Meet the architect: Chris

Sydney-based Architect Chris lives in Surry Hills with his wife Coralie and their 2 year-old Australian Shepherd son Lucky.

Chris runs his own Architecture Practice with a second office in Brisbane. Their welcoming home is a mashup of original Australian art & quirky finds. He owns turntables. As we get rolling with the chat, Chris brings out a couple of vinyls and spins some chilled Friday beats. Here’s a peek inside..

Solid collection of records there Chris. You’re a bit of a music connoisseur, but what genre dominates your stack? 

I have quite an eclectic taste, so there’s a lot of variety in there - everything from hip hop to disco to jazz. Coralie and I love a relaxed Sunday morning with a fresh loaf of bread from Bourke Street Bakery, hot coffee, and a bit of jazz spinning in the background.

And what are you playing right now? 

Right now I am listening to lots of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – saw them live recently and they’ve been on high rotation since!

You run your own Architecture Practice from your home office, what is it like?

I really enjoy working from home, it’s great to have the flexibility to set my own hours and fit my work life around my personal life. It’s also great to have Lucky with me as my work buddy – and to split up the day by going for a lunchtime walk in the park or grabbing some lunch from up on Crown Street or at the Pub across the road.

If you weren’t an Architect, whom would you be? What would you do?

I’d probably host my own tonight show with silly skits.  It would be nice making a living from the absurd rot Coralie and I bang on about at home!

On cooking at home:

On the days that I do work at home I like to start the day right with a good breaky. I usually whip up an omelette on toast. I’ve recently bought an AreoPress coffee maker from Artificer – it makes a great espresso. It’s another one of the benefits of working from home – some extra time in the morning to indulge in a delicious breakfast. We’re spoilt for choice in Surry Hills so we do eat out a lot also – often we don’t go too far though; usually it’s Il Barreto or Bar Ume just across the road!

This is a gorgeous marble top dining table, where is it from? 

Thank you, we love it too! Coralie’s parents gave us the table, but it had a very ornate, carved solid wood table bottom that was really beautiful, but just not our style. I’m a big fan of work of Mast furniture from Noosa so I sent them through my idea for the base, and they were able to manufacture and ship it to us. We wanted something clean, simple, and not too ‘heavy’ to lighten up the small space.

So you are also a custom furniture designer?

I do like to dabble in furniture design, after doing a 6 week furniture making course with my Dad a few years back I found it was something I really enjoyed. I really like the design process, choosing the materials and finishes and then the hands on element of seeing your design come to life.

What’s your favourite spot to eat out in Sydney?

It’s hard to beat the Big Greek set menu at The Apollo, Potts Point.

….And in Brisbane? 

On a recent visit back to Brisbane we had a beautiful meal at Longtime in Fortitude Valley – really delicious food, great cocktails, and a wonderful environment. Highly recommend it!

Is that Emma Sheldrake painting on your wall? It is stunning, what’s the story behind it?

Haha that has a funny story.  I hit the free booze at the opening a bit hard and ended up sticking a red sticker on that one.  Not that I regret it – I really love the piece – but I really couldn’t afford it at the time as a uni student.  I had to slunk back to the gallery every week during the show and put a bit more on the credit card!

You’ve got quite a few really well curated art pieces, are you an aspiring collector? Where do you source your art?

My good mate Aaron Craig co-owns Stupid Krap! – an online street art company supporting Australian artists.  I’ve acquired some great limited edition prints from Fuzeillear and Beastman through the site.

Favourite city? 

NYC

Who is your most admired Celebrity Architect? 

Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan from MK27


Thanks so much Chris!