Lecturer, Interior Design
4th Year Coordinator
School Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Practitioner
Member of the School Workshop Management Committee
Currently undertaking a PhD by practice at RMIT University in the School of Architecture and Design, Anthony Fryatt completed a Graduate. Certificate in Tertiary Teaching & Learning at RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art at Staffordshire University in the UK. Anthony has spent several years in commercial practice including at David Collins and Virgile and Stone, part of the Imagination Group, both based in London and at SJB Interiors, Melbourne.
RESEARCH + PRACTICE
Anthony understands the interior to be about subjective and collective experience. The quality of this experience can be complex and full, assembled and affected by systems, infrastructure, architecture, objects, information, media and personal interactions. In this sense an interior is better understood as a relational condition rather than one simply defined or contained by the built environment. This convergence of influences positions interior design as a central discipline that must continually engage with others through collaboration and critical reassessment of norms. The adaptability that arises from this collaborative approach makes interior design particularly well suited to working amongst the complexity and flux of contemporary society.
Anthony’s own research explores the interior as simultaneously both real and fictional, a mediator between the self and others. Using scenic strategies, implied narrative and the assembly of fragments to produce a mise-en-scène of objects and actions where the participant can become authors of their own performative experience. Suspension of disbelief and an acceptance of the ‘unreal’ is often a necessary participatory condition in this work.
These ideas are pursued through a collaborative creative practice with Roger Kemp under the working title Making Distance. Projects include built works, installations, film sets, models, exhibitions and public interventions. The work has been shown at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI); Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Brighton University, UK; Form Gallery, State of Design Festival; Bus Projects; Fortyfivedownstairs; Pinup Gallery; Federation Square, Channel 31 and AFTRS. It has also been shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards. Teaching workshops have been led in VCUQatar and University of Technology Lea, PNG. As well as a number of public talks they have been published by IDEA Journal, TEXT Journal and Curtin University and conference papers have been delivered at University of Sydney and Aalto University, Helsinki.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY
Anthony has built on the relationships that the Interior Design program has with industry through collaborative studio and specialisations teaching. This has allowed students to engage with commercial organisations, design practices and contemporary situations. In recent years he has also established an internship program that places students directly into design studios as part of their formal studies at RMIT.