Designers that inspire us

At ArtissIn we are always looking for the latest trending designs, materials and products to bring functional yet fun art into your home. To do that, we’re always on the lookout for up-and-coming designers, as well as looking back on the biggest influences of our time. To celebrate the launch of our brand, we thought we’d introduce you to some of our favourite Australian designers so you, too, can learn from the greats.

Hecker Guthrie: The brainchild of Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, this design studio is one of the leading design practices in Australia, operating across the retail, hospitality, and residential sectors. Hecker and Guthrie met at the offices of Darryl Jackson in the mid-1990s, where they worked together before forming their own partnership and forming the award-winning practice they have today. Thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and authenticity are the cornerstones of their work, which you can see in Piccolina Gelateria (various locations around Melbourne), the Forever New concept store in Highpoint, and 130 Little Collin’s Street.

Danielle Brustman: One of the best up-and-coming Australian designers, Danielle Brustman has already made her mark on Melbourne. Her background as a theatre set designer shows in her work, which is often colouful, bold and dramatic. Her recent work includes an exhibition for the 2021 NGV Triennial titled ‘Coloured In’, where she showcases a variety of her designs including the ‘Chromatic Fantastic’ cabinet and wall light. You can see some of her other works in the Brighton Street Early Learning Centre, The Salty Dog Hotel, The Levuka Farmhouse, and the Amelia Shaw Bar.

Lucy Marczyk: Known the world over for her designs, Marczyk was listed in the top 10 Australian interior designers by EST Living in 2019 and in the top 25 by Indesign Live in 2020. Previously working for Nexus design, she opened her own studio in 2020 and is currently working on projects in Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto and London. Her passion is, according to her studio website, “improving the wellbeing of happiness of people through the impact of good design”. As well as being a renowned designer and creative director, she is also a well-respected art curator.

Arent & Pyke: Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke formed Arent & Pyke in 2007 and have since become an award winning, greatly respected practice. Combining decades of interior design knowledge and philosophy, Arent & Pyke are experts when it comes to the psychology of the home space. They describe their style as being about “quality, timelessness and a touch of the unusual...the collision of old and new, looking to the past and to the future, but deeply concerned with the present moment”. As well as interior architecture and decoration, they have a collection of Objects, one-of-a-kind pieces that are either sourced or created by the practice and make for a unique purchase.

Greg Natale: Greg Natale has become well known not just for his bold and brave designs, but also his friendly and easy-going attitude. His passion for interior design began at a young age where he found inspiration in set design, and he studied interior design, visual arts and architecture at schools across Sydney before he landed his first project, decorating his sister’s one bedroom apartment. This project would bring in his first of many awards, and he’s only gone from strength to strength. You can find a lot of his work at the Greg Natale Design store, where you can browse his collections of rugs, carpets, wallpaper, tiles, furniture and homewares.

Fiona Lynch: In an interview with Open Journal Fiona said that if she hadn’t become a designer, she would have made a career in fine art or cooking, but that interior design allowed her to do both. It feels like a good summary of her approach to design, where she is known for her mastery over colour and materials informed by her history in these other disciplines. Her work is nuanced but contains deep substance. She has worked in many areas of interior design but her most notable work is in hospitality and residential in projects such as South Yarra House and Melbourne restaurant Prix Frixe. Her studio is also committed to sustainable design, manifested in their Future Archive.

If you found these designers interesting, you might also want to check out our piece on Italian designer Joe Colombo and one of his enduring pieces, the Boby Trolley.