Designers Adrian Ramsay and Callie Van Der Merwe are set to explain how joy and design walk hand-in-hand through every space we build.



Designer Adrian Ramsay (Adrian Ramsay Design House and the host of TALKDesign Podcast) and Sydney based designer Callie Van Der Merwe (Design Partnership) will soon feature as guest presenters at Caroma HQ in Sydney; with presentations focussed on ‘creating joy’ with design.

The event, The Aesthetics of Joy in Design, will see these two unique design forces team up to bring bliss to the design space.

“Callie Van Der Merwe and Adrian Ramsay will speak about creating spaces, moments and places of Joy, the intense momentary experience of positive emotion that makes us smile and feel intensely happy rather than wellness that measures how good we feel generally over time.”

Their collaboration is one borne out of mutual admiration. Adrian reflected on what he sees as Callie’s ‘genius’, citing his love and dedication to human experience in the built structure. 

“Layer that with his ability to tell a story with objects and materials that can transport you to a new experience … it’s masterful. He is a master storyteller and creates desirable and memorable experiences in the built structure taking you on a feast for the sensors without ever overstepping the mark…genius.”


Host of TALKDesign Podcast and CEO of Adrian Ramsay Design House, Adrian Ramsay.


Callie was also forthcoming with his praise for the Buderim designer, praising what he saw as a seemingly boundless positive stream of energy. 

“We have had many talks that always seem to run over our allocated time, as I find this energy, his thinking methodology and general conversations very infectious and motivational. 

“(He’s) bravely extroverted, with no fear in expressing courageous thoughts, I think my far more introverted measured character type has a lot to learn from him.”

Catching up with these two design mavericks, we first asked the pair what the key factor was in how design influenced their daily lives. 

For Adrian, great design is something which delivers without us knowing. “We feel comfort, which we rarely associate unless we experience discomfort first,” he said. “It’s about the space of a room, the ease of use and journey through a space the way it is lit or the way the light falls over walls floor ceilings, the textures, the temperature, the noise control.”

For Callie Van Der Merwe, it comes down to context.

“There are many different forms of design,” he said, “however, every type of design exists to solve problems. In order to solve problems, one must first be able to see it and in order to see it one must be able to collect all the data around it. 


We have instinctively known for centuries that our built environment has a profound impact on our mood and wellbeing and have tried for as long to define sets of rules or codes to bottle its essence.


“That’s when real problem solving and thus real design starts. It’s neither art nor science. It’s most definitely a careful blend of the two.”

“Great design will connect you and the structure so that it feels seamless as if it is just for you,” added Adrian.  

‘Joy’ being a form of wellness ponders the question of how we might connect wellness and design. Callie insists that ‘wellness’ in design is not a new concept at all.

“We have instinctively known for centuries that our built environment has a profound impact on our mood and wellbeing and have tried for as long to define sets of rules or codes to bottle its essence,” he says. 

The Greeks, Callie says, had three main orders to lay down a broad set of rules for geometry and design. “They also had the mathematical equation of 1.618, also known as the ‘Golden ratio’ or ‘Divine proportion’, said to have been used in the Parthenon. The ancient Chinese had the Feng Shui geomancy to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment, and the Egyptians had healing temples, where colour healing took place with sunlight shining through coloured gemstones.”

For Adrian, it often comes down to the basics.

“There are massive health benefits from items like steam showers, indoor planting, connection to natural raw materials,” he said. “Then, the composition of the manmade materials needs to be considered as to things like their levels of Volatile Organic Compounds, and the direct effect these have on us as humans.”

“It’s a big jigsaw puzzle,” said Adrian, “one that’s worth the investment to get right.” 



The event will take place at 6 pm, April 15 at Caroma on Collins, Sydney. 

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