Interior Design Ideas According to Top Architects and Designers

Danielle Brustman, interior designer

Danielle Brustman: “Surround yourself with design and pieces that make you happy and inspired. Don’t be swayed by trends.Credit:Justin McManus

Best Invention A Bodum coffee plunger – it’s a wonderful invention and I use it every day because I like having more than one cup of coffee. I also like the Bicoca cordless lamps. I’m excited about light fixtures that you can put anywhere and not see the cords. They offer more flexibility in creating a mood.

The past I always go back to the 1960s and 1970s to draw inspiration from my own creations. Three favorites are Vernor Panton’s Flowerpot VP Pendant, Pierre Paulin’s groovy chair and Pierre Cardin’s furniture – still produced today.

hot right now I love Melbourne’s vibrant design community and see it becoming experimental with materials and practices. Aesthetically the design gets bold and I love it. Jessie French makes exciting pieces from seaweed and has done extensive research on how to use them in household items and make them last. Mycelium Studios is also doing experimental work with mushrooms to make different molds that can be used for building materials and items.

The future Interiors become more playful in the house. We want multifunctional spaces and we need them to offer us more than in the past.

rule to live Surround yourself with design and pieces that make you happy and inspired. Don’t be swayed by trends. The most important thing is that your answer is authentic and that these objects bring you joy.

Kerrie Brown, interior designer

Kerrie Brown:

Kerrie Brown: “I treat interiors like I would treat a work of art, making them interesting, beautiful, quirky and warm with a touch of humour.”

Best Invention Computers and humans working together enable massive amplification of creativity – think Photoshop and digital printing, 3D printing, smartphones. It has opened up many possibilities and greatly contributes to democratizing design.

The past Mid-century designers like Ray and Charles Eames and Saarinen and Noguchi, whose pieces are so well-crafted that they really haven’t been improved upon.

hot right now I love biophilic design – a desire to live with nature in our indoor and outdoor environments. This goes hand in hand with the importance of sustainable materials. I also like revisited classics. I’ve always enjoyed playing with historical and classic images from different eras and cultures, mixing them with an eye to the past and an eye to the future.

The future Digital technology allows humans to open up a world of possibilities that we could never have imagined until recently. I am blown away by Michael Hansmeyer and the idea of ​​freeing ourselves from preconceived ideas, prejudices, education and experience to see where it leads in design. His work is more like forms designed by nature, which I think must be a direction in the future. I also think that computers will allow everyone to become their own designer in a way, and designers will become exotic specialists working in small companies, designing unique or bespoke, high-end pieces.

rule to live My design process involves mixing, layering and creating an emotional response to wallpaper murals, textiles or art prints. I’m quite instinctive when it comes to design and color. My approach to decorating is similar. I treat interiors as I would a work of art, making them interesting, beautiful, quirky and warm with a touch of humor.

Helen Kontouris, Industrial Furniture Designer

Helen Kontouris:

Helen Kontouris: “When you look at something that is limited edition or potentially unique, then you have an emotional quality and an attachment to that object.”

Best Invention One of the simplest and most amazing design inventions is the paper cupcake holder. They’re inexpensive, can be baked at high temperatures, can hold wet liquid, and the end result is a perfectly formed cupcake. The bicycle is another great invention; the simplicity of the design and the ability to get you where you need to go is a winner.

The past Minimalism fits my design style and the way I like to surround myself in the home.

hot right now There is a significant trend towards authenticity in design. I think producing environmentally guilt-free products is a trend that is starting to gain momentum. Durability is built into the product and you wouldn’t even know it. Locally made products are going to stay, given what is happening in the world. People want to know the lineage of the manufacture of the products. Buy less and buy well.

Clockwise from top left: a sculptural concrete stairwell designed by Koos De Keijzer;  Danielle Brustman's

Clockwise from top left: a sculptural concrete stairwell designed by Koos De Keijzer; Danielle Brustman’s “Meteorite” luminaire, built with Edward Linacre; The “Transmogrify” chair by Helen Kontouris.

The future Limited edition pieces. When you think about fast design, there’s no emotional resonance attached to those objects, whereas when you look at something that’s limited edition or potentially unique, then you have an emotional quality and attachment to that object. That’s what people want right now.

rule to live Curiosity, simply because people and the way they interact with objects fascinates me. I ask too many questions and want to know more about those around me and it affects and informs my work.

Koos de Keijzer, founder and director of DKO Architecture

Koos de Keijzer says the future of design is

Koos de Keijzer says the future of design is to “embrace the environment, understand heating and cooling, and embrace habitability.”Credit:james braund

Best Invention The best design inventions are the ones that make me happy; spaces that touch all the senses. I especially love Lapidus’ use of a curve – so voluptuous and sultry. Lapidus was a modernist who loved neo-baroque and natural forms.

The past Being Dutch, I was saturated with modernism; the forward-looking and purposeful nature of modernism appeals to me. Of particular interest are architects like Alvar Aalto, who linked modernism with nature. I love mid-century Los Angeles modernists like Craig Ellwood and Schindler because they combine craftsmanship with drama.

hot right now I love the leaning towards nature – there is so much we can learn from it. I recently designed a 42 level tower on the Gold Coast, based on a pandanus palm tree.

The future Embracing the environment, understanding heating and cooling, and accepting habitability. I recently remodeled my farm in the Cobaw Ranges and it taught me a lot about nature.

rule to live Any design should be about love, love, love. Do what gives you joy. I love modern furniture and every time I look at my furniture it makes me happy. Be aware of what is happening in the world. There are so many websites that are full of beautiful objects. Keep an open mind and examine nature carefully. But above all, keep it simple and sexy.

Alec Tzannes, Architect and director of tzannes

Alec Tzannes:

Alec Tzannes: “The biggest trend shaping our current thinking is the recognition of the country and the integration of indigenous peoples’ thinking on the environment and how it connects us to the past”Credit:Toby Burrows

Best Invention Mr. Otis’ 1853 safety elevator is amazingly designed. Digital technology also enables the design process to be more precise and expansive in its integration of scientific thinking, which is important for carbon regenerative designs.

The past I love that you built a home well and it lasted forever. It was all about making the details last, making sure they shed water properly, that the materials were chosen and detailed appropriately. Bricks used as bricks. I would like to see this trend return.

hot right now The biggest trend shaping our current thinking is the recognition of the country and the integration of indigenous peoples’ thinking about the environment and how it connects us to the past. We see it through efficient use of land and responsible use of resources. And thinking about animals and their habitats makes us more sensitive to how we design our homes and gardens.

Gone are the days of thinking of a home and its setting as being the construction of a value system deeply rooted in the idea that we are superior to nature. We must approach building houses from the perspective that we are not only stewards of the land, but also of the habitat of all other living beings that use this land. It changes the way we design.

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The future We are at a turning point. Design is a reflection of where we’ve been and where we should be going – it’s a litmus test. Our short-termism has created buildings with a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. We design for a sustainable future.

rule to live To leave the place better than you found it. It can be expressed in different ways. One is to be scientific. We cannot design from a personal vision of what is beautiful. We must incorporate scientific consideration of materials and construction to reduce our carbon footprint and create regenerative carbon. A second way is to build things beautifully but practically.

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