For Adelaide-based joinery/kitchen/interior designer Stefan Vignogna, clean lines, texture in materials, and functionality are the most essential elements in his designs.
Hey Paolo: What inspired you to become a joinery designer?
As a kid, I was always a creative child. Growing up, I never really had a specific career that I wanted, but I always knew it’ll be something in the creative field.
Hey Paolo: What’s your design style like?
In my designs, I tend to use a limited range of colours and materials like black, white, or even warm colours. I use simpler colours and more organic textures. I also tend to stick to a monochromatic palette.
Hey Paolo: What’s one project you’re most proud of?
I’ve done restaurant interiors, kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, etc., but it’s hard to say which one is greater compared to the other. As long as they end up as a good functional space for the client, then they’re all pretty good for me.
Hey Paolo: What’s your dream project?
I would love to do the interiors of a hotel because of their volume of rooms and spaces. It will be really nice to have more people experience what I try to convey in my designs.
Hey Paolo: What are the main challenges in your line of work?
Budget is a very common thing in every project, whether it’s getting the client to commit to a steep budget or for me to stick to a budget that’s affordable for them.
Hey Paolo: What was it like designing your own house?
I started building my house a few years ago. It was a lengthy process, but I had a good team around me. My architect gave me a fantastic floor plan to work with. But what I did was to put my own natural spin from the inside. A lot of what you see inside is my own style. It’s really important that it reflects my own personality.
Hey Paolo: What are the key elements that you like adding in your designs?
Lines, texture in materials, and functionality.
Hey Paolo: Who is Stefan when he’s not working?
Funny enough, I’m pretty much the same whether it’s at work or at home. Being a freelancer blurs the lines between personal and work life.
Hey Paolo: Recommendations where to purchase furniture/supplies?
Hey Paolo: What’s the future of joinery design in Adelaide?
Adelaide has talented designers. There’s a lot of people nowadays trying to push the envelope a bit more. With a lot of businesses moving to online, it opens up the Adelaide designers to interstate enquiries and projects. It’s really exciting to see the future of Adelaide design.
Hey Paolo: What is “home” for you?
It’s more of a feeling that I have as opposed to a general practical space. I try to find home wherever I am.
Hey Paolo: Why is there a need to create beautiful kitchens?
A kitchen is a unique space for many. It’s not just a space where you can cook; it’s also a place where work and where you gather people around. It really gives me pride to help people create a really good space to facilitate growing relationships with their family and friends.