designer & architect interviews

In our interviews, we at est get behind the scenes to speak with the masterminds behind the best design work in Australia and abroad. We learn about the passions, past works and motives behind favourite spaces and respected careers.

  • Interview with Apparatus Co-Founder Gabriel Hendifar

    After the launch of their LA Showroom and timely visit to Australia, we caught up with Gabriel Hendifar, creative director and co-founder of Apparatus Studio.

  • In Conversation with Designer Lee Broom Ahead of Australian Tour

    Est caught up with highly-acclaimed, London-based furniture and lighting designer Lee Broom ahead of his Australian design tour and landmark exhibition ‘Park Life’ in collaboration with Space Furniture.

  • Interview with William Smalley

    London architect William Smalley sets the bar high for our 2019 Designer Profile Series with his thoughts on materiality, local design and how life can be lived in his projects.

  • Inner City Spaces by Brad Swartz

    We talk living large and living well in compact city spaces with Sydney architect Brad Swartz – emphasising that quality and creativity, not size determines good design.

  • Interview with Simon Astridge

    We get to know London Architect Simon Astridge, his focus on collaboration and approach to designing small spaces big on details.

  • Interview with Hare + Klein founder Meryl Hare

    In conversation with the founder of Hare + Klein Meryl Hare, who shares words of wisdom from her 33 buoyant years of practicing interior design in Sydney.

  • Interview with Atelier Barda co-founder Cecile Combelle

    Our chat with Atelier Barda co-founder Cecile Combelle, on establishing their Montreal firm, European design influence and storytelling in a space.

  • Interview with nune founder Sheena Murphy

    We catch up Sheena Murphy, the founder of nune (sheep + stone) on her journey into interior design, designing in New York and opening a London studio.

  • Interview with William Smart of Smart Design Studio

    We sit down with Smart Design Studio’s founder to hear the story behind Indigo Slam and why smarter design is vital.

  • Interview with Clare Cousins

    We spoke with leading Melbourne Architect Clare Cousins about her dynamic practice, life long learnings and her role in changing the way people live.

  • Interview with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects

    We speak with one of three lead architects of revered Danish firm Norm Architects, on their restrained design and eschewing trend.

  • Interview: Vincent Van Duysen

    We listen to the words and wisdom of design monarch Vincent Van Duysen, celebrating his prolific portfolio and quest to perfect the art of living well.

  • Interview: Pipkorn & Kilpatrick

    We take a glimpse into the life of the talented interior design duo Pipkorn & Kilpatrick, from their inspiration to former career pursuits.

  • Interview: Dominic Pandolfini

    In conversation with the Melbourne architect about his eponymous studio, designing locally and meeting the needs of the modern Australian family.

  • Interview: Directors of McLaren Excell

    In conversation with Luke McLaren and Rob Excell on their eponymous firm, British craftsmanship and leaning towards natural and tactile details.

  • Interview: Luigi Rosselli

    We speak with the eminent local architect on bringing a global design perspective down under.

  • Interview: Nicholas Travers of Techne Architecture and Design

    We sit down with the co-director of one of our favourite Melbourne firms to discuss challenging design conventions and driving a bespoke output.

  • Interview with Kim Pariseau of Appareil Architecture

    We chat with the founder of Montreal firm Appareil Architecture on her affiliation with Nordic design and how this sensibility is weaved into her work.

Behind the scenes interviews

Kelvin Ho’s architecture interview reflects on his inspiration and the past decade of projects he has worked since founding his firm Akin in Sydney. To him, a successful space merges a narrative with contextual historical and social references – an approach we couldn’t agree with more.

Talented design duo Tania Handelsmann and Gillian Khaw create elegant, timeless and on-point interiors. Speaking to est living about working abroad, the interior designer interview with Handelsmann + Khaw reveals their in-depth input throughout the architecture process and illuminates the relationship between architect and designer.

The interview with Aaron Peters from architecture firm Vokes & Peters is still one of our most memorable discussions. We learn that Aaron’s love for the idea of home started when he built tree houses as a child. These days Aaron works on boutique residential, commercial and institutional projects in Queensland – a fitting career trajectory indeed. Discover these and more in the est living Interviews.