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Building the narrative with Daniel Boddam

Meet Daniel Boddam: Creative visionary of Daniel Boddam Studio. Gillian Serisier catches up with Daniel to talk about all things design.

Building the narrative with Daniel Boddam

The Hinterland Stool by Daniel Boddam Studio, photography courtesy of Daniel Boddam.

Founder and director of Daniel Boddam Studio recently caught up with us at Indesign to bring to light the process behind architecture and design. The work and life in the field is different for every individual, and Boddam gives us invaluable insight into his world of design.

How do you stay true to your design vision?

I believe in the poetry of reduction; therefore, simplicity is a common narrative in my approach to architecture, interiors, furniture, and lighting. I seek to inspire human engagement and a connection with nature as I believe this enhances a sense of calm and wellbeing in our lives.

I also enjoy applying a modern lens to materials, colours and textures inspired by the raw landscape of home. And as an outcome, I like to think we articulate a uniquely Australian voice with global resonance.

Daniel Boddam Studio
Founder and director, Daniel Boddam, photography courtesy of Daniel Boddam Studio.

Is there really a work-life balance?

Achieving a work-life balance is a work in progress. Lately, I’ve been reading a few books on building and breaking habits which I have found very helpful. Finding what works for you is crucial. For example, I’m more creative and productive in the mornings, so this is where I get the bulk of my work done.

Efficiency is important, and taking regular breaks really does help in the long run. Lifestyle is important for the creative process. As a daily ritual, I start my day by sketching concepts, from furniture to architectural forms. I treat each design as a research project where I build a narrative around a concept I’m trying to convey. I also look to nature for inspiration. Going for walks and looking at the coastline to clear my mind is always a good starting point, encouraging work-life balance in the process.

Daniel Boddam Studio
The Hinterland Stool by Daniel Boddam Studio, photography courtesy of Daniel Boddam.

What life element has the most profound influence on your practice?

Sustainability, timelessness, and longevity have always been important considerations for my practice. As designers, it’s our responsibility to improve the built environment with respectful, considered designs that are both client and site-centric.

The challenge is always to create something new whilst adhering to the spirit of place. From a young age, I learnt by osmosis from my parents, both architects. However, my sense of curiosity has always been there. One of my earliest memories is of playing ‘hide-and-seek’ inside the Willow Chair by Charles Renee Mackintosh; its workmanship and quality design has always stuck with me and driven my pursuit to create timeless, memorable, and sustainability-driven designs.

Daniel Boddam Studio

This article originally appeared in Indesign magazine #87, the ‘State Of Wellbeing’ Issue. Click here to purchase your issue.

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