TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND? 

Well I am a Brisbane local converted Melbournian, since 2012. I decided it was time to pack up my life and make the journey down to Melbourne to pursue my passion in Interior Design. Before that, I was working for a high end property development firm in Events & Marketing. When I think back, it was definitely during my time in the development industry that the seed was planted to follow my passion and love of Interior Design. I was extremely interested in the design planning and processes behind the projects I was working on and discovered over time I wanted to be more and more involved in the foundations and evolution of the design process. In the end, I couldn't look past the obvious drive I had to understand the frameworks of shaping and developing designs that ultimately impacted peoples experiences within local communities and for me I thought what better place to start this journey than in Melbourne, the hub of creative design and one of the epicentre of art and culture. in Australia. The experience I gained working in the development industry was invaluable to my personal and professional growth. Since graduating from RMIT in 2015 with an Associate Degree in Interior Decoration & Design, I feel extremely excited and confident to face the next phase of my career.

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND MAUD & MAY?

Maud & May is an interior plant business that encompasses aspects of interior fit-out, styling and photography consultation. The duo Maud & May was founded in early 2016 by myself, Hilary Ogilvie an interior designer and my partner Jenna Holmes,  a freelance photographer. Through a shared mutual love of indoor plants and all things green we set out to combine our creative passions into a mutlidisciplinary partnership, offering our clients a combined interior package from plant advice, sales, interior fit-out / styling and photography services.

The name Maud & May is an ode to our wonderful grandmothers which came to us as we were deep in conversation over a few glasses of our favourite Spanish Red Wine, Tempranillo. As we were taking we got onto the topic of our grandmothers and discovered we both shared our grandmothers middle names. We were pretty chuffed about this and then suddenly it came to us that this would be the perfect name for our business. So to both of them, Leonie 'Maud' and Audrey ' May', we thank you. Hilary Maud & Jenna May have combined both your middle names to form the unstoppable duo, Maud & May. 

 TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION YOU MUST VISIT & WHY?

Copenhagen in Denmark is my next travel destination, it is somewhere I could actually see myself living and working although the weather would definitely take some adjusting too. Apart from that, it’s my kind of place. I'm attracted to the goal and commitment Denmark takes in creating a green and sustainable society. This progressive approach is something I would like to immerse myself in, from a design perspective and in my day-to-day living practices; it would be an enriching experience. I have always considered design to be more than a single measure and Denmark’s united approach to its social, economical and environmental impacts on society represents memorable and considered design.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION FROM?

My everyday inspiration comes from our natural surroundings and built environment. When you open your eyes to your natural surroundings and creative possibilities in the existing environments your exposed to endless inspiration. I take this outlook and approach with me into whatever creative endeavour I am working on as a designer and will continue to draw inspiration from the random. peculiar and intricate details of our surrounding environments.

WHAT DESIGNERS INSPIRE YOU?

I am inspired by a multitude of artists and designers; however there are two key people that come to mind who have influenced my approach and consideration to design. Japanese architect; Taodo Ando is truly inspiring. I am drawn to his approach to minimalistic architecture and the integration and interplay of raw materials and natural light into his spaces. Prior to pursing design I remember being fascinated by Danish Furniture Designer, Hans J. Wegner. For me, it was the way he pushed the boundaries of his time and his thoughts towards functionalism. He considered how each piece looked visually as well as ergonomically and I definitely draw inspiration from his detailed joinery craftsmanship and the interplay of raw materials.