Given the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important now more than ever to stay connected, inspired and engaged as a design community during this period of isolation. Let us introduce you to some of the JRF team and how they are adapting to #workingfromhome and continuing business as (un)usual.
Name: Georgia Danos
Job title: Creative & Brand Manager
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
How are you adapting to the WFH lifestyle?
Routine and being organised, much like normal life really! However, the new daily schedule revolves around zoom meetings and my six year old’s school.
Having said this, for me, flexibility is the key – you just get what you need to get done, when you can! Needless to say, there have been a few late nights!
Talk us through your WFH set up?
Highly flexible! As long as I have my laptop, air pods, and a comfortable seat, I can get my work done. So I tend to move from the kitchen table, to the bench in our kitchen, to the couch… !
How do you stay motivated throughout the day?
I’m generally quite a motivated person, so iso hasn’t changed that. We’re working on some incredible projects with people I’m so inspired by – so there’s a genuine desire to get the job done! I love my work, so thankfully I haven’t found summoning the motivation difficult at all. Also, some fresh air and a lunch time yoga sesh help too!
What keeps you inspired during isolation?
The resilience of my kids, even though they find elements of the new normal confusing. They’ve asked me “why was Coronavirus invented”? The way they have adapted to this new way of life has been nothing short of inspiring.
It’s also been amazing to see how businesses and the design community have adapted to this crisis, there are lots of very clever people in our midst!
And of course, it goes without saying, all the health care and frontline workers are my heroes!
Have you tried anything new that you normally wouldn’t have had the time to do?
Yes! I’m trying to be a substitute teacher. I have even more respect for teachers after attempting home school.
What are you doing to stay active?
Plenty of yoga (keeps me sane at the best of times) and trying to get in a daily walk with the kids.
What is the thing you miss most about ‘normal’ life?
I miss people. I derive energy from the people I love and I miss hugs!!!
There have been moments where I’ve thought about risking fines for dinner with my besties!
Favourite furniture piece from your home?
Our dining set, it’s the centre and the soul of our home. Our incredible Daniel Barbera table is perfectly combined with our TON Chair 20 with the cane inset. I can’t wait to have people around to share it with us again soon.
What are you reading at the moment?
I love to read and one of the secret perks of iso is the ability to get through more books than I normally would. I’ve read and loved the following:
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Signature isolation meal/recipe?
My favourite not-quite-meal (often both consumed for breakfast and lunch!) is Noisette olive bread with taramasalata and smoked salmon (the best is from Stocked Foodstore) and fresh cucumber, delicious!
Favourite artwork in your home?
My favourites pieces tend to be those that have the most sentimental value.
A pair of bronze statues my grandparents brought from Europe when they came to Australia after WW2, at the end of the 1940s.
A Matthew Johnson painting my best girlfriends gave us for our wedding.
A large canvas gracing the walls of our family room, painted by my friend Miranda Skoczek.
Which piece from the JRF collection do you wish you had at home with you?
I love the Chaps Tables by Miniforms, that black and white marble … heaven!!!!
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