Australia’s most in demand Interior Designer, Sarah Davison is a talent to behold. Fascinated with combining beauty and functionality in residential architecture and interiors, quality rather than quantity when selecting materials, fittings, furniture and artwork. Beauty, atmosphere and lasting pleasure are always her goal.
Sarah’s ability to create a space for the individual, rather than reflecting one particular style is a common element through her work, making her an obvious choice for Australia’s most beautiful homes.
Contempo Studio were so honoured to collaborate with Sarah earlier this month at a gathering in the new showroom in Claremont. Special guests were treated to a courtyard soiree and had the valuable opportunity to gather inspiration and advice from Sarah.
We sat down with Sarah and asked her a few questions.
Q | YOU STARTED YOUR OWN PRACTICE A WHILE AGO NOW, HOW HAS THE INDUSTRY CHANGED OVER TIME?
Sarah: I believe the design industry has changed for the better in the last 20 years. People are more informed about design possibilities, especially since social media really became mainstream. When I began, only very high end projects used an interior designer. Now more people are aware of the value good design adds.
Q | WHAT IS THE PROJECT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Sarah: My favourite project always tends to be the last one I finished. I'm proud of my own Spanish Mission apartment in Tamarama, and our Kellett St Design Studio in Potts Point, Sydney. It's nice when my most personal projects get such positive feedback.
Q | WHAT DOES YOUR DESIGN PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
Sarah: We always begin with conceptual design, and take the architecture, the site and the clients lifestyle into account from the very beginning. Then it’s a collaborative effort to end up with a beautifully resolved construction or furnishing package.
Q | THE BEST WAY TO MAKE A HOUSE A HOME IS...
Sarah: Beautiful textiles and atmospheric lighting… These elements separate a residential interior from a commercial one….
Q | WHAT ARE YOUR FOUR KEY DESIGN PRINCIPLES?
Sarah: I have three… Beauty, quality and functionality.
Q | WHAT ARE SIMPLE ITEMS TO ADD TO A ROOM THAT INSTANTLY ELEVATE THE SPACE?
Sarah: Fresh flowers or leaves, a great feature light or pendant.
Q | IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A CLIENT BEFORE THE PROCESS BEGINS...WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Sarah: Choose your architect, landscaper and interior designer with care. The end, built result will be very different depending on who you choose to work with on the project.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
- Favourite furniture/lighting designer: Saarinen for furniture, Stilnovo for lighting.
- Favourite artist: Rothko( painting) and Brancusi ( sculpture)
- Country you’d love to live in: Australia J
- Where do you get your inspiration from? Nature, travel, fashion, family and friends, great designers from the past….
- Most important room in the home? The kitchen I guess…. But bathrooms, living and dining rooms, bedrooms are all pivotal! If well designed, practical and soulful, they make domestic life so wonderful!
Thank you to Sarah and all our special guests for making this collaborative event so successful.