Interior spaces, art and architecture had always been an inspiration for retailer Emma Thiessen. After working in the airline industry, the 45-year-old decided to follow her passion and start a career in the design industry.
Becoming the director for Adelaide-based furniture company 1000 Chairs, Emma has worked hard to showcase the very best of South Australia’s makers and designers.
“Our local furniture and design community is exciting and innovative,” she says. “The reasons to support local South Australian and Australian made could not be more important than in the time we are living now.
“Appreciating the incredible talent we have on offer supports families, businesses and in turn the wider positive outlook it creates for our state and country.”
When she’s not sourcing furniture, Emma loves spending time with her family and making the most of their most recent home additions.
“The pool and the pizza oven would have to be the best additions we have made and we love how they bring us together,” she says.
1K chairs (1000 Chairs).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/BEST KNOWN FOR …
Working with the phenomenal local design community in this state. I’m humbled by how talented and energetic they all are and I’m lucky to be able to work closely with them in a small way.
I LIVE WITH …
My husband James and two children, Bebe and my stepson Noah.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …
It’s a story of all the places I have been, the relationships I’ve experienced in my life, a cosy space to share with my family.
BUT I STILL NEED TO …
Sort out the spare room!
MY DECORATING STYLE IS …
Playful, yet practical.
My LRNCE Moroccan textile art that I had local Jam Factory associate and artist Ivana Taylor create a walnut rod and rope system to hang above our bed.
I COLLECT …
Art and chairs.
FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR HOME?
The new master bedroom and ensuite. The outlook is to the pool area, and gives me the feeling of being on holidays all the time.
■ The loves of my life, my family.
■ Pool and wood oven.
■ Cutie the cat.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …
A lot of succulents!
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT …
I usually get into my house pants as soon as possible and ask how everyone’s day went, then start to cook or watch my husband cook and sit at the kitchen bench and chat about the day.
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …
Relax and recharge with yoga and a hike and good bottle of rosé or pinot.
MY FIRST CAR WAS …
A 1983 Honda Civic named Ursula.
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …
Music of all genres, currently loving Billie Eilish.
AT THE MOMENT I AM READING …
Sarah Wilson’s This One Wild and Precious Life.
The Castle, always.
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
ON MY WISHLIST IS …
To travel. NZ was cancelled this year due to Covid and keen to get over to Switzerland to do some mountain hiking after we finally get to NZ in 2021.
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE …
A singer or a politician.
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY?
Summer holidays at Sellicks/Aldinga/Silver Sands.
IF I COULD CHANGE CAREER NOW I WOULD BE …
A yin yoga instructor.
FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT OR ACTIVITY
So many but love the beauty of KI.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Bora Bora for total R + R.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
MY NEIGHBOURS ARE …
Caring and helpful.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT …
My daughter Bebe.
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …
In a simple beautiful modernist home on some land and with views of the ocean and the mountains.
HOME MEANS …