16 May Friday Files by: BOYAC – Designer Discovery Meryl Hare
This week for Friday Files BOYAC had the delight of sitting down with Meryl Hare principal of Hare and Klein. Formed in 1988, Hare and Klein is an experienced and respected team of interior designers, committed to creating original and individual interiors of quality that stand the test of time. The multi-award winning practice has built a reputation for interpreting client aspirations and briefs creatively. Meryl has 33 years experience in the design industry. She is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, has received a citation for services to the Design Industry and was inducted to the DIA Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently she is National President of the SIDA Foundation.
Who/what would you consider you biggest design inspirations?
I find inspiration in so many things, art, nature and travel. I have just returned from the Milan Furniture Fair, to which I make a bi-annual pilgrimage, to immerse myself and our team in the latest design. I am also constantly inspired by the creative and talented team that I work with and designers such as Christian Liaigre, Patricia Urquiola and Antonio Citterio.
What has been your greatest challenge in getting to where you are in now in the design world?
I think the way has been paved with many challenges, perhaps the greatest was starting my practice in Sydney after leaving a successful career in South Africa.
Favourite movie set/interiors?
Somethings Gotta Give.
Perks of the job?
Meeting really interesting people, Working with creative designers. Travel.
If you could give one piece of advice to budding creatives, what would it be?
Develop your own aesthetic. Take the responsibility that the client gives you, very seriously and be professional. (Sorry, 3 pieces).
When did you first decide this was the career path you wanted to take?
When my friends started asking me to help with their homes.
What is your greatest inspiration at the moment?
My head is spinning from my week in Milan – standout inspiration was Paolo Lenti who makes amazing outdoor (and now indoor) furniture that is unique and in magical bold colour.
Best moment of your career?
Being inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame.
Something that has surprised you about the design industry?
We are currently working on a charity event to raise funds for the Mirabel Foundation (www.mirabelfoundation.org.au) and I have been surprised and delighted at the generous support we are getting from our industry.
Plain or pattern?