Sarah Kalidis is a colour queen, or so her sixth-grade teacher once crowned her. A couple of decades on and the Sydney-based creative is still upholding that honour, through her vibrant Studio Onethirty furniture and homeware designs.
Channelling that childhood flair for sketching and painting, Sarah later turned her skills to studying Interior Design. She then began her career working as an architectural consultant, specialising in natural stone and tactile finishes.
With the arrival of her daughter Anthea in 2015, the first-time-mum took a constructive break from full-time work. ‘Spending some quality time away from the office environment enabled me to rediscover my passion for painting and drawing,’ she recalls. ‘With my little muse by my side, I began to consider a fresh career path to return to my creative roots.’ Studio Onethirty was born earlier this year.
While her first collection was bright and colourful, Sarah describes the second offering as a little more rich and sumptuous, highlighting the contrasts of black-and-white and light-and-shadow.
‘I like contrast when composing my furniture pieces, like having a rich aggregate against soft concrete; light and dark steel frames with graphic textiles,’ explains Sarah, whose Terrazzo furniture is handcrafted locally, with every piece of aggregate shaped and placed individually. ‘I see each furniture piece like a jewelled work of art, where composition plays a very important part in the production process.’
From range one to two, the artisan has also developed her fabrics and cushions to cater for outdoor applications. ‘It’s important for my range to grow and evolve,’ she tells. ‘Every fresh addition is like a new member of the family!’
Today Sarah Kalidis opened her Studio One Thirty pop-up store (also running tomorrow) at 10 Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills. In November, she’ll also be at The Big Design Market at the Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney. Find out more information on her website, here.