Which five words best describe you? Observant, creative, grounded, understated - and also overstated.
What was your first career job and what path have you taken since? I started my career in corporate design, working in
What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way? Always remember the bigger picture. In our studio we often delve deeply into the detail - whether it’s resolving ceiling junctions perfectly or what combination of stitching details we will use on soft furnishings. It’s easier to persist with the time and effort required with tradespeople and artisans if we can keep in mind the bigger design intent of the project.
What's your proudest career achievement? I took a few years out to complete my Masters of Interior Architecture through a research-based written dissertation. Compared to the practice of say architecture or fine arts, interiors is a relatively new profession and it requires ongoing contribution to the research and knowledge base for future generations.
What's been your best decision? To spend time living in
Who inspires you? I’m inspired by a rather eclectic mix of artists: Dale Frank, Philip Wolfhagen, Robert Dickerson, Sam Taylor-Wood.
What are you passionate about? Travel. Experiences such as crawling through the
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Andy Warhol- at Studio 54!
What dream do you still want to fulfill? I would love to design the interior for a boat. Whether it’s a sail or power yacht, there is such beautiful symmetry in the external form of boat and I think working within that would be a great opportunity. I really enjoy getting into minute design detail and boat interiors are one place that demand careful design resolution. A similar but less tangible dream would be to design the interior for an airship- such a fabulous method of travel!
What are you reading? Interior Decoration: a guide to furnishing the Australian home written by Margaret Lord in 1944. One of her recommendations reads: For rest and relaxation you shall need some easy chairs and perhaps a settee... I want to repeat the maxim that it would be foolish for a family who play a game of cards every evening to have to reorganise the room in order to do this. Hilarious!
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