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Sat, May 01



Masterclass - Dylan Farrell

During a full day Masterclass, Dylan will open his own studio with a view toward exposing the methods, techniques, relationships, and requirements that give his clients and patrons the confidence to take the leaps of faith required to realise dynamic designs.

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Masterclass - Dylan Farrell
Masterclass - Dylan Farrell

Time & Location

May 01, 2021, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sydney, 54 William St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

About The Event

Dylan Farrell:

Fight for Fantasy

Class Overview

During a full day Masterclass, Dylan will open his own studio with a view toward exposing the methods, techniques, relationships, and requirements that give his clients and patrons the confidence to take the leaps of faith required to realise dynamic designs.

As a special, once only opportunity, we will be invited into the home of one of Dylan’s clients, so that we can examine and appreciate his work, up close and in person.

The overview of the day will be holistic — concept development, budgeting, custom fabrication, and sourcing and accessorising from abroad — with a view toward creating stand-alone results.

“The processes are not separable... there is no point drawing up a masterpiece or sourcing a vintage one-off gem from Holland if the client’s confidence or appetite to procure it is not there,” say Dylan.

“This requires a confident overview from the start and continuing clarity throughout the process as the creative juices flow.” Dylan nods, “It is only then when a client will release and open up to the vast creative possibilities. So, it is a fight to create a path to the fantasy.”

In this full day session, we will explore the following principles:

1. The importance of trust -- socially, technically, and financially -- in a relationship with a client.

2. Clearly understanding the client's preferences, free of filters and influences, as a touchstone for creative development.

3. Quarantining a tangible departure concept, so all fears and excitement can be tempered by a touchstone.

4. Weighing real world budgets, timelines, and other limitations against ambitions, before the design is ever presented to a client.

5. Ignoring trends.

6. The importance of technical organisation as part of both the creative and logistical practices.  It takes a village....

7. Pre-planning for space/opportunity for fluid creativity inside of a fixed brief, budget, and process.

8. Assuring there is stamina for both the client and designer to actually finish the project down to the final details.

9. Maintaining a sense of excitement and intrigue throughout the process for both the clients and the artisans/fabricators.

The Firm

The work of Dylan Farrell’s studio is contemporary-minded but classically bound, with the comfortable threads of timelessness binding one component to the next. An astute attention to proportion, technical detail, rhythm, and the interplay of light and air within our projects is an enduring focus. An exacting approach to the connectedness of colour, texture, comfort and eclectic elements results in homes that are elegant, emotive and filled with purpose.

The Founders

Dylan Farrell Design was founded in 2016 by Dylan Farrell and his wife and business partner Nicolette. The couple met whilst working and studying at the world-renown Pratt Institute and worked both independently and collaboratively on many iconic and well-published projects in New York and globally before relocating to Sydney, Australia in 2009.

Dylan is an award-winning designer who is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of the applied arts and interior design. Before launching his namesake firm, he served as the Creative Director for Thomas Hamel & Associates in Sydney and prior to that, he was a consultant to a who’s who of art and design, working alongside several American design icons such as Richard Mishaan, Dakota Jackson and Donghia.

Whilst his professional history is grounded by a perceptible polish and discipline, it is his personal artistic interests that define the firm’s direction. With a biography steeped in many years of music performance in Brooklyn, antique restoration in SoHo, prosthetic make-up and set design, along with street and conceptual art endeavours in both New York and Berlin, it is these experiences that pepper the practice’s direction with curiosity, panache and cause.

Time & Location

Saturday 1st May, 2021

9am - 4pm

Starting and finishing at Dylan Farrell’s studio 54 William St, Paddington


E-Book Summary, Tea/Coffee, 3 Course Lunch, Wine/Soft Drinks, Transfers

Who is this Masterclass suitable for?

Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects and Students


$750 per person. 30% of profits go to Dylan's chosen cause, the Museum of Contemporary Art (

The MCA celebrates the work of living artists, bringing exceptional exhibitions of international and Australian art to as many people as possible – welcoming over a million visitors each year – in the belief that art is for everyone."

Please Note:

As per all TDC events, this class may be photographed and/or filmed for the purpose of marketing and future production. Please contact the team at TDC if you have any questions or concerns:

Important information about COVID-19

Please be reassured that the safety of our members is our first priority. We are checking updates regarding social gatherings on a daily basis and will at all times adhere to the formal recommendations of the Australian government.

Should our live events continue in the near future, we will be following all of the suggested protocols, including the recommended spacing between guests, supply of hand-washing facilities and hand sanitiser. We ask that individuals who fall into the category of recommended self-isolation do not attend our live events. Should government recommendations change to prohibit social gatherings of small numbers, we will postpone our events to a new date.

Cancellation Policy

The Design Coach reserves the right to alter or amend all or any of the arrangements contained within events and classes. No refunds will be offered unless deemed fair and appropriate. Where an event is cancelled, a replacement date may be nominated or the buyer may choose from other services offered by The Design Coach. The Design Coach cannot accept responsibility for attendees late transport arrivals or non-arrivals due to delays.


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