This month I chat to Home Design Magazine about all the important stuff…surfing, fishing, straddie….oh, and DESIGN!
How long have you lived in Queensland?
I was born in Brisbane and have lived here all 36 years of my life.
What do you love about Queensland?
As a mad surfer and fisherman, I love the outdoors and draw a lot of inspiration from the elements, colours and textures of nature. With
its amazing climate, magnificent coastline and overall natural beauty, Queensland pretty much offers it all.
What are five words that best describe design
in this state?
Simple, relaxed, comfortable, natural and unique.
What type of lifestyle do your Queensland
Like many Queenslanders, most of my clients enjoy a simple, relaxed and comfortable lifestyle. We love the outdoors and my clients love to
celebrate that in their homes. My clients generally demand open-plan design that is connected to the outdoors.
What’s your favourite place in Queensland?
Straddie [Stradbroke Island], located south-east of Brisbane, is one of my favourite escapes from the urban grind. The surf is good, fishing even better and the kids love it — pretty much making it the ultimate year-round destination in my eyes. Living on the bayside of Brisbane, I am very lucky to have Moreton Bay and the Bay Islands in my backyard.
How would you describe the Queensland design scene at the moment?
The design scene in Queensland is really exciting and so inspiring to be a part of. Brisbane has so much confidence and we no longer worry about what Sydney and Melbourne are doing. We have developed our own individual style that is quite diverse and ever-evolving, which I totally relate to as a designer — no two people are the same and no two projects are the same.
What direction do you see the design scene
There is so much emerging talent coming out of Queensland. This, combined with our global focus on handmade and sustainably sourced, will see the growth in demand for hand-crafted objects that celebrate local designers and products.