Chat with Gav & Waz from Designer Boys

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If you’re an interior designer, architect, stylist or are currently working with one, you’d probably be familiar with Designer Boys. If you’re not, shame sham shame.

Lead by the dynamic duo and partners in crime, Gavin Atkins & Warren Sonin. Gav & Waz became household names in Australia after staring on the first season of The Block back in 2003.

As huge supporters and talented themselves in the interior design world, when we approached the guys about Australian Interiors and our launch giveaway, they jumped at the chance to be involved. Your support means the world…

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Tell us about the origins of Designer Boys?

Designer Boys evolved almost 17 years ago when we first appeared on the first series of The Block. From our humble, yet high profile beginnings as initially property stylists and then interior designers, we always lacked unique decorative artworks for many of our projects.

We struggled to the point where we almost felt let down by the major art companies pushing their mass produced art that didn’t fit with our design aesthetics and had quite an out of touch aesthetic. So we started creating our own ‘Signature’ style art collections and quite quickly the demand for our striking look and feel went from strength to strength within our industry.

And today, we are proud to have achieved a boutique, sought after art company with more than 3500 artworks for the trade only, and where our incredible passion and creativity can continue to thrive and flourish.

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Where do you find inspiration? 

Our main inspiration comes from our love of nature and the beautiful aesthetics that surrounds where we live. I don’t think many people know that Gavin has a degree in environmental science. So his love of nature has always been part of him. That’s why our new collaborations with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Museum Victoria are a wonderful addition to our portfolio. 

All of us are collaborating on bringing natural curiosities to life.  Our other inspiration and passion is interior design and creating beautiful spaces. So melding these passions together creates our magic (so to speak).

One thing you can’t live without?

Personal solitude and space. It’s our luxury and we can’t live without. Living in a cluttered noisy place with too many people really irks our soul, whilst living in the country surround by nature is what makes us prosper.

It’s taken us a few major lifestyle moves to work this out. It’s funny when we lived in Potts Point overlooking the city and harbour bridge, the view made us restless and we quickly realised we needed space to make us prosper from the inside out.

What’s your best kept secret?

Our personal secret is there’s no place like home. It’s funny we’re always excited to go away but as we’re getting older we’re realising that travel is quite hard work and sometimes not as joyful as you have in your mind. We both realised this over Christmas when we returned home early from our overseas holiday, and discovered the joy of just being home and discovering the local area around us. So we don’t need to travel far.

Our other little secret is that we’ve discovered is how special small breaks can be over one long break. The little short breaks can really energise the soul and sometimes you just need this time to recharge…

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