Coast is a design studio based in Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.


Founded in 2000, our diverse clients appreciate our no-nonsense and honest approach to design. We have decades of experience in the design industry - in Australia and overseas - managing large teams and overseeing and implementing extensive complex projects. We now aim to keep things simple delivering a very personal service without intermediaries. Essentially, clients deal with us direct, the thinkers and the doers.

Our wide-ranging backgrounds mean we are aptly qualified to provide advice on branding, design and advertising. We also have an in-house, fully equipped, photographic studio. When necessary, we collaborate with our network of independent affiliates (world class photographers, interior designers, architects, industrial designers, illustrators, type designers, animators and programmers) to ensure the best outcome for the client.


We are based at the southern end of the beach’s arc, almost hidden in the trees, a haven for local birds and wildlife, particularly skinks and frogs (we love frogs!). We are proudly green and the office incorporates many environmental features: rainwater tanks for all services (the home and office uses less potable water than a one bedroom flat), cross-ventilation instead of air-conditioning, energy saving bulbs, a compost bin, etc. This beachside idyll has been nurtured over years and our clients love coming over the hill, seeing and smelling the ocean, and knowing they are heading to a place of calm – somewhere they can escape their day-to-day worries and enjoy some creative chat (aided by some homemade ginger shortbread of course!). You can find pics of the studio and surrounds on flickr.


Jonathan initially studied architecture in Dublin, and briefly turned to theatre set and costume design in London before managing design for the exclusive Oxford Street department store, Selfridges. Retail and design is in the Nolan blood; the family business, Brian S Nolan in Dublin, is the largest specialised interior design outlet in Ireland. The love affair with Australia probably started when he called his first dog Skippy, but after falling in love with an Australian in 1990, and a leisurely journey along the east coast in 1993 (breaking down at the airport when he had to return to England!), an antipodean life seemed inevitable.

Jonathan emigrated in 1996 becoming head of image and design for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, work for which he received a personal award from the IOC president. He has consulted on subsequent summer and winter Games, and sport remains an important part of Coast’s work.

When he is not on the beach, in a gallery, or messing about with words or paints, you’ll find Jonathan in the kitchen baking soda bread or shortbread and brewing some very strong Assam tea. He is an ardent cruciverbalist, part-time pattern maker and enjoys bashing his way through some Beethoven on the piano. He has lectured in Design Management at the College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales) and displayed work as part of Sculpture by the Sea.


Patrick completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Advertising) in Auckland, New Zealand after a nomadic childhood that led him from Toronto to Peru, from Rhode Island to Wellington. On the way he picked up a Diploma from the International Advertising Association, New York. After working for several leading design studios overseas through the 90s he decided that Sydney was the place to see in the new millennium and put down some roots.

Patrick has been involved with a number of branding projects in Australia and overseas including: Westpac, Lend Lease, St. George Bank, Perpetual Trust, AMP, TAB, Wellington Airport, Vodafone, Australand, New Zealand Tourism Board and Tourism Australia. He has lectured at the University of Western Sydney, Karl Von Busse Design School and Billy Blue College of Design.

Patrick is also a well-known and respected DJ playing regular weekly gigs in various venues throughout Sydney. For the past eight years he has also hosted a weekly radio show ‘Foundation Radio’ on Bondi 88FM.