Perfection is paralysing.Success in design is a balancing act between productivity and creativity. As creatives, how do you know when your work is finished...

I'll Be Happy When...


DesignByThem Showroom
2008 NSW

DesignByThem | I'll Be Happy When | Vivid Ideas 2017


Kirsten Stanisich

Director, Interior Design at SJB

Kirsten Stanisich studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and joined SJB Architects as a registered architect in 1995. Realising that her design interests lay more with interior design, she then joined SJB Interiors. Kirsten was instrumental in establishing SJB Interiors in Sydney and was appointed a director in 2005. She loves the new and original in design, and design that pushes the industry.

Vince Frost

Vince Frost

Founder & Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective

Vince has a celebrated creative career spanning more than 25 years; his award-winning work continues to have an impact across the globe. Before starting Frost*design in London in 1994, Vince was the youngest associate director at UK multidisciplinary design firm Pentagram. In 2004, he relocated to Sydney and, as CEO and executive creative director of Frost*design, has led a wide range of transformative projects for clients including Deutsch Bank, Qantas, Frasers Property and the Sydney Opera House.

As a member of ISTD and AGI, a board member of D&AD, and author of the book Design Your Life, Vince judges and lectures globally to diverse audiences on the value of design and the difference it can make in our modern world towards enriching people’s lives.

Sarah Gibson | DesignByThem | Director & Designer

Sarah Gibson

Co-director & Designer of DesignByThem

Sarah Gibson is the co-director and co-designer of DesignByThem. Sarah is an industrial designer with a passion for business and Australian design. Together with fellow designer and co-director Nicholas Karlovasitis, she has designed a range of furniture, lighting and accessories as well as curated and developed the work of other fellow Australian designers from their Sydney showroom.

DesignByThem has made traction in both the commercial and consumer markets. Sarah regularly speaks on the topics of sustainability, design authenticity and design collaboration. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Industrial Design at University of Technology Sydney. During her studies, Sarah completed a year overseas, studying design at the Fachhochschule Hannover in Germany. Whilst living in Germany Sarah worked as a designer in Cologne, then began working in the commercial furniture industry until deciding to form DesignByThem.

Nicholas Karlovasitis | DesignByThem | Director & Designer

Nicholas Karlovasitis

Co-director & Designer of DesignByThem

Nick Karlovasitis is an industrial designer and DIA NSW vice president. He is a co-founder of DesignByThem where he has been busy designing products, collaborating with designers and curating the collection along with co founder and designer Sarah Gibson. Nick strongly believes in education, collaboration and sustainability, and is a frequent speaker at universities and design events around Australia. 

His passion for good design has led him to create a design focused platform where Australian designers can showcase their work in Australia and abroad. Nick graduated with first class honours in industrial design from the University of Technology Sydney. Having worked for several years in a design consultancy, Nicholas began lecturing in graphic design and tutoring in eco-design at UTS. He has received several awards for his furniture which is now available from the DesignByThem collection.

Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender

Founder & Fashion Designer of Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender is forging a reputation for intriguing modern clothes with a fiercely independent attitude. Her collection is known to mix structure with fluidity, resulting in looks both sophisticated yet spirited. Intelligent pieces often draped from a single piece of cloth are an important source of inspiration. Of paramount importance to Bianca in the design process is finding a sense of balance.

With references ranging from art to music to historical dress, Bianca seeks a new modernity. A lifetime's exposure to the fashion industry and mentoring from her mother, acclaimed designer Carla Zampatti, encouraged Bianca to pursue fashion. Study in Sydney and three years of internships in Paris fortified her ambition to have her own label. A fresh approach, Bianca's eye for detail and strong focus on shape, form and tailoring has given her a distinct signature style that is gaining a discerning and loyal following.

Event Details

Perfection is paralysing.

Success in design is a balancing act between productivity and creativity. As creatives, how do you know when your work is finished? Is it ever finished? When will you be happy with it? A panel of Sydney’s leading creatives discuss these teasing questions for Vivid Ideas 2017.

With insights from the world of interior design, fashion, graphics, furniture and art, we will be dissecting a topic every creative has faced across a spectrum of different professional approaches. We will be diving into the gritty decisions, compromises, shortcomings and wins that lead up to a finished project to find out where the line is drawn between success and satisfaction.

If you are a creative...

Creating for others is hard. Creating for yourself can be even harder. Perfection is something that blocks many creatives from achieving their goals and making their ideas viable in the real world. Learn from a panel of successful creatives about their past experiences and how they have jumped this hurdle to get where they are now.

If you love design…

Have you ever wondered what the final moments of the design process are like? What decisions are made and what ideas got scrapped to bring a design to life? Come and listen to the industry professionals that have brought you some of the most successful products, spaces, campaigns and experiences across Australia and overseas.

The panel

Joining us for a night of insight and introspection will be Kirsten Stanisich (SJB Interiors), Vince Frost (Frost*collective), Bianca Spender (Bianca Spender), Nick Karlovasitis and Sarah Gibson (DesignByThem) and guests.

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