Joanina – designer:
A design and advertising guru as it were, Joanina is one of a kind, full house. Having earned her position as Head of Design at MullenLowe / Cross Colours she has proved herself numerous times, with many local and international awards as evidence. Joanina sat on the judging panels of both local and inter-national award ceremonies including the highly prestigious Cannes Advertising Festival, the New York Festivals and Loeries. She had the honour to be the President of the Design Category for the London International Awards and was delighted to be included as jury member in the Dubai Lynx and A Award. Innovation and audaciousness are part of her character, always challenging the norms and finding creative solutions that enhance the identity and personality of a brand. Highly energetic, she loves to devour all forms of visual communication and is a keen observer of current developments in many related fields including architecture, art, craft, interior design and the environment. She is loving designing hanging furniture – a passion that she has had for a long time. She can fondly remember coming back from a trip to London once with a hanging chair in tow. Studio Stirling supplies a selective clientele all over the world.
David – photographer and curious wannabe inventor
Starting out as a husband and wife team was definitely a double whammy! David being a photographer, certainly had an eye – and an aesthetic one at that. He enjoyed extending his talent into creating three dimensional objects. He was down to earth and practical which was a definite plus and as he was certainly more than ‘handy’ assisted with lots technically. On occasion even had to dig deep to find some of that Boy Scout training in figuring out the tying of some of the specialised knots needed in the rope for hanging some of the models. It was huge fun to work together on some of the more challenging pieces. David passed away in 2017 but left the business in a stable condition with the existing range well in place. His photography partner is now continuing doing the photography and the production team is well entrenched and in place. The business is growing and going from strength to strength despite this crucial loss and we are so grateful for the input, care and support we did benefit from and received so generously from David.