Co-founder and Director of multiple-award winning interior and landscape design studio Amber Road, Yasmine Ghoniem brings a unique, inspiring, intelligent and pragmatic design sensibility to each project she and her team undertake.
A graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia in the US, Yasmine worked as a lead designer on a number of projects in the high-end hospitality and residential sectors, as well as shared community spaces. In 2013 she moved to Australia and to co-found Amber Road with her sister, landscape architect Katy Svalbe.
Since then, the practice has gone from strength to strength, designing and producing a huge range of work for clients, from commercial spaces, to bijoux hospitality projects, public spaces, large private residences, even bespoke furniture, lighting and objects. At all scales and budgets the goal is essentially the same: to use good design to enrich & enliven people’s lives, allowing them to be the very best they can be, at work, home or play.
Amber Road and its work have also received wide critical acclaim. In 2015, Amber Road was shortlisted in a number of Australian and international design awards, including for the Emerging Practice of the Year at the prestigious international World Interiors Awards, and for the local IDEA interiors awards.
Yasmine is passionate about educating people about design, and how to work with designers and artisans. Her media commitments reflect this. She serves on the Editorial Board of Mezzanine magazine, and this year accepted her first television role on Deadline Design with Shaynna Blaze.
Top of the list of future projects for Amber Road is an alternative co-investment housing and living model, to make multi-generational home ownership more flexible and affordable. Their belief is that good design is more than simply a consumable object or status symbol - it is a fundamental tool for living sustainably, and well. As always, their aim is to create inspirational, holistic, and cost-effective spaces. These project types draw on inspiration from practices already building similar models in order to make home ownership more flexible and affordable to a wide range of like-minded people.