Interior Insight: Gillianne Griffiths, Studio Griffiths
“From urban apartments to country homes, Studio Griffiths produces timeless,
symphonic interiors that come to fruition through Gillianne’s expert vision.”
With an ability to curate spaces that are harmonious in both aesthetic appeal and functionality, Gillianne Griffiths has cemented a reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest interior designers. As the Creative Director and Interior Designer of Studio Griffiths, Gillianne upholds the studio’s philosophy to approach design with transparency and without constraints that limit a space to just one style.
From urban apartments to country homes, Studio Griffiths produces timeless, symphonic interiors that come to fruition through Gillianne’s expert vision. Marshall White had the opportunity to talk with Gillianne about creative inspiration, design elements and more. Keep reading for the full interview.
Marshall White: Your style is sophisticated and elegant, and always in tune with your client’s needs. What’s your process for ensuring your vision and your client’s vision are aligned?
Gillianne Griffiths: Building a strong relationship with clients, which involves listening, a mutual understanding and most importantly trust. Going into my client’s homes is something very personal, so without these elements I would not be able to do what I do. This forms a basis for the design process, allowing me to create carefully considered interiors, bringing the clients dream to reality.
MW: You have a background in music – is music a source of creative inspiration when you are designing an interior space?
GG: Yes, like music, design is a creative process that involves combining compositions of shape, form and rhythm to produce a harmonious outcome. There are endless possibilities in the area of design, and music is one of which I am always inspired by and something clients can relate to. Music draws upon our senses – it is about listening, feeling and creating a mood. This is linked to the way in which people live and build a connection to their homes to make it their own.
MW: What materials or features are you drawn to? Is there a certain element you try to always include in your projects?
GG: Music (indirect feature) – as there is a correlation between the volumes and forms of a building, sculpture or painting and the form in a line of music. In addition, neutral earthy tones layered with accents of colour, unique objects and textural elements are something I am always drawn to. I am also very drawn to natural materials such as stone and wood and they work so melodiously together! Using natural elements makes us feel calm, grounded and, above all, relaxed and connected with our surroundings.
“Yes, like music, design is a creative process that involves combining compositions of shape, form and rhythm to produce a harmonious outcome.”
For me simplicity, style and elegance is the signature of the most successful design ideas and will always remain the cornerstone of my approach to design.
MW: Are you often changing the interiors of your own home?
GG: If anything, it will be smaller objects or textural elements that inspire my sensibilities over time. I have a great focus toward sustainability and the structural integrity of a building or interior. Therefore, my selections of materials and furniture will always gravitate to pieces that are timeless, practical, sophisticated, elegant and stand the test of time.
MW: If you could define the style of Studio Griffiths in three words, what would they be?
GG: Elegant, Considered, Effortless.
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Images: All images sourced from: http://studiogriffiths.com.au/
Portrait shot – Photo credit: Eve Wilson
Shelving image: Photo credit: Sharyn Cairns
Image of the living setting – Photo credit: Tom Blachford