Designer getaway

Audi ambassador Darren Palmer is looking forward to hitting the road.

The open beckons and for Darren Palmer, that means a trip to Hyams Beach to recharge as well as doing a little work on the holiday house.

7 September, 2020


The view of the blue waters of Jervis Bay are the best welcome after a good highway drive

Sometimes it’s just the thought of getting away that sustains us through the tough times or even through a long day at work! Finding the optimum work life balance is even more of a challenge with the raft of ongoing restrictions, so that planning a road trip takes on a whole new significance.

For design guru and Audi Ambassador, Darren Palmer, getting behind the wheel and hitting the road has always been an important part of life, but where does one of country’s most celebrated interior design minds go to recharge and be re-inspired? Audi Magazine caught up with Darren to find out about the places that are next on his travel wish list when the roads open up once again.

Audi Magazine: Next time it’s possible to hit the road again, where is top of your escape list?Darren Palmer: The next road trip I’m taking is to Hyams Beach on the NSW south coast to work on our holiday house, so that’s not so romantic but definitely very scenic. 

What’s your all-time favourite road trip destination? 

DP: I’ve driven the Great Ocean Road and that’s a really beautiful drive but I think my all time favourite destination is more about the feeling you get just as you’re about to arrive – and for me that feeling is never better than when we drive through the national park over the peak and down into Hyams Beach. The view of the blue waters of Jervis Bay are the best welcome after a good highway drive.

Does travel have an influence and inspire your work? 

DP: Absolutely. I have been to Asia and Africa several times and I love elements of both aesthetics, particularly high end resort style in Bali and the artisan approach to South African design. I feel like elements of both cultures and aesthetics fit so beautifully into a contemporary Australian style. There’s influence and inspiration in expanding your horizons in any direction and any destination.

What locations or places in Australia inspire you most? 

DP: I love the bush. I love the ocean. I love the wide open spans in north western NSW. I find loads of inspiration no matter which direction I look as long as I’m in nature. The surf, the sand, the canopy and the forest floor, they all have qualities, colours and materials that get my mind ticking.

What been keeping busy lately and how has the year’s c challenges impacted your day to day life? 

DP: Filming The Block for a start. That was an exciting process if not a stressful one being it was interrupted with COVID lockdown as everyone else was, too. Getting back to it and getting the show in the can was a huge relief and a really awesome process. This season is a really special one for many reasons.

What's next in the pipeline for Darren Palmer? 

DP: I’m always working on a handful or two hands full of projects. There’s plenty in the pipeline, all design and property related. There are a few ongoing relationships that I love working on and several new partners that I’m working with, as well as my own property projects and a residential apartment building that will start any time soon. Quite enough to keep me busy.

The surf, the sand, the canopy and the forest floor, they all have qualities, colours and materials