Design Knows No Borders | Unlocking Collective Strength Through Alliance Past Event

Presented by Lorena Gaxiola


Thu 23 May 5:00pm - 7:00pm


Free, Booking Required


Cosentino City Melbourne
460 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Accessible bathroom, All gender bathroom, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

This event is not just about design; it’s a celebration of cultural diversity and the invaluable role immigrants play in shaping Australia’s design landscape. As immigrants ourselves, we understand the importance of co-creating with teams of diverse cultural backgrounds. Our experience spans design, product development, marketing, and sales channels on a global scale.

Designer Lorena Gaxiola embodies this ethos. Of Mexican American descent, Lorena immigrated to Australia just eight years ago, where she found the confidence to establish herself and partner with renowned brands. She collaborates with GH Commercial, a 150-year-old Victorian business, and Cosentino, an international powerhouse with over 6000 employees.

But what sets Lorena apart?

She understands that ‘Design Has No Borders’ is not just a phrase; it’s a philosophy that drives her work. The collaboration works with GH Commercial and Cosentino are inspired by the shared diversity of cultures, and they reflect their commitment of shaping a new way of co-creating.

Attendees of this event will not only gain insights into Lorena’s journey but also learn about two powerhouse brands, meet their executive team, and learn how their framework addresses environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and resource management challenges.


James Lyall-Smith

James Lyall-Smith from The Local Project, one of Australia, New Zealand and North America’s fastest-growing media businesses and most influential design focused media brands. Founded in 2016, The Local Project champions extraordinary design, and the talented people behind it.

Lorena Gaxiola - Lorena Gaxiola – Director / Interior Designer

Established herself in the US design scene in 2000 and has collaborated for Fortune 500 property developers across the US, China, Europe and now Australia. She leads a small team of multifaceted creatives from her studio in Sydney and manages over 1B worth of property value a year. She is known for her contributions as an interior designer and product designer, Gaxiola also embodies the roles of inspirational speaker, dedicated mentor and judge in prestigious property and design competitions.

Itay Shimony – Cosentino – Vice President, Head of Oceania.

A global leader in innovative product solutions, Cosentino produces and distributes groundbreaking and high value, sustainable design surfaces to create architectural masterpieces across the design industry. Their eco-friendly production process and advanced technology enables, Cosentino to create unique environments, by implementing practices of sustainability, responsibility, and transparency. Although a multibillion-dollar business and international powerhouse, Cosentino operates as a family operating business with strong cultural roots.

Joel Williamson - GH Commercial – National Commercial Sales Manager

A 150-year legacy in local manufacturing, as a house of market leading brands, GH Commercial is the Oceanic subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, offering a global network of leading products. Through their in-house design team, manufacturing and distribution facilities, GH Commercial provide locally based support with our passionate and knowledgeable design and sales. Their ethos is their commitment to reinvesting into the people and delivering exceptional authentic products that people trust to include within their spaces.