Meet the Team

Tess Groen-Int-Woud

FOUNDER/INTERIOR DESIGNER

Tess made a brave decision to leave the corporate world and pursue her passion for interior design in 2012. With her qualifications in Interior Design, Logistics and Project Management, Tess brings a diverse skillset to both residential and commercial projects. She has a sharp eye for functionality and form, and understands how the strategic and spatial planning of a space can take a design to new heights.

Tess's design approach is thoughtful and meticulous, with an emphasis on attention to detail. She loves working with colour and takes pride in her ability to adapt any clients style into a space they will love and enjoy. At Studio GIW, Tess's design philosophy is at the heart of every project!

Malia Bartlett

FF&E DESIGNER & STYLIST

Meet Malia, our multi-talented FF&E Designer and Stylist at Studio GIW! Her love for photography led her to cross paths with Tess, who offered her an opportunity to work on an interior photoshoot. That encounter ignited Malia's love for design and styling, and she quickly became an indispensable member of our team. She has broadened her knowledge and skills, starting from assisting with documentation and quickly being promoted to FF&E Designer & Stylist.

Malia's natural creativity and ability to capture the essence of a space are invaluable to us, and she's always seeking new ways to enhance the visual appeal of our products and spaces. Whether it's helping customers in-store, styling photos, updating our website, or gathering samples for clients, Malia approaches every task with enthusiasm and a keen eye for detail.

Annabel Hawkins

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Fuelled by an innate appreciation for design and a desire to curate beautiful spaces, Annabel brings a wealth of experience to the Studio GIW team.

With qualifications in Public Relations, Media & Communications, and Interior Design, Annabel has worked in communications and marketing roles across the corporate, resources, arts and entertainment sectors. Following this, Annabel worked as a property stylist, staging houses and apartments for sale.

Inspired by beauty and an appreciation of how spaces incite emotions, Annabel is committed to positively enhancing lives through design.

Amber Comadira-Smith

RETAIL & MARKETING LEAD

Amber has been a loyal customer since day one, with a clear obsession for beautiful homewares and interiors. When she was offered the chance to join our team, she couldn't believe her luck - she knew she'd found her calling! Her contagious energy and enthusiasm drive her to explore new and creative ways to promote our products. We're grateful to have Amber as a part of our team, bringing her knowledge and excitement to every interaction with our customers!