Catching up with Josh & Jenna
By Kate Cole
Jenna and Josh Densten made their name in the interiors industry when they appeared in 2011 on Channel 9’s hit renovation series The Block. On the back of their success they founded their own studio Bicker Design.
“On The Block we were constantly told that all we do is bicker” says Jenna. “I guess we decided to own it and when we started our design business the name just stuck! We don’t bicker as much anymore, and hopefully we can take the bickering of the process for our clients”.
In their small team of two Jenna works as an interior designer, from the concept to the styling stage, and Josh works as a trade coordinator. “As a qualified plumber he has a great understanding of the construction process” says Jenna, “and helps to manage the projects to ensure we meet deadlines and remain on budget”. Although The Block brought Josh and Jenna great exposure and experience, “it can also hinder by the perception that we are not qualified”.
Josh and Jenna work on both private homes and retails spaces, with Jenna recently designing pop-up stores for Cotton On Group. “I love retail design”, says Jenna. “I think retail is at the forefront of creativity, as the job of a retail store is to create an experience that can compete with the online market. Reading retail design blogs and shopping are a huge part of my inspiration”.
Josh and Jenna recently completed a burger store fit out at Melbourne’s Wonky Trolley. “It was a huge challenge with both budget restrictions and a very tight timeline but we managed to design a really fun concept”, says Jenna. “Since completion we’ve been approached by a number of clients wanting us to design retail or hospitality spaces! We’re about to start a really fun, yet challenging 13sqm cafe in Flinders Lane”.
Jenna’s favourite part of the creative process is making concept designs. “It’s the most exciting part of the process. Trying to challenge yourself to design something unique and more than the clients imagined. Being able to present a client with drawings, 3D models and mood boards is probably the most satisfying part of the process”.
Jenna recently decided to partner up with MP Personnel to bring her accredited design course to Melbourne and her home town of Wodonga. The course includes all aspects of professional interior decoration from styling and visual merchandising to photography. “I wanted to put the course together based on what I felt I needed in the industry and open up career paths in both interior decoration and visual merchandising. It’s the course I wish had been available to me at the time I studied”.
This is a “hands-on course” says Jenna, and she’s looking forward to working closely with her students. “I can’t wait for them to all spread their wings and to be able to see the amazing things they achieve. I think the best part is yet to come”.
Jenna will be running a mid-year intake for Cert IV Interior Decoration. The course will be held one Monday evening per week and one Saturday morning per month. Email registrations of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.