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Design Hunter™ Q+A with Fiona Lynch

Doherty Lynch’s Fiona Lynch shares her design hunter insight with habitusliving.

Your name: Fiona Lynch

What you do: Interior Design director at Doherty Lynch

Your latest project: Grove House in Hawthorn Melbourne

What is your favourite…

travel destination: Locally Healesville – where our recent project Finnon Glen is located and is our family weekender.

Overseas – Peggy Guggenheim Venice. Dream destination – Finland have plans to go this year

hotel/place to stay:  Royal Mail in Dunkeld for its views and great food

airline:  China Air just for the dumplings

magazine:  Art Almanac 

watchmaker: I’m not much of a watch wearer however I have a fantastic wall clock by Diamantini Domeniconi

luxury goods company: Luxury? Not really a luxury girl. However I do love my new earrings by Oscar de la Renta.

design classic:  Joe Colombo floor lamp Coupe 3321 & Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe.

new design:  Architect Charles Wright who has just completed the Botanical Gardens visitors centre in Cairns

favourite type of chair: Alvar Aalto’s Paimio chair Artek 41

meal: Sausages & mash cooked by my sons Conor & Patrick

restaurant: Gill’s Diner Melbourne

drink: Peach Bellini

bar: Aylesbury rooftop bar

gallery/museum: Tate Modern & seeing Anish Kapoor’s installation run across the length of the gallery foyer space. Also would love to visit New York to see Kazujo Sejima’s new Museum of Contempory Art.

book: Reading ‘Then Again’ Diane Keaton a memoir

item in your studio1967 Vico Magistretti timber table from Geoffrey Hatty 

artwork: ‘Indoor lighting for My Father’ by Jessica Stockholder for her use of painted hay bales. 

artist: Painter Helen Frankehaler

piece of technology: In our studio we’ve recently discovered Tumblr

What inspired you to be a designer? Seeing ‘River House’ by Peter McIntyre for the first time as a kid it was like no other house in my neighbourhood

Who are three people that inspire/excite you:

     1)  Mardi Doherty my design partner

     2) Lighting designer Volker Haug

     3)  Sculptor John Chamberlain – I wish I could fly to New York to see his retrospective at the Guggenheim finishing this week

What is your creative philosophy?  There is so much to learn from iconic artists & designers and so many talented creatives to be inspired by, especially here in Melbourne.

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Someone who seeks out new ways of thinking, seeing & creating



Check out ‘Finnon Glen’ with interiors done by Doherty Lynch in Habitus 16, out now.