After moving back from Greece at the young age of 14, Manny started working for his family-run business Constantine Kitchens and Joinery based in Alexandria. This family-run business mainly designed and built kitchens and joinery in the Eastern Suburbs and Lower North Shore. Being a leader in the industry then has remained with Manny who has stuck to this tradition until today.
After a decade in the joinery business, Manny moved into the furniture industry. There he set up Sydney’s first Forty Winks store in Alexandria in 1995 and in Annandale in 2002. In 2004 he moved his operations to the Alexandria Homemaker Centre. With design in mind, he set up the Forty Winks Flagship Store one of Australia’s incredibly designed bedding stores, changing the way bedding stores look to what we see today.
In the early 2000s he also designed and imported furniture from overseas where he supplied most major retailers. He continued to also renovate and build homes on the side, something that he also had always had a passion for.
In 2010 whilst sourcing hard surfaces for his new family home, he noticed that there was a significant gap in the market for architects, designers, owner builders and developers to be serviced by a one stop shop of hard surfaces. His vision led him to open Alexandria Tiles and Flooring. This was one of the first stores of it’s kind in Australia to provide design assistance whilst providing clients with a one stop shop experience for all flooring products including timber, terrazzo, tiles, stone and carpet.
Manny’s vision is to exceed client expectations by allowing their dreams become reality. He loves to take risks and be daring, whilst also considering the client’s needs for function and practicality.
Applying a hands-on approach to project managing the entire design process from concept creation, client presentations and managing suppliers and builders, Manny oversees the completion of the entire project.
Manny lives by the belief of knowing the design rules and when to break them.
Spiroula’s thirst for knowledge has allowed her the opportunity to expand within various facets of the industry including gaining extensive knowledge and interest in joinery design through managing design departments within joinery companies and having the opportunity to explore joinery design and trends internationally. Spiroula’s experience includes designing showrooms for large Australian brands such as Good Guys & Freedom nationally, designed for TV shows such as The Block, Reno Rumble and Deadline Designs.
Having the opportunity to design Australia’s first Co-Living space UKO, a concept derived from the USA and Europe, further accelerated Spiroula’s career which went on to win best in Architectural Interiors for the Good Design Australia awards and was shortlisted in the Australian House Awards. Throughout the design development, Spiroula benefited and expanded her knowledge of bespoke joinery design further through international travel to Shanghai, China. Some additional notable projects include: Crown Casino Barangaroo, Mercure Hotels, Veriu Hotels.
Spiroula prides herself In her attention to detail and her ability to work closely with clients, fellow designers and all relevant trades, builders and developers to ensure all projects meet the client brief and are executed to precision.
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Working predominantly in the high-end residential sector, Tiffany uses an intuitive approach in understanding the client’s vision and establishing a brief to produce desirable results. Working through the entire process ensuring the design intent is reflected throughout the design development, documentation and execution stages. Tiffany’s experience was further expanded through her work at a boutique high-end residential design firm in the affluent Eastern suburbs of Sydney working in the Design and Construction sector.
This experience allowed her to navigate through multiple stages of the process from client correspondence, conceptual design, procurement, design development and documentation, project management and site coordination. This multifaceted role expanded her knowledge across the design and construction process in its entirety which has in turn resulted in a more well rounded designer.
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