Anna is a visual storyteller with an eye for the eclectic, and an ambition for the memorable.
Likely to be found fossicking for sentimental pieces at a local flea market or collaborating with artisans while creating the most fitting pieces for a current project, Anna researches the local and historical context of the projects she’s working on, to distinguish valuable curios, artwork and character filled pieces.
Anna has created sets for stage events for the likes of Massimo Bottura, Andoni Aduriz, Heston Blumenthal, Antonio Carluccio, and Rene Redzepi in grand establishments from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Anna often works with architects and project managers to fulfil and exceed their artistic vision. She can actualize a project from scratch, using the litany of connections she’s made throughout her tenure and travels upon which she can draw inspiration and resources.
In her 20 years as a stylist, Anna has trained with some of the best. Over nearly ten years, living in London, she worked under Priscilla Carluccio (Conran) in a role capturing visual merchandising, interior design, branding, and product development. In Australia, she has collaborated, with Nic Graham & Associates, Luchetti Krelle, and Indyk architects to name a few. She has paid her knowledge forward by mentoring students at the Royal College of Art in London, and lecturing at R.M.I.T University in Melbourne.
Anna’s interest in Environmental Science ensures the styling decisions she makes are not based purely on aesthetics, but are also informed by sustainability.
With enough objets d’art (curated by stylist Anna Roberts to a theme of “The Cabinet of Curiosity”) to fill a small museum and the 1980s music on continuous rotation, there’s a decidedly cool feel about the place.
The hotel is awash with eclectic touches, such as the ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ in the foyer, which is packed with quirky objects, such as Bowie-printed dinner plates and old medical prescriptions.
At the achingly cool QT Bondi, for example, you’ll find a bow tie, coconut water, Wild Kombucha drinks, protein balls, playing cards, clean undies, an iPhone pouch, Pick-Up Sticks and a children’s book.
QT Queenstown follows the design DNA of predecessor properties, taking inspiration from its surroundings, and including the signature QT quirk.
[Architect Nic Graham]’s work is complemented by that of stylist Anna Roberts, who for the Queenstown project sourced local touches to place in-room, such as treats from Remarkables Sweet Shop, a ceramic tui bird sculpture and Central Otago drops in the mini bar.
Anna Roberts styles the rooms and curates the Qtique boutique with the most cutting-edge design objets.
With interiors led by Nic Graham and graphics curated by Fabio Ongarato, plus in-room styling by Anna Roberts, the space is a melting pot of creative forces.
Within, vintage and contemporary furnishings and flashes of colour enliven the pared-down stone, concrete and wood interior. Nic Graham, and long-time QT collaborator and stylist, Anna Roberts, have sensibly left the provision of drama to Nature through floor-to-ceiling windows that draw Lake Wakatipu and the serrated, snowy Remarkables beyond, into bedrooms.