Founder and Director, Biasol Design Studio
Jean-Pierre Biasol is described as a natural to the language of design. Founding multi-award winning Biasol Design Studio in 2012, the studio works locally and internationally across interiors, buildings, products and branded environments. Driven by detail and quality, the studio works without divisions in a holistic and integrated mission for form and function.
Donn is Director of Electrolight, an independent lighting design studio with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco. Electrolight stands as an industry leader on an international stage, recently awarded the 2019 International Lighting Design Practice of the Year at the LDA awards in London.
Donn’s 20+ years experience in lighting design exhibits a combination of creativity, innovation and accolades. With a background in visual arts, creative design and engineering, coupled with a passion for lighting and the visual realm, Donn’s insight and leadership drives his team of talented designers toward modernism of illumination design in the built environment and the world of light art.
This approach has gained the respect of his peers, affirmed by the receipt of multiple awards including 17x International Lighting Design Awards and 22x National and State Lighting Design Awards. Donn’s experience and reach across the design industry is widespread, with involvement in the design of more than a thousand projects over the past 20 years.
Donn is a member of the IALD and IES, and has a long past and ongoing role in the lighting community, currently seated as the NSW Coordinator for the IALD, as well as past roles in the IES, Objective:Light, Property Council of Australia and the GBCA.
Associate, Bates Smart
Richard Healy is continually inspired by the capacity of good design to positively improve the daily experience. He has an extensive range of project and sector experience, but is particularly passionate about workplace design and the transformative potential to impact the day-to-day working experience.
Richard has strong collaborative and team leadership skills and relishes the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with clients. He particularly enjoys translating client aspirations and working with the team to successfully deliver a project.
Since joining Bates Smart, Richard has worked on a number of significant workplace projects including Australian Unity, BCG, Australian Super, Australian Embassy in Washington DC, and the 101 Collins Street Masterplan, alongside some significant hospitality projects including Westin Hotel Darwin and Bourke Street Green.
Associate Director, Carr
Rebecca brings extensive experience in workplace design, alongside a global outlook having practised in Australia, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Rebecca joined the Carr team as an Associate Director, having worked in the industry for 15 years and developing strong leadership skills. “In my time in Shanghai I learnt a lot about people and the importance of culture and leadership,” she says.
For Rebecca, a project’s success comes down to establishing a clear, holistic overview of the project, “What are the objectives, aspirations, opportunities/challenges, and how does the big conceptual idea tell that story?”
Part of the process to ensure a holistic project outcome is from client collaboration and drawing out a successful brief. “Our job is to prompt, listen and gain trust that we are the experts. This allows us to challenge our clients and deliver something that not only is perfect for them but exceeds expectations. To get to this result, people need to feel confident, that their opinions are valued,” explains Rebecca.
Alice Nadja Sehovic
Senior Interior Designer, Architects EAT
Alice Nadja is passionate about the design industry and the opportunities it presents to meet different people, and to create. An interior design graduate with Honours from RMIT, Alice is currently studying to become an architect.
Alice has always taken a holistic approach to design with architecture and interiors considered as one. Alice says, “I’m always thinking with an inside-out approach and I’ve been lucky enough to work with people who share the same values and have provided me with the opportunity to deliver projects across all stage.”
In her role at Architects EAT, Alice works all disciplines, but a large part of her experience lies in high-end residential design. It’s in this typology that her love for composition, materiality, lighting, custom furniture and joinery is pushed further. Going from the big picture to the details is also something that Alice is unafraid to get stuck into. “I love shifting scales, so working on a big build whilst simultaneously thinking about sofa legs and details,” she says.
A social and curious person, Alice is always keeping her eyes open and being an ambassador at Saturday Indesign is the perfect opportunity to be part of a wider conversation with the community.
Lily Goodwin & Josh Cain
Principals, Pattern Studio
Pattern Studio are a dynamic Australian design practice formed in 2016 by Josh Cain and Lily Goodwin. Operating within today’s borderless, digital landscape; this studio recognises that while and cultures and contexts are invariably unique, the powerful impact of exceptional design is universal.
The duo have applied their artistic design approach across projects ranging from boutique retail and hospitality, to fashion-event and set design. A pursuit to use the built form to create rich and poetic experiences continually drives this practice.
An energetic and progressive team, Pattern studio have an acute understanding of their role to use informed and innovative thinking to sensitively address the complex issues and challenges of the day; both in the context of design and architecture, and more broadly on a global scale.
The practice’s name pays homage to the seminal design theory text A Pattern Language which examines the role of the built environment, the associated physical and social relationships, in problem solving.
Director of Architecture, SJB
An awarded architect and SJB Director, Tristan’s innovative thinking and bold solutions are intrinsically connected to positive wellbeing outcomes and environmental benefits. His projects have won architectural and urban design awards, with particular reference to their clarity of message, innovation in their planning and design, and capacity to improve the health and experience of users.
His dedication to a more humanity-based outcome and belief in architecture’s ability to make a positive change to society at large is explored (both in practice, research and publication) of social and affordable housing systems, as well as progressive models of workplace design.
Tristan has experience in the curation, design and delivery of exhibitions and installations, in the fields of both art and architecture – both here and abroad. He has also guest lectured at universities, illustrated for a book on environmental design, and advocates and supports not-for-profits including Architects Without Frontiers, Career Trackers and Career Seekers.
A former life as an illustrator and fine artist – and significantly, both parents artists – has coloured his perspective on architecture, and design more broadly. This has played out in an approach to processes within the studio that encourages hand drawing and sketching – a reminder of the inextricable connection between human-made design processes and the built environment.
Director, James Garvan Architecture
Great architecture and interior design is site-responsive and client-specific, it is progressive, ambitious and yet timeless. Above all else, great architecture displays the consistency and purity of an idea that has been meticulously chased through all stages of a project’s lifespan. Through Architectural, Interior Design and Construction Management services, James Garvan Architecture brings this consistency and purity to any project.
Specialising in high-quality and tailored residential design, a rigorous and collaborative design and delivery process is undertaken in the pursuit of creating crafted contemporary architecture, and ultimately something great. Garvan graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters in Architecture where he won the Sir John Sulman Award for the Most Outstanding Academic Record and was placed on the Dean’s List of Academic Achievement five years running. Since graduating, he has worked in London and Sydney with some of the world’s most prolific architects before establishing his own practice; James Garvan Architecture.
Timo Wong & Priscilla Lui
Founders & Designers, Studio Juju
Studio Juju was established in 2009 by Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui to practice design across disciplines in furniture, products and spaces. The studio’s approach is fresh and optimistic and each project is a union of simplicity and warmth, functionalism and whimsy, refinement and relevance.
Studio Juju has been honoured the “Designers of the Future” by Design Miami/ Basel 2011, based on a body of work that demonstrates originality in the creative process as well as a high level of refinement in the finished pieces. The studio was awarded also for its noteworthy contribution to contemporary design discourse. In the same year, they were the winner of the Design Report Award at SaloneSatellite in Milan.
In 2014, the studio was awarded the Singapore President’s Design Award, the highest recognition for design in Singapore. Their winning design ‘Rabbit & Tortoise Collection’ for Living Divani re-examines its typology and offers a fresh, alternative perspective. The jury praised the studio for demonstrating delicate design sensibility and versatility of the design. In 2015, Gardens by the Bay (Singapore) commissioned the studio to design site-specific ‘Garden Benches’ for the entire park. The studio’s first permanent public art installation, titled ’Big Round & Tall Long’, was unveiled by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore at the new Downtown Line Tampines train station in 2017.
Director, NIC BRUNSDON
Nic is the director of the design practice NIC BRUNSDON and the director of the urban program Spacemarket, which pairs disused spaces with useful people. Since its formation, Spacemarket has paired over 500 tenants across 20,000m2 of floorspace and continues to work across Australia to activate forgotten, unloved, and in-between use spaces that test the changing nature of work and occupancy. His architecture studio is much awarded and operates locally and internationally from Perth, Western Australia.
He has worked on policy formation and development at all three levels of government, most recently leading the Design WA suite of built environment policies within the Department of Planning, Lands, and Heritage for the Western Australian State Government.
In 2015 he was the winner of the Australian Institute of Architects Emerging Architect Award, firstly for Western Australia and then nationally. He is a past nominee for the 40 under 40 young business leaders award, a nominated thought leader for the City of Perth, the 2015 recipient of the Dulux International Study Tour for Emerging Architects, the 2017/18 recipient of the Gil Nicol Biennial International Study Bursary, a founding Board Member of Activate Perth, is a part of the upcoming season of Grand Designs Australia, and has recently received recognition at the World Architecture Festival, Dezeen Awards, Houses Awards, and Australian Institute of Architects Awards programs.
Principle Designer & Founder, OLIVIA LEE
OLIVIA LEE is a multidisciplinary studio grounded by an industrial design approach. The practice pivots from product to spatial design, research insights to ideation with the goal of creating unique experiences. The studio focuses on uncovering new rituals and behaviours, navigating the tension between tradition and the future, and bringing brands into unexplored territories through design and narrative. As principal designer for the studio, Olivia Lee has produced work for a variety of international partners such as Hermès, Petit h, Wallpaper* Handmade, William Grant & Son, Samsung, Bank of Singapore, Economic Development Board of Singapore and the British Council. Her studio tackles briefs as complex as intergenerational smart homes for public housing; as whimsical as an ice-cream parlour installation for a natural stone company; and as functional as a compact indoor air purifier for the Asian market.
Her most recent project was a space-exploration themed multi-sensorial store takeover of the Singapore Hermès flagship store for Petit h; involving retail store design, an interactive building facade, animated dioramas, window scenography and a 3-storey window artwork.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Product Design, Olivia Lee combines her experiences in London with her Singaporean roots to establish a culturally nuanced design practice in the heart of South East Asia.
Michael Hogg & Greg Lamb
Directors, Hogg & Lamb
Hogg & Lamb is an architectural design practice based in Brisbane, with experience in award winning residential & commercial projects. They combine the energy and enthusiasm of a new firm, with decades of experience designing and delivering high end residential & boutique interior projects.
Michael spent more than 15 years at the renowned architecture firm Donovan Hill where he was involved in over 50 residential projects including the internationally published C House and the Robin Boyd awarded D House. He has significant experience in the conceptual, schematic and design development phases of projects of varying scales from residential projects through to large commercial and public buildings. Prior to establishing Hogg and Lamb Greg had worked at several firms in Australia and the UK. Over 25 years of experience has led to a knowledge base across a broad range of projects including; restaurants and bars, office fit-outs, hotels, health clubs and residential work. A particular interest in human cognition and perception, combined with an expertise in the design of the custom fixtures, furniture and graphic design result in a total user experience which characterise Greg’s approach to the design environment.
Together Hogg&Lamb provide a high level of service to create unique built environments for discerning clients.