Anna-Carin McNamara came to Sydney from Sweden with a Masters degree in Interior Design and has since become a passionate specialist in Scandinavian style interiors.
The Sydney based director and founder of Anna-Carin Design Studio has had work featured in a range of interiors magazines, from Habitus Living to Vogue Living and is also author of ‘Make a Home to Love’ a book about how to ‘bring joy, order and beauty into your home the Scandinavian way.’
Anna Carin’s design principles of simplicity, functionality and sustainability align perfectly with Collécte – buy quality pieces that are timeless and that can become heirlooms for future generations.
Anna-Carin took some time to tell us about what she finds inspiring, his favourite pieces on Collécte and her most cherished possessions.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Anna-Carin: Warm, human centred, enriched minimalism.
Which architects/designers most inspire you?
Anna-Carin: Alvar Aalto, Scarpa, Adam Goodrum, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Josef Frank.
Alvar Aalto Paimio Chair a favourite of Anna-Carin's.
What is your most cherished piece at home? (Furniture, art, lighting or decorative)
Anna-Carin: The items I can't just replace or easily find again like my Svenskt Tenn sofa and my vintage PH pendant.
Image of Anna-Carin's living room with her Svenskt Tenn sofa and vintage PH Pendant.
What is your go to white interior paint colour?
Anna-Carin: Wattyl Magnesium is my go-to.
If you could splurge on a piece of furniture or art right now, what would it be?
Anna-Carin: Egg Chair in Natural tan leather - vintage of course for that beautiful patina.
Do you have a trade tip you can share?
Anna-Carin: If you have something to say, there are no rules.
What are your favourites:
Favourite Instagram account/s you follow?
Anna-Carin: The Good Weekend Quiz, Studio David Thulstrap.
Favourite galleries or museums?
Anna-Carin: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, .M Contemporary - always brings me joy walking past this beautiful gallery near our studio and Otomys.
Favourite way to unwind at home?
Anna-Carin: Beautifying my home by cleaning, pottering, bringing flowers in from my garden and arranging in vases.
One of Anna-Carin's favourite pieces the Svenskt Tenn Armchair 336
Anna-Carin: Cafe Paci in Newtown - best bread.
Anna-Carin: David Aspery - The Bullet Proof Radio, Design Matters.
Roda outdoor harp dining chairs as seen in one of Anna's projects.
Main Image - supplied by Anna-Carin Design.
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