Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Sophie Safrin — Design Director

Sophie Safrin is the founder and Design Director of Hot Black. Born and raised in Melbourne she returned from a three year stint in London in 2010 and found an opportunity to provide a unique offering within the interior design industry.

Sophie has international interior design experience across Australia, Asia and Europe in corporate office environments, airline lounges, retail, residential and hospitality projects. Her core strength lies in corporate identity translation within built environments and conceptual design in workplace projects.

It probably goes without saying that Sophie is passionate about design, but also mentoring her team and achieving 100% client satisfaction during all facets of the design and build process.

She’s has never picked up a musical instrument but she swears in another life she was a DJ!

Duc Le — Associate / Revit Manager

Duc is our famous sportsman on the cricket pitch & a mad Hawks supporter!

Luke Bonham - Senior Architect

Luke is a self-confessed beer snob and is hard pressed to give up his sleep-ins on the weekend.

Renatha Setyawan - Associate/Senior Interior Designer

Renatha loves to travel, and spends her spare time trying the various culinary delights of the world.

Jenn Robin - Senior Interior Designer

Jenn enjoys spending her Saturday nights on the dance floor with a vodka lime soda or pinot…. depending on the weather.

Virginie Lhermet - Senior Interior Designer

Virginie loves to go sailing on the weekends!

Julia Ruffolo - Senior Interior Designer

Julia is a travel loving foodie who always buys cookbooks when she travels.

Jessica Lucas - Interior Designer

Not only does Jessica love to cook… She has a love for vodka – and can handle it!!


Amanda Blazey

Amanda is a true Farm Girl at heart, often spending her weekends helping with the animals or pottering in the veggie garden!

Hannah Williams - Interior Designer

Hannah is learning to play the piano in her spare time!

Ash Ward - Interior Designer

In her spare time, Ash is teaching herself to play the ukulele!

Tamara Provnick - Interior Designer (SYD)

Tamara loves the sunshine, and can never turn down a negroni!

Eliza Monti - Interior Designer (SYD)

Although Eliza doesn’t have a natural cooking ability, she loves food, wine and travelling!

Emma Gaffney - Client Experience Manager

Emma is a self-confessed tea addict and a brunch enthusiast, but don’t worry – she’s always up for a boozy session, too!

Joseph Rocca - Technical Co-ordinator

Joseph says he’s not your typical nerd!

Michaela Mills - Graphic Designer

Michaela fills her spare time playing hockey, tennis and mountain climbing!

Manelle Connelly - Operations & Experience Manager

Manelle enjoys belly dancing and rock climbing when she gets a chance to go!

Steve Priddle - Financial Controller

Steve enjoys a beer on a Friday afternoon, and has recently discovered a love for travelling to Asia!

Sarah Duran - Project Co-ordinator

When Sarah isn’t running around after her two kids, she can be found enjoying a nice glass of red!

Tonic — Wellbeing Consultant

In her spare time, Tonic loves to play at the beach and dress up for costume parties!

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