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5 Mins With… Andrew Parr

As founder of SJB Interiors, Andrew Parr has played a vital role in shaping Australia’s interior design identity. We took five minutes to see what makes the Melbourne-based designer tick.

5 Mins With… Andrew Parr


July 26th, 2013

Your top 3 influences:

  1. Modernism architecture 1960’s
  2. Art and sculpture of the 1960s
  3. Music videos and cinema

The moment you knew you wanted to work in design/architecture/planning industry:

  • As a child playing and experimenting with my Lego
  • American television, i.e. Brady Bunch House
  • Instinctively drawn to publications of modern architecture at a young age

Favourite local landmark/building:

Herde Museum of Modern Art – 1963 house by McGlashan and Everist 

Favourite material:


Favourite international landmark/building:

Guggenheim Museum NYC

Biggest career moment:

Winning Victorian design awards for Grey Advertising 

Dream project to work on (real or imaginary):

Designing a holiday resort

Dream person to collaborate with:

Christian Liaigre

Favourite decade of design:

1960’s modernism

Favourite chair:

Zanotta Ardea Chair – designed by Carlo Mollino

#1 concern for the design industry in the coming decade:

Is to maintain its credibility, not being heavily influenced by magazine and media trends, but leading the trends via research and development and experimentation 

Which items in the workplace can you not live without?:

 My pen, my paper and my imagination 

The most unusual/interesting thing about the way you work:

My encyclopaedic memory allows me to remember the oddest items and experiences which informs and enriches my work




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