The Apartment: Rising Stars Edition


Jamie Durie
  • Genevieve Gorder
  • Laurence Llewelyn-bowen

Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie is an International award winning designer and author who started his design practice 17 years ago in February 1998. Since then he and his team at Durie Design have received over 33 international design awards including a gold medal at the Chelsea flower show in London and further gold medals received in Singapore, Tokyo, Auckland NZ, Melbourne, and Durie's place of birth, Sydney. In 2001 Durie made his entrance into furniture design when he and his team were asked to design various pieces of custom furniture for several upmarket hotels and resorts first in Spain, with several more in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. After launching several design collaborations in Europe his furniture his furniture is now retailed worldwide.

His latest interior furniture design award received in December 2014 for the design of his Elle Ecrite Desk for Riva1920 was followed by another for the Rainbow Modulare wall unit at the London Design Awards. In May 2014 he was awarded the New York Design Award for his interior dining chair titled, The Tubular Chair. The Bungalow Armchair in hand woven leather was also a finalist. Jamie splits his time between his design studios in Sydney and Los Angeles, and continues to work with several hotels, resorts and commercial projects currently spanning 17 countries.

The design practice was born in the field of landscape architecture giving the firm the foundation of its design philosophy; a sophisticated blend of the natural form and clean-line geometry, affectionately titled RAW LUXURY. Durie Design has evolved today into a multi-disciplinary design practice in areas of architecture, interior architecture, landscape, and Durie's greatest passion, furniture design. Durie's first furniture collection was designed and created over a decade ago in 2003 and has since retailed in over 200 department stores throughout Australia. After a successful launch into Europe, Durie's collections continue to sell today in over 16 countries.

Durie and his team have created a unique design language and coined it TRANSTERIOR TM and have become well known for creating seamless transitions between the indoors and out. He stands behind his philosophy of taking the outdoors in and the indoors out, and giving the client the ability of having a greater connection to nature in a sophisticated and carefully considered design environment where the furniture takes inspiration from nature.

Jamie is a committed environmentalist working with numerous organisations dedicated to conservation. In honour of his work over the last two decades, Jamie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013 for services to the environment & design, while in 2004, he received the Centenary Medal for services to the environment, television, and the community.

Author of 11 best-selling books including Edible Garden Design - Aust & US editions, 100 Gardens, Jamie Durie's The Outdoor Room, Outside with Jamie Durie, The Source Book Editions 1 & 2, Inspired, Outdoor Kids, The Outdoor Room and Patio-Garden Design). Jamie is currently working on his 12th book title and his first one on interior design, to be published in Australia by Penguin Lantern Books in 2016 with a further release from Harper Collins New York in spring 2016.

Jamie has hosted over 52 primetime design shows worldwide aired in over 90 countries, and has hosted The Outdoor Room, Green Home TV shows among many others since his debut as a regular celebrity designer guest for 4 years on the Oprah Winfrey show.

A committed environmentalist and pioneer of 'The Outdoor Room' concept, Jamie has greatly impacted the face of landscape design, inspiring a whole new generation to rediscover their gardens again by showing them how to truly live outdoors.

After his move to the USA 7 years ago, Jamie now resides in Los Angeles, California where he and his team continue doing what he loves to do; creating beautiful, high end furniture designs for today, that nurture people with nature both inside and out. Jamie is a returning judge on Season 5 of The Apartment.