Interview with Fenton and Fenton's founder, Lucy Fenton.

When it comes to home and interiors, there are very few people more influential than Lucy Fenton, founder of Melbourne’s own Fenton & Fenton. From the latest artist to hit the Australian scene, through to her beautiful curation of ‘lust-have’ furnishings and accessories, Lucy’s taste is nothing short of contagious. This week, I had the privilege of catching up with Lucy to chat about her store, where her inspiration comes from and how to choose the right pieces for your home. 

Myself and Lucy from Fenton and Fenton

Myself and Lucy from Fenton and Fenton

The beauty of art and the impact it has in a home is immeasurable. The effect it can have on you emotionally is so unique to you, which is why art is so subjective.

Walking into Fenton & Fenton I feel like a kid walking into a candy store. Full of vibrancy, bold colour and adventure. Many of my clients, despite wearing a lot of colour, are afraid of bringing it into their home. Perhaps it’s a concern of permanency? What if I fall out of love with this tone or style? But what if we looked at the selection of art from a completely new angle? As a reflection or moment in time. For example, if a certain object brings a smile to our face and warms our heart, then how is it possible to ever fall out of love with it?

If there’s anything to learn from Lucy, it’s to put aside your fears of permanency and colour and allow yourself the pleasure to connect and embrace a moment in time.

You can read our full interview below.

Interview with Lucy from Fenton & Fenton.

Romy:

Hi Darling! So I’ve been coming here for many, many years and absolutely love the way I feel when I walk in here, it’s always different and very inspiring. How would you describe the style of this place?

Lucy:
I think the style of Fenton and Fenton is bold, colourful, adventurous. But we don’t like to take anything too seriously so when people come in here we want them to feel a sense of adventure but also just to make them feel happy and inspired really.

Romy:
Absolutely. So where do you get your inspiration from?

Lucy:
I think inspiration can be found anywhere. For me, like yourself, travel is a big thing. Definitely going to other countries and seeing all of the colours and different cultures, I always take something away. I think that’s also important because when you’re away you actually get that white space in a way, to actually absorb and take in new things. Often in Melbourne, where I’m at home, you’re so busy with work and the kids, everything like that, you don’t get that time to really, get inspired.

Romy:
You’re not receptive to it…

Lucy:
Yeah so I think travelling is a big thing but also Instagram and reading blogs as much as you can.

Romy:
Fenton and Fenton has always been a great place for people looking for art, there’s always different artists here, there’s always different things to see. What is it that you look for?

Lucy:
To be honest there’s really no set requirements, we do get a lot of submissions from artists all over. It is tough…because there is so much beauty in everybody’s work. It is so subjective! To be honest, we choose art the same way we think people should choose art for their own home. If it resonates with me or some others from the team then we go for it, so it’s not really…there’s no strict requirements, not set into one style. But we do like them to have their own unique style and not be a clash of somebody else that we already represent.

Romy:
Yes that’s important. So if you were to suggest a piece to somebody, that connection of art - how important is that? What would you be encouraging people to look for?

 Lucy:
Well I have honestly been saying this forever with art, I feel like a lot of people find it difficult to choose art, but I find it the easiest thing. If you love it, and it talks to you, and it makes you feel a certain way or you just love looking at it, for me, that’s the easiest way.

 Romy:
Like this one, I’ve got my eye on this one * see picture below *.

Stan Piechaczek - Rojo Oro

Stan Piechaczek - Rojo Oro

Lucy:
Exactly, you might have to fight a few of us before you take that home. I think with art when you look back at it, it always reminds you of where you were when you bought it. I’ve got pieces I bought in Bali when I got married, there are pieces I bought in Guatemala in the villages when we were traveling and you always look at it. It might not be what you’d go out and buy today, but it reminds you of that time.

Romy:
Absolutely. Is that why you get a lot of your inspiration from your travel and bring it here?

Lucy:
Definitely. We get it so we can bring it back. You know like with Stan (Stan Piechaczek, the artist whose work is pictured above) when we have his exhibition later on in the year, we’re going to combine our rugs with other different things we bought in Morocco and both sort of collaborate together to bring the vision home.

Romy:
That’s brilliant, and that’s what makes this store so unique. So if anyones looking for something, it tells a story. It’s good because you start to understand the effort and the energy, and the inspiration behind everything, which is incredible. 

Lucy:
I think people want that more now.

Romy:
So, what’s next for Fenton and Fenton?

Lucy:
Well we’ve just opened our new store in Collingwood, so that’s really exciting. In October we’re going to have the exhibition with Stan, (Stan Piechaczek) which is going to be combined with, as I already said, pieces we collected together on our trip to Morocco recently. And really exciting as well, we’ve also been invited to exhibit in the Affordable Art Fair which is coming to Melbourne for the first time in September. So for art lovers out there, highly recommend going along because they’ve exhibited all over the world; New York, Milan, Sweden, everywhere! But this is the first time here…and the price point for the art - it all has to be original artworks and it’s no more than $12,000. I think it’s going to be really good opportunity to get to know new artists and also see our old artists.  

Romy:
Unbelievable, very exciting. Thanks so much for meeting with me today and talking all things art.


Lucy:
Always a pleasure.

A very big thank you to Lucy for chatting with me. You can shop her beautiful collection via her website here or follow her colourful journey on Instagram too.