You might have come across Antonia Pesenti via some magpies on an Inside Out notebook earlier this year. Or you might have seen her illustrations in Real Living, Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Bulletin or one of several Murdoch Books jackets, such as Paris On A Plate. While she trained and has worked as an architect, Antonia's "sideline" of working as an illustrator is fast becoming a full-time occupation. She also designs and produces limited-edition products with her partner as mobilet. Oh, and she lived in Paris for eight years working for the likes of Philippe Starck. I managed to grab a frantic but fun email from Antonia while she's travels around France with her partner and energetic 18-month-old son. She's also got a cute blog Maisonette.
What are you passionate about? architecture, design, art, wylies baths, cities, my partner + my son.
Who inspires you? architects like jean nouvel/OMA/Diller + Scofidio, Herzog et de Meuron, designers like Hella Jongerius, Enzo Mari, Patricia Urquiola, artists like Gordon Matta Clark.
What’s your motto in life? don't like mottos...
What lessons have you learnt so far along life’s journey? too many to start listing, many learnt the hard way....
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue their passion? go + live overseas ... work with + learn from + be inspired by the best in your field/stay curious/work hard.
What book is currently beside your bed? still trying to finish a book on Hella Jongerius's work that was given to me for my birthday. piles of magazines.
Images courtesy of Antonia Pesenti