Great design is about far more than fabulous form and function. It should have the power to stir something emotional within us, to arrest, relax or push a business and its people to achieve more than they’d imagined.
That’s the philosophy of leading Australian designer Kerry Phelan (above), who has worked on a raft of award-winning commercial and residential interiors, including the Ivy in Sydney, the Botanical and Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne and the JIA Boutique Hotel in Shanghai.
“When a person walks into any space, they have an emotional reaction, whether it’s positive, negative or ambivalent,” she says. “I aim to create eloquent spaces that resonate with people, that make them feel inspired, awed, playful, meditative.”
Phelan, previously at Hecker, Phelan & Guthrie, established Kerry Phelan Design Office in 2010 and is in demand, creating stylish spaces in Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles, as well as in Australia. One of her biggest commissions is designing Grocon’s new headquarters in Sydney, an off-grid, biogas-powered building aimed at helping establish the construction company’s brand in NSW.
“We’re very privileged to create interiors that function beautifully – and resonate emotionally,” Phelan says.