2 THE INTERIOR DESIGNER
“A HOME SHOULD BE AN EXPRESSION OF THE OWNERS’ PERSONALITIES AND THEIR WAY OF LIFE.” BRIONY FITZGERALD
As one of Australia’s most influential interior designers, Briony Fitzgerald understands exactly what makes a house a home. Her impressive lineage might be where she learnt her craft – her mother, Ann Gyngell was one of Sydney’s most prominent ’80s designers – however, her work with colour and textiles stands alone.
Personal style signifier?
Beautiful fabrics, handmade tiles, custom furniture, the perfect stitch, the fall of a curtain, silk fringing that catches the light, the leather drawer pull, the beaded edge detail on a lamp, and colour – these create joyful interiors. Attention to interesting detail sets an interior apart.
Important design Influence?
My mother trained with the legendary Marion Hall Best, growing up surrounded by Marimekko textiles, handprinted wallpapers and (now) iconic furniture pieces. The bold use of colour and art is reflected in my designs.
Wish list for home?
Adding to my passion for Australian art. My wish list
for clients’ homes are pieces I know would be incredible in their spaces – a rug, or a pendant, or a bright fabric I hope they will be brave enough to embrace.
Last thing I bought and loved?
A piece of Australian art by Anna Carey; she creates and then photographs models of iconic architecture.
Best home gift I have given recently?
A Helle Mardahl Bon Bon glass vase.
I have a collection of?
Alexander Girard’s Vitra wooden dolls. I’ve been collecting the quirky, handpainted, colourful little dolls for years. I adore their personalities. I like that there is joy in the small things.
If I had to limit my home shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, where would I choose?
There are so many places where artisans are producing beautiful crafted pieces – from hardware, lighting, rugs and furniture – sourced or commissioned throughout Australia and overseas. If I had to think of one store, I’m always thrilled to visit The Conran Shop in London.