Hi Anthony! Where are you from and where are you now?
I grew up in the southern suburbs of Sydney, spent a lot of my adult life by the Cronulla beaches, then gravitated to the Sydney inner-city. Work brought me to the inspiring city of Melbourne, where I reside with my beautiful family.
How did you get started in the world of interiors?
I studied Interior Design at Sydney Design School whilst working for a high-end Italian furniture company. Being able to apply learned skills directly to real work projects was extremely rewarding.
Talk us through a standard day in your life.
Up at ‘sparrows’ to the lure of the Nespresso machine. The morning is a hot mess of preparing (semi-healthy) kids lunches, organising school clothes, and finishing off school projects that have to be handed in that day.
Getting to work early gives me a head-start, a peaceful time to check emails and plan the day ahead. These plans are almost always upended by unexpected happenings, but the intention’s there. A brief with colleagues, and away we go….organising and interacting….the work days’ end comes around extremely quickly. Home to, weather permitting, a trip to the park, dinner with the family and a cheeky wine with my wife once the kids have gone to sleep.
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
As clichéd as it may sound, there’s nothing better than seeing the fleshed-out result of the collaborative work done by the team at Curious Grace. From the incept of furniture selection by our creative director, leaning on the vast knowledge from the creatives, presenting to a nervously excited client and seeing our delivery guys place the final piece, there’s a lot of frantic paddling underwater before a smooth, well-resolved job is delivered.
And a challenging part?
Paperwork. Getting on top of it and keeping it that way is a challenge. A necessary evil.
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
I don’t think I’d ever find creative inspiration if I went looking for it. It’s always there if you’re looking at the world through a creative lens.
Who are the designers you are loving at the moment?
Giorgetto Giugiaro- named Car Designer Of The Century in 1999. Giugiaro designed the DeLorean DMC-12 (Back To The Future), the Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy Who Loved Me) and the Hyundai Sonata (even the greats can have an off day), along with camera cases for Nikon and watches for Seiko. Next level creative and technical genius.
What did you want to be at age five?
At five? The world’s greatest BMX rider. Apart from pulling off a few sweet jumps at the local track, the dream remains unfulfilled.
If you could perform on stage, with any musician ever, who would it be?
I wouldn’t disgrace myself in the presence of a hero, but it would be great to sit in the wings as a pouting, strutting Mick Jagger ripped up the stage.
What would you sing?
‘Gimme Shelter’ - shoegazing, under my breath, out of tune.
On a Sunday morning we’ll find you…
If you could eat one meal, for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sizzler buffet. I like variety.
Okay, last question! What are the top three things on your Curious Grace wish list right now?
The new hand-knotted Husk Rug in Mist, by Armadillo and Co. For its raw, textural simplicity.
The Line Series Bar in Walnut, by Nathan Yong. It's a timeless, self-indulgent piece that has been on my radar for a while.
The Linear Bed in Walnut. Exclusive to Curious Grace, I’m waiting for my old bed to collapse so I can replace it with this beautiful, locally designed and made piece.
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