MEET the DESIGNER - Miranda Moreira of Wolfe & Bride
posted on May 04 2018
Introducing Miranda Moreira the talent behind Bride & Wolfe
Gracing the windows of style temples like Bergdorf Goodman's and recently appearing in the amazing Architectural Digest feature of Poppy Develingne's apartment in London. The creations by Bride & Wolfe's Miranda Moreira are without a doubt having a huge moment.
Thanks to her adventurous perspective on life we have gorgeous objects with nods to everything super chouette and cool to bring zing into our home / bar / playroom. That's how we roll, yo!
Once Gerard Depardieu's chef and recently approached by Disney, read our exclusive interview with the wonderful Miranda.
Name: Miranda Moreira
Marital status: Married
Name and age of your children, if any: Vasco 13, Bruno 11
Where are you from? Melbourne
Describe your neighbourhood?
Thornbury has always been good for little families, and is now becoming more exciting with bars and cafes nestling in amongst the barber shops and continental butchers. Our street has lots of eucalypt trees and there’s the Merri Creek up the road. There seem to be endless streams of local kids running around, playing on their scooters and knocking on each others doors.
How did the idea for your business come about?
I studied fine art and finished well with high distinctions and a gallery contract, but after years of schooling I’d run out of puff, and had a strong case of wanderlust. Keen to find a way of exploring the world with a creative career that wasn’t so precarious, I reinvented myself as a chef, finishing my apprenticeship with Greg Malouf in 1999 and immediately taking off for Europe.
I was working as a chef in London when I met and became friends with Carole Bouquet and her partner, the actor Gerard Depardieu. Within weeks I was in Paris, living in Gerard’s house as private chef for the next six years.
It was such a unique experience of French culture. I lived alongside their amazing art collection- original Rodin sculptures in the living room, Picabia paintings on the walls, Matisse etchings in the bathroom, it was mind-blowing. I learnt French quickly and my working life involved making dinners and conversation with film directors, actors and writers.
This high cultural influence was a great contrast to my own personal experience of Paris; wandering for miles across the city with my camera in hand, finding treasure in flea markets and artisanal shops, making new friends, just soaking everything in. It was brilliant.
I was still pursuing my art, making paintings, sculptures and collages, working from an old printmaking atelier in the 11tharrondissiment. I knew I’d eventually move home to Melbourne and couldn’t see myself as a chef forever, as much as I enjoyed it.
This is when the concept for Bride&Wolfe really started forming in my mind- living in Paris, making art, and imagining a working life back in Australia creating beautiful and personal objects for people’s homes.
What’s innovative about what you do? In terms of your craft, design or sourcing?
High-quality materials and obsessive attention to detail, keeping things simple ( keeping the range small and currated) and growing at a sustainable pace.
Can you name any celebrity followers?
Poppy Develingne (see Architectural Digest article)
What’s the best compliment you have ever been paid?
Well I’ve just been approached by Disney for a collaboration - that’s pretty complimentary
What’s the best part of being your own boss?
How do you feel about motherhood? ?
I try to be aware of living in the present and enjoying each day, even the harder ones. To share your child’s life journey is a complete privilege. I give my boys full attention when they need it, and the rest of the time they are quite free-range.
How have you changed since you became a parent?
What are your future plans for your business/designs?
More collabs, new mirrors and hopefully a jewellery range.
What is your favourite smell?
My garden at dawn in late summer- the morning dew and the eucalyptus smells are my favourite.
What’s your most treasured possession?
The notes and (love) letters my children have written to me over the years. My grandmother’s engagement ring.
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m so visual, seeing colours and patterns whilst food shopping can be as inspiring as looking through art books or surfing the net.
I’ve become more nostalgic since I’ve become a mum, and my childhood in St Kilda is hugely influential- panel vans, hot summers on the beach, icypoles and Oz rock! Of course current things in my life influence the work, but I’ve still kept my diaries from Paris, full of sketches and plans for Bride & Wolfe.
How do you relax?
I try to be aware of living in the present and enjoying each day, even the harder ones. My partner and I have at least one evening a week together, no kids. To unwind in Summer we crash at friends’ places down the coast, or spend time at the Fitzroy Pool, picking up some pizza on the way home.
Out of all the things your child has now what will you save for the day they become parents themselves?
Books and artwork.
What does a family heirloom mean to you? Can you give an example of something your family holds dear to their heart?
We have baby books that my father bound in leather. Inside we made prints of our babies feet and hands, as well as filling them with little stories. My boys LOVE reading these. And we also get photo books made from our trips.
Recommend a piece of art that everyone should see because it can change your life:
The giant Matisse paintings at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris are pretty wonderful.