Q&A WITH STYLIST CLAIRE DELMAR

We stumbled across Claire Delmar’s name while admiring her work in the glossy pages of an interior magazine. Her compositions stood out as simultaneously beautiful in their simplicity and telling in their story-like quality.

We were immediately attracted to Claire’s moody, earthy and elegant style, and later to her impeccable attention to detail and tireless drive for perfection.

We revealed our Raglan Street project last month and this month it has been a pleasure to sit down with Claire, who brought her aptitude for colours and textures and eye for beautiful artwork and ceramics to Raglan’s shoot day. Here she talks inspiration, trends and life lessons.

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WHICH THREE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

Fast, Focused and Food obsessed.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

I knew I wanted to do something creative from a very early age. My passions were art and textiles and after completing a Bachelor of Media I coincidently ended up in publishing as a Fashion Stylist. My mother is very creative so I grew up surrounded by her creativity in the kitchen and her eye for detail which was expressed through our home renovations.

 WHAT DID YOU DO TO EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET?

I worked at a pasta shop but fainted a few weeks into my first shifts so it wasn’t a great start!

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WHAT'S THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?

That if you are having a hard time remember tomorrow is always a new day. Don’t let something get you down or stress you out too much because after a decent sleep it’s a fresh start and new perspective, and almost always, it isn’t as bad as you may have thought.

WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

When I hear my children making each other laugh. Happiness is my biggest goal in life and I feel both my kids have a love for life, and each other, which makes me so proud.

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WHO INSPIRES YOU?

My beautiful Mum. She’s my muse and has always supported my creative work even though she comes from a background of science and my father from medicine.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

Food! I’m always talking or thinking about my next meal before I’ve finished the one I’m eating. I need to live more in the now and enjoy what’s in front of me. I coordinate my days around meals and if I’m sourcing I make sure I end up near a great cafe. My mum is an amazing cook and it’s something she has instilled in all her girls.

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DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

I tend not to follow trends but rather create from the space the project or client inhabit. It’s part of why I’ve enjoyed moving away from fashion. Interiors cross over many styles depending on the history of the space and I love that a building tells its own story and it isn’t just focusing on keeping up or following the latest trend.

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFIL?

I wish I had more time to travel with my children but apart from that I love what I do so I’m fulfilled through my career aspirations. I’m curious as to where it will all lead but have no specific end goal. For now I just hope to continue enjoying that every day is different, exciting and challenging. Challenge fuels my creative drive.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH AKD?

The AKD team. I’m at a stage in life where it’s all about the people and the collaborations that inspire me. I don’t want to be spending time away from my children unless it’s valued so I try and work with people that make me laugh and are as passionate about design as I am.

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Images 1 - 2 via Claire Delmar / Image 3 - 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

SHIMMER & SHINE: A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

It’s that time of year again when our winter night skies are exploding in a celebration of colour as Vivid Sydney lights up the city.

Inspired by the magical projections and incandescent installations illuminating Sydney’s landmarks, we have curated an edit of our favourite lights.

Bring the dancing beams inside your home with sculptural wall scones, shimmering pendants and playful table lamps.

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Inspired by telescopic lenses, Lee Broom’s Lens Flair Pendant emits a soft, deflected light through its cross-cut lens. We’re imagining it making a statement above a grand stairwell.

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Oh-so-outré and completely fabulous, the Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp would make a luminous statement in any room.

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Reminiscent of our childhood snow globes and crystal balls, we love this table lamp for its playful feel. The honed alabaster emits a warming glow, perfect for any bedroom’s ambient setting.

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

A sophisticated accompaniment to a kitchen island or long dining table, Articolo’s Scandal Pendant will work to lengthen a space with its slim form.

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

The strong geometric Map 1 Wall Lights surprise us by omitting the most playful and ethereal glow, allowing the resulting light patterns to dance off the surrounding walls.

Looking for more inspiration? Explore our favourite Australian lighting designers here

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

A long-time favourite, we will forever love the classic, versatile shape of the Atollo Lamp. It transcends and complements all architectural styles and never fails to bring a smile to our faces.

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Imbue your home with a touch of romance with this hanging light evocative of flower petals unfurling at night. Delicate enough to shine in a bedroom or place it above a dining room table for a fairytale setting.

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

As much a work of art as a light, we love Articolo’s Trilogy Pendant for its sculptural form and rich emerald colour.

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

We love the whimsical designs of Kelly Wearstler, and this table lamp perfectly sums up Kelly’s playful approach to interiors. It’s spirited enough to make a statement whilst its organic shapes would fit seamlessly into many a style of room.

Q&A WITH SOPHIE VANDER OF CURATORIAL+CO

When it comes to championing unique and original artists, trust that Sophie Vander’s exceptional eye for beauty uncovers only the best pieces from each hidden corner of the globe.

We first started working with Sophie, the director of Curatorial+Co, on our beloved Jersey Road project. Sophie sourced many beautiful pieces for the project, so it’s probably no coincidence that Jersey Road ended up in the glossy pages of the March issue of Inside Out magazine.

Sophie’s aesthetic is very aligned to our own and we immediately felt a like-minded kinship during our first collaboration. We’ve fallen for her keen eye, the artists she represents, and now for her ambition and passion. 

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WHICH THREE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

Thoughtful. Perfectionist. Resourceful. (Though my family told me to write Crazy Cat Lady.)

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP? 

I wanted to be an F-111 fighter pilot. That turned out well!

HOW DID YOU EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET? 

I did the turn-down service at a Sydney hotel. Everyone should work in hospitality at least once – you learn a lot about human nature and how to treat people with respect.

 

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WHAT IS THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?  

My mother’s mantra to me growing up was ‘Say yes and work it out later.’ I still live by that and try to instil that in my four daughters. Give everything a go, you never know where it will take you.

WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Starting Curatorial+Co. from scratch, with nothing but a domain name and a vague idea of what it would do, then working to build it organically, learning as I went along. But I think my proudest achievement is yet to come – there is still so much to do.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?  

My mother – she’s the hardest worker on the planet, with the biggest heart. My husband and four girls who inspire me to be a better person every day. Professionally, Betty Churcher was my idol growing up. And of course all the artists I work with – their passion makes me want to work super hard for them.

 

Our Jersey Road project, featuring ‘Wings’ by Susie Dureau, sourced by Curatorial+Co

Our Jersey Road project, featuring ‘Wings’ by Susie Dureau, sourced by Curatorial+Co

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

I do like to shop – art, fashion, vintage homewares and big earrings!

DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

If it’s trend I do the exact opposite. That’s why I seek out artists who are doing what no one else is doing. I could easily get on the bandwagon of certain artistic styles (and probably make more money!) but it’s not about that for me. I love nothing more than finding an uncut gem.

Our Jersey Road project, featuring Gidon Bing’s brass sculpture, large print by Danuta Tojka and print by Leonie Barton, all sourced by Curatorial+Co

Our Jersey Road project, featuring Gidon Bing’s brass sculpture, large print by Danuta Tojka and print by Leonie Barton, all sourced by Curatorial+Co

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFILL? 

That’s a secret – watch this space!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH AKD?

I love that AKD designs feel like home. The spaces are considered and warm, full of thought and character. The artworks we’ve placed in the team’s beautiful spaces are just the icing on top. I can’t wait to work on more projects with Alexandra and her incredible team!

Our Jersey Road project featuring mixed media work by Amanda Schunker, sourced by Curatorial+Co

Our Jersey Road project featuring mixed media work by Amanda Schunker, sourced by Curatorial+Co

Images 1 & 2 via Anne Graham / Images 3 - 5 via © Alexandra Kidd Design