NEWS > November 21, 2019


Sue Carr, one of Australia’s most influential women, joins Australia by Design: Interiors on Channel 10


Sue Carr is the founder and Principal Director of Carr, an architecture and interior design practice representing over 40 years of influential work. Since co-founding her first interior design firm in 1971, Sue’s name has been synonymous with Australian design.

In an enviable career that continues to push conventional boundaries, Sue’s resolute commitment to the promotion of design has won her many awards. Most notably her recognition as one of Australia’s most influential women in the AFR Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ award and in 2010, Australia’s highest interior design accolade, The Interior Design Excellence Awards Gold Medal for Interior Design.’

What industry do you represent?

The design industry – interior designers, architects and the many other design professionals that are represented by this industry.

What is your involvement in the show and how long have you been involved?
I’m on the judging panel for the inaugural Australia by Design: Interiors series.

Why are you involved in the show?
To help highlight the exceptional achievements of Australian designers and more specifically the projects that demonstrate design excellence, to a broader audience.

What is it about design that draws you in?
Design is a balancing act between opposing elements – technology versus materiality, transient versus timeless, heritage versus future, connectivity versus sanctuary – the designer’s role is to navigate these opposites to provide cohesion and clarity, and spaces that are engaging at a human and tangible level. I am drawn to design that elevates quality of life.

How would you explain good design?
Good design embodies the intangibles such as light and shade, space, sound and orientation.

It is about the subliminal; natural and controlled light, shadow and shade, reflection.
It is about the magic of contrasts such as light and dark, soft and hard.
It is about the control of details such as the handrail, fixture or fitting…and finally the material and finishes that clad the space, the joinery and the furniture selected.

What do you think of Australian design as a whole?
In the 48 years that I have been involved in the design industry, I do believe Australian design has progressed significantly and is more valued today than perhaps it was in the past. However if we want to continue improving design in Australia we as design professionals have a responsibility to argue for the importance of modern Australian architecture and interiors, and drive design and construction innovation. We also need to highlight good design that is an expression of our local identity, balancing the ideals of architecture against local climate, social and commercial realities and promoting design that rejects non-renewable resources.

What is your favourite part of being on Australia by Design?
I feel strongly about the importance of encouraging the Australian designers of tomorrow to produce informed judgments about the crucial role of interior design in shaping and building functional yet beautiful environments that enhance our living, working and recreation spaces.

Australia by Design provides the opportunity to expose, and even more importantly involve a new generation of designers in a broader discussion about the ideas and concepts behind the projects being presented on a national scale.

Tell us something about yourself we never would have guessed!
I was not born into interior design and readily admit that it failed to hold any interest until I began university. My mother had a strong artistic background and an involvement in fashion while my father was a chemist. At the time my parents strongly believed that a career in science was a more logical and professional path. Unlike Europe, or even the United States, Australia was yet to embrace the importance of design. There was little if any support for a creative culture that offered designers the opportunities to develop the industry to its full potential. As a result, I commenced my studies in applied chemistry. Six months into the course, I had a sneaking suspicion that I had made a mistake…

Australia by Design: Interiors, Hosted by Jamie Durie, Sundays, 3PM on TEN

NEWS > November 21, 2019


Planet Innovation’s CEO, Sam Lanyon, believes good design embodies a holistic approach to value creation

Australia by Design: Innovations’ judging panel from L to R: Terri Winter, Dr Brandon Gien, Edward Khoury, Toni Moate, Peter Freedman AM, Sam Lanyon, Prof. Laurene Vaughan, Robert Tiller, Dan Harden.


I’m the Co-CEO and co-founder of Planet Innovation, a globally recognised leader in the design and manufacture of commercially successful high-tech products.

Planet Innovation has been voted the AFR’s Most Innovative company 3 times over the past 5 years due to the success of its unique innovation business model.  The PI model couples technology consulting with venture creation where its new businesses are built to solve pressing problems across major global markets such as healthcare and energy.

What industry do you represent?

I represent the healthcare industry, for example med-tech, diagnostics and general life-sciences as well as the general technology sector; consumer, commercial and industrial. 

What is your involvement in the show and how long have you been involved?

I’ve been a judge on Australia by Design since it’s inception 3 years ago.

Why are you involved in the show?

In my youth I was inspired by shows like The Inventors, The Curiosity Show, Beyond 2000 and others that celebrated innovation and design and ingenuity. I have also been fortunate in my career to work for companies who have been successful in tackling global problems. What I have recognised is that truly successful innovation requires market insight, smart driven teams and lots of hard work. I became involved in Australia by Design: Innovations because I think it is an excellent vehicle to inspire the next generation of Australian innovators.

What is it about design that draws you in?

The thing that really gets me about design is that it is constantly evolving, constantly improving.  I am sure that perfection is an aspiration for all designers but it is never truly achieved – there are opportunities to improve, new use cases to consider and new technologies to incorporate.    

How would you explain good design?

I think really good design embodies a holistic approach to value creation. It solves real problems, it blends simplicity with functionality and perfectly balances the need for performance, cost and convenience.   

What do you think of Australian design as a whole?

One of the unique by-products of living in a remote location such as Australia is that we don’t assume anything, we know that there is a big wide world out there.  This makes us curious to understand users wherever they are. We challenge our assumptions and we test our ideas.  It also means that we place an emphasis on pragmatic design and we create robust solutions.

What is your favourite part of being on Australia by Design?

There are two main things. Being exposed to the hugely diverse products and services that appear in the series and the people behind them is a really rewarding experience. The other is working alongside the other judges who bring a whole range of different perspectives to the judging table.

Do you have a favourite anecdote from filming?

Trying to tell a joke about an internet-connected cow-tracking technology and getting my tongue tied around something like “” and having to do at least 20 takes until the point it did not seem amusing anymore… fact, I think I still did not get the final take right….

Tell us something about yourself we never would have guessed!

Even though I grew up in the middle of the Mallee in Victoria, I grew up with a passion for wind and water.  I am a super keen Kiteboarder but unfortunately my skills don’t match my passion!  

Catch up on Series 3 of Australia by Design: Innovations here.

NEWS > Oct 23, 2019


Australia by Design: Landscapes & Gardens’ presenter Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard shares her passion for design and the joys of reaching a broader audience. 

Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard talks to Scott Lang from UDLA at Scarborough Foreshore, Perth. 



I’m a Registered Landscape Architect (AILA) and Lecturer, Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney

What industry do you represent?

I represent both the design and tertiary education industry.

How did you become involved with the show?

I was on the Australian Institute of Landscapes Architects (AILA) Board (2015-2018) and was present when Tony and Mike (Executive Producer) first pitched to the organisation for support about the show. Australia by Design: Landscapes & Gardens was looking for a representative from AILA to be a judge in the inaugural season and the Board nominated me! It’s been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the first season as a judge and I was thrilled when MWC Media invited me back to be one of the hosts in the second season.

Why do you think a show like Australia by Design: Landscapes & Gardens is important?

Landscape architects connect people to place. As a profession that is  involved in the outdoors, and mainly the public realm, it is critical that our communities understand the value that design thinking and practice can bring to the environments where we live, work and play. This, along with a growing need to consciously build and rebuild sustainable ecological systems to support human health and wellbeing is my biggest drive for promoting Australia by Design: Landscapes & Gardens to a broader audience.

What is it about design that draws you in?

Design is a complex and iterative process and good design only be achieved through sincere collaboration with clients and the community. There are always multiple possibilities to answer a client’s brief and the conversations you have to achieve the final outcome often give you insights to the project that you hadn’t seen earlier. Finally, landscape architectural design is about creating places that people genuinely love to be in and enjoy while also enhancing and sustaining local ecologies, this is why I find the profession of landscape architecture so enriching. Becoming a mum has also helped me see places from the perspective of little eyes – it’s important that you are able to change perspective and see things in new ways.

How do you explain good design?

Good design is not just about creating places that look great, but ensuring they continue to sustain and support local communities and ecologies long after the ‘designer’ has left.

What do you think of Australian design as a whole?

Australian design is world leading. All our design professions are recognised internationally for their contribution to international design thinking and practice. Australian landscape architects are growing in numbers and several Australian firms are able to compete with the best of the best internationally.

As a previous Director of the AILA Board, I’m also very proud of the work AILA is doing regarding recognition and collaboration with Aboriginal Australians. In 2017 AILA launched their first Reconciliation Action Plan. Out of this several key’ milestone have been met including our annual awards program now recognising the ‘Aboriginal Nation’ for each project entry. Further, our Constitution has just been updated to recognise Australia’s First People.

These are significant and world leading actions in the way design is valued and seen as a collaboration with the country’s First People. There are still so many things to learn about this country, and if Australian design can continue to evolve, grow and embrace a deep collaboration  with the world’s oldest living culture this can only set us in good stead.

What is your favourite part of being on Australia by Design?

I love that I’ve been given an opportunity to share so many well designed spaces with the broader Australian community. It is a privilege to be able to profile the profession of landscape architecture and celebrate the design of these great spaces so all Australian’s can see and understand how design helps shapes better communities and natural systems. The production team are also great fun, I love how that 4 hours on site turns into a slick 4min package – these people work wonders and are a constant stream of support and guidance during filming.

 Do you have a favourite anecdote from filming?

When we filmed in Perth we were hit with two days of storms and cold winds. Filming at one of Perth’s iconic beach locations was a real challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing how this project (in all the wind and rain) translates to the screen! The producer and film crew were going to return to Perth to get some ‘overlay footage’ on another day when it was likely to be better weather. This happened only recently and I received a text message from the producer showing most of the project area fenced off for maintenance! Sometimes you can never win, you have to have a laugh and be sincere – the audience can totally relate to been caught out in bad weather or things just not coming together for you! Such is life!

 Tell us something about yourself we never would have guessed!

I worked in commercial radio during my landscape architectural studies, as a Producer for Austereo’s Hot 30 in Perth. This translated to a full time gig in Promotions and Marketing and a relocation to Brisbane where I was the Producer for Triple M’s Breakfast team. It was a fascinating time in a fast paced environment and I loved every minute of it. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and for working with a wonderful commercial company who had clear values and a wonderful culture. This really set forth some basics in business acumen that I still carry with me today.

Catch up on Series 2 of Australia by Design: Landscapes & Gardens here.

NEWS > July 29, 2019


Jamie Durie to host Australia’s favourite design series – Channel 10’s ‘Australia by Design’

There’s more to Jamie Durie, OAM, than meets the eye. A multi-talented person with a multifaceted career, Jamie is on a mission to share his passion for design and do what MasterChef has done for cooking – bring design excellence into the public domain and showcase Australia’s extraordinary talent.

As the new host of Channel 10’s, Australia by Design series, Jamie is clearly in his comfort zone.

 After years of working on several design projects in the US, Asia and Australia, Durie jumped at the opportunity to be a part of Australia by Design.

“I’ve been an admirer of the show since the first series. It gives viewers such a unique perspective of the design process, it’s part entertainment, part education. There’s no other program that takes you behind the scenes in that way.” 

Australia by Design’s executive producer, Mike Chapman is thrilled to have Durie onboard “It’s the perfect combination, Jamie has such broad appeal and his design experience is second to none. Many wouldn’t be aware of this, but he is one of Australia’s most awarded designers.”

Australia by Design explores the best of Australian Architecture, Interior Design, Landscapes & Gardens and Innovations. Chapman continues, “Since we began our audience has grown exponentially and not just from the design community.”

“It’s important to celebrate our design and innovation heroes just as much as we do our sporting (and cooking) ones. The success of this program is testament to that.”

WATCH – Australia by Design: Architecture
Sunday 4 August at 3.00pm on 10 and WIN Network

NEWS > August 2, 2019


Jamie Durie stops by Studio 10 to talk all things Australia by Design

Jamie Durie is more than happy to be promoting his new show Australia by Design. The host sat down with the panel from Studio Ten to discuss this fantastic opportunity and his delight in being a part of an iconic design series.

 ‘It’s so exciting! We get to do Innovation, which is all sorts of Industrial Design products from all over Australia, we’re doing Interiors, Architecture and Landscapes.”

With respects to the Architecture series, Durie said, “I get to go to these incredible places, the most beautiful houses in Australia. These really are the best of the best architectural designs.”

 “It’s packed full of ideas, we get to meet amazing architects, beautiful designers who are doing extraordinary things. I’m just having so much fun on the show. I don’t have to build anything!”

 Richard Reeves was keen to ask Jamie about the big trends in design and architecture. “It’s about breaking down all the boundaries and it’s pulling everything that’s inside the house that’s been taken for granted for so many years out into the outdoors. We’ve got this indoor-outdoor environment. That’s the way our houses are being built now. There’s no threshold anymore. It’s about bringing the garden into the home and the home into the garden.”

 Sarah Harris was quick to point out that Durie had forecast this trend years ago! The panel were all in agreement, including Durie!

 Denise Drysdale mentioned that to kick off the series Durie travelled to beautiful Tasmania. “I did a story on the beautiful Freycinet Lodge…I got to meet the architects, the designers, the interiors designers, everyone was so talented. I don’t think I’ve seen design at this level anywhere in Australia!”


 Sarah Harris then announced that someone in the studio audience was about to win a trip to stay at Freycinet Lodge.

 “Thanks to Jetstar and Launceston Airport, you and your plus one will fly out in style and spend the night in the breathtaking Freycinet Lodge in Tasmania with dinner and breakfast thrown in. And no doubt you’ll want to check out the area, Overdrive Sports and Luxury car hire in Tassie has contributed car hire to the value of $500!”

 Audience members were quick to check under their seats in search of a Tasmanian Devil! Carol Woods finding herself the lucky winner. Speaking to Carol after the show, Carol was thrilled by her unexpected win. “I’ve been coming to the show for years. I never win anything. I can’t believe it was today!”

 Jamie Durie hosts Australia by Design, Sunday from 3pm on Channel 10.