TALKdesign Podcasts

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Talk Design

September 15, 2021

Simon Devitt is a photographer with a strong practice focus in Photography of Architecture, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, with an established international practice throughout Australasia and further afield.

Simon has both a strong sense of home and a wanderlust which goes right back to when he was born in a sandstorm beside a sleeping camel in 1973. Working in many different settings across cultures around the world has had a great impact on his professional practice, which has been greatly enriched by Simon's experience of each particular context: Shanghai and its people, the fruitful silence of a Japanese bamboo forest, the light in Los Angeles, so different to the harsh, more direct light in New Zealand. Simon Devitt loves people in my photos as their appearance adds a sense of scale and a place in time.

Simon is an author of the award-winning photo-book Rannoch and the All Things Considered series. Photo-books bring together his passion for image, place and language, which started in 2013 with the launch of Portrait of a House, his first self- published photo-book on the Athfield residence in Wellington. Since then, Simon has started publishing the Ripe Fruit series.

His images feature in many books and collaborations including Long Live the Modern(2009), Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (2010), Athfield Architects (2012) and Summer Houses (2011); as well as in numerous national and international magazines such as Elle Decor (Italy, UK, Japan and South Africa), Architectural Digest (Germany), Dwell (USA), HabitusInDesign (Australia), Architecture NZHome New ZealandUrbisInterior (NZ).

Simon lectures in Photography of Architecture at the University of Auckland, where he has also had the pleasure of offering the annual Simon Devitt Prize for Photography since 2008.

Currently, he is represented by PhotoFoyer in Milan, Italy and Simon's work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows.

Simon is available for commissions, collaborations and guest lectures in New Zealand and worldwide.

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Talk Design

September 7, 2021

As the Founder & Director of KWD, Kate Walker heads up the custom design studio she launched in 2013. Having worked in the tile industry for over 15 years, she identified the need for a streamlined solution for busy people who require support with their complete hard-finish requirements.

With entrepreneurial skills in her DNA, the business grew quickly and organically. KWD now has an extensive network of manufacturers, importers and trades. Kate recently expanded her portfolio to include KWD & Co, an online hard finishes portal, and KWD Access - a platform that makes interior design accessible to anyone, on any budget.

Kate's dynamic team has grown exponentially over the last 12 months. The 20 incredible women she employs are project managers, interior designers and design professionals who manage more than 70 design projects each year.

Having established a strong and genuine reputation in the design community, Kate has gained respect for her innate talent to translate a design vision from concept

to reality - to match any client’s budget and across any aesthetic. Her ever-growing social media following is testament to the genuine sharing of design advice and inspiration she offers on her Instagram and Facebook pages. And her loyal tribe not only love the designs she creates, they love to know all about her lifestyle, her passions, her family and her wardrobe!

Kate Walker has been profiled in many leading magazines and blogs, and KWD’s work has been featured in Australia’s leading interior magazines including Belle, Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and House & Garden (including four front cover stories). Her work has also been published in Homes & Gardens UK.

With many years of design experience across every design aesthetic, Kate can appreciate what it takes to make a home successful in terms of livability and functionality. She understands space planning, joinery, hard finishes, textures, lighting, furniture, flooring and soft furnishings, colour palettes, art and the decorative touches that make a house a home. Kate's experience and knowledge as a design expert and her authentic and engaging personality will offer TV viewers a fresh, authentic and inspiring insight into the world of design.


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Talk Design

August 31, 2021

After working in fashion for over 20 years, Elaine Kim launched her namesake label, ELAINE KIM, in 2008.

Through her fashion collection, Elaine Kim explores a highly personal vision of creativity, craft, and self-expression. Her versatile pieces have garnered her devoted following of editors, stylists, and clients around the world.

Elaine Kim's profile and designs have been featured in numerous international publications as well as in WWD, W, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Marie Claire.

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Talk Design

August 24, 2021

Sam Gosling is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Professorial Fellow at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Melbourne University. He did his doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, where his dissertation focused on personality in spotted hyenas. His current research focuses on the psychology of physical space, how personality is expressed in everyday contexts in daily life, and in new methods for collecting data in the behavioral sciences. His approach is ecological, emphasizing the importance of studying individuals in the contexts of their natural habitats. He is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution, the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology, and SPSP’s award for methodological innovation. His book “Snoop: What your stuff says about you” is based on the idea that we deliberately and inadvertently express our personalities in the environments in which we live and work. Thompson-Reuters have identified him as one of the most highly cited scientists in the world. 

Sam was apart of a survey with a purpose to inventory, prioritize, and understand the ambiances and emotions people desire in the different spaces of their ideal building environment. 

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Talk Design

August 17, 2021

Jodie Carter has always loved design, early memories of visiting art galleries & historic homes with her Gran as a child are still vivid. Jodie will never forget the first truly amazing country home she visited with her. The massive front door was opened revealing a grand entry with black & white marble floors & a huge timber staircase with carpet runner. Jodie knew she was somewhere special. There were Deer heads on the wall, coat racks & gumboots, high ceilings & timber panelling. It was a little scary, but so grand & she loved it.

Jodie began to think more about homes, the feelings they evoke, what they say about the people who live there. Being surrounded by history, stories and memories. Jodie bought her first home in New Zealand at 17 & began the lifelong love affair. Jodie does what she does because she cannot imagine ever doing anything else. Jodie is about to start her 6th renovation project herself, the largest to date & it’s got timber panelling, a grand entry & arches! She can’t wait.

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Talk Design

August 10, 2021

Colt Wrangler Lyons was born into a pro rodeo family in the Texas Hill Country. Competing in rodeo and playing live music began at a young age, but the discovery of motorcycles in his teenage years quickly turned into a new passion. Colt opened his custom motorcycle shop in 2015 and has continued competing in rodeo and playing live music with his band The Droptines. 

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Talk Design

August 3, 2021

Coby Lee a 19-year-old motivational writer and young entrepreneur, working towards building a platform to inspire and motivate Australian youth to participate in business and productive life activities to further benefit themselves and the wider community. 

Thrive: A Young Entrepreneurs Guide To Starting A Business is a book designed to inspire and guide young budding entrepreneurs through the process of finding, and building upon an idea. Coby Lee is the guiding voice through the book, but is also supported by interviews of other young entrepreneurs, and business owners from around Australia. 

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Talk Design

July 26, 2021

Shelley Boyd is a true creative entrepreneur, and an inspirational business figurehead. In a world of mass produced and often poor quality goods, Shelley has remained firmly committed to her passion for Australian manufacturing and the preservation of time honoured and revered craftsmanship.

Currently the Founder and Managing Director of Boyd Blue, one of Australia’s leading interiors wholesaler and key international design resource, Shelley’s business has showrooms right across Australia. The head office is located on the Gold Coast where Shelley’s business began and her home and family are based.

Shelley’s passion for eclectic beauty, expert service and quality craftsmanship has seen her business not only flourish but also expand during economically challenging times, when many of her competitors have sadly been forced to shut their doors.

Since she can remember Shelley has always wanted to run her own business and has been passionate about interiors and design from a very young age, with a keen interest in textiles. She recalls saving her pennies to buy her first sewing machine at just eight years of age.

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Talk Design

July 22, 2021

Rick Joy is the founder and principal of Studio Rick Joy.

He is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expressed innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.

Honors include receiving the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture 2002 and in 2004 winning a prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

In 2015, Rick was vested into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows and the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA International College of Fellows.

He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in a Javits Center event in 2019.

The studio's first monograph, Desert Works, was released by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002 and the second, Studio Joy Works, was released in 2018.

He is also the co-owner of CLL Concept Lighting Lab with his partner Claudia Kappl Joy. CLL provides full-service lighting design for all SRJ projects in addition to outside firms.

Originally from Maine, he studied music and was a classical percussionist and rock/blues drummer until the age of 28 when he moved to Tucson to study Architecture.

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Talk Design

July 12, 2021

MAGIC is Scott's last name. He started an architectural firm with the commitment to make beautiful spaces. Scott Magic's aim is to discover meaning in the things we shape, through playful uses of common materials, brand enhancement and highly skilled detailing.

Clients typically hire Scott for one-off solutions, challenging situations or wanting something different.

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