Object X Interview Series // With Stefania Reynolds

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

I am a 34 year old architect and have been at FoxJohnston for seven years. I am also a mum to a three year old toddler. 

Originally from Greece - studied overseas and know different languages and cultures and settled here 10 years ago. I manage quite a few projects at a time ranging from mid size resi to high end houses to hotels and everything in between. Besides that I am the interior designer of the firm too and also do anything related to our press. I'm also an artist and create specific pieces for our clients in the houses we design and same with a few special pieces of furniture. Everything is custom made and designed.

What inspired you to start doing architecture/interior design?

I originally was oil painting at an arts foundation university. Across from the building I was in, was the architecture department in a town called Kent in Canterbury England. I realised I had a love for thinking in 3D always and trying to combine it with other fascinating things like, structures, details, sociology, how people think and experience a space, the environment, where is the sun and the wind coming from etc. Architecture felt like ‘philosophy of art.’

I always was drawn to quaint cosy spaces and the human scale - growing up in Greece on the islands in those cobbled laneways immersed by beautiful architecture and culture.

What has been a highlight of your career so far?

Finishing a recent house up in Whale Beach was amazing as it included a lot of design decisions and bold moves that came together beautifully. It was nice to see my artwork in the house too and see the client loving the space. A highlight has been combining these different elements of art and design so seeing how architecture meets art, meets interior, meets furniture design and so on…We have also won a few competitions where I  have contributed to and those have been major wins for the firm. Another highlight has been seeing myself excel as a working mum.

How would you describe your style? 

I would say contemporary, edgy, sophisticated but also quite elegant. Things don’t have to be over the top to make a statement - it can be a subtle window that lets the light in or a view that’s perfectly framed. I love colour as well and beautiful materials and textures.

Share with us 1 of your career goals?

To do a heritage listed house renovation from scratch with a client from the early conception days to them living in it. I would also love to see more of my artwork integrated with interior design. My other career goal is to have a positive work attitude every day

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

My favourite places in the world are Greece - my home and Iceland. Iceland was incredible but I didn’t get to experience the Northern Lights so I would go back for sure! Somewhere I have not been and would love to visit is Alaska, the nature and scenery looks so wild and incredible. Freezing though!! Somewhere close to home that I would like to go too is Lorde Howe. Nepal is also on my list!

What is your all time favourite cafe/restaurant?

I quite like Nomad and Ester.. Surry Hills where I live has endless cafes. 

What is 1 thing on your bucket list?

I want to drive through Greece for two months from one end to the other - I've only done it for two weeks but was in a rush -  I would love to do it for eight weeks. Island Hop and go through the Peloponnese and the Mountains.

Who are some people in your industry that you admire?

My boss - Conrad Johnston. He is an incredible designer and mentor. I am also a fan of Kennedy Nolan’s work, Virginia Kerridge and Yasmine Golheim from YSG.

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.

I love the Object 4 coffee table. It's got a cheeky nature about it with those sculptural legs. In an ideal world I would love to put it in a house back home in Greece in the Aegean, one of the cave houses of Santorini with curved tadelakt white sculptural walls and concrete floors and white soft linen curtains and the blue sea in the distance…If in Australia  I would put it on a beautiful dark coloured rug with a few minimal accessories in a cosy living room.

To explore more of Stefania's work, view her website here.

Or on her Instagram, @stefania_reynolds_ and @foxjohnston