Helen Kontouris was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1976. She has collaborated with a number international clients, manufacturers, architects and retailers. Her extensive research underpins the development of each of her products & process drives the generation of form, more so than any predetermined notion established at the outset of the design. She is inspired by her observation of everyday experiences, of people's interaction with objects, and the fresh perspectives gained from travel, which shapes and informs her work. She seeks to communicate, engage & inspire through her designs. Renowned for her use of contrasting materials, her work has often been described as sculptural. Her products invite exploration & an intimate and sensory engagement beyond their immediacy. We live & breathe a culture of dreams, process & creativity. Our approach to each project is an opportunity to discover, learn, evolve, simplify, interpret, innovate and create. Strong creative partnerships are formed through our commitment, value, contribution & growth of our clients businesses. Our role as designer is not to give you the safe or predictable result. We sometimes challenge & redefine the project to enable us to explore the possibilities we strongly believe in, whilst always respecting the client’s decision. We believe ecology in design today, rests on the role of the designer as cultural architect, creating products with clear purpose, intelligent material appropriateness & function that arrest you with their beauty & promote a movement ‘against throwawayism’. You are emotionally attached enough not to discard it. When you no longer need it, give it to someone whom you know admires it or to charity for those who need it more now, than you.