Meet Jordan Fleming, a top 50 Australian designer (Vogue Living 2022), who also ranked in the AFR 30 under 30 (2023). A woman with a rich personal style reflected in her home that is filled with objects full of stories and personality. Her space is eclectic, her objects promising to become a treasured collection over time.

You’ve worked as an interior designer and since 2018 you’ve had your own furniture practice. What attracted you to designing furniture?

It has been quite a spontaneous route. My interest in fabrication and materials, most likely started as a kid. Dad is a carpenter/set builder and my Pop, a cabinet maker. Therefore, growing up we spent a lot of time in the shed making various creations or at the workshop checking out the latest spaceship set, and when we were in the city, watching construction sites.

Then my studies led me to a more intense relationship with the workshop and provided my more formal design education. The more I learned about tools and production techniques, the more my mind expanded on what I could create. This later extended to designing interiors. I feel that both practices are intertwined yet also allow me to channel different interests.

 

Can you talk us through some of your favourite pieces in your home and where they came from?

Immediately, I think of my ‘Guernica’ outdoor chairs. I purchased them from a TV show I was working on many years ago, when it wrapped up. They were in a disheveled state, but I was quite bemused by them… maybe it was the handmade, somewhat crude construction, likely crafted in someone’s shed, that I fell in love with.

There are a few artworks that I hold very dear to me. A print my friend Izzy and I picked up from an LA book fair of a man’s face being sat on, by a woman. It’s lived in many houses and makes me smile every time I look at it… I think Izzy still has hers too. Recent gifted oil work by my talented friend, painter Libby Haines, she captures Tati & Tina (the cats) perfectly! Painting by Northern Rivers artist Caleb Reid.

Gumtree has provided many hits over the years, including a green onyx lamp and Ateljee Sofa by Finnish architect Yrjö Kukkapuro. And, of course, there’s the outrageously large gold Gaetano vase for Fisch, from 50,60,70 in Sydney. It makes me smile a lot!

One of Jordan's vintage Guernica Chairs
Tati and Tina as painted by Libby Haines
"Dad is a carpenter/set builder and my Pop, a cabinet maker. Therefore, growing up we spent a lot of time in the shed making various creations or at the workshop checking out the latest spaceship set, and when we were in the city, watching construction sites."
Jordan Fleming

Do you have any memories of objects that you loved from your childhood?

My grandparents were very passionate about art, volunteering at the National Gallery for 20 years. Whenever we visited, they’d have the latest exhibition catalog, full of post-it notes as they prepped for tours, which I later kept. Their home in the Canberra burbs was filled with all sorts of interesting pieces. As a kid, I was drawn to a mixed media work hanging in the spare room, a somewhat dystopian landscape,which I’m lucky to have now. They also had quite a collection of female forms and paintings, like these hand-carved timber breasts.

 

Do you have any art or furniture on your wishlist at the moment? What are you coveting?

I have been thinking about cutlery for some time. Very much just pipe dreams… Joseph Hoffmans for Alessi or Arne Jacobsen design for Georg Jensen (they look like they are missing shoulders!) Oh and keep coming back to Loup Sarion’s metal nose sculpture. Imagine that greeting you when you walk inside the front door!

A corner of her bedroom with a freshly framed artwork
A favourite print found in LA that now resides in Jordan's bedroom
Paintings by friends
Her prized huge golden Gaetano vase

What do you think makes a great space?

Evidence of history, architecturally and evidence of the people who currently and previously live(d) there… Layers.

 

What is your least favourite furniture or interior trend?

This isn’t necessarily a trend, but rather an observation about a particular approach to decorating your home. The notion that everything must “match” or be new, following one style… potentially found on Pinterest, and that this transformation must occur all at once. Rather than gradually collecting furniture & art that reflect your taste, interests and you connect with. Acquiring pieces that will last and evolve with you over time. 

And again maybe not a trend but this perception that bigger is better … such as … giant TV’s!

 

You’ve recently left the security of your day job to focus on your own work full-time, congrats on taking the leap, how do you feel, how is it going so far?


Thank you! I feel lighter yet heavier all at the same time. It’s easy to disguise your personal work as a ‘side hustle’, so when it becomes your main focus and source of income, your relationship and approach needs to pivot. I am still adjusting to this and working it all out. Overall, I’m very grateful to have most of the eggs in one basket for a change.

 

You’re part of such a special design community in Australia, who are some of your favourite fellow designers ?

I feel fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of talent! It’s tough to list them all, so focusing on a few… Simone Tops (Studio Tops), not only an amazing designer but her craftsmanship is unreal! Andy & Mitch at Oigall always create spectacular exhibitions. Pattern Studios always produce wonderful spaces. Dean Norton, Dale Hardiman. Kate Stokes (Coco Flip) has been a huge inspiration to me from the very beginning, was lucky to have met her early on in my journey.

 

Her two hairless companions Tati and Tina
Jordan's house has a selection of objects that were once film props
"What I collect and what I make are actually quite aesthetically different. However, I feel that my overall aesthetic contains a sense of movement, embodies a level of human touch and imperfection, and has a depth of color or texture, which sometimes clashes in the most delightful way."
Jordan Fleming
A piece collected by Jordan's partner (that we are very jealous of)
A snail sculpture by Tom Polo & Sidney McMahon
A plinth designed by Jordan
A bedroom corner with a bag from Pan After

What are you working on at the moment, do you have any new products in the works?


For Melbourne Design Week 1-2 collectible pieces, and working on prototyping a small range of more commercially suitable pieces. The aim is to have them out there by the end of the year.

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Oh, this is challenging… What I collect and what I make are actually quite aesthetically different. However, I feel that my overall aesthetic contains a sense of movement, embodies a level of human touch and imperfection, and has a depth of color or texture, which sometimes clashes in the most delightful way.

A cosy chair in the living room
A view in the dining area

Short and Sweet Ones

House or apartment? Either, as long as it has natural light, can accommodate a small dining table for dinner parties, and is located in an area that allows a connection with the outside environment or community.

Online or IRL Shopping ? In real life … but I do love a good online auction.

Paper notes or digital? Paper, I feel quite disconnected from words on a screen.

Leather or fabric? Textured fabric

Night or morning? Night. One day I hope to be a morning person. 

Tea or coffee? A piping hot English Breakfast with a dash of milk.

Pattern or plain? A Little bit of each.

 

A Maralunga in original velour fabric
Toio Led Lamps by Flos
A lamp by Alekos Fassianos

Jordan’s Edit

Sofa – The Ateljee Sofa is my favourite although I love the original striped velour fabric on the Maralunga!

Lamp or light – Flos Toio Led Lamps and lamps by Alekos Fassianos.

Object – Alessi Phillip Stark juicer (I use this daily!) Or the Loup Sarion Nose sculpture 

Artwork – Anything by Georgia Spain; was lucky to share a studio with her a few years ago and fell in love with her practice!

Book – Trees by Bruce Albert, Francis Halle, Stefano Mancuso

Table – Dining, coffee, side – This one my pop made from one solid slab of timber. He put this little silky oak fish inlays where I assume knows where! 

Chair – Minjae Kim’s timber painted chairs or Serban Ionescu Folk Chairs!

Storage – Console, shelf, unit – 1979 Armoire by Swiss architects Trix & Rorbert Hausmann

An Alessi Phillip Stark juicer
A Georgia Spain painting
A Loup Sarion Nose sculpture 
Trees by Bruce Albert, Francis Halle and Stefano Mancuso
A Serban Ionescu Folk Chair
1979 Armoire by Trix & Rorbert Hausmann

You can learn more about Jordan and see her work at www.jordanfleming.com.au