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TDF Talks With The Design Files Founder + Editor Lucy Feagins

Podcast

Today we’re closing out our 2018 podcast season with something a little bit different. By popular request, today we’re featuring a very special guest – our founder and editor, Lucy Feagins!

Tune in for a friendly chat between our managing editor, Elle Murrell, and the boss-lady herself, recorded right here at our Collingwood HQ. Lucy shares her journey – from her early career in the film industry to launching The Design Files in 2008, juggling business and motherhood, and everything in-between.

29th November, 2018

The Design Files studio in Collingwood, full of beautiful art and objects we’ve been covering over the past 10 years! Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

You may recognise these beautiful shelves from Open House 2017 – thanks Gordy! Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Informal WIPs revolve around this incred Togo settee by Ligne Roset from Domo. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Team TDF! Back row: founder and editor Lucy Feagins; advertising and sponsorship manager Chelsea Hall; graphic designer and styling assistant Ashley Simonetto; researcher and staff writer Miriam McGarry. Front row: managing editor Elle Murrell;  partnerships manager Alice Johnson; news editor Sally Tabart; and art director Annie Portelli. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Our meeting/lunch party table,  custom designed and made by Gordon Johnson, chairs from Thonet. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Dreams, goals, and things we’re getting done! Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Elle Murrell
Thursday 29th November 2018

Lucy is a brilliant boss, down-to-Earth role model and cherished friend.

In her 10-years of running The Design Files, I’m sure you’ll agree Lucy Feagins has certainly made an amazing contribution to the Australian design landscape.

As founder and editor, she’s penned countless articles that introduce and champion local creatives as well as art directed and styled more shoots and short films than you’d think humanly possible!

The trailblazer behind TDF’s real-world events, from Open House to TDF Collect, speaker series, workshops and demonstrations, this working-mum is one multi-talented woman.

But aside from all of this, for us at TDF, Lucy is a brilliant boss, down-to-Earth role model and cherished friend.

We hope you enjoy more of an insight into the brand she has built and where she’s taking things next.

We’ve added so many wonderful visuals (cute baby Lucy pics) to this podcast. Listen using the Overcast or Pocket Casts apps to see, and swoon, over them all!

This Week

Travel

A Stay At Mitchelton Hotel, Nagambie (+ Giveaway!)

Lucy's review of Victoria's newest boutique hotel, designed by Hecker Guthrie – and your opportunity to WIN a stay!

Small Business

Knowing When To Call In The Experts, According To KeepCup

This Melbourne-born business has taken the world by storm, but they haven't gone it alone.
Fiona Killackey

Every Painting Tells A Story

Uncovering The Hidden Symbolism In NGA's New Blockbuster: 'Love & Desire'

Our collaboration with National Gallery of Australia, celebrating their incredible new exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces from London...

Architecture

A Home That Balances Mid-Century And Modern

Hindley & Co architects bring mid-century design into the 21st century with elegance and restraint, in Newtown, Victoria.
Miriam McGarry

News

Frida Kahlo In Bendigo

An exclusive exhibition drawing on the archives of Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s former home, comes to Bendigo Art Gallery.
Elle Murrell

Food

Alice & Marlon's Simple Ginger Sauerkraut

Wholesome recipes for preserving, pickling and fermenting, from our very own Alice Johnson!
Alice Johnson

Regional

Surreal Scenes At Mountaintop Mushrooms

Our regional columnists discover a world of wonder inside an unassuming shed in South-East Queensland.
Karen Locke
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News

An Australian Christmas Story Takes Over Fed Square

Beci Orpin illustrates a distinctly Australian Christmas story in collaboration with creative film producers General Strike.
Sally Tabart

Art

An Exhibition of Modernist Suburban Homes, Painted In Brilliant Detail

Artist Robyn Sweaney looks back to the modernist homes of the 1960s, in a new exhibition at Arthouse Gallery in Sydney.

Architecture

A Mornington Peninsula Home That Goes Back To Basics

A home designed for entertaining – The First Lessons House by Ray Dinh Architecture, in Portsea.

News

A Zen Group Show In Sydney

Saint Cloche gallery celebrates the feeling of home with CASA, an end-of-year group exhibition.
Sally Tabart

Homes

The Sleekest Apartment In West Brunswick

Explore the exacting apartment of photographer Sean Fennessy and stylist Jess Lillico.

News

A Sustainable Collection Of Objects 'For Gardening' By Australian Designers

Sarah K and Bree Claffey react to the scale of mass production that pervades our modern world.

Interiors

Inside Mona's New 'Evil-Billionaire's-Lair-Themed' Ferry

The Museum of Old and New Art’s lavish new catamaran will hit the water this weekend.
Elle Murrell

Indigenous Art

A Joyful Exhibition Featuring Some Of Australia's Most Talented Indigenous Artists

A group exhibition and celebration of Australia's first Indigenous owned and operated gallery.

Notes + Links

Lucy studied Creative Arts at Melbourne University with a bunch of other amazing creatives, including Penny Modra from The Good Copy and singer Clare Bowditch.

Upon graduating she worked in the film industry as a set dresser on television commercials, shows and feature films (Charlotte’s Web!).

Lucy’s daughter Minnie Evelyn Johnson was born in January 2016.

Her husband furniture designer Gordon Johnson and mum Chrissie Feagins have been integral to TDF success!

Lucy’s was an avid reader of early U.S. blogs, including Oh Joy, Design Sponge, and Apartment Therapy. She looks up to fellow media-founders Grace Bonney from Design Sponge and Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.

Local legend, Jeremy Wortsman from The Jacky Winter Group is a wonderful mentor and brains trust on all things tech.

You can follow TDF on Instagram @thedesignfiles and Lucy on @lucy.feagins.

Offline, Lucy has dreamed up and carried out some amazing events, such as Open House, TDF Collect exhibitions in The Design Files’ pop-up gallery, and other talks and workshops.

We recently interviewed Rachel Castle for this podcast, where she talked about her conscious decision to ‘stay small’.

Her top-three highlights from over the past 10 years are: The first TDF Open House in 2011 with Esther Navarro-Orejon of The Project Agency, building her team to what it is today, and creating the Milan In Colour series earlier this year. Her most visited website, other than TDFs, is Medium.

Most recent purchases include white linen shirts from Uniqlo for summer, and cute little floral dresses for Minnie from locally-designed children’s label Pretty Wild.

An exciting local maker she’s excited about is Manapan Furniture. Read Sally Tabart’s awesome feature story here. Other current faves include Sean Meilak and Tantri Mustika.

Favourite interviews from the past 10 years are those with Ken Done, Donna Hay and Marilyne Nicholls.

Lucy’s go-to eatery is The Builder’s Arms in Fitzroy.

Visiting Uluru is the top of Lucy’s bucket list, upon recommendation by the inimitable, late Mirka Mora.

This was our 20th podcast and the last for 2018. Over the break, you can catch up on past episodes here.

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