Interior Designer Series – Q&A with Briony Fitzgerald Design

Interior Designer Series – Q&A with Briony Fitzgerald Design

At Robert Plumb nothing gives us more of a sense of pride than seeing how our pieces of furniture, pots and accessories are used in different styles of interiors. We work regularly with a number of Australia’s best interior designers and wanted to share with you some of the ways they use our products that may, in turn, inspire your own outdoor spaces.

Today we introduce you to the work of Briony Fitzgerald Design, a Sydney-based interior design practice led by doyenne of the industry Briony Fitzgerald. Her signature work with colour, pattern and fabric create layered, comfortable homes with an enviable design flourish in the furniture selections, art choices and finishes.

How do you define the philosophy of Briony Fitzgerald Design?

The signature of any Briony Fitzgerald interior is the acute focus on detailing. “I like that there is joy in the small things’, says Briony, ‘the things that people observe as they live in a house, as they use it and interact with it’.
Gable House Project, featuring Anchor Ceramic Pots.

What is your ideal type of project?

For us a client who trusts in us enables the practice to collaborate fully and hence to create a distinct, individual space with beautiful finishes and furniture.

When you are engaged to work on a project how important is the relationship between inside and out?

When creating interiors, the importance of ‘inside and out’ is vital. By thinking in terms of both spaces it allows us to deliver light and a sense of generous volumes drawn into a living room or transforms a dark, confined bedroom into a place of serenity. A connection to nature, even if just a glimpse, can profoundly alter how a space is perceived.
Gable House Project featuring Duke Integrated BBQ in Corten and Brass. Landscape design by Dangar Barin Smith.

What are some of the ways that you bring the two together?

There are so many ways that the outdoors can enliven an interior space from the play of sunlight and shadow and nature vistas, to the inclusion of indoor plants, grass green rugs and palm-scattered wallpaper.

In Australia we have pioneered the ‘outdoor room,’ the domestication of adjacent outdoor spaces. Is this something your clients want and what are some things that you have learnt about how best to make it work for both a dining setting and a seating area?

For our clients, the outdoor entertaining space is of fundamental importance. Often they are situated adjacent to the water or within a landscaped designed garden, so we have to ensure these spaces look beautiful as well as function seamlessly, paying attention to the intensity of the Australian sun when specifying fabrics and furniture.
Harbour House Project featuring Murray Rose Shower and Lepaar Luxe Hose.

We love that you have chosen Robert Plumb products in the mix with other great design choices sourced locally and overseas – what appeals to you about the pieces you have chosen?

The handmade ceramic Southie side table is a favorite, as it comes in a range of beautiful glazes and colours. Available in different sizes, you can use it as both a side table and for dining platters. We also love the Robert Plumb Chunky timber furniture, made from New Guinea rosewood it silvers over time.

Left image: Elizabeth Bay Apartment Project featuring Southie Side Table.
Right image: Little Manly featuring Chunky Dining Table.

Do you have an overall comment about how the Robert Plumb product fits into the homes you design both stylistically and functionally?

Robert Plumb furniture reflects Australian living and appeals to the casual and easy way of life.

What do you think is trending in outdoor spaces? What should we be looking out for?

We try not to pay too much attention to trends, but we are seeing a surge of interest in Moroccan tiles – something we have always loved for their versatility, pattern and longevity.