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Thirty years of experience as an Interior Design Firm has taught us the importance of planning for people, present and future.

At Merit, we don’t rest on past achievements and finished projects — however great they are.

For us, it’s not about how far we’ve come, but the excitement for what we are yet to achieve — the impact our designs will have on the people who inhabit these spaces. Merit’s commitment to stay abreast of leading design and innovation is supported by our attendance at global design and furniture exhibitions.

Why Merit - Design Built Around People

Why Merit

Design Built Around People

Our designs nurture employee well-being and drive business productivity in perfect symbiosis. We design from the inside out with people at the core. This principle allows us to take our clients brief and use our experience and knowledge in the industry to provide an innovative space that reflects best practice and our client’s culture.

Sustainability is thought about throughout the design process.

Whether it be the selection of materials, where the products come from or how long they are to be in-situ for. Merit likes to think bigger than just the Eco-friendly products they specify. Through careful space planning, maximizing natural elements such as sunlight for overall wellbeing, inducing plant life, and strategically placed shading to lessen the dependency on artificial lighting, cooling and heating within the office space. Through out the building process Merit recycle and insure all material are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way where possible. These design decisions not only benefit the environment but create healthier, more uplifting work habitat for people to enjoy within.

Key Personnel

Every one of the Merit Team has a critical role to play, and we support each other in fulfilling it.


    Barry Bumpstead


    Barry as the founder of the company; has been leading Merit for over 30 years. The lessons learnt from over 42 years in the commercial construction industry are carried forward and support the wealth of knowledge that the Merit team is able to offer all its clients.

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    Bill Murray


    Bill’s passion and desire for cutting edge workplace solutions has contributed to Merit’s culture of client satisfaction.  With many years in the Design and Construction Industry, Bill is results driven and is prepared to go above and beyond to ensure that current leading global design and innovation are implemented in all our projects.

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    Gemma O'Dwyer

    Head of Design

    Gemma is the Head Designer at Merit and is extremely passionate about creating great design and insuring it is fit-for-purpose. She believes design is not about just meeting the clients brief, it’s about understanding the culture and the dynamics of the business and its people.

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    Kahli Jenkins

    Interior Designer

    Kahli has over 6 years’ experience having worked in both residential & commercial multi size projects. Kahli’s passion for design and eye for finishing detail enables her to provide innovative and multipurpose solutions. With expertise and strong communication skills Kahli is able to meet her client’s needs contributing to strong fitouts.

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    Mark Murray

    Client Relations Executive

    Mark has extensive experience in providing design solutions in the hospitality and commercial sector. With this exposure, Mark is well placed to assist Merits clients as our design team develops their concepts and then manage the build program of the fit out through to its completion and handover

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    Royden Lewis

    Client Relations Manager

    Royden is an enthusiastic team player who has recently joined Merit Interiors. Royden enjoys liaising with customers and works across the team to ensure our clients receive the best customer service and support.

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    Susan Barker

    Business Development Manager

    Susan has accrued decades of invaluable marketing and sales strategy experience. Susan’s enjoyment of developing partnerships and communicating with people enables her to establish key relationships leading to a beneficial and rewarding outcome for all our clients.

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    Abigail Johnson

    Account Management

    Abigail provides essential administrative support verifying business transactions are completed effectively. This ensures all in-house operations are carried out in a smooth and efficient manner.

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    Steve Shevy

    Project Manager

    Steve has been an integral part of Melbourne’s construction industry facilitating over 25 years of building excellence. Steve’s attention and focus to detail and programme planning provides the foundation for delivering a successful fitout on time and within budget.

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Careers - Work with Us

Work with Us

The commercial interior design industry is an evolving space providing an abundance of opportunities for emerging and established designers.

It’s not in our nature to put a cap on talent, so we encourage like-minded people who share our design philosophy to connect with Merit Interiors by sending us a letter of introduction and your resume.

An empowered team

We’re a family owned and operated business dedicated to quality craftsmanship, and connected by our commitment to people-centric commercial interior design. The value we place on people starts within our own walls, empowering each member of the Merit Interiors team to contribute their expertise and energy towards the success of our business.

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Registered Building Practitioners

Our attention to detail doesn’t start and end with interior design, which is why, as Registered Building Practitioners, we ensure every office fitout complies with building and safety regulations and is appropriately certified.

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