Sonia’s morning addiction to café lattes can be put down to her family’s immigration to Melbourne from the Mediterranean islands. She grew up listening to stories of rooftop gardens, beachside festivals, scorching summers and exotic foods. A born artist, her imagination sparked – she drew on walls around the house and set up exhibitions for her siblings. It came as no surprise to her family when she enrolled in Applied Arts and Interior Design and then rushed off to Europe to explore the world she had grown up hearing about.
Returning home inspired, she quickly put her ideas into practice, applying them to numerous interiors for commercial clients. With a desire to create and an interest in all things arty she hoards her inspiration just waiting for a chance to bring it to life, whether creating home wares or ceramics, painting, or designing beautiful spaces. In 2010, she established Ruba Design, creating homewares from recycled tyres.
Sonia now dreams of discovering her home land with her own family in the ultimate, designer hippy van.