Where do you get your inspiration? I grew up on a 400 acre farm in the Australian bush overlooking a national park. This vastness of the landscape and the dusty Australian colour palette is always there in the back of my mind informing my design decisions. My grandparents emigrated from Italy and I grew up being surrounded by Catholic iconography and Italian style so this is a big source of inspiration. My Mum and Dad both had great style and were very much informed by quality and function. I am now at a similar age to that of my parents at that time, so I feel connected to and inspired by growing into their style. My uncle is a photographer and was a real bohemian, he was constantly coming back and forth from trips overseas with amazing stories and fantastic design pieces, he was a real hero for me and I was fascinated by his personal style. My family is the most important thing to me, and I feel really inspired by the people they are and their own unique perspectives. I have named most of my collection after each of them- chains after my Italian uncles and grandfather, for example. Hoop earrings after my brother and sister.
I am definitely dominated by memories from a 'golden era' before mobile phones, the internet and social media. I feel really blessed to be the last generation who grew up without all of this. I guess I look back to the 80s and 90s where the objects that surrounded me were much longer living than they are now. Most of the possessions we had growing up were there throughout the entirety of my upbringing. We didn't throw things away and/or replace things in the same way we do now, so I guess these motifs are burnt into my subconscious and always come up as a strong, innate and genuine source of inspiration which connects me to my feeling of a 'truest self'. I trust in this and let this guide me as a designer. I also consider this to be a generational consciousness that connects me to my contemporaries/customers in a really strong way.
Over the European Winter I spend as much time in Australia as possible, so I constantly have a palette of references which are based on the Australian coastal/beach environment which is where I spend most of my time. This is where I feel the most at home, in the blasting heat and blinding light, within the beautiful harshness of the landscape. This is an endless source of inspiration for me.