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Designer Q&A - Serene Wong

We value our partners - Serene Wong from Geyer Singapore

We value our partners - Serene Wong from Geyer Singapore

We will be regularly featuring some of the very talented minds we collaborate with – both their inspirations and their quirky sides. Let’s hear from Serene Wong the Client Leader of Geyer Singapore as she shares a piece of her world with us.

Q: Any particular style requests trending amongst your projects?

A: Nope, we typically adopt the classic and the elegant. 

Q: Favourite hangout place in Singapore?

A: Home? Around the Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer and Farrer Park vicinity for food.

Q:  Where do you get your inspirations from?

A: Inspired by Fashion. Adopting patterns.

Q: What would your dream project be?

A: A good client with limitless budget! Professional consultant team and realistic timeline!

Q: What did you Google last?

A: Meaning of a word.

Q: One thing you can’t live without?

A: MUSIC.


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Designer Q&A - Alexandru Harrington

We value our partners - Alexandru Harrington from Mirvac Design

We value our partners - Alexandru Harrington from Mirvac Design

Alexandru, an assistant interior designer from Mirvac Design. He had a little chat with us lately, let’s try to read a designer’s mind together.

Q: Flat White or Cold Brew?

A: Can we say both? Oh well, I will. My taste buds are subject to the weather so of course a flat white (cough, cough, um sorry, I mean latte) when it’s cold and a cold brew when it’s ridiculous hot and everyone is complaining about melting!

Q: Where do you get your inspirations from?

A: A lot of places! I’m not the typical designer of having a favourite person like others and investing all my interest there. I share the love you could say. Dezeen, Pinterest, ArchDaily, InDesign mag, Grand Designs UK and NZ and occasionally House Rules for some light-hearted banter. Oh, did I mention supplier functions and showrooms... a big way to get inspired.

Q:  Describe what your dream project looks like. 

A: I hate to sound clique but will involve a warehouse or top story apartment in New York City! Would convert it into my own oasis and escape from the bustling streets below and of course it’ll have a strong industrial chic design intent with pops of colour and quirky lighting, to be in-keeping with the hip New York vibe.

Q: Favourite hangout in Sydney?

A: For sure got to be the bar under my office! Great designed space, hidden away from all the usual bar goers and run by two great guys who are always up for chat and a bit of banter. (Oh, and I swear I’m not there every night after work…. Well I’m getting better)

Q: How would you describe your style and what influenced it?

A: Industrial Chic... yep that’s it. A fusion of industrial design with sophistication. Probably thanks to watching Grand designs UK and the Grillagh Water House (container home) by Patrick Bradley which was love at first site after already doing my year 12 major work on contain homes. I suppose the chic side comes from the love of hotel designs and in recent times the interiors of the QT hotel in Melbourne.


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Designer Q&A - Sarah Andreallo

We value our partners - Sarah Andreallo from Intermain

We value our partners - Sarah Andreallo from Intermain

So glad, we have caught Sarah, a senior designer from design firm Intermain for a quick chat! Curious about what is in a designer's head? Read On. 

Q: Flat White or Cold Brew?

A: Depends what time of day…

Q: Favourite piece from the JEB Range?  

A: Sedus Mastermind Folding Table.
(check here -http://jebfurnituresolutions.com/products/mastermind-fold/)

Q: How would you describe your style and what influenced it? 

A: I like to get right into a client’s brief/brain/taste/brand identity, in doing this I don’t identify with my own style as such, which also makes each project/design ridiculously different! 

Q: What’s your most favourite project you’ve worked on and why?

A: A little bar down in Cronulla I did whilst studying, the whole budget was under $20K, I even learnt how to tile on that one, a great start into the industry to experience a project from both sides. –It’s still open too! 

Q:  Favourite hangout in Sydney? 

A: Sydney has the best Harbour/Ocean baths.. pick any and I’m there.  

Q: What is your favourite procrastination method?

A: Watching back to back episodes of ‘Escape to the Country’. 


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Designer Q&A - Catherine Daniali

We value our partners - Catherine Daniali from Girvan Waugh

We value our partners - Catherine Daniali from Girvan Waugh

This time, we had a chat with Catherine from Girvan Waugh! Let's know more about this awesome interior designer of the team.

Q: How do you start your morning?

A: I get up super early, I walk my massive brown Labrador, shower, have a coffee and head straight to work. 

Q: What is your favourite procrastination method? 

A: I usually go through my travel photos and make a list for my upcoming trip of the places I want to re visit and things I didn’t do whilst I was there.

Q: How would you describe your style and what influenced it? 

A: I am heavily influenced by art which translates uniquely in my designs and concepts. 

Q: Where do you get your inspirations from? 

A: What inspires me is through travelling and experiencing the world of Architecture and history. 

Q:  Which animal would you like to turn into? 

A: A Lion!! I love everything about them, they are so strong and courageous.

Q: Favourite hangout in Sydney? 

A: Restaurant Hubert, I love the vibe and of course the food. I feel like it brings back memories of my Europe trips. 


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Designer Q&A - Nina Sharpe

We value our partners - Nina Sharpe from mpa

We value our partners - Nina Sharpe from mpa

Hello! We were lucky enough to catch up with this busy creative girl to chat about her ideas and how she finds inspiration.

Q: How do you start your morning?

A:  I don’t do anything amazing and Zen when I wake up. I do what I have to do to get to my morning coffee. 

Q: Flat White or Cold Brew?

A: Almond Latte

Q: How many tabs have you opened right now and what are they?

A: 15. A combination of furniture suppliers, Europe holiday research for Croatia, Positano, Rome & Paris & door furniture suppliers. 2 separate windows though so I can hide my Europe trip info :) 

Q: What is your favourite procrastination method?

A: At the moment it's looking at my spreadsheet for my trip to Europe & seeing what I have booked, what I have to pay still & what I still need to book.

Q:  Favourite hangout in Sydney?

A: I have too many but I do love Opera Bar.

Q: Where do you get your inspirations from?

A: My world around me. It’s hard not to be influenced by all the great designs & designers, architecture, graphics, fashion or whatever it is that catches my eye. 

Q: When was your last lightbulb moment?

A: That’s a good question, but it was a few months ago when I saw a vacant little retail space near the dog park near our office in Surry Hills. I thought it would be a great idea to open a dog friendly café that offered a dog menu as well as a human menu. It would be a place where you could get your dog washed whilst you have a coffee with some friends. I couldn’t’ stop thinking about it for weeks. I even thought of what I would do for the launch of the café… I got a bit carried away to tell you the truth! I saw butlers in the park waiting on dog in the park with a silver platter.

Q: How would you describe your style and what influenced it?

A: I would describe it as understated maybe. I like the detail to speak for itself, bolding over the top statements is not really my thing even though I love the look of that style of design.

Q: What’s your most favourite project you’ve worked on and why?

A: Quartet Ventures, a small private equity firm in GPT. I loved the clients & the fact that they wanted their small office to be as nice as their homes. The level of detail & specified finish & furniture just made the space work for them as a company and for them to live in away from their beautiful homes. 


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Designer Q&A - Julie Wu

We value our partners - Julie Wu from Siren Design

We value our partners - Julie Wu from Siren Design

Our Australian Designer profile is back! After a long holiday season, here we are again with our most creative partners. Let’s hear from Julie Wu from Siren Design for a piece of her mind:

Q: What animal would you turn into?

A: I’d like to say (if I’m not the human version of it already) definitely a sloth - sleep and eat all day, and no one questions ya! 

Q: Which item from the McDonalds menu would you remove?

A: I’m a strong believer in “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” – I wouldn’t want to tamper with something that’s already perfect - although I think I’d give the Chicken Big Mac the boot. 

Q: How many tabs do you have open right now and what are they?

A: OK - are you ready for this extravaganza? I have the usual social media channels (Facebook, Instagram etc), Pinterest for all my DIY needs, work emails, a few travel sites for my upcoming trip to Japan, paying off a few bills, researching for some wedding venues (but can’t stay focused) and a few sneaky tabs for online shopping (but don’t tell my partner).

Q: Okay, jokes aside, how would you describe your style and what influenced it?

A: I’d describe my style as quite minimal, mixed with a good dollop of light-heartedness. My main objective is to create a space that doesn’t just look good but is as practical and functional as it can be. But I also like to throw in a little bit of humour/quirkiness here and there – being too serious makes me sweat.

Q: Where do you get your inspirations from?

A: Honestly it sounds a little cliché, but anything – anything/person/animal/event/colour – can inspire a little spark inside of me. I think that’s what I love about design - there are no boundaries. and if there is - you’re welcome to push it

Q: How do you start your morning?

A: I wake up every day at 4am, hit the gym, have a green smoothie, go for a swim and am always at least 15 minutes early for work. Haha jokes! I am definitely NOT a morning person - my morning usually starts with at least 5 alarms going off, and then it's hitting the ground running!


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Designer Q&A - Cushla McFadden

We value our partners - TomMarkHenry Director Cushla McFadden

We value our partners - TomMarkHenry Director Cushla McFadden

Hello again! Our Australian interior designer profile is back! We will be regularly featuring some of the very talented minds we collaborate with – both their inspirations and their quirky sides. Let’s hear from Cushla from designer firm TomMarkHenry as she shares a piece of her world with us.

Q: How many tabs do you have open right now and what are they?

A: 10! There’s the TomMarkHenry Gmail which is constantly open, a font website to purchase fonts for some new branding with, a couple of Google Drive tabs, a CV I was sent, the BIA UNSW (Bachelors of Interior Architecture UNSW) blog, a new client’s website, Hightail for large file sharing, Eco Outdoor to look for outdoor furniture for a job with, and our TomMarkHenry website to reference an old project!

Q: What is your favourite procrastination method?  

A: Browsing the internet, clearly. 

Q: Flat White or Cold Brew?

A: Flat white, almond milk if you're asking ;)

Q: If you need to choose, would you rather play rugby league in high heels or hike in them?

A: If we took high heels out of the equation, I would still rather hike, so let’s go with hike.

Q: Canned strawberries: innovation or blasphemy?

A: I'm sure they have their place...

Q: Where do you get your inspirations from?

A: Everywhere! Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places and the most unexpected times. Looking out at a particular scene, I will often notice a combination of colours and textures that works, which could be as mundane as a bit of timber left out on a footpath or the colour palette of an old building. 

Q: How would you describe your style and what influenced it?

A: My personal style is quite minimal and pared-back. I've seen my tastes change over time so keeping it classic and neutral means I can layer over time. 

Q: How do you start your morning?

A: Usually walking my dog Maxie, then meditating for 20 minutes before getting ready to get out the door. 

Q: One thing you can't live without?

A: Family. 

Q: What’s your most favourite project you’ve worked on and why?

A: Bondi's Best will always hold a special place in my heart. It was our first real project as TomMarkHenry and put us on the interior design map in Sydney. 

Q: Describe what your dream project looks like

A: A boutique hotel is our dream project!

Q: Do you have a favourite background music track for work?

A: Any TomMarkHenry Spotify playlist works a treat in the office.


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Designer Q&A - Ben Voorderhake

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Hello! As JEB proudly supports our Australian interior designer talents, we will be featuring some very talented minds with whom we are collaborating with, and learn more about their thoughts and inspirations. Let’s start off with Australian interior designer Ben Voorderhake from Davenport Campbell & Partners:

Q: So, let’s start with the easier stuff – how many tabs do you have open right now?

A: Let’s have a look…there’s Airbnb for organising my accommodation for a family holiday at Tassie; Qantas to organise another flight to northern NSW to pick up a dog; Sydney Morning Herald so I could stay in touch with the world; multitude of design sites to get inspirations from other people’s brilliance; Dropbox to get my disjointed work life organised; Davenport Campbell’s website to check on some of my latest projects; Clients’ websites to understand who they are; and snow forecasts because I can’t believe my holidays are now over…

Q: Nice, so there’s quite a browser situation. What is your favourite procrastination method?

A: That was it! By the way, I really should get stuck in and get through my long to-do-list…just after I do a quick surf check.

Q: Change of topic here – folding napkins or scrunching them?

A: I like to think I am a folding-napkin person, my favourite blog is "things organised neatly". In my head, this is how my world should be.

Of course, the reality is completely different. I have 2 young boys and a busy schedule. So, unfortunately, I am without a doubt, a dirty, wine stained, scrunched napkin person, if indeed, I am lucky enough to have a napkin at all.

Q: Now, let’s turn to the more serious side. Where do you get your style inspirations from and how would you describe it?

A: I like to think my style is fairly classic, not too in-your-face. I don’t go in for bright flashy design these days.

I try and create spaces that feel good to be in, spaces that reflect the culture of the user. I think form and space are still the main drivers for me, with the materials complimenting and reinforcing the design, rather than driving it. If a space flows well, works well, and isn't forced, then it usually feels good to be in.

Q: It’s always nice to see something sleek and natural. Is your thought process like that too? What was your last lightbulb moment?

A: My last enlightenment was when I realised that I don’t need to know everything, and that I don’t need to appear to know everything. I finally feel comfortable with my level of knowledge and asking questions of people with more knowledge than me.

Q:  As an Australian interior designer, what was your favourite project you’ve worked on and why?

A: I built a back-yard chicken coop a year or two ago. Its massively over-designed and engineered, and it took about ten times as long and cost ten times more than forecast (and it's still not finished), but it was hugely satisfying. Oh, a fox got the chickens recently, so it’s empty now.