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!

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!!


Ash Ward - Interior Designer

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

Tamara Prochnik - Senior Interior Designer

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

Eliza Monti - Interior Designer

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!

Michaela Mills - Graphic Designer

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

Tonic — Wellbeing Consultant

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

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