Five minutes with Amanda Stanaway
Q: Tell me about your role and what you enjoy most about being a designer?
I am constantly inspired by people who can think strategically and intelligently about new ways to approach and solve problems. As Principal at Woods Bagot, my role allows me to meet with a broad range of people across all facets of both design and business.
I enjoy creating ideas and spaces, clearly envisioning them and watching them come to fruition. It’s always incredibly rewarding to take clients and corporations on this journey, enabling them to believe the story of your design and allowing them to enjoy it.
Q: Why do you think the bathroom is one of the most important spaces in the home?
As our lives continue to become increasingly demanding, it is easy to get caught up in busy schedules and daily routines. In the home, the bathroom should be a place of respite and rejuvenation where we can retreat and relax. A long bath, a moment’s silence… Design can augment this experience. More and more, design is based on creating an immersive experience for the user. The bathroom is one of the best places for this.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. For me, it’s a combination of travel, reading and simple everyday things. Innovation and creativity is always about looking at things differently.
Q: What do entrants need to think about – or pay special attention to – when developing their tap designs?
Balancing form and function is paramount, as is the ability to economically and practically translate this into a product for a mass market. The design should be simultaneously beautiful and utilitarian.
Q: As a BIA judge, what will you be looking for in tap design entries this year?
A design that is simple, ergonomically sound and functional will create a strong entry. Along with this, consideration for the finish and application of materials will help to deliver a winning design.