STUDIO CD Design is led by creative director Claire Driscoll (Delmar) and practises within the creative spheres of residential and commercial interior design projects, residential and commercial styling projects, interior and food editorial styling, concept stores and merchandising, interior and cookbook styling, advertising campaigns and TVC’s.
Alongside her practise Claire ignites creativity through personal creative projects such as the STILL art exhibition curated with photographer Felix Forest, and her blog The Palate Project where she shares her insights, latest press releases and ever evolving love of food, travel, styling and ceramics collection.
Known for creating deep emotion and feeling within spaces and vignettes her expert use of texture, materiality, tone and colour sees her as one of Australia’s well known creatives.
Claire’s intrinsic creativity is expressed through a varied styling career which began after completing a Bachelor of Media degree and work experience placement in Marie Claire Magazine. From here she stepped into the editorial world as a fashion stylist for five years until deciding to focus her passion on the world of interiors.
This pivot saw Claire succeed into the role of Style Director for Home Beautiful magazine until 2006 where she made the decision to step away from the editorial world and share her knowledge and experience at the Whitehouse School of Design. Starting as the Style and Design Co-Ordinator Claire progressed to Department Head of the Advanced Diploma of Styling and Design coordination.
Claire’s love of editorial work lured her back from teaching to publishing and she became the Style Editor for Inside Out magazine where she was able to develop her passion within the interiors realm, and at the forefront of design, freely develop her style in a nurturing and creative environment.
Back in the creativity of styling Claire followed work overseas to freelance roles in London working for renowned Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines, as well as many advertising and commercial clients. Her extensive travels and passion for art and design directly stimulate her work and provide continued inspiration and ideas.
Upon returning to Australia Claire built up her own studio and continued pursuing freelance styling expanding her skills into the culinary world for Gourmet Traveller magazine, along with exciting conceptual work within the advertising industry.
Today the studio works on their own design projects along with some of Australia’s well know architects including Alexander &CO., Arent & Pyke, Studio Gorman and Tom Mark Henry to name a few, as well as clients such as Armadillo & co, Jack + Jac, King Living and Robert Plumb.
They can also be seen in both Australian and international publications such as Vogue Living, Elle Decoration, Est Magazine, Design Anthology, Art edit, Yatzer, Inside Out and many more.
BLOG: THE PALATE PROJECT
I’m a food and interior stylist and when I planned to start a blog, I was seeking a contemporary way to combine both my passions without the limitations that are intrinsic when styling for others. I also have a teaching background and have noticed the recent influx of interest in becoming a stylist through social media, Instagram and workshops. Because of that, I decided to share with you what I love and enjoy about my job and hopefully inspire you to entertain a little more in a simple yet special way. I also hope the blog can be used as a reference point or a resource upon which to build your own creative ideas.
Throughout the coming months, I will use the blog as a vehicle to introduce not only the creative people that cross my path, but some of the behind-the-scenes information about what an interior and food stylist gets up to on a daily basis. I’m often bound by briefs, budgets and sometimes trends too, so I’m excited about the freedom of the blog and the ability to push my creativity.
The kitchen is, and has always been, the most important place in my home and sitting around the table with friends, sharing a great meal is hard to beat. My most cherished memories are of conversations had whilst enjoying beautiful food in comfortable surroundings - so don’t expect too much overly-styled or matching table settings. What you will see is exactly how I love to live. I hope that by sharing my approach and ideas on the blog, you will have the courage and confidence to style your own homes and tables, bring together family and friends and also create simple but considered food and entertaining concepts within your home.
I plan for the blog to lead me down an organic path and expect the ingredients and recipes to change as my garden and home elements (and props cupboard!) grow and adjust with the seasons. I love the unexpected and look forward to hearing your feedback and comments on how you like to entertain and spend time with friends and family because aren’t those special moments invaluable?