Our interview with Andrew Parr of SJB Interiors.
Ahead of our exciting full-day Masterclass with industry leader Andrew Parr, we sat down with him to ask about his path into the design industry, how he came to head up one of the country's most celebrated and awarded interior design companies, and a little about what guests to his class on the 17th July 2021 can expect.
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TDC : Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak to us today Andrew. We’re really excited about your upcoming Masterclass on Saturday 17th July 2021. “The house made me do it” is a really interesting, somewhat playful topic for the class. Can you tell us where the inspiration for this title came from and what it means to you?
AP: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to present this Masterclass to your members. I’m really looking forward to the day.
While renovating a house in Toorak, someone asked me: “Why did you do that to the house?” This was my reply. In a broader sense, “I believe a house will almost tell you what it needs, if you listen closely enough.”
By this I mean the relationship between space and a designer can be interactive—it lets you know if you need to dial up the contrast or go with the flow of an existing period style. Even looking at the plan can evoke a visual and emotive reaction—you get a feel for how the space will be and how it should evolve.