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Design Hunter Q+A with Fiona Winzar

Architect Fiona Winzar (whose impressive work is featured in Habitus 18) shares her design favourites with Habitusliving.

Your name: Fiona Winzar

What you do: Principal Fiona Winzar Architects 

Your latest project: Bromby Street House will finally be built after four years of red tape.  This super energy efficient urban villa will be the first of its kind in Victoria.

Who are three people that inspire/excite you: 

     1)  My mother is amazing

     2)  My husband’s music and my children’s mischief

     3)  Stephen Holl

What is your favourite… 

Car/bike/plane/boat model: My Taiwanese Vintage Bicycle and my legs for walking

Residential space:  A Queensland verandah in a thunder storm

Commercial space:  Hamer Hall Arts Centre Melbourne upgrade by ARM architects

Decorative product: Porter’s Paints 

Functional product: cast iron camping frypan (but I don’t camp)

Handmade good:  My ‘endless engagement’ ring by Karl Fritsch based in New Zealand

Mass-produced good: Bialetti stovetop coffee maker

meal:  South Australian Prawns on the Barby (bbq)

restaurant: Mirka continental bistro St Kilda 

drink: Pol Roger Champagne

bar: Siglo Melbourne

item in your studio: Old B & O Stereo

piece of technology:  iPhone

historical figure:  Antonio Gaudi

fictional character:  Kermit The Frog

vice: Annick Goutal perfume

virtue: listening

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Being in the moment with your environment – always looking and staying hungry.  It’s not about chasing the latest things, but what you discover by chance and going back.