We had the incredible opportunity to chat with Claire Delmar, highly acclaimed Sydney based designer and stylist. You may already be familiar with her exceptional portfolio showcased in renowned publications such as Vogue Living, Inside Out, Est Living, and many others. However, it is her unwavering commitment to authenticity that truly sets her apart as a brilliant designer. Let's delve into it...
CB: What inspired you to focus on interiors and create beautiful eloquent spaces that transcend modern trends? Could you explain your approach to texture, materiality, tone, and colour in your designs?
CD: A constant love of being surrounded with unique pieces and interesting spaces. I have always been interested in art, design and architecture from a young age. My mother and grandmother were very creative. I spent holidays painting and drawing and creating everything and anything from pieces we found at home. There isn’t one approach. It is dictated by the location, the surrounding environment, architecture, and light.
CB: You have an extensive background in editorial projects, working for magazines like Marie Claire, Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Elle Decoration UK, and Vogue Living Etc. How has your experience in the editorial world influenced your work as a Creative Director over the years?
CD: It has challenged me and enabled me to be able to produce work across varying styles. I tend not to have a set style, which allows me to be flexible and adaptable when working on an editorial brief. I taught myself at a young age how to style using a type of improvisation technique.
CB: Founding Studio CD was a significant step in your career. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind starting your very own business? What are the key factors that have contributed to the success of Studio CD, including the range of high-profile clients and editorial features?
CD: It was a natural progression when I decided to have a family and move overseas. I love the flexibility of being available for a cross-section of clients. It enables travel and a good family balance. When you love what you do every day, it’s never work. It’s a lot of laughs with the team — a constant sense of joy and a feeling of satisfaction. I never set out to reach high-profile clients or high-end editorials. My aim is to always stay authentic and keep being able to laugh, even if it’s often at a very fast pace!
CB: In your opinion, what are the current trends and emerging concepts in the world of interior design and styling? How do you balance incorporating trends with creating timeless designs?
CD: Trends tend to be in constant rotation. I don’t really focus on trends. I work with client briefs, their needs, and how they want to feel in their home. This is a priority over trends. Avoiding trends is often the way to stay timeless. My primary focus is on prioritising individuality rather than conforming to fleeting trends.
CB: As a renowned expert in the industry, what advice would you give to aspiring interior designers and stylists who are looking to establish their careers and make an impact in the field?
CD: Gain as much experience as you can. I worked for free for years while I was studying and travelled on shoots free-of-charge before landing my first job. You have to make sure you are there at the right time and at the forefront of someone’s mind when they are looking to fill a role.
Also, be true to yourself and tread lightly on the environment.
CB: Looking ahead, what are your goals and aspirations for the future of Studio? Are there any new areas or projects that you would like to explore?
CD: Continue to enjoy and learn every day. It is such a wonderful industry of which to be a part, with so many exceptional people. I am about to open my own creative space ‘The Studio’ in Clovelly, for in-person client meetings and collaborations with local and international suppliers.
We are excited about the upcoming launch!
CD: Finally, what is your favourite thing about Casa Blanco?
All of the classic forms and neutral tones. Pieces that last a lifetime!
View Claire Delmar at studiocddesign.com