Object X Interview Series // With Sam Zaher

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I lead a small team of architects and designers from my Byron Bay hinterland farm office. We cap our project number to make sure that enough energy and thought goes into each project, from all of us. We are very collaborative and careful with work life balance, which reflects in the serenity of our architecture.

What inspired you to start doing architecture/interior design?

That’s a funny story. We used to watch a lot of Egyptian drama, which in the middle east is where all the movies came from, like Hollywood. I was very inspired by the glamorous architecture and could see a different world, a contrast to the rural village I grew up in. The architecture was very much of the earth yet luxurious. I try to emulate that to this day with my designs.

What has been a highlight of your career so far?

I have a few, I think every architect’s dream is to design and build their own family home and I was lucky enough to complete mine in 2019. There is nothing like the challenge of your own house build and we got through it, with my wife and son.  Each project feels like a career highlight to me, designing houses that clients are happy with and I am proud of gives me the satisfaction of having a mission and completing it.

How would you describe your style?

Bold and elegant with 60’s modern influence. This was such an important moment in architecture, when architects started diverging from traditions and started experimenting with form. This resulted in stronger relationships with the landscape as well as better connected internal spaces. 

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to visit the Grand Canyon to experience how the earth has shaped that space over millions of years. That would be very special.

What is your all time favourite cafe/restaurant?

I love a local chef that cooks for people from her home. She frequents the market and then makes beautiful fresh meals which we can pick up and enjoy in our own home. Her Instagram tag is @dirtyittleherbivore.  She is a magician.

What is 1 thing on your bucket list?

To go skydiving with my son when he is a little older.

Who are some people in your industry that you admire?

Richard Neutra influences my work the most and my all-time favourite architect was a woman called Zaha Hadid. I also admire my staff who are young, talented and responsible.

From the latest Object X collection, if you had to style 1 piece from the collection, which one would it be? And talk us through how you would style it and the perfect setting.

The FIORIRE X dining table top has a nice finish. It would suit a café or somewhere where the robust leg frames were appropriate.

To explore more of Sam's work, view his website here.

Or on his Instagram, @zaherarchitects