Glenaeon Alumni - Where Are They Now?
In today's Glenaeon Alumni update, David Heimann (86') discusses his life post-Glenaeon, his impressive career and his favourite memories of the school.
In an impressive career spanning more than 20 years, David Heimann has cultivated a reputation as one of Australia’s leading interior designers and is co-founder/director of homewares empire Orson & Blake. We are very proud to call him one of our own! David attended Glenaeon from Year 7 to 12, completing his HSC in 1986. At school, he excelled in creative art subjects, developing a lifelong passion and appreciation for fine art, design and fashion.
After leaving school, David relocated to London for two years where he worked for giants of the fashion and retail industry and counts Elton John as one of his celebrity clients. Inspired by his global travels, David returned home to Sydney and co-founded the luxury design and homewares institution Orson & Blake with his mother Mandy. Orson & Blake has since expanded into a national brand synonymous with eclecticism and modern design.
In 2010, David launched the popular OB Collection - an innovative range of homewares and furniture, available in retailers nationwide. He is also familiar to television audiences as the host of the Channel Nine show homeMADE and is a regular contributor to international design magazines and blogs. As for the future, David hopes to continue to build Orson & Blake as a great Australian brand in the global market.
How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?
I was always a highly creative child who was interested in art and design. Steiner education promotes individuality, creativity and self-discovery, which suited me. The diversity of school subjects such as ceramics, woodwork and art history was ideal for a creative student like myself. Glenaeon is a very ‘spirited’ school and provided a highly supportive platform – allowing me to blossom and ultimately led me in the direction of interior design and fashion.
Favourite Glenaeon Memory?
There are so many! I thoroughly enjoyed Rosemary Gentle’s English class. She was a very strong and supportive character. Another strong memory was Eurythmy class with Kristin Ramsden who was such a charismatic and dynamic teacher. Also, learning amongst nature at was truly inspiring. Surrounded by bushland, was such a sensory experience in itself that enhanced our education.