Design Futures

May 21st, 2015

Women Of Influence

I was very honoured this month to be selected by House & Garden as one of their Women Of Influence in this issue on women in design.  It was such a pleasure to be featured alongside such inspirational designers, makers and entrepreneurs.

House & Garden, May 2015


So by way of thanks, here are a few of my own personal influences who share the XX…


Li Edelkoort – image


Lidewij Edelkoort

Arguably the world’s most renowned forecaster, Li Edelkoort’s influence extends well beyond product or brand development.  Edelkoort’s concepts, curatorial style, approach to both print and online publishing and ability to translate societal shifts into everything from colour trends to the re-imagining of an entire city makes her a powerhouse of inspiration for anyone aspiring to a career in forecasting.


Anna Murray & Grace Winteringham of PATTERNITY – image


Anna Murray & Grace Winteringham of PATTERNITY

These ladies have wowed me at every turn since I first came across their work, partly through their designs but primarily through their refreshingly unique approach to a multidisciplinary practice.  Self described as the global authority on pattern, their work reaches into all sorts of areas and applications.  Go and browse their website for a design hit.


Anne Marie Commandeur – image via styjlinstituut


Anne  Marie Commandeur – Styjlinstituut

As well as being founder of the Stijlinsituut Amsterdam, Anne Marie Commandeur is a leading member of the Heimtextil trendtable and renowned for expressing forecasts through their concept-based exhibitions.  Her ability to distil and translate a concept to make it widely accessible without losing the nuances of what makes it interesting made a striking impression when I began my forecasting career in Europe.


Suppliant, Kalorama 2009 by Mary Tonkin – image via Australian Galleries


Mary Tonkin

I was fortunate enough to have Mary Tonkin as my drawing teacher through my BFA.  As well as being an outstanding artist, she had a really disciplined approach to teaching and while a lot of professionals in that field try to teach students how to draw, she had a way of teaching her students how to see.   Which is considerably more abstract and difficult to articulate but has been fundamental in the way that I have approached all of my work since.   Thanks for being a hard taskmaster, Mary.


Barbara Marshall


And finally – my mum, Barbara.  By far the most insightful and generous creative mind I’m ever likely to come across.  Courageous, articulate and always a step ahead.



February 16th, 2015

Come Together – Life Instyle Sydney 2015

Life Instyle is here and in keeping with this season’s theme, Come Together, we’ve teamed up with some exceptional designers to work with us on the show floor.

Spencer Harrison for Life Instyle Sydney 2015


Take some time to enjoy the Memphis inspired imagery by Spencer Harrison in the show entrance and Life Instyle Cafe.

Beci Orpin x Arro Home for the Kids Instyle Cafe Sydney 2015

Colour, pattern and play will follow you through the show with an exclusive installation in the Kids Instyle Cafe in collaboration with Beci Orpin, Arro Home and Radford Furnishings.

A special retail edition of Design Futures VII will be presented Thu 19th Feb

And if you’re really keen,  I’ll be speaking on Thursday and sharing all the latest thoughts on design, retail and the evolution of the concept store.  Tickets available here

See you there!