We have designed everything from an entire urban park precinct, to a beautiful bespoke lamp, and everything in between. Always, our aim is to create places and objects that truly reflect our client’s values. Not for us the world of ‘off the shelf’ or clichéd – we are about considered, bold concepts and clever detailing, built on robust foundations.
Amber Road is the name of an ancient trade route along which the treasured resin gemstone Amber was transported, from the Baltic region to Northern Africa. Co-director Katy's father is Latvian and Yasmine's Egyptian, so we chose 'Amber Road' to connect our separate, yet shared heritages, while also hinting at our shared love of travel and adventure.
Co-director *Landscape Architect *Planter *Nature lover
Katy is passionate about harnessing the natural environment to connect and enrich people’s lives.
Ex Hassell and Aspect Studios, she has more than 15 years of Australian & international landscape and design experience. Curious exploration, rooted in a respect for nature, underlies her highly experienced, sophisticated‘old soul’ approach to landscape. She has a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Western Australia. In addition to her design work, she is sessional design tutor for Landscape Architecture at the University of NSW & UTS.
Co-director *Interior Architect *Part time musician
A Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, USA, post college, Yasmine worked in the USA as a lead designer on a range of high-end hospitality & residential projects. She then worked on several boutique hotels across America & Asia, before returning to Australia and co-founding Amber Road with sister, Katy Svalbe. Since then, Yasmine has designed a range of award winning interiors projects and worked to broaden people's understanding of design through her Foxtel TV presence in 2016. She is also a seasonal contributor to Real Estate.com and is a sessional design tutor for Interior Architecture at the University of NSW.
HOW WE WORK
HOW WE WORK
We step straight into our client's shoes for a moment and ask ourselves...'would this be a space where we'd love to spend time, engage with or feel at home?' Our designs always respond to our basic needs as humans, not only as designers. Comfort and sustainability are key. Collaboration is also a cornerstone of our practice. Every project is unique and requires different skills so a multi-disciplinary, shared skills and ideas approach is fundamental to the way we work every day.
Each of our projects is managed by one Director according to the project type: Interior Architecture/Design or Landscape Architecture. However, our designs will always emerge from a collaboration between the two Directors and our team. This approach continues throughout the design process in the form of internal reviews and critiques to ensure design rigour and quality on each project.