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Design Hunter Q+A: Coco Reynolds

Winner of the at this year’s Temple & Webster People’s Choice Award, Coco Reynolds’ Marz Designs studio fuses geometry and materiality to create compelling, contemporary pieces. Habitusliving sits down with the designer to hear about her design favourites.

Your name: Coco Reynolds

What you do: Owner of Marz Designs, Sydney based design studio.

Your latest project: I’m currently working on two new lighting designs for Anomaly using some of their revolutionary surface finishes!

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Oki Sato, Designer, Nendo
2) Dieter Rams, Industrial Designer, Braun
3) Lukas Peet, Furniture and lighting designer, clever young thing

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: 1952 Porsche 356… dark navy blue with beige leather would be lovely (sigh)

Chair model: The ‘Butterfly Stool’ by Sori Yanagi, such beautiful symmetry and silhouettes.

Mantis Lamp by Marz Designs

Residential space: Albert Frey, Frey House II.

Commercial space: Stockholm’s metro, the whole project took 60 years to complete but each stop is presented like a magical underworld.

Decorative product: My terrarium

Functional product: Fort Standard bottle opener

Handmade good: Jewellery by Tiro Tiro

Mass-produced good: The lightbulb

Meal: Mum’s home cooked lasagne

Restaurant: Tetsuya’s. I haven’t eaten there yet but it’s on my bucket list.

Drink: A fine glass of red wine.

Twirl table lamp by Marz Designs

Bar: Eau Die Vie, the bartenders there make a mean espresso martini.

Item in your studio: Vice.

Piece of technology: Power drill.

Historical figure: Thomas Edison

Fictional character: Daenerys Targaryen, who wouldn’t want a couple of pet dragons?

Vice: Carrot cake, its all about the cream cheese icing.

Virtue: Determined

What does the term design hunter mean to you?
Collecting treasures that you love. Whether it be a high end designer piece, something you’ve picked up on your travels or even an item you’ve found and brought in off the street.

Coco Reynolds won the Temple & Webster People’s Choice Award for 2014.