Talk Design

9/16/2021

Simon Devitt

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 camelin 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-bookRannochand theAll Things Consideredseries. Photo-books bring together his passion for image, place and language, which started in 2013 with the launch ofPortrait of a House, his first self- published photo-book on the Athfield residence in Wellington. Since then, Simon has started publishing theRipe Fruitseries.His images feature in many books and collaborations includingLong Live the Modern(2009),Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture(2010),Athfield Architects(2012) andSummer Houses(2011); as well as in numerous national and international magazines such asElle Decor(Italy, UK, Japan and South Africa),Architectural Digest(Germany),Dwell(USA),Habitus,InDesign(Australia),Architecture NZ,Home New Zealand,Urbis,Interior(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 Photographysince 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.Book link:https://simondevitt.com/shop/publications/Socials media links:Instagram page - simon_devittWebsite:https://simondevitt.com
9/7/2021

Kate Walker

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 conceptto 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.Website: https://katewalkerdesign.com.au/