IN CONVERSATION WITH: MARNI BURGER, OF BURGG ART AND FURNITURE
Home to a plethora of creative businesses, Sydney's Precinct 75 is bustling with original and inspiring design. It's a fitting space then for designer Marni Burger to take up residency with BURGG, an art and furniture design house providing beautifully crafted and high quality furnishings with individual style and sophistication.
The BURGG showroom displays a range of her designs, with the complete range of BURGG sofas, banquette seating and ottomans locally made and able to be fully customised to suit your own style and requirements
Visit BURGG at 75 Mary Street, St Peters, and say Hello to Marni and BURGG's resident pooch, Chappie. In the meantime find out more in our interview with Marni below, and how BURGG works to bring affordable, bespoke style into your home.
[TLSE] With a background in interior design, how and when did you (Marni Burger) come to establish BURGG; what made you switch from working with beautiful products, to then being responsible for the design of them?
[MARNI] This was such a natural transition for me; it allowed me to now bring life to the clients taste and style, creating truly unique pieces. I have always loved attention to detail, and creating my own furniture indulges this. Being an interior designer I realised there was a gap in the market for good quality furniture pieces with a reasonable price tag. I also wanted to have furniture made here in Australia; with my well sourced suppliers, I have achieved this.
[TLSE] Your pieces have a distinct style; how would you describe the BURGG aesthetic?
[MARNI] The BURGG range of furniture has been carefully designed to suit a wide variety of homes. The extensive variety of fabric and style options on offer to our clients, allows us to customise a piece of furniture to suit any space - from the humble rumpus room to high end luxury fit outs. Our bespoke service combines original and creative style to deliver beautiful, sustainable and extraordinarily designed pieces. I want to create furniture that is timeless and authentic.
[TLSE] How do you continue to stay inspired? What media sources, designers or experiences do you turn to when working on a new project?
[MARNI] I have been fortunate to be surrounded by family members and friends that are talented artists and designers. I was born in South Africa, lived in London and have now been in Australia for over 12 years. I can’t help but to always go back to my South African roots and implement organic and natural elements into the showroom, either in the art we sell at BURGG or the texture and fabrics used for the furniture. As a family we travel as much as possible and Europe has always been a favourite destination. We love visiting the local markets for authentic, cultural inspiration and hidden treasures. I also love interior magazines, and social media allows me to connect with everyday people in everyday homes.
[TLSE] With your pieces able to be customised as per the design of each client, no two briefs can be the same. How special (and exciting!) is it to work on projects that are unique to the customer and their individual needs and aesthetic?
[MARNI] The BURGG range of furniture can be fully customised with regard to design, finish and material, allowing the client to have a bespoke piece of furniture. At BURGG I create furniture for rooms that are warm, comfortable and appealing; the heart and soul of the home.
[TLSE] To designers and business owners looking to follow their creative dreams, what piece of advice would you give to inspire creativity; and what has been the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
[MARNI] Be authentic and true to yourself and trust your instincts.
[TLSE] A typical day designing furniture for Marni Burger looks like…..
[MARNI] Each day is different. At least once a week I have the car loaded with another piece of furniture to take to the showroom or I see clients in the morning prior to opening the showroom. I am constantly looking at new fabrics, trends and styles, making sure the BURGG product is current.
[TLSE] What can customers expect when they visit you and your showroom at Precinct 75?
[MARNI] I don’t just sell furniture, I sell a lifestyle. It is important to listen and understand the client’s needs and requirements. I make suggestions and give options. At the BURGG showroom the client will always receive some interior design advice, as I want the client to walk away feeling confident with their purchase.
[TLSE] What’s next for BURGG? What projects are you currently working on?
[MARNI] I am working on two private residential projects where I also have to design new furniture pieces.