104 Patty Hava looks to the uni­verse for ideas for her prod­uct de­signs.

Belle - - Belle Promotion - Words SARAH HAYES

PATTY HAVA TAKES HER CUES from the uni­verse, al­low­ing for what she sees as gen­tle cos­mic nudges in the right di­rec­tion, as if in tune with some kind of pre­de­ter­mi­na­tion. For­tu­itously, her suc­cess as a com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial in­te­rior de­signer and her most re­cent foray into prod­uct de­sign dis­play a dis­ci­pline and tal­ent that could con­quer any pur­suit.

Af­ter her not-so-hum­ble be­gin­nings work­ing on multi-mil­lion dol­lar com­mer­cial projects in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Lon­don, Patty made the de­ci­sion, or per­haps the uni­verse made it for her in the guise of the global nan­cial cri­sis, to es­tab­lish her own prac­tice, Hava Stu­dio, in 2009. One of her rst solo en­deav­ours was to en­ter a competition to de­sign a dis­play unit for a new de­vel­op­ment in Cen­tral Lon­don with only one day un­til en­tries closed. When she won, Patty know­ingly took it as “a tick from the uni­verse” sig­nalling that she was on the right path. Fast for­ward to to­day and she is now ap­proach­ing prod­uct de­sign in an or­ganic way, al­low­ing the same im­per­cep­ti­ble force to pro­pel her. “I nd my­self doo­dling the same thing over and over again, kind of ob­ses­sively, and I think, ‘That’s enough, it’s time to get you made’.” Her iconic ‘In­vis­i­ble Cities’ can­dle­hold­ers came into be­ing when the tri­an­gu­lar shapes con­tin­u­ously ap­peared on her page af­ter a Venice trip. Sim­i­larly, of her pièce de ré­sis­tance, the ‘Hyperion’ side­board (pic­tured), a lux­ury ling cab­i­net orig­i­nally de­signed for a Syd­ney client’s CBD of ce, Patty mat­ter-of-factly, al­most ma­ter­nally, says “This guy, I had been draw­ing him for years. It was time to be born.”

As she ac­cu­mu­lates con­nec­tions with lo­cal masters of their trades – mar­ble work­ers, metal sculp­tors, joiners and artists – learn­ing ev­ery day and above all en­joy­ing the va­ri­ety, Patty is quickly en­hanc­ing her skillset to be­come a de­sign force to be reck­oned with. A fu­ture zenith is clear, cul­mi­nat­ing in all she has learnt and will learn to be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously. “I would love to be like Frank Lloyd Wright and de­sign ev­ery sin­gle piece in a space. That’s the aim.” havas­tu­dio.com De­signer Patty Hava con­jures ob­jects of cos­mic beauty from her in­ner eye.


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