De­sign por­trait

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form, rhythm, pro­por­tion, light, ma­te­ri­al­ity, beauty, mean­ing – and so his­tory is a rich re­source. Our work typ­i­cally has a con­tem­po­rary ex­pres­sion but it may have a clas­si­cal sense of rhythm, a Ge­or­gian sense of pro­por­tion, a min­i­mal­ist ex­pres­sion of de­tail, and a Euro­pean lay­er­ing of tex­ture and ma­te­rial. WHAT COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? I couldn’t live without nat­u­ral light. It’s es­sen­tial to well­be­ing, and is some­thing we think about through­out the de­sign process. Ac­cess to day­light is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a sense of har­mony and un­ease. And, come night­fall, a va­ri­ety of light sources is in­te­gral to main­tain­ing a sense of com­fort. IF YOU DIDN’T LIVE IN MEL­BOURNE, WHERE ELSE WOULD YOU LIVE? I would re­turn to Lon­don. The his­tory and depth of de­sign is amaz­ing – in­te­ri­ors, architecture, fash­ion, mu­sic, photography, art. WHICH DE­SIGN­ERS, AR­CHI­TECTS OR IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN­ERS DO YOU AD­MIRE AND WHY? John Paw­son for his abil­ity to dis­til the essence of any space; Carlo Scarpa for his fo­cus on de­tail; Tadao Ando for his mas­tery of light and en­gage­ment with na­ture; Peter Zumthor for his use of ma­te­ri­als and craft; Kerry Hill for his abil­ity to reflect lo­cal culture in his work. Joseph Di­rand and Vin­cent Van Duy­sen for a re­strained time­less aes­thetic. WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND DO YOU COL­LECT ANY­ONE IN PAR­TIC­U­LAR? My last pur­chase was a Frédéric For­est draw­ing for our en­suite – the calm min­i­mal aes­thetic per­fectly com­ple­ments the space. Oth­er­wise, art­work in our house tends to take the form of fur­ni­ture or ob­jects. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CUR­RENTLY WORK­ING ON? A cou­ple of par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing projects are the con­tem­po­rary ren­o­va­tion of a Ge­or­gian town­house and a very spe­cial pri­vate house. We are also de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of cus­tom fur­ni­ture and light­ing pieces. WHAT IS THE PHI­LOS­O­PHY BE­HIND YOUR WORK? It cen­tres on the en­dur­ing prin­ci­ples of de­sign, space, ma­te­rial, light, pro­por­tion and form. We are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing dis­tinc­tive and time­less de­sign so­lu­tions that re­spond to con­tem­po­rary liv­ing and en­hance our lives and our cities. con­radar­chi­

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