You might have come across Antonia Pesenti via some magpies on an Inside Out notebook earlier this year. Or you might have seen her illustrations in Real Living, Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Bulletin or one of several Murdoch Books jackets, such as Paris On A Plate. While she trained and has worked as an architect, and worked for eight years in Paris (including at the design studio of Philippe Starck, Antonia's "sideline" of working as an illustrator is fast becoming a full-time occupation. She also designs and produces limited-edition products with her partner as mobilet.
What are you passionate about? Architecture, design, art, Wylie's baths, cities, my partner and my son.
Who inspires you? Architects like jean nouvel/OMA/Diller + Scofidio, Herzog et de Meuron, designers like Hella Jongerius, Enzo Mari, Patricia Urquiola, artists like Gordon Matta Clark.
What’s your motto in life? Don't like mottos.
What lessons have you learnt so far along life’s journey? Too many to start listing, many learnt the hard way.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue their passion? Go and live overseas. Work with and learn from and be inspired by the best in your field; stay curious, work hard.
What book is currently beside your bed? Still trying to finish a book on Hella Jongerius's work that was given to me for my birthday. Piles of magazines.
images courtesy of antonia pesenti