August 07, 2015
INTERIOR DESIGNERS CHLOE MATTERS, JADE NOTTAGE AND CUSHLA MCFADDEN
The trio behind Sydney interiors firm TomMarkHenry have had a busy 18 months since joining forces. Already Jade Nottage, Cushla McFadden and Chloe Matters have been shortlisted for the International Restaurant and Bar Design Awards for their project Bondi's Best. They have also recently completed the interiors of The Farm Wholefoods in Potts Point using sustainable and recycled materials. In fact, in the past 12 months TomMarkHenry have taken on 36 projects. "In the past six months we have started to come up against designers on project tenders that we have always aspired towards,” they say. “It was a bit of a turning point when we realised we were on the same field as major players who inspire us and that we look up to.” Chloe has a background in design and property development while Cushla and Jade are interior architects. The three met through school and university.
Which five words best describe you? Lighthearted, ambitious, innovative, confident, authentic.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? We haven’t had a “start” as such, we worked hard for what we have achieved so far and continue to work hard in order to get to where we want to be.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? The importance of due diligence.
What’s your proudest career achievement? We are proud of how we work together as a team. This harmony has seen us achieve great things in our first 12 months of business such as being nominated for several national and international design awards.
What’s been your best decision? Starting TomMarkHenry.
Who inspires you? We are inspired by many different local and international designers and just about anyone pushing the boundaries. Some of our favourite designers and architects are Joseph Dirand, Oliver Gustav Studio, Dimore Gallery, March Studio and Apparatus Studio [interview], just to name a few.
What are you passionate about? Changing the way people live and function within spaces through smart design.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? We would love to meet a pioneer of modern architecture, such as Le Corbusier or Mies Van der Rohe.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Designing a luxury boutique hotel.
What are you reading? Happy by Amanda Talbot. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
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