MOVE

Event 17 / February 2019

HEAR FROM FREELANCE WRITER LETA KEENS, FURNITURE DESIGNER CAROLINE OLAH AND ASSOCIATE AT SJB ARCHITECTS EMILY WOMBWELL; MOVE FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE.

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LETA KEENS

Freelance writer

Leta Keens is a Sydney-based freelance writer and editor. She started her career on a Fleet Street newspaper, and has since worked on magazines, newspapers and books here and in the US, writing about everything from design, architecture and the arts to medical matters and crime. She is the author of Shoes for the Moscow Circus, in which she visited factories and workshops around Australia and wrote about what she found there. In the past five years, among her freelance work, she has been involved in a number of projects for frankie press, most notably as editor of frankie SPACES as well as stints as editor of Smith Journal.

 

EMILY WOMBWELL

Associate architect

Emily received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Newcastle in 2008 and joined SJB Architects in 2013. Before this, she worked for Hassell in Sydney and the international practice, IBI Nightingale in Wales, UK. Throughout this period she also completed her Masters of Architecture through the University of New South Wales.

As co-lead of SJB’s Mixed-Use and Commercial stream Emily’s experience ranges from large scale mixed-use and commercial precincts, public health, defence and education buildings to multi-unit residential projects and private houses; she approaches each project with an innate understanding of the importance for strong design at all scales and its effects on the end users of a place.

In 2016, Emily co-founded the speaker event series Perspectives; a platform for the women of creative industries to share their perspectives on a broad range of topics. Emily has also tutored Architectural Design at the University of New South Wales.

 

CAROLINE OLAH

Furniture designer

Caroline Olah is the creative director and co-founder of REDDIE Furniture. REDDIE designs, manufacture and distributes handmade minimalist designs that are customizable by the customer.  Since launching, REDDIE has sold their products in over 20 countries and are sold at prestigious retailer Lane Crawford. Reddie works with interior designers, architects and retail clients globally to create furniture design solutions for various styles of projects.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Caroline started her career at Woods Bagot in Sydney and Dubai and then moved to Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) in New York.  After 10 years in this field, she saw a gap in the market in the form of minimalist furniture you could customise and decided to give her career up to pursue this radical furniture idea in the form of REDDIE.