Despite having only launched his own studio in 2014, David Flack is already an established and respected name in Australian design. With a small team of just seven staff, Flack Studio is driving a return to bold, maximalist interiors, full of rich colour and texture. There’s simply no denying the ‘Flack look’ has carved a distinct niche in Australia’s interior design industry.
Today on our podcast, David talks candidly about his humble beginnings as Hecker Guthrie’s ‘office rouseabout’, the accelerated growth of his business, the importance of developing a distinct brand DNA, and lessons he’s learnt along the way.
Links + Further Reading
You can check out David Flack’s interior design firm, Flack Studio, (and their distinctive branding/ ‘DNA’) on their website.
David was one of 10 speakers at our TDF Talks live event at The Design Files Open House last year, during which this interview was first recorded (excuse the PA fuzz).
David graduated when the GFC hit, but heckled Hecker Phelan Guthrie (today Hecker Guthrie) for a job as a ‘rouseabout’ to get his foot in the door.
He then followed his idol, Kerry Phelan, to K.D.P.O Architecture and Interior Design.
David outlines some pivotal projects, including The Hawthorn House; Caravan cafe in Seoul; Ginger&Smart retail store fit-outs; and Navi, a kitchen and bathroom showroom.
We ran a feature on Flack Studio’s fancy new Fitzroy HQ earlier in the year.
You can also read more about David in our past Q&A.
Stay tuned for our forthcoming film series, in partnership with Dulux – Milan in Colour – starring David!
We are filming all this week in Milan. You can follow our Milan Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile) discoveries and adventures throughout the city and on our Instagram, #TDFinMilan, #MilaninColour.