Rina’s design work and research is in the area of emotional design, in particular the role of narrative in product design. Much of her research results in lighting and furniture products, which investigate our constant changing relationship with the domestic interior and interior products. Sensory and decorative qualities of the materials, as well as craft and mass production techniques are all important aspects of this exploration.
2011 Love Lace International completion exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2009 Interpretations II, Gaffa Gallery, Surry Hills Sydney
2008 Freestyle – New Australian Design for Living, Milan Triennale May – July 2008,
2008 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award winner exhibited at Zona Tortona Milan.
2007 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, Object Galleries Sydney, Melbourne Museum, and state craft centres in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
2006-08 Freestyle – New Australian Design for Living, Object Gallery, Sydney.
Melbourne Museum, Milan Triennale.
April 2006 – May 2007 The Presence of Things a touring exhibition of new work by 13 artists. Curated by Stephen Gallagher. Maroondah Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
2006 Safety Catch at UTS Gallery, curated by Berto Pandolfo.
2005 Powerhouse Museum Australian Design Award Selection.
2004 ‘Peony’ chandelier exhibited as part of the national Design 2004, Melbourne Museum.
2004 Sydney Style object exhibition, Sydney Opera House.
Rina teaches and co-ordinates Design Fundamentals, Design Studio 2B, and the History of Industrial Design. Participates in Studio 1, and Design Process and Theory. She also supervises Forth year major projects and Masters projects whose subject enters the field of furniture and lighting.