is probably characteristic of Australian designers - that Antipodean ethic of self-reliance.". Perth: FORM Gallery, Perth. 
■ Lommerse, M, and Forlano, P. 2006. Curators Essay. 'Riches of Isolation' Milan: Milan International Furniture Fair. 


■ Currently undertaking; Doctorate of Philosophy (Architecture and Interior Architecture) candidature attained. Completion due: Deccember 2017. "The Making of the Social Artefact; encouraging custodian practices through the reification of social capital" 
■ B Appl. Sc.(Interior Design-with distinction) Curtin University of Technology (1997).


■ Invited speaker; National Gallery of Victoria; Parallel conference September 2015
                               DIA Breakfast Series, "Penelope Forlano and Glen Oldfield", March 2015.
                               Pecha Kucha; September 2012
                               IDEA Symposium 'Artists Floor Talk'; FORM Gallery, September 2012

                      IDEA Symposium '7 x 7; Perth's Leading Design Practitioners’, September 2012
                               DIA Guest Speaker; ‘Milan 2006’, FORM Gallery.

■ Conference Presentations; IDEA Symposium 'Becoming other...’ with Dr. Dianne Smith, September 2012
                                 Unmaking Waste Conference, Adelaide. May 2015               

■ Invited Juror and Panel Leader; DIA WA Awards 2015; Residential, Product, Innovation and Best in State categories
■ Invited judge; 2007-8 Australian Design Award -Dyson Student Award.
■ Co-Curator; Salone Satellite ‘Riches of Isolation’ exhibition in Milan, Italy; Perth, Australia, 2006
■ Councillor; Design Institute of Australia (WA) 2006.

■ FORM (Creative arts and culture)

■ Design Institute of Australia (Design)
■ Artsource (Visual Arts)