As long as Madeleine Blanchfield can remember she always wanted to be an architect. “Even as a child, I was acutely aware of the built environment,” says Madeleine. She believes that architecture can enhance people’s lives, affect their mood and personal interactions. And it’s this kind of self-awareness and conviction that makes Madeleine the award-winning architect she is today.
After studying environmental design and architecture, Madeleine went on to be Associate Director at one of Sydney’s leading architecture and interior design firms. She went out on her own in 2009 and started Madeleine Blanchfield Architects (MBA) in her spare room, new baby beside her.
Fast forward 10 years and today she works out of her own corner studio in Sydney’s trendy suburb of Paddington, surrounded by her very own team of 8 architects and interior designers.
“It‘s like sitting on the street. I love the light and being connected to the neighbourhood and part of the community… I feel like I’ve lived a day in the world in our current office.”
As a firm, MBA strives to create architecture that elevates people’s mood and spirit. “It has clarity, is flooded with sun, light and is responsive to the client’s brief,” says Madeleine. Perhaps what’s so appealing about Madeleine’s design process is the openness she has with her clients “We treat them as part of the design team,” Madeleine explains “this allows them to feel ownership of the final product and allows us to draw on them for inspiration and ensure the house is truly theirs.”
Madeleine herself says she is inspired by Japanese design. “The style deals beautifully with the journey through spaces and the interface between public and private space.” Travel is also a great source of inspiration for Madeleine, as are the characters and traits of her own clients.
When it comes to projects, Madeleine makes it clear that they treat each one as its own entity. Because of this she finds it easy to avoid trends as each home’s style and form is derived from the brief. It’s this approach to the design process that results in MBA’s timeless style that’s “pared back and purposeful”.
Although Madeleine’s signature style might appear modest at first, look closer and you’ll see her thoughtful planning, experience and expertise is clear. She says “We seek simplicity and elegance in our design solutions. Simplicity is usually the result of a rigorous design process that involves many iterations.” It’s this appreciation for good design and finer details that makes Madeleine a stand out in the architectural world today.
Shop the Look: Coggee II & Crescent Head House
Clockwise from top left:
- Open Room | Mantis Mini Wall Lamp
- Open Room | Crosshatch Chair
- Curious Grace | Fine art print
- Lightly | Oak Coffee Table
- Douglas & Bec | Circle Bar Stool
- West Elm | Sheer Linen Curtain
- Spence and Lyda | Rondo 3 Seater Max Leather Sofa
Shop the Look: Attic House & Centennial Park
Clockwise from top left:
- Open Room | Highback Chair
- ECC | Dixon Bar Cart
- Lightly | Maria Throw
- Lightly | Ash Cushion
- Open Room | Ethnicraft Sofa
- Open Room | Walnut Stool
- ECC | Podium Cylinder Vessel
Read more about Madeleine and get her thoughts on fireplace design here.