Phoenix Takes 5 With… Lynne Bradley of Lynne Bradley Interiors
As part of Phoenix Tapware’s interview series with key designers, architects, builders and plumbers, we take five minutes with Lynne Bradley, founder of Lynne Bradley Interiors, to chat about her career, inspiration and current design trends.
How did you get started in interior design?
My design career started in London where I was working as an agent to many famous classical musicians. One of my jobs was to find suitable performance venues and design the stage and promotional material. One of my artists was Ravi Shankar who was the guru to George Harrison from The Beatles and I had the immense honour of setting the stage for Ravi, with George and his wife Olivia a couple of times which was certainly a highlight.
Fast forward to my return to Sydney where I worked on styling a number of events with Opera Australia and the French Chamber of Commerce and in my spare time, sewing Roman blinds and cushions for friends. After renovating my first home whilst working at the Opera, I realised I had a knack for design so moved away from arts administration and studied design.
Pymble House designed by Lynne Bradley Interiors featuring Phoenix’s Vivid Slimline Pull Out Sink Mixer in Brushed Gold
What does a typical day look like for you?
Sometimes I’m needed on site quite early but if not, I usually sit down with my team to discuss where projects are at and map out what needs to be achieved in our day.
Then there’s scanning and loading social media, checking emails that have come in overnight, sourcing products, visiting suppliers, communicating with trades, suppliers and clients, and designing and documenting.
It’s a long day and I work very hard, but I’m passionate about what I do.
What are your favourite types of projects to work on?
The best project for me is when I have the full trust of my client and the freedom to create and execute the best possible design solution.
I also enjoy projects that enable me to come up with creative solutions and explore materiality, colour and light and involve a nexus between trades, makers and artists.
What do you find to be most rewarding about being a designer?
It would have to be resolving a challenging floorplan and creating a rhythm and unified design language that is unique to the project.
Also rewarding is discovering new products and materials that answer my needs, exploring and resolving new design ideas, working with a great team and, of course seeing my clients’ reaction to the end result is always a high.
What currently inspires you and your work?
So many things inspire me from nature, art, music, dance, travel and history, but right now I’m incredibly inspired by Australian design and Australian designers.
What are the greatest or most important lessons you have learned along the way in your career?
There are quite a few things:
- The good old saying of measure twice and cut once.
- Building meaningful relationships with clients, suppliers and colleagues organically and using empathy to guide the development of these relationships – collaboration is key.
- Be aware of ’the now’ but keep an eye on the future.
- Learning that interior design has its own powerful language that has the ability to change the lives of those who get to experience it.
What kinds of trends are you seeing in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries?
I’m not a trend follower and prefer to create singular interiors but I keep myself informed about what’s going on out there; these rooms are becoming more personalised and materiality and textural complexity is being celebrated.
Function is still paramount – exploration of the variety of internal solutions to cabinets and contrasting colours both externally and internally. Lighting is being used in various ways for task and ambient.