You have two young sons, yet it doesn’t feel like your home panders to any ‘child-friendly’ constraints.
Miranda: The kids are just part of our life and they’ve always been around beautiful things. Even when they were very young, we never put away the little figurines or hid the art, because if they grow up around it…. They know not to throw their balls in the house [laughs]. That’s part of their education, to be around art. But we’ve also thought about the way we live as a family, day-to-day life and how the space is going to be used. The boys’ bedrooms, for example, have these separated spaces—one for each boy—but then there’s a shared play area because they do like to share a room, and the beds are bunk beds because they like to have their friends over, and there’s a balcony so they can play outside when it’s raining. Downstairs, we have a craft room, because I do a lot of crafts, and they come down and make stop-motion films and smash their cars and they can paint and make as much mess as they want without having to be precious about things. I want them to feel that it’s their house as well.
And you take them travelling everywhere with you, too?
Nick: Miranda was always a nomad—that was her life. And that’s probably what has driven our life in that respect. I’ve grown up in Sydney and worked in Sydney and never lived overseas. So we’ve travelled a lot. We travel to Switzerland a lot because we have family there. We really make it a big priority and kids never got in the way of that. It wasn’t easy, but it means that they are such easy travellers now.
Miranda: I’ve grown up half my life here and half my life everywhere else, so to me [travel] is as necessary as breathing. It’s the way I recharge and reconnect with everything. With the house, as well, we consciously decided that one of the things we wanted to be able to do is lock it up and leave it, so for example, not having a really elaborate garden—things that suffer when you’re not there for a month or two or three at a time. Also, we bring things back; we bring back ideas. I like to think that our perspective is pretty broad and pretty global on everything, including design, art [and] the way you live, which I think comes from travelling. I really want to encourage that in my boys, and that’s why they have travelled since they were little, because I want them to know that this is home but other places can be different and still feel good. That different is a good thing—and to make them curious and spur them to keep questing and keep their horizons as broad as possible.
How would you describe each other’s style?
Nick: Her pre-marriage style I’d say was in some ways quite traditional. She’s like a granny with a real rockstar edge. So silk shirts and skirts, always wearing pearls…but then always with something quite punchy and edgy to offset that. As the years have gone on, she’s still got that but she’s also got a slightly more ’70s French, androgynous vibe—often wearing very high shorts and pants [laughs].
Miranda: It depends on whether he’s off to work or not [laughs] but when he’s in the classic ‘I’m off to the office’ style, I like to describe him as a 1960s Parisian professor. Around the time of the ’68 riots—he’s got the glasses, the houndstooth jacket, the jeans, the slender frame.