Meet the 2020 IDEA Jury: Anna Spiro and Andrew Parr

Anna Spiro, director and head interior designer at her eponymous studio, and Andrew Parr, founding director of SJB Interiors, bring their 20 years of experience setting the standard of Australian interior design to the 2020 IDEA Jury.  Together with Brendan Wong, The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim, Alexander & CO.’s Jeremy Bull, Luchetti Krelle’s Rachel Luchetti […]

Meet the IDEA 2020 Jury: Jeremy Bull and Rachel Luchetti

Sydney-based principal Jeremy Bull and director Rachel Luchetti will join Simone Haag, Brendan Wong and The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim on the IDEA 2020 jury to judge the country’s best architecture and interior design projects. Now in its 18th year, IDEA is one of Australia’s oldest award programs, celebrating iconic design and the people and […]

Yasmine Ghoniem’s new studio YSG rebels against old design tropes

With more than 15 years under her belt, Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem is known for her boundary pushing and bespoke style. Previously at the helm of Amber Road with landscape architect and sister Katy Svalbe, Ghoniem struck out on her own in February, launching YSG in a refurbished hair salon on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst. A […]

Six designers share their biggest career missteps

Anyone who runs their own design business knows it’s not just about the drawing on paper (or render on a computer). There are client relations, balancing the books, seeking new business and managing workloads – all potential minefields for even the most acclaimed industry players. ADR asks six of the shortlisted emerging designers from IDEA […]

Meet the 2020 IDEA Jury: Simone Haag

Melbourne-based interior designer Simone Haag has been revealed as the first jury member for IDEA 2020.  Founder of her eponymous design studio, and with over a decade in the industry, Simone Haag sees herself as the mediator between her clients and the design world that she says she is “lucky enough to call home”.  It’s […]

At home with Dan Cox and Jamie McGibbon

Jan Henderson explores the private domain of Carr director of interior design Dan Cox and partner Jamie McGibbon’s inner-city warehouse world and discovers a fabulous light-filled interior for work and play. How long have you lived here and what drew you to the property? Dan Cox: We inherited the current interior design when we purchased […]

Six emerging designers share their career-shaping childhood memories

Whether it was that rosewood lounge chair you weren’t allowed to sit on in your parents’ perfectly arranged salmon pink living room or the chequered black and white lino kitchen floor that’s burnt into your memory, our childhood homes are often sources of nostalgia, but have they influenced the way we are today? ADR asks […]

Specifying in design

With the frantic pace of today’s projects, details like selecting furniture are often left to the last minute, creating headaches for themselves and their clients. Interstudio’s Michele Kearney gives her practical tips to avoiding any specifying mistakes.  When I first started working in the industry, a supplier would call a design studio when they had […]

“Interiors tend to not reach their potential when they become obsessed with brand new,” says principal Mark Talbot

Architectus principal Mark Talbot says the industry shouldn’t focus on creating “photo-worthy fitouts that demonstrate prowess in taste and modern design”. Speaking to ADR following his move to Architectus’ interior architecture sector, Talbot has 28 years of experience across the architecture, interior architecture and industrial design disciplines, and says a designer’s focus should always be […]

Aussie interior designers offer pro bono services to bushfire-affected communities

Local interior designer studios like Fiona Lynch, Simone Haag and Studio Griffiths have come together to lend their services pro bono to bushfire-affected communities, signing up for the Design Donated initiative. As of writing, more than 225 interior design studios across the country have signed up on the online platform started by Melbourne interior designer […]

“Interior design is about connecting people with pieces and trying to honour their personality” – Simone Haag

“No one answer fits all” when it comes to juggling a client’s personality with the curatorial eye and style of the interior designer, says Simone Haag. The interior stylist spoke to ADR about styling considerations and working with architectural typologies after recently completing a series of two-and three-storey townhouses in the Melbourne suburb of Balaclava. […]