It took something as simple as a school quiz for Brett Mickan to realize his love of interior design, and for more than 20 years he has taken his passion and love for it and turned it into an award-winning career.
Brett, the leader of Brett Mickan Interior Design, works to create spaces that are aesthetically extraordinary, but at the same time don’t sacrifice functionality, livability or originality. He’s worked across the spectrum in terms of design, including in film and theatre, as well as in the design of yachts, and both commercial and residential properties.
Brett loves integrating contrasting colours, and contemporary and vintage pieces and also finding one-of-a-kind elements such as vintage rugs that tell a story within a room. We sat down with him to uncover more about what inspires him when he takes on a project.
1. When did you first decide to become an interior designer and how did you get started with your design business?
In my final year of high school we were required to go to a guidance councillor and fill out a survey to establish a profession we were suited to. The results of the survey said I should be an Interior Designer.
At that time I was not sure what an Interior Designer was, so I read a job description and thought, Yes , that is exactly what I want to do. Seemed to fit like a glove.
7. What do you think is the essential piece of furniture we should all have in our bedroom?
I am very lucky to have worked on many beautiful homes, so a favourite is hard to choose. I do have a story. A friend of a client, knowing she had been agonising over how to create her interior, spotted a living room on social media that he thought spoke volumes about her. He forwarded it to her stating, ”saw this pic on line, think it would be a perfect space for you.” My client happily replied, “That is my living Room”.
3. What's one thing people may not know about you?
4. In 10 years I'd like to be ....
5. What can't you live without?
Dinner parties with friends. We work in what can be a superficial industry, so honesty and humour are vital.