There was never any question that Alexandra Kidd would grow up to be an interior designer. Alex used to help her mother rearrange the furniture in her childhood home every weekend, dressing up in her mother’s high heels and pretending to orchestrate the whole thing. Meanwhile, Alex’s father was teaching his daughter an invaluable lesson about how to use power tools . . .
After 10 years working with an iconic Australian interior designer on local and international luxury hotels, Alex started her own design studio focusing on residential design, affording her clients the style and detailing of the luxurious hotels she had become renowned for.
Steadily Alex’s portfolio grew to include residential and multi-family projects throughout Australia and was named House & Gardens ‘Top 8 Designers to Watch’. Alex loved the fast-paced and varied projects she was working on, every day on a different building site overseeing urban residential fit-outs, beach houses and donning a hard hat to inspect the construction of multi-family developments. Alex always found that her time on site amongst the builders, joiners, carpenters, tilers and painters was the most invigorating part of her job.
When the opportunity arose to relocate her business to the United States in 2006 Alex jumped at the chance, excited to dive into the glossy pages of the glamorous design magazines she had pored over as a child.
Alex’s Australian style was embraced in the US, working on many large-scale residential projects including New York lofts, golf course condos and multi-family ‘cities’. The scale and style of the projects were exciting and the opportunity to use products and materials that were native to the US was inspiring.
However, after 6 years abroad Alex was yearning the hands-on nature and quality of Australian craftsmanship. The Aussie lifestyle was calling and Alex returned home in 2011 to start a family and fall in love with Australian style all over again.
Alex believes in experiential design, placing importance on how someone will feel in the spaces she creates, and how she may be able to enhance their experience and ultimately their lives.
‘I am passionate about design. I truly believe that good design can change lives.’ Alexandra Kidd, interior designer, business owner, mother, lecturer and design addict.
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Whilst studying Interior Design at UTS, Amandine started her career working for Vogue Living, Australia’s prestigious interiors magazine. She was exposed to beautiful design as well as groundbreaking stories, giving her an eye for detail and upcoming trends.
Her passion for design and detailing was then pursued when working for 4BI, Bruno Moinard in Paris where she designed Cartier boutiques in France and abroad. Her experience in retail spatial layout and high end finishes were at the forefront of her briefs, and was instrumental to the development of her career.
At Alexandra Kidd Design, Amandine is responsible for designing, project managing and sourcing of products for high-end residential homes as well as commercial projects. Her love for beautifully crafted pieces (especially French ones) and luxurious textiles complements Alex’s taste and design vision.
Jessica is a multi-disciplinary and creative French designer who started her career in Paris, working for a global architecture and design studio specialising in the design of commercial, workplace and healthcare. She has designed and developed various global projects for public and private companies including La Poste, Credit Agricole Bank, Les Galeries Lafayette, Essilor International and many more.
Jess moved to Sydney and joined the AKD team in January 2013, and has lit up the office every day since with her funny frenglish expressions. Her super-keen eye for design means she is always looking out for new and inspiring trends.
At Alexandra Kidd Design, Jess is involved in all aspects of design from initial concept, sourcing and budgeting to final installation. Her strong 3D modelling and rendering skills, along with her experience working on retail and hospitality projects, round out Jess's exciting and diverse portfolio making her an invaluable member of the AKD team.
Julia is a creative Studio Manager with a diverse range of experience in project and people management, marketing strategy, event planning, operations, accounts and design.
A 10-year career in book publishing took Julia from Brisbane to London, and then finally landing in Sydney in 2005 to work at Random House. Julia worked her way up the corporate ladder to become the Marketing Project Manager behind some of Australia’s biggest publishing events and award-winning book campaigns.
However, Julia never stopped daydreaming of her undeniable love of interiors and design, and could always be found immersed in the latest interiors magazine or devouring design blogs for inspiration. As fate would have it, in early 2014 a new door opened at Alexandra Kidd Design; one that would combine Julia’s love of interiors and her passion for process.
Affectionately described as ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove’, Julia effortlessly handles the day-to-day ‘managed chaos’ at the helm of AKD.
Finola began working at Alexandra Kidd Design whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, way back when Alex first launched AKD over 10 years ago!
Finola then went on to pursue a career in advertising and marketing in the film industry for over 6 years, including roles at the Sydney Film Festival and Sony Pictures Releasing, where she honed her digital marketing and project management skills.
Finola returned to Alexandra Kidd Design in 2012 to assist with marketing and publicity as well as (sometimes reluctantly!) IT. Finola is currently studying Architecture at UTS - perhaps the writing was on the wall all those years ago.
Finola loves architecture and design, travel, art, technology, food, wine and all beautiful things.
She plans to continue assisting with the growth of Alexandra Kidd Design through her experience and continuing education.