Cara is the co-founder of Made For and is recognised as an impactful emerging designer in the industry. With her work on large-scale projects across commercial, hospitality and residential channels, she has gained an understanding of design beyond its simplest forms, managing both timeline and budget when executing a vision to its full potential. Cara is a true client-centric designer, always seeking the best outcome both practically and aesthetically.
Cara enjoys the dual nature of design, as both a logical and creative pursuit. Her knack for problem solving coupled with her scrupulous eye makes her a formidable figurehead in her field. With a background in furniture design, Cara is most excited by the tangible details in the final stages of design: furniture and finishes. Cara delivers projects with clarity and is made for success.
Mitchell founded Made For with Cara in 2016. Growing up, Mitch’s father worked as a joiner and carpenter, and Mitch remembers much of his youth working alongside him. These early years on site gave way for a lifelong love of construction, and a passion for seeing projects evolve from their initial stages of development through to final execution.
Mitchell leads the commercial side of the business as a workplace strategist, with a firm belief that great spaces should be accessible to all Australians. Mitch’s aim is to distil down their process so as not to intimidate clients from seeking design consultation. His style is characterised by collaboration and a hands-on approach with clients. Mitch creates with purpose and is made for people.
Maddi brings with her a lifelong commitment to architecture and design. What began as a childhood obsession has germinated into a fully-fledged vocation. Maddi trained in interior design, with specialisation in industrial design. Her style is purposive and champions the ethos that form follows function. Equipped with generosity of vision, Maddi is respected for her commitment to seeing the best in a space.
Maddi is the adhesive that pulls together the key components of a project, from building owners to leasing agents, builders and clients. Maddi is dynamic and adaptable and is made for growth.
Katie holds a Masters of Architecture from University of Melbourne, specialising in sustainable practice. With experience in projects of a variety of scales and programs, her strengths lie in the communication and coordination that takes place during all stages of a project.
Katie is interested in the role that design plays in connecting people to themselves, to each other and to their environment in deep and meaningful ways. Katie designs with purpose and is made for connection.
Gabrielle comes from a multi-res and commercial background and is passionate about optimising spaces for function and aesthetics. Attention to detail is at the forefront of Gab’s work, as she brings a light, playful and creative initiative to Made For.
Gab’s passion for architecture started from a young age with a fascination with cities and building and trying to understand how something theoretically static can be so moving. Tapping into both the rational and creative sides of her brain, Gab is made for purposeful design and driven by adding value and meaning to both the projects she works on and the teams she works in.
With a background in Australia and New Zealand spanning across commercial, education and healthcare projects, Lara brings an infectious energy to the Made For team. Her passion for collaborative design, organised and efficient processes and watching a project come to life makes Lara a well rounded Interior Designer with a commitment to functional user experience. Lara designs with intention and is made for creativity.
With over 30 years experience in the workplace sector, Tanya takes on the role of mentoring the team at Made For while also working across key strategic projects. Tanya’s depth of experience strengthens the firms burgeoning status as a leader in the workplace typology.
Tanya and Mitch met per chance at a small industry dinner, sat across from one other and there was an instant connection and shared passion (obsession) for insightful workplace design.
Tanya is passionate about the ideation and creation of strategies which enhance the human experience through environmental design solutions and is made for tomorrow.
Kaitlyn has worked in a variety of sectors, internationally, including hospitality, retail and multi-residential, and has been immersed in all stages of design from initial concept through to completed construction.
Kaitlyn has always been interested in visual arts, which is important for understanding her process. Kaitlyn is sensitive to the expression of personality in a space and enjoys being actively engaged in the creation of beauty. Kaitlyn designs with rigour and is made for artistry.
With a background spanning workplace and hospitality design, Sean is skilled in all stages of the design process from client meet to construction and handover. Sean comes to Made For with a unique theatrical and conceptual centre to his work, driven by a curiosity of the capabilities of architecture, design and lighting.
With a passion for leading ideas from development through to actualised, singular spatial outcomes for clients, Sean is made for creativity and designs with intent.
The constant in Olivia’s life has always been the little things. Starting off her academic career in the chemistry lab, to making jewellery outside of hours, and now pursuing her passion as a Furniture Consultant with Made For – what brings it all together is Olivia’s appreciation for the tiny details that make big things whole. Excited by the connections that are formed throughout the design process and the mutual exchange of learning that takes place, Olivia excels in building client relationships underpinned by quality and care.
Kate is an empathetic, ambitious and committed designer that has been prepping for this role since she was 8 when she’d draw house floor plans for fun. This playful start to her career means Kate sees interior design as a creative outlet that can have a real effect on how people interact, feel and behave.
Kate believes the success of an environment is determined by its liveliness and works to create emotive spaces that make people feel safe and positive while meeting and exceeding their functional needs.
- Brand & Strategy
With Liv, the answer is always ‘yes’. From studio organisation to brand strategy, she finds a way to manage expectations and put smiles on faces, both client side and in house. Liv brings to Made For experience in strategic design and branding, fusing the two together in this new role. Motivated by getting things done and utilising good design to do them well, she prides herself on delivering things on time and in style. Walk into the studio and you’ll find her brewing coffee for the boardroom whilst finalising a presentation deck quicker than you can say flat white.
- Interior Designer
Ellen comes to Made For with a background in commercial, residential and office fit-out design. She works to have depth to her design, creating environments that feel like a choreography of space – to articulate the connection between our sensory experience and our surroundings.
Ellen is a highly intuitive designer that believes in the impact of good design that can alter small, everyday moments in a big way.
John is a finish centric designer with experience across workplace and hospitality, in both large and small practices.
He exercises an eye for detail and prioritises collaboration as a key part of his design process.
He believes genuine design outcomes are most important and pursues authenticity in his projects.
Lee comes to Made For with a vast background in architectural documentation, project management and more recently furniture making. With a passion in finding creative and practical solutions to the many design and construction challenges this industry throws at you, Lee’s strengths also include a technical ability to translate and successfully document complex scenarios onto paper. A strong people person who will always go that extra mile and push the boundaries when it comes to his work.
- Interior Designer
Eddie brings a vast background in large-scale commercial workplace projects to Made For. His expertise lies in meticulous planning, detailed execution, and the art of storytelling in design. Eddie finds joy in witnessing people’s responses to his work, challenging their perspectives, and collaborating with individuals both new and experienced to interior design. Transitioning to a smaller studio, Eddie thrives on the genuine connections with colleagues, collaborative work dynamics, and the trust that permeates the close-knit team.
- Project Architect
Jess is known by her peers for her infectious energy and ebullient nature. This warmth and generosity translates into her work. Jess sweats the small stuff: she is precise, attentive, and pours over every detail. Jess is an agile team member, working from concept design through to construction. She brings with her a wealth of experience from boutique residential to heritage properties.
A conscious and curious creator, she is attuned to the challenges facing the industry and is oriented for change. Jess understands the demand for better design and is particularly interested in the evolution facing Melburnians, as we try to combat the urban sprawl. Jess designs with intent and is made for the future.
- Furniture Consultant
With a background in hospitality management, Sam loves making people’s day. Having always been obsessed with interiors and furniture, Sam jumped at the chance to combine his passion for beautiful spaces with his bulletproof logistics skills in the role of Furniture Consultant at Made For. A natural forward-thinker, Sam has a unique ability to identify gaps and fill them with a sensitivity that we’re yet to find elsewhere.