Interior designer, Steve Cordony’s eye for detail is second to none. His design prowess, which is often described as bold, theatrical and emotive, infuses the space he works in with an inspired flair. He brings to life a scene, emotion, style, personality and more with each interior project. The Home chats with Steve to discover the seeds to his ever-evolving inspiration and talents.

What inspired you to become a designer?
From a young age I was always interested in design. With a father as a builder and mother as a decorator, I was always around buildings and materials etc. and my passion grew from there.

What do you love most about your job?
Seeing a shoot come together from its initial concept! Going through the sourcing process and then pulling everything together to produce an image which I’ve envisaged in my head for weeks is really rewarding. Also working and dealing with creative people who inspire you to push your own style and creativity.

What’s your number one styling tip?
Stand back and use your critical eye. An overall look is about balance and you should use your instinct to make sure it ‘feels’ right.

Romance trend by Steve Cordony

What’s hot right now in the world of interiors?
There is still a big shift towards ‘high decoration’ which is great. People are getting more experimental with their own interiors and embellishing more and more. Natural textures and soft, tonally-muted colours will be big in 2012 as we look to nature for inspiration.

What other creative people do you admire?
Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen are a constant source of creativity from a fashion aspect as fashion inspires a lot of what I do. Thomas Hamel creates stunning interiors, Saskia Havekes always amazes me with her floral brilliance and Anna-Wili Highfield creates the most amazing sculpture pieces. There are also many creative people behind interior blogs which I troll through daily like Yellowtrace, Interiors Addict and The Design Files.

What has been your most satisfying styling project to date and why?
One that stands out is the True Romance trend which I produced for belle magazine. It featured French plaster wall panels which were sourced from an 18th Century Parisian apartment. The addition of antique parquet flooring from Salvage, and an antique rocking horse, made for a beautiful shoot. Also, styling a house where the owner wanted to purchase all the products I had chosen for the shoot!

Pegasus Bust by Anna-Wili Highfield and Gubi Grasshopper Lamp by Gubi Design Studio

Describe your personal interior style?
I like to blend old and new and I tend to keep my interior quite neutral with accents of colour and quirky pieces that create talking points.

What are you coveting right now?
I have my eye on the Gubi Grasshoper floor lamp from Cult Designed and one of Anna-Wili Highfield paper sculptures!

Where to from here? What’s on the horizon for Steve Cordony?
I’m looking forward to producing more and more theatrical shoots as well as styling a bunch of large scale events including the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design awards in May. And, after a 2 year work in progress, I will finally be launching my website!

Hamptons theme by Steve Cordony
Images: Gubi lamp via Corporate Culture, Pegasus bust by Anna-Wili Highfield
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