Introducing :: Patty Hava of Hava Studio
By Kate Cole
“Working in design has been what I wanted to do from a young age” says Patty Hava, director of Hava Studio. “There was a short period when I contemplated being an artist or an archaeologist, but I announced to my father I wanted to be an architect at the age of about ten”.
After the completion of her interior design studies in 1996, Hava began her working life with large commercial practices on multi-million dollar projects in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2001 she moved to London to specialise in retail and brand design, with work ranging from designing luxury yachts to creating the branding for new airline companies.
After returning to work in an Australian architecture and interiors practice, the ensuing financial crisis led to Hava to branching off and establishing her own Sydney studio in 2009, where she’s been able to hone her signature style. “It’s my new adventure and I’m enjoying it enormously”.
In addition to the architecture and interiors work that Hava is seasoned at producing, she recently released Havascape, a line of furniture and homewares which she describes as, “A natural progression. I’ve been doodling them for so long that I feel compelled to get them out of the sketchbook and into the world”. Hava is excited about this new branch of her career, though the work is already familiar. “Creating one off pieces has always been a signature of my interior projects, be it metre long marble door pulls or incredibly luxe filing cabinets”.
Hava’s architectural interiors background informs her process of design and detailing, and gives her a passion for quality materials and skilled craftsmanship. To highlight this quality her work favours pared-back designs and crisp lines, and because of this passion for craftsmanship she choose to keep all production local.
“The relationship with my makers is very important to me. I look for craftsmen who are skilled, passionate and who value quality. Having the ability to pop in and discuss ideas and progress is hugely beneficial”.
Hava is enjoying the freedom of running her own studio and a fresh venture into product design. “There is so much variety in my job, which is what I love about it. Boredom is not an option. The initial spark of an idea at concept stage, when you can lose yourself in all possibilities, and the excitement of getting it down on paper is hard to beat”.