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ATTITUDE ASIA INTERIORS

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BISHOP DESIGN LLC

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ETHOSPACE PTE LTD

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EYE INTERIOR

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JHR INTERIORS

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MEYER DAVIS

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MICHAEL AND ALEXANDER CHRISTOU 1.61 LONDON

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“ It used to be general taupe’s with a pop of colour and now we are seeing a real emphasis on detail. Incorporation of metals to add unique touches of luxury.”

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1.61 London is an international award winning interior design studio and residential property developer. Set up by brothers alexander and michael christou to create unique homes for their clients in some of the most prestigious properties in the world. 1.61 London also develop and furnish new build homes which are available to buy. Tell us a little about your background in design… We both grew up around property development with our grandparents owning a commercial refurbishment company which started around 47 years ago. Property and design has been in our blood for a very long time and something we have always been fascinated about. At university in London we were both obsessed with learning as much as possible about how to develop properties. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Michael – I now head up the design team at 1.61 London. Creation has always been something I loved from a young age. Music was my first passion and I studied piano from the age of 4 years old, culminating in me achieving grade 8 in my early teens. I started writing my own music and reached a point where people like Coldplay’s manager were taking interest in what I was writing. I say this because designing a space is very similar to writing a song. Everything must tie together to create a coordinated symphony. It has to flow and work from every aspect with different highlights within a complicated and creative framework. I love watching these ideas take shape and unfold in front on me on our projects – this transition and being able to see dreams take physical form is what fuels my passion and love for design. Alex – I head up the client side of 1.61 London ‘I come at the design of property from a much more practical and value enhancing perspective, ensuring that what we are doing makes sense from a functional perspective as well as ensuring it won’t cost too much money!’ We both really like a very luxurious style – there isn’t one particular style we have if you looked across our portfolio each of the projects are so different.

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Where does your design inspiration come from?

What projects are you currently working on?

Generally, as a starting point we love to research the project location, history and area and see if any inspiration can be drawn from that. As our work is collaborative we always get inspiration from our clients as well and that creates the framework for our concepts. We always like to push design to its maximum and make something as aesthetically unique as possible. We are always dreaming and coming up with new ideas and creations that we want to incorporate in designs and elevations. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the ideas come from, however we always want to do something different, something extremely creative and we never give up when things appear impossible from their conception. We push the boundary as much as we possibly can.

We are working on some amazing projects currently. The design scheme for a huge 75 apartment development in Wimbledon, a beautiful apartment off Belgrave Square, a property off Kensington high street, a full redevelopment and extension project for a house by Eaton Square as well as some smaller projects in Marylebone and Tower Bridge.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? We want to continue to push the quality and design that we are delivering in our projects. We are also expanding the amount of work we are doing abroad which is exciting. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Alex - Hotel de Paris, Monaco.

We have definitely seen an exciting evolution in design in the last few years. It used to be general taupe’s with a pop of colour and now we are seeing a real emphasis on detail. Incorporation of metals to add unique touches of luxury. Clients are really looking for very original pieces and finishes which is exciting because it allows us to create looks that are totally unique.

Your favourite book / film / song?

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future:

Mike- definitely a musician. Alex – a football player.

One: Always ensure you have a clear style from the outset so everything flows when you design. Two: Make sure you have enhanced your floorplan to work with your concept and style – the flow of space makes a huge difference to the overall design. Three: Set a budget from the outset. Four: Try to make sure everything is designed and agreed before you start a project to make the development phase simple and easy. Five: Be bold in your decisions and never give up on what you set out to achieve.

The Godfather – all about family! Your favourite food and drink? Alex - Steak and Chips. Mike – G and T on the odd occasion! If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?


SUZANNE WONG ATTITUDE ASIA INTERIORS

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“ Any design schemes should have a soul with a story to tell.”

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Attitude Asia Interiors was founded by awardwinning interior designer Suzanne Wong in 2005, Attitude Asia Interiors is the visionary of luxury interior design. Elegance and Timelessness is the design mantra. Taking advantage from the European colonial upbringing, luxury fashion branding experiences, and emphasising on client’s satisfaction, their dynamic team approaches interior design from a refreshing angle. Tell us a little about your background in design… I have 16 years of interior design experience, and am well known for creating understated elegance. I was born in Macau, raised under European cultural influence and educated in the United States, I developed a strong passion for creating timeless beauty, as well as extraordinary skills in artistic direction and style within today’s international environments. In 1996, I devoted my passions for working within the luxury lifestyle industry focused on directing brand images, interiors settings, and marketing for international luxury brands, including Cartier, Cerruti, and Ermenegildo Zegna. Through working life in Europe, Hong Kong, and China, the East-meets-West lifestyle experiences have enriched my ability to portray vivid personality in interior design projects with an international perspective. With a tasteful imagination for spatial experience, I give my life to all design commissions……. from an Art Deco office lobby to a Cote D´Azure luxury resort. My sophisticated sense of space, proportion, color, and detail is appreciated by discerning private clients, as well as notable publicly listed property developers in Europe, Hong Kong, and China. The philosophy of inserting “a soul” into my projects has become my design mantra. How would you describe your personal interior design style?

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: Soul Two: History Three: Culture Four: Tranquillity Five: Comfort If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Any design schemes should have a soul with a story to tell. What are the key influencing elements at the moment? Home automation is playing a significant part in interior design. Integrating this functional technology into our design is becoming a key element. What projects are you currently working on? The team is working on 7,000 sq ft show house, a 300 key luxury hotel and a twenty-two storey commercial building at the moment. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? The goal of the coming twelve months, and at any given time, is to make the results of every project a token of pleasure for both me and my clients. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? A quote from The Little Prince, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” My most treasured possession is what touches my heart.

Understated elegance and timelessness is very important to all of my projects. Regardless of the design direction, each project should reflect a sense of sophistication and calmness.

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Your favourite food and drink?

Art exhibitions, traveling, books, movies and nature are my inspirations.

A very nice cup of hot chocolate.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? As we evolve, our homes and work spaces should too. The new movement of design is about reflecting our inner-self and enhancing it.

Villa Feltrinelli is my favourite hotel. No restaurant and bar are better than my own home.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Sitting outdoor with my dog in a tranquil garden reading a good book. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Psychologist with a holistic approach.

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PAUL BISHOP MA. FRSA BISHOP DESIGN LLC

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“It has been a challenging but with no doubt an extremely exciting and successful year for us. We have substantially migrated naturally into the hospitality sector through the development of hotel projects for clients including Accor, Hilton, Marriot, Rotana and W hotels.” The World’s Leading Design Names 21


Founded by Paul Bishop in 2004, Bishop Design L.L.C. has continuously completed projects across the entire MENA region as well as internationally. An excellent and award-winning portfolio of Commercial, Hospitality and Retail projects have been secured through recommendation, referral and repeat business – a true endorsement of the company’s abilities. The success is mainly owed to the dedication and personal touch that is applied to each and every project executed. Tell us a little about your background in design… From a young age, art had always been at the forefront of my interests and passions, however my education didn’t necessarily start with interior design. In my teenage years I attended Brighton School of Art and immersed myself in as many differing areas of design as possible including fashion, theatre, textiles, graphics, furniture and product design with the aspiration of someday becoming a film set designer. Then whilst studying furniture and product design at Kingston University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree, I was exposed to the interesting and exciting beginnings of interior design (it didn’t exist on such a large scale as it does nowadays) and I realised this is where I wanted to build my career. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I always design with the goal of producing something that is current and unique. Our creations at Bishop Design LLC are original, not paste and stick which you see far too much of these days. It is difficult to adequately describe my own personal design style, as I am constantly learning and evolving as a designer. I am constantly exposed to different clients whom have differing visions, styles and narratives for their venues so I am continuously adapting and implementing new found knowledge into my interiors. However, to some degree I do believe all of the recent venues worked on share a common synergy and narrative between them – that of being raw, urban and perhaps even slightly provocative. I enjoy being adventurous and playful whilst designing, which I believe to be somewhat evident in each venue and is hopefully what sets me apart from other designers.

reason why travel is also a great passion of mine. I love immersing myself into different cultures and demographics as I am exposed to a multitude of infinite possibilities and ideas that I may not find elsewhere. In the studio we also use a variety of social media platforms for our initial inspiration and concept generation, although these are only to be interpreted loosely. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future. One: The end consumer should always be at the forefront of our minds when designing. When designing a space, I always contemplate on how the user will interact with it. Design elements such as texture, materials, lighting and furniture all effect user interaction, so all have to be thoughtfully and carefully approached. It is essential that the space is functional and easily accessible, in addition to being visually dynamic. Two: The environment is a key theme when thinking for the future. Ever increasing global environmental issues have created greater public awareness of sustainable materials, which we must also consider when designing as the implementation of them will consequently lower the environmental impact of our venues. Three: With increasing advancements in technology including that of 3D printing and the wide use of Virtual Reality (VR) within the commercial, hospitality and retail sectors it would be impossible not to consider and integrate this into future designs. Four: Youth are the future so they undoubtedly need to be an essential consideration when designing. The millennials are impatient yet knowledgeable customers, therefore spaces need to be functional and adhere to their high expectations. The high impact and use of social media makes venues very easy to compare against one another, therefore we are already competing before even commencing upon the design. Five: In my mind, the experience created always has and always will be the most important element when approaching interior design.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

What projects are you currently working on?

As a designer I absorb inspiration consciously and sub-consciously from all mediums including that of film, theatre, music and art. This is the main

It has been a challenging but with no doubt an extremely exciting and successful year for us. We have substantially migrated naturally into

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the hospitality sector through the development of hotel projects for clients including Accor, Hilton, Marriot, Rotana and W hotels. We are also currently working on a mix of small home-grown boutique hotels as well as larger branded ones. F&B has always consumed a large proportion of our portfolio so we are unsurprisingly working on a number of innovative and aspirational dining concepts including world renowned chef Massimo Bottura’s restaurant Torno Subito, the Dolce Sky development across the 70th and 71st floors in the Address Boulevard hotel consisting of restaurants by chefs Hide Yamamomo and Jerome Lagarde, the first Ketch Up Burgers venue brought to Dubai located on Bluewater island and a variety of other food and beverage outlets across Dubai and the GCC region. Our current international projects to highlight would be Caramel Restaurant and Lounge in London after successfully developing various outlets within the region, as well as three new restaurants in Paris for celebrated chef Jean-Edern Hurstel. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? An exciting journey has also begun with the development of a new brand offering ‘Rogue.’ We aim to set up a new company with fresher, younger and more current ideologies. Still sympathetic to the Bishop Design brand, developing designs of the upmost quality, however immersing ourselves into new directions including branding, brand ideation and architecture with the ultimate goal of offering a one-stop-shop for various design and media needs. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? My Le Corbusier Chaise Longue! Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Public in New York / Tickets / Purl. Your favourite food and drink? Steak tatar (my favourite one so far was from Tartar-ia in Lisbon, Portugal) and a fine whiskey on the rocks. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Rockstar!


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DAVID I TAY ETHOSPACE PTE LTD

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“ With a design expressive of an inspiring kaleidoscope of cherished emotions woven into the spaces being prepared for the owner, not of a house, but a home.”

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ETHOspace is a multi-talented, cosmopolitan team of designers, stylists and specialists from Singapore, Indonesia, India and Philippines. Together they create outstanding and unique commercial, residential and hospitality spaces, many of which are design and conceptual landmarks in their own right. Tell us a little about your background in design… “Mine was a very humble beginning” From the design of a bed for a client who was living in a low cost flat to eventually an assignment for one of the most prestigious ticket offices for Singapore Airlines to a prestigious Club for the Oberoi Hotels and eventually not just from one hotel to another but one Government project to another, one museum to another and as many the heritage, commercial, retail and residential projects that followed over 30 years after being admitted by the ASID, N.Y as a Professional Member. In 1990, I was invited by Baron’s Who’s Who in Interior Design, USA to have my bio record published for “outstanding professional achievements, superior leadership and exceptional service in the field of Interior Design.” The rest of my career was one of many repeated “Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hrs” for each milestone of my profession. As many the trials and tribulations, as many the triumphs that followed in my journey of Grace. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I am only as good as my collaboration with our colleagues, clients and all engaged in the processes that brings out the finest of parts that contribute to the sum total of a greater whole. By being engaged thus, we become more attentive as to how we can approach each design challenge and never stray from this belief that we are not God’s gift to the clients we are blessed with but are being entrusted for each creative task with our gift of creativity. In doing so, I learnt in time to pursue a new perspective where I seek not just clear definitions in look and feel from elements of design, but to endeavour to establish what Lars Spuybroek describes as a New Poesies of Form. Should there be a personal style? For us, the most appropriate style is at its best if it is especially personable to the client in delighting not only him but also the people around us supporting our design assignment. In the process, we delight ourselves as, together, we master, serve and grow. Where does your design inspiration come from? From many different and sometimes even the most unlikely situations. For example, after a minor fall, when getting up, I may see a tree with a delicate branch in a form I could visualize as an exquisite floral expression at a reception counter of a gallery. Some of my most inspirational moments come from time taken in being still. At wee hours of such mornings still dark. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? For us in ETHOSpace, ours should be gravitating towards seeking to express for each project a story evolving around what we fondly express as “Poetics of Space”. For example, for a residential development in Mumbai, in seeking elegance coupled with a quiet

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eloquent wit that refine a lifestyle made gentler in an urban jungle, we endeavour to project “The Seasons Signature Homes” being expressive of a home and not a house. With a design expressive of an inspiring kaleidoscope of cherished emotions woven into the spaces being prepared for the owner, not of a house, but a home, the themes evolve around spaces that we believe the potential residents can identify with as “my space” where even when the resident is away on travel for leisure or business, with him will be carried his home at The Seasons in his mind. In essence, even in design elements, this project is not just about endeavouring to bring out design reflective of good taste and elegance. The Seasons endeavours at being expressive of style and understated chic that are not only affordable and available but can be identified by many as inspiring personal stories collected over time from each guest who visit the Lifestyle Gallery and the Show Suite themed “My Space” over 2 floors. Each corner of this privileged Lifestyle Gallery evolves around each space being designed to reflect not just an interior design plan predicated on function but an expression of spatial experience. Each part transcends design elements manifesting look and feel. Personable concepts are encouraged to be inspired from the different viewers, to each their own perception of the space related to their individual personal experiences. All elements and feelings ease into a rhythm expressive of each space orchestrated within a symphonic composition as to how space as a home in each their minds can be appreciated. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? In ETHOSpace, we train our designers to perceive space not measured by area, but by the quality of life that it can encapsulate that will appeal to the mind in pursuit of poetics of space that transcends function. For example, in a Show Suite, do we need table art with a setting for 8 diners or just a setting for two to romance? That being the case, isn’t a sensitive approach with an exquisite but simple table art that demonstrates a passion to how they can see their 1st romantic Valentine dinner in their new place more appropriate? What projects are you currently working on? A selective collection of hotel, retail, commercial and residential developments – still not as specialists in specific areas of work but to grow as specialists in the art of design. One of our most important special projects for 2018 will be the development of an elitist service providing affordable Lifestyle Programs in demonstration of good taste being not necessarily expensive. We have been being privileged by one of the prominent developers in Mumbai marketing this concept to their selective customer base. This is one project that will grow our young designers as they endeavour to carry our beliefs as to what is conceptually entailed in poetics of space in homes for a young and affluent clientele. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To prepare my colleagues to live the dreams my departed wife and I had started with. I am, in fact, working on an expansion of my personal horizons towards mentoring and guiding services for young design students and interns in the region.


A dedication to our young people from ETHOSpace without whom my journey of living life to the fullest in a vocation chosen would have being no more than an impossible dream.

UOB PRIVILEGE BANKING MARINA BAY SANDS SINGAPORE, 2010

The Jade Pavilion Commission, Shanghai World Expo, 2010

The “I-CHAIR” B&B ITALIA, 1991

TERACOTTA SOLDIERS EMPRESS PLACE MUSEUM SINGAPORE, 1989

ART ROTANA HOTEL BAHRAIN, 2014

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SANNA NATHANSON EYE INTERIOR

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“I always try to make our designs long lasting without feeling dusty.”

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Eye Interior’s fundamental philosophy is built on consistency and most of their partnerships and collaborations are longterm. With nearly twenty years of experience in turn-key based projects throughout Europe with clients such as Sheraton, Rica, Radisson, Kempinski, First Hotels, Scandic and others. They can proudly say that they have the skills to successfully help clients through projects. Eye Interior work very closely and transparently with clients and partners and involve themselves personally in every commission they accept. During the years, they have built an extensive network of professional contacts in Sweden and around the world, both suppliers of all kinds and production partners.

What are the key influencing elements at the moment?

Tell us a little about your background in design…

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

I have been in the industry for over 20 years. I was lucky to get my first job as a trainee in a Swedish company specifying in luxury hotels in Europe. After having been there I studied at KLC School of Interior Design in London, and after that I went back to the same company and stayed there for nearly ten years. After that I worked in a few other firms, until in 2014 my colleague of many years, Mrs Ylva Ras, and I started Eye Interior. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Classic contemporary. I always try to make our designs long lasting without feeling dusty. Where does your design inspiration come from? From absolutely everywhere. But the best source for inspiration are movies. I always study the environments and interiors thoroughly, sometimes to that extend that I forget what the film was about. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Individuality, heritage, technology and sustainability are key components for the future. The interest for vintage and antique items and furniture is here to stay. What projects are you currently working on? Right now we are working on a historical building in Stockholm that is a hotel. This poor hidden gem has not been very well treated the last years and we will now do our best to get it back to the beautiful diamond it deserves to be.

Our ambition is now to reach out more to the international market. We do have some projects in Europe but we are aiming to get them more frequently. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? My health! Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? There are so many fantastic places. Right now I would say Hotel de Crillon in Paris. The best bar is the Cadierbar at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Your favourite book / film / song? Terms of endearment, with Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson. I can´t stop crying. All songs by Ed Sheeran make me happy. Your favourite food and drink?

More and more individual which I think is great. People are so well orientated and well aware today. Not many people want what their neighbour have. This creates so many opportunities for good design.

Seafood and most Asian foods. I just newly discovered a drink called Moscow Mule, fantastic!

Sustainability is another aspect that has created more awareness when it comes to choosing materials for example.

Spending time in our home or outside in the countryside.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Trust your gut feeling and don´t be anxious. This will show in your design.

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Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An archaeologist.


A WA R D W I N N I N G I N T E R I O R D E S I G N S T U D I O

STOCKHOLM

Our fundamental philosophy is built on consistency and most of our partnerships and collaborations are longterm. With nearly 20 years of experience in turn-key based projects throughout Europe with clients as Sheraton, Rica, Radisson, Kempinski, First Hotels, Scandic and others. We can proudly say that we have the skills to successfully help our clients through projects.

studio@eyeinterior.com

www.eyeinterior.com

+46 (0)8 510 00 351


BADRIEH JOHARI JHR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN LTD

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“ In principle, I do not believe there are trends in design. Having said that, technology seems to be one of the essential elements that is required to be integrated into any kind of design nowadays.�

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JHR Interiors was established in 2011 by Badrieh Johari, specialising in high end residential and commercial projects in the UK and worldwide. JHR strive to bring their client’s vision to life by offering a highly personalised service and building a strong client relationship. Their talented team work closely with architects and contractors ensuring projects are delivered on time and in budget. Tell us a little about your background in design… I established my business in February 2011. I studied Interior Design at the American University in Dubai, UAE. Upon graduation, I worked for an interior design company in Dubai working on some prestigious high-end residential projects in the UAE, I then moved to the UK and spent five years working for an architectural practice in the Cotswolds. Using my experience in both fields, I am able to create innovative and stylish designs tailored to every client’s individual need. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I think interior design should be timeless especially for private residences. A place where you can find comfort and call it home. With time, you could change the colours and texture of the furnishings to create a new look yet still sits perfectly within the space. Personal taste and characters should also be considered during the design process that is how they make the space unique. Where does your design inspiration come from? I travel quite a lot. I always wonder around and

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experience different culture, which gives me fresh ideas and inspirations. Photography always inspires me when I work on colour schemes especially fashion photography. Antique is another element that gives me inspiration on design as I appreciate the stories behind and so do my clients. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? In principle, I do not believe there are trends in design. Having said that, technology seems to be one of the essential elements that is required to be integrated into any kind of design nowadays. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: Timelessness. This is the most important element of all and last forever. Two: Layering. I always say it is like putting on clothes. If I find something is missing or I have got additional budget, I will put on another layer to help put things together and enrich the scheme to the next level. Similarly, if I find it is too much after dressing the space, I will look at removing a layer. Three: Bold. Be brave to use colours and patterns! They help creating characters to the space Four: Proportion. Scale, colour balance and hierarchy etc are the elements to measure the right proportion of space. An elegant interior should have the right balance of everything but not having one extremely dominant than the others. Five: Architectural Elements. They tell the history of

our culture which I always take in into account across all our design projects. They tell the meaning of the story behind. What projects are you currently working on? We are currently working on an eight-storey private house in Mayfair for which the project value is the highest amongst other projects we have had since we were established. We are completing a high-end multi-unit development project in Buckingham Gate. And two luxury flats in Knightsbridge. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? We are aiming to complete one of our prestige private residential projects in Mayfair in 2018 which is the largest scale project we have been working on so far. Everyone is working so hard to help, pushing the deadline, yet feeling excited to see it unfold. Aside from that, our offices are expanding and developing our new business further to overseas in the new year. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? I have two adorable little boys and they occupy most of my afternoons on the weekends. Otherwise, I enjoy spending most of my afternoons in our design studio during the week as I can get so much inspiration from my amazing team who have been giving support to the company for long time. In my spare time when I can get away from my kids, I like having brunches with my girlfriends.


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GRAY DAVIS MEYER DAVIS

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“I always like to celebrate the beauty and natural characteristics of the materials. My personal interior design style is more eclectic and quirky compared to my professional design style which is more tailored and edited.�

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Meyer Davis is a globally recognized New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace environments. Founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis, the firm has established itself at the forefront of high end commercial and residential design practices, throughout the U.S. and abroad. Tell us a little about your background in design… I teamed up with Will Meyer to found Meyer Davis in 1999. Together we have brought an impactful perspective to contemporary hospitality and residential design, completing hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and residences worldwide. Recent projects include Four Seasons Houston, 1 Hotel South Beach, numerous Four Seasons across the world, and upcoming work in Australia, Greece, San Francisco, and the Caribbean. Meyer Davis has won several awards, including the James Beard Award for St. Cecilia, the Interior Design Best of Year Award for W Chicago Lakeshore and 1 Hotel South Beach, and the Gold Key Award for St. Cecilia and 1 Hotel South Beach. Prior to founding Meyer Davis I worked at Aero with Thomas O’Brien on projects for Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I always like to celebrate the beauty and natural characteristics of the materials. My personal interior design style is more eclectic and quirky compared to my professional design style which is more tailored and edited. Where does your design inspiration come from? We are inspired by the narrative we create for each space, which then builds the core idea behind every project. Our work carries allusions that weave the unique qualities of the space and take measure of subtle references of the story we hope to tell through our projects. Our office is filled with such creative and gifted minds, it is impossible not to be inspired.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future:

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

One: The Client. The client is always our number one priority when designing a space. We design seamless physical experiences tailored to our client’s individuality, combining principles of great design with a clear vision for the experience they seek to create.

Our goal for the next 12 months is to complete the fore mentioned, as well as other projects. We are excited about any new potential projects in 2018. We are so thankful for the successful year we’ve had and the clients we’ve been able to collaborate with.

Two: Innovation. We are interested in ideas, not ownership; our team is always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration and consistently adjusting our learning curve to perpetuate growth and evolution.

Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself...

Three: Sustainability. Sustainability in design is a core theme to be able to improve the environment and celebrate the beauty and natural characteristics of materials. Four: Timelessness. We believe that great design works on multiple levels, weaving together bold design moves and striking details to ensure that when completed, each project makes an immediate and lasting impact of timelessness. Five: Technology. With the fast paced and technologically advanced world, it’s important to incorporate that within today’s design. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? My advice when it comes to product design is permanence. It’s important to think about not what is trendy but what has everlasting value. (Obviously, you also need to work with vendors you like and admire.) Subtle allusion not to overt, measured and balanced – that’s how we weave the unique qualities to a project. What are the key influencing elements at the moment? We like to work with a mix of materials including woods, stones, metals, and leathers that create a palette that looks like it has evolved over time.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

What projects are you currently working on?

Design right now is branching off in such great ways. Whether you have classic style or modern style, there’s something out there for everyone. Nowadays there are so many successful designers inventing new taste and innovators pioneering in the industry.

We are currently working on the Crown Hotel in Sydney, Four Seasons in Greece and Costa Rica and residential projects in LA and NYC. We just finished Proxi, a restaurant in Chicago, a Four Seasons hotel in Houston, and the headquarters of Snapchat in New York City.

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Your most treasured possession? 1947 Christ Craft Boat, Splinter. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? It is hard to choose just one favorite hotel/ restaurant/bar, but my favorite hotel right now would have to be the Rosewood in London. My current favorite restaurant is a spot we just designed in Chicago, called Proxi. Your favourite book / film / song? My favourite book is “Howards End” by E. M. Forster, because it has as its moral centre that charming country house, full of memories both good and bad. To kill two birds with one stone, the Merchant Ivory production of “Howards End” counts among my favourite movies. So excellently written, directed and performed by a dazzling cast of actors. Your favourite food and drink? Authentic New Mexican Food and a good Margarita. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Tooling around Copake Lake in my 1947 Chris Craft on a hot summer afternoon. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? What would you be...Oh, maybe a race car driver.


TINA NICOLE NATHAN ANTHONY FURNITURE

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“ A diverse education balanced by apprenticeships is a really good balance for creative people. This way you learn the history and conventions of your discipline while using the tools of today in the practical environment.”

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Founded in 2005, Nathan Anthony creates award-winning contemporary furnishings in its own design studio and furniture factory in Los Angeles, CA. Co-owner and principal designer Tina Nicole has been recognised for design excellence by The Design Society UK with four consecutive International Product Design awards, along with a Best of Year nomination by Interior Design Magazine and two Pinnacle award nominations from the American Society of Furniture Designers. Tell us a little about your background in design… An Associate of Arts Degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. Always a lover of textiles, forms and fashion, I worked in sales and then as a window dresser for iconic retail brands Colours de Benetton and Polo Ralph Lauren. This gave me a feel for combining the right fabrics to the right frame, and for learning the art of merchandising. I use all of my education and experience at Nathan Anthony Furniture whether it’s building the administrative infrastructure, designing products or marketing. My diverse education and experience has been invaluable. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Undefined, really. My design style depends on my mood and contemporary influences, which are triggered by my travels. Generally, I love wide open spaces with tall architectural ceilings and minimalist forms. Every piece should have a purpose. Art and furniture must have dialog. White with black are my go-to palette with pops of either soothing pastels or crisp primary colours. I like to emphasise a 360-degree view of our products using unique sewing techniques, materials and shapes that bring visual interest. Where does your design inspiration come from? I am drawn to beautiful things and have an unyielding curiosity. Traveling abroad or around the U.S. four times a year, I indulge in all that is around me architecture, street art, window shop, museums, art openings, cafes, theatre and concerts. Because design is art and artists push societal norms, this broadens my view of what design is and how it’s evolving…It’s best to see all kinds of expressions of art in so many different genres. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? With today’s large, open spaces in living areas, you can expect ingress and egress from different parts of the room. This architectural trend has prompted space planning and interior designers to bring furnishings away from walls and into the centre of rooms. It’s imperative to establish visual interest from every vantage point in contemporary spaces. The backs and sides of furnishings are as now as much the focal point of the room as the nexus of the seating area is. That’s a welcome challenge for furniture designers like me because it’s a license to get creative.

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Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: Organic shapes. Two: Artisanal connection. Three: Tactile textures. Four: Functionality. Five: Comfortable Luxury. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? A diverse education balanced by apprenticeships is a really good balance for creative people. This way you learn the history and conventions of your discipline while using the tools of today in the practical environment. Study abroad is valuable too because it expands your ideas. Lastly, study art and artists, both new and old…they are society’s challengers. What projects are you currently working on? Expanding our product offering into new categories in 2018 is very exciting. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To create more awareness and get people talking about the beautiful hand made products we make at Nathan Anthony Furniture. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? Lladro, A boy with bird on foot. Your favourite holiday destination? Amalfi, Italy. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Monastero Santa Rosa, Boutique Hotel & Spa Amalfi, Italy. Your favourite book / film / song? Book: A Confederacy of Dunces. Film: A Room With a View. Song: Time After Time by Cindy Lauper. Your favourite food and drink? Homemade chocolate chip cookies and ice-cold milk. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Recumbent. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Bestselling Author. I secretly yearn to star in a period piece movie.


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ROBERT ANGELL ROBERT ANGELL DESIGN INTERNATIONAL

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“ Luxury is the ultimate aspiration in interiors and to be designing for the most luxurious Hotel brands in the world allows us to express this through design by knowing how people travel and desire new experiences more than ever before.”

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Since their launch in 2010, The award-winning Robert Angell Design International is fast becoming one of the UK and Europe’s leading luxury Interior Designers. With a forward thinking and innovative approach to creative design, Robert Angell Design International offers a highly considered and bespoke service which delivers timeless, elegant and inspired interiors. Robert Angell Design International has developed their own style that brings references from the great modernists and the masters of the past, re-discovering and re-inventing them into a modernised yet timeless aesthetic for today’s contemporaries that are unrivalled and unique in their conception and delivery. With a distinctive design heritage and an inimitable ability to understand the passions, tastes and needs of each of their clients, the expertise and creative vision of Robert Angell Design International underpins their reputation for excellence and has allowed them to quickly become one of the most respected names in modern day luxury interior design.

designed some of the most prestigious and iconic restaurants, bars, hotels, residential and retail interiors for some of the world’s leading brands and influencers, helping to enhance the lives of his clients and those who experience my designs, whilst also developing and enhancing the DNA and evolution of the brands and individuals I work with.

Tell us a little about your background in design…

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Born and raised in Dorset, my passion for design started at a young age where I was fascinated by making and creating things. This passion grew when I went to school and began designing, developing and honing pieces of bespoke furniture and lights. In 1995, after gaining a BA (hons) degree in Interior Design at Nottingham Trent University, I was drawn to London knowing it was the city where the greatest figures in the creative industry could be found to work alongside.

Where does your design inspiration come from? I am passionate about design history and with this coupled with my experience allows for a wide-ranging reference of both modern and contemporary allows for a unique approach. This allows a distinctive design heritage and an inimitable ability to understand the passions, tastes and needs of each of their clients, the expertise and creative vision of Robert Angell Design International underpins their reputation for excellence and has allowed us to quickly become one of the most respected names in modern day luxury interior design.

Luxury is the ultimate aspiration in interiors and to be designing for the most luxurious Hotel brands in the world allows us to express this through design by knowing how people travel and desire new experiences more than ever before. We help create memories and moments for guests to take with them and knowing that we have designed a backdrop for those thoughts, that is the best reward for me as a designer.

A chance meeting with David Collins was the start of a long and incredible journey which opened me up to an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth and development. Great friends and colleagues, I worked closely alongside David Collins for over 15 years as one of the Creative Directors of David Collins Studio before launching my own design studio Robert Angell Design International in 2010.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future:

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

Three: Texture and touch allowing objects to be caressed by the guests such as beautiful handles and soft upholstery to create the feel of luxury.

Since 2010 I have developed my own style that brings references from the great modernists and the masters of the past. My design studio re-discovers and reinvents them into a modernised yet timeless aesthetic for today’s contemporaries that are unrivalled and unique in their conception and delivery. My extensive knowledge of the industry and my global travels has allowed me to amass a wealth of resource and experience in creating original ideas and delivering them with a flawless service. Over the years I have

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One: Location is key to inspiration and setting the scene. Two: Light and creating ambience is crucial to how interiors and perceived for the right moment.

Four: Tone on tone colour allows for a layered approach that brings interest and opulence. Five: Sound is very important whether its creating a hushed vibe or a more hustle and bustle restaurant space through choice of materials which create the interior.


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MARCO BRAGHIROLI PRESTIGE ARCHITECTS LTD

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“ The key of my inspiration is the end user; their everyday life and taste, the way a household operates and, when lucky enough, to be able to draw on local, traditional design.”

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This renowned London-based architectural practice has been activity working on high-end residential projects since 2009. Its reputation for the creation and completion of quality residential projects is of the highest standards. Tell us a little about your background in design… I was born and raised in Milan, Italy and completed my architectural studies at the Politecnico di Milan and later studied interior architecture at Provinciale Hogenschool, in Limburg, Belgium. During my university studies, I was working in Milan for different companies where I gained invaluable experience in different sectors of architecture - from commercial buildings to educational institutions and had the good fortune to be successfully involved in the refurbishment project of the Bocconi University, where I was in charge of all the upgrades necessary to meet fire regulation compliance in all of the university buildings. After securing my full architectural degree in Italy, I came to the UK to start a new adventure and within a few short months I was fortunate to find my very first client, working on upgrading 15,000 sqft buildings in Grosvenor Place, opposite the beautiful Buckingham Palace gardens. During the years that followed, I worked for two successful and well known traditional architectural practices where I became senior associate and involved in numerous college buildings like Peterhouse in Cambridge and Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford and this is where I discovered my real passion for private residential projects, focusing on numerous superior projects in the UK and abroad. Following this new-found passion and some wellintended pressure from happy clients, I opened my own studio where many new customers and existing ones followed me working together on some truly amazing projects. How would you describe your personal interior design style? If you look at my portfolio you will see that I am involved in very traditional projects as well as modern or indeed vernacular which is what I like most. The most exciting projects for me are the ones based abroad where I have the opportunity to learn and integrate local traditional architecture and interior with my own personal twist. Where does your design inspiration come from? The key of my inspiration is the end user; their everyday life and taste, the way a household operates and, when lucky enough, to be able to draw on local, traditional design. Curiosity is one of the key elements of the process and I always research fully to improve upon and discover new design elements and technologies that I can apply. I very much believe that the involvement of an architectural and design specialist, who has a passion for their work and who lives by it, will ultimately get the very best result for the client. I have a team of consultant specialists on board who work expertly on their piece of the puzzle – such as lighting designers, gym designers or landscape designers, which then allows me to create and coordinate the final puzzle with the aim of achieving the best design result overall.

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Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: ‘Innovation with simplicity’ Technology is a wonderful instrument if used wisely and balanced correctly, reducing the risk of a building or interior design element needing a system re-boot. Two: Surprise in the brief. Try to look at the client brief and develop your design creativity within it. Always look at the existing setting and building and respect the soul of the building; try to enhance it in the creative process. The challenge is in the elegant balance of these three elements; quite often listed buildings are simply screaming to be rediscovered. Three: Seek tradition and beauty. There are still traditional trades which are proud of their work and you should embrace that skill and passion. At times, this may have budget implications, but the results are usually incredible, demonstrating the availability of local trade with great craftsmanship. I constantly search for specific skilled trades and I support and treasure them in my projects. Four: Balance and symmetry. This is important in my work and probably connected to my OCD, but traditional proportion and symmetry within design are always an eye and soul pleaser, for both the designer and client. Five: Sustainability and new material. Always try to look at the sustainability of the process and the innovation of material. The industry is constantly investing in R&D and we, as designers, should aim to promote and integrate this accordingly into the project and the building requirements. What projects are you currently working on? At the moment, we are involved in multiple projects for some of our repeat clients and we have just completed a beautiful penthouse project in Monte Carlo, a large contemporary house in Kensington, we are working on a large new traditional country home, two adjacent 7 storey buildings in St. James, adding a basement and mansard to a Grade II listed building; our 1,000sqm private chalet in Switzerland has recently broken ground and we have an exciting remodelling of two houses in Belgravia. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? Family is the key to everything. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? The Ned, Soho House and Home House in London. Your favourite book / film / song? Book: I love traditional architecture books on different styles; my library is full of reference books from Georgian architecture to Maya architecture. Film: The Lord of the Rings. Song: Nessun Dorma. Your favourite food and drink? Of course, it has to be Italian with a good bottle of red, but I very much enjoy international food


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ALISTAIR LEUNG RONALD LU & PARTNERS

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“I have created hundreds of unique spatial experiences for a wide range of clients, including sophisticated developers, owners of five-star international hotels, luxury residential properties, world-class commercial developments and fashion brands.”

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Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP) is an award-winning architectural and interior design firm founded in 1976. Established in Hong Kong, the firm is dedicated to the delivery of world-class projects across the globe and has become a specialist in delivering super high-density and mixed-use developments in response to the demands of Asia’s fast-growing economies. As a design-led firm, RLP creates robust, practical, exciting and sensitive built solutions which expertly respond to client needs. Their ethos is focused upon providing the best answers to building design and urban design challenges, from feasibility through to delivery. Tell us a little about your background in design… I have had quite a professional career history spanning over 33 years in art and design as a Design Consultant, Interior Architect, Entrepreneur and Educator. Having worked on projects in over 14 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA, my career is distinguished by extensive knowledge and exposure to both Asian and Western design philosophies and practices including a diverse and broad-based professional experience encompassing the full spectrum of design knowledge, organisational skills and business practices. I have created hundreds of unique spatial experiences for a wide range of clients, including sophisticated developers, owners of five-star international hotels, luxury residential properties, world-class commercial developments and fashion brands. I am currently a Director and the Head of Interiors of Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP). I have held leading design and managerial positions in major international design consultancy companies and architectural design firms. I am also passionate in promoting design excellence and professional training. I used to serve as the Acting Executive Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre, and Director of School of Design at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. However, I currently serve as an External Examiner of the Hong Kong Design Institute. Before that, I had established a company specialising in strategic environmental design and served many international names. I graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong majored in Interior Design, then at the California College of The Arts in USA focused in Interior Architecture Design. Later, I earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in USA and a Fellowship at the Asian College of Knowledge Management in Hong Kong. I am a professional member of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association, and the International Interior Design Association, USA. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I share very much the same philosophy with RLP practices of quality chasing in spatial design and better living. I believe that every space is a unique expression of the project’s positioning with reflection of its desired style of living and usage. I also believe that style of design is historic, but space is a current experience. People nowadays prefer to live in a simple space with less/no boundary and free for integration of functions and activities. It shall then be enriched by the user’s attitude of living, the contextual experience on materials, forms, relationships between different functions, elements and

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things. The deluxe, modern and innovative design outcome is always a result of the combination of Mr Leung’s unique abilities: complex phasing and insightful perspective with spatial planning and market analysis expertise. With both local and overseas design experience, I fuse my knowledge of international standards with the very best local practices, creating contemporary and tasteful interiors that are functional, aesthetically outstanding and fully in line with the clients’ vision and requirements. Where does your design inspiration come from? Traveling. Seeing and reading a variety of things and cultures, and explore them in a different application, locations and combination. Name three key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: A modern and international approach with a good forge of difference cultures. Two: Luxury in sense of living quality. Three: The appropriateness on identity/purposes/ benefits (positioning) of living style. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Design is fundamentally a compound from style of living and economics. What are the key influencing elements at the moment? Integration of space and function; integration of living experience and cultures; integration of IT and design. What projects are you currently working on? A broad range of demanding high-quality projects including international brand hotels, exclusive boutique hotels, high-end luxury residential properties, high-end commercial retail spaces and international class office buildings; with project locations in Hong Kong, and major cities in China. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? Nothing is more important than my family and my true friends. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Having stayed in many good hotels around the world, speaking about it in Asia, I love the Waldrof Astoria in Shanghai China, the Mandarin Oriental in Guangzhou China and the Phum Baitrang in Siem Reap Cambodia. Your favourite book / film / song? I love books on cultures, history and ideology. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Taking a rich expresso coffee leisurely in an open cafe, enjoying a very tasty croissant with hot butter and blue berry jam, and watching the activities of people passing by.


DAVID LINLEY LINLEY

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“ Specific themes and timescales are counter to the LINLEY interior design approach, our core ethos is to design through the eyes of our client so predetermined trends or fashions do not necessarily apply.”

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LINLEY Interior Design, founded by David Linley in 2007, has developed an international reputation for creating interiors that represent British design at its best. Their style is elegant and eclectic creating unique schemes renowned for their craftsmanship and detailing. The Linley ethos is liveable luxury, providing interior design with longevity. “Working with the individual taste of each client is what makes every project different and interesting. What is important is how we interpret their style, creating an intelligent design which will ultimately better their lifestyle,” said Linley. Linley Interior Design work within every aspect of a project, from optimising layouts and completely re-imagining a space, down to the finest details of soft furnishing. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) My interest in woodworking began when I was about 14 years old and studying at Bedales school. I then went on to hone my skills at Parnham House school for craftsmen in wood and was taught by the great John Makepeace. It was he, as well as my family, who encouraged me to pursue a career in cabinetmaking and after I left I set up Linley in 1985. At first we made one off bespoke pieces of furniture for clients, we then introduced retail collections of furniture and upholstery which was followed by a gifts and accessories collection. Over the years it became apparent that we were no longer just providing individual pieces of furniture for clients’ houses but actually creating the Linley “lifestyle” in their homes by suggesting combinations of furniture and accessories that worked well together and recommending other pieces or art that would complement Linley furniture. The launch of the interior design service in 2007 was therefore a very natural progression in the development of the business and has gone from strength to strength over the years. More recently, we have been working on some fantastic projects across the world, we have just completed a brilliant penthouse apartment on St. James’, London. How would you describe your personal interior design style? My wife and I both enjoy collecting things from our travels so our house is quite an eclectic mix of

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wonderful pieces from all over the world. I am as equally drawn to contemporary furniture as I am to antiques so we have a mixture of both, I have learnt not to be afraid of mixing old and new; the two can sit side by side in perfect harmony. Over the years, I have enjoyed filling our home with beautiful fabrics and interesting textures. I like the use of big bold colours but as accents to an interior scheme rather than as a dominant feature. When designing our home, it was important for me that it was not only visually appealing but that it also worked as a functional family home where our children could play, learn and grow. Where does your design inspiration come from? Architecture, art, travel and the city of London all inspire me. At LINLEY, we source things from all over the world to include in our design schemes so when I travel I do so with an inquisitive mind, always looking for something new to spark an idea which I can translate into a design. Sometimes inspiration comes from closer to home, our newly refurbished flagship store in Belgravia now has very much a studio feel that let’s our furniture speak for itself. This has taken inspiration from my father’s appetite for wooden floors, stark white walls, metal shelving and streamlined designs. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I feel design is moving away from specific trends towards timeless design; statement interiors as a whole are seen less frequently and statement pieces of furniture have taken their place to add intrigue to an interior. Clients need to be able to open the front door on their return and walk into a space which immediately feels like home. Design needs to be ready to move with the times and for this reason technology has become integral to a household and must be considered when designing interiors - TVs, sound systems, iPad docking systems are central to the modern family’s life. Further to this, furniture needs to be adaptable, our new Savile furniture collection by Matthew Hilton is fantastic for this very reason. It is modular so each piece in the collection has been created so it can be configured to meet many spaces, from an office studio to an open plan penthouse.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: Specific themes and timescales are counter to the LINLEY interior design approach, our core ethos is to design through the eyes of our client so predetermined trends or fashions do not necessarily apply. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Forward planning. The sooner a designer can get involved in a project the better; investment at the beginning of projects pays dividends at the end in terms of design integrity, budget and time. How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? Recognition of talent is the validation and motivation one needs to keep doing what we do, feedback whether in the form of awards or generally from clients is key to refining our approach. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To keep all our current projects on track and clients happy as well as winning new business on interesting projects. We have many fascinating things in the pipeline that the team are looking forward to working on. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? Not necessarily my most treasured possession but I do love my bicycle. I cycle everywhere in London so I would be lost without it. Your favourite holiday destination? Provence, France. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Hotel: Claridge’s, Restaurant: Riva in Barnes Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Spending time with my family at our cottage in Gloucestershire.


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JOANNA WOOD JOANNA TRADING LTD

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“ I love the colours and styles of places as diverse as India and Istanbul, Rome and the Rockies.”

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Joanna Wood is an internationally acclaimed English interior designer heading a global interior design practice. Such an achievement made possible by her dynamic business acumen and an insatiable search for the most inspiring products. Joanna was just 25 when she set up business on her own. Joanna Trading was established in Battersea in 1982 and today it is one of the largest residential interior-design companies in London attracting a global clientele. Joanna Wood Ltd opened in 1985 in the fashionable Pimlico Road Design District in London. In addition to this she is also partner of three further highly respected companies specialising in lighting, (Phillips & Wood) upholstered furniture (Lawson Wood) and fabrics and wallpaper (Lewis & Wood). Through her passion for continual growth and learning Joanna has managed to balance contemporary product awareness and traditional skills making her simultaneously progressive and protective of the heritage of English design. As from a business perspective, this has been fruitful as it is matched by the fact that her teams are being asked more now for English style than at any other time in the past five years.   With an international reputation, Joanna Wood remains at the top of her game, enjoying a steady mix of private and commercial commissions. Her skills can be seen in major developments, grand country houses or city flats, with professionalism and elegance guaranteed. The professionalism of her team, her impressive client list and her personal approach set her apart in the industry. The company’s private commissions are diverse and versatile in style; the design teams at Joanna Trading have created everything from Zen cottage to a Folly, a chic modern penthouse apartment to a grand country house. They have designed for private jets, yachts and even a Rolls Royce. Recent projects have included a private house in Holland Park with a spa, the All England Tennis Club, the restoration of a Grade II-listed building in Gloucestershire, a private chalet in Switzerland and a penthouse in Soho. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) As a little girl I was the one that changed her room around and asked for wallpaper for her birthday present! So it was no surprise in my early 20’s that I decided that interior design was the career for me and was lucky enough to get a job working for a top

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interior designer with experience in architecture. I set up my own business at the ridiculously young age of 25 with lots of enthusiasm and learnt on the job. Throughout my career I have gained extensive experience in both the private residential market and also for the property investment market. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Comfortable and practical with an eye to detail. I am a great believer in respecting the architecture – build on good “bones”. Where does your design inspiration come from?

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? I think it is great to have such a broad, encompassing set of awards which cover the industry as a whole and recognise the diversity of amazing projects being produced by the industry. What projects are you currently working on? The team are working on The All England Lawn Tennis Club, a 17th Century House, a Chalet in Switzerland and a development for The Crown Estate.

Travel. I love the colours and styles of places as diverse as India and Istanbul, Rome and the Rockies.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Moving and expanding my office with my new business partner, Andrew Buchanan, plus opening a new shop – so there’s lots happening.

We are moving towards a technical age – but still retaining a sense of comfort and style – colour and pattern are also key.

Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself...

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future:

Your most treasured possession? My family.

One: Always respect the architecture; don’t try to change anything structurally if the building is listed or not suitable for a major transformation.

Your favourite holiday destination? Anywhere with family, friends and sunshine.

Two: Look at the light aspect and think about where the sunshine comes from to ensure that the rooms are planned properly and used to their fullest. Three: It is important to work out which rooms will work best for which purpose. Consider where the client will relax, eat and sleep and plan each space accordingly. Always consider using traditional spaces differently, e.g put a kitchen into a grand light space Four: Think about budget – be realistic with how much work can be done on a project and prioritise. Five: Always do the best you can on the structure and bones of a project, even if you have to wait to put up fabulous curtains for a while; it is most important to lay the foundations of a project – soft furnishings and accessories can be added and changed at a later date. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? Beauty and functionality can be designed to work together.

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? The Terrace Restaurant at The Gritti Palace, Venice. Your favourite book / film / song? Book: The Elements of Style by Stephan Calloway – this book is constantly referred to in our office. Film: The Sound of Music. Song: Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Your favourite food and drink? Anything Italian, preferably in Italy with a local wine. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? A ballet matinee at Covent Garden followed by supper at Le Caprice. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Set Designer or photographic stylist. Anything else interesting? I’ve just finished a book “Interiors for Living” and would like to do some more writing.


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ANNA BURLES RUN FOR THE HILLS

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“ Our work is stylish individuality with a contemporary cool edge.”

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Run for the Hills was founded with the creative coming together of the studio practices of Interior Designer Anna Burles and Graphic Designer Christopher Trotman. Forming a multi-disciplinary design house, specialising in the spatial design of bars, restaurants, workspaces, property developments and retail. Tell us a little about your background in design… I am the co-Founder of Run For The Hills, an award-winning London design studio. I trained at KLC School of Design in Chelsea Harbour and have been running my Interiors practice for 8 years. I am an original interior designer, styling modern and traditional residential and commercial spaces in conceptual ways, devising exciting schemes full of creative touches, and artfully juxtaposing vintage and antique classics with next generation design. I hold a number of industry positions, including being Chair of KLC’s Alumni Advisory Board where I also lecture. I am a BIID Registered Interior Designer and sit on the BIID Membership Committee and was one of Decorex International’s Interior Designer Brand Ambassadors this year. The studio’s client list includes well-known private individuals, music stars, high profile hospitality and retail brands and creative property developers. Even designing a Fantasy Bedroom for the Queen in the Grounds of Buckingham Palace during the Coronation Festival. How would you describe your personal interior design style?

described as a ‘quirky’ designer. Many of the best hotels and restaurants and bars have a very characterful design full of personality. Sleek and glamorous isn’t necessarily enough anymore. Authenticity and originality are just as important to Clients and Consumers and this can only a good thing for us, as that has always been our philosophy. Mixing and matching design eras and types of products within our designs in the same way that the best fashion stylists do. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: U-Turns can be a good thing. Don’t be too fixated on your initial design scheme or direction. Let products speak for themselves and allow your sourcing to organically add into your design. I tend to pick out quirky pieces that tell a story, that provide a talking point and add humour to a space. Two: The Fair Circuit. Don’t forget to hunt down wonderful objects, props and accessories from markets and antique fairs, full of one-offs and simply stunning pieces you might never come across otherwise. Three: Embrace the trend towards mixing old with new. Mix things up and juxtapose things to add character and credibility to a design. This has always been done, but more than ever before, this will be your way of ensuring your interior design is genuinely unique and adding the sprinkle of magic that working with a Professional Interior Designer gives.

Our projects are extremely varied, but I’d say the thread running through our work is stylish individuality with a contemporary cool edge.

Four: DO the right thing. Ethics are dear to us in our studio and we work hard to do the right thing by our clients. Being super transparent, and constantly looking to offer them amazing design and great value.

My personal interior design style is very eclectic and changes regularly. I love minimalist, industrial and raw. But I also love colour and pattern. And I always mix vintage and antiques with modern design furniture and products and will never specify all new products in a design. I love sourcing one-off vintage pieces and antiques.

Five: Originality. Now that design is more global and products cross borders like never before, originality is going to become the key design currency. Accessible and affordable bespoke design will become even more important for designers to stand out and offer something the high street can’t. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and the results can be amazing.

We are a multidisciplinary design house, existing in the space where interiors and graphics meet. Meaning our projects often include artistic touches; a custom designed fabric hand finished by our in-house illustrator or a piece of framed art or wall mural created by my husband, business partner and artist, Chris Trotman (aka Dex). Alongside our boutique residential work, we are also hospitality design specialists, designing restaurants, bars, pop ups and retail experiences.

What projects are you currently working on?

Where does your design inspiration come from? I find design inspiration everywhere I go. From a tiny joinery detail on a piece of furniture, or an industrial fixing on a train carriage door, which might feed into a current design. I love to travel and my camera goes everywhere with me, cataloguing scenes, colours, moods and details I love. On a professional project level, in the studio we often ban the biggest trends from our designs, to make ourselves come up with new and fresh approaches. Working with different clients, all with their own preferences, you also need to take your lead from them, grounding at least some initial thinking in periods and eras they like. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Design is embracing eclecticism more than ever before and I’m foreseeing a time when I’m not

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On the residential side, we’re styling the loft apartment of our long-time celebrity client in New York, which is very exciting. As well as starting work on her new large Central London home. On the commercial side, we’re designing and launching lots of restaurants in Central London. We’re designing several outlets of Hawaiian Sushi brand Island Poke and will soon open Claw’s urban seafood two-storey restaurant in Kingly Street, Carnaby. Smaller projects include the design of an edgy urban style pizzeria in Peckham, called Made of Dough. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To do more design in the boutique hotel sector, including designing not just the rooms but also the bar, restaurant, café, spa and concierge. Which just makes so much sense when you fuse our interior design and branding team’s skills. We plan to keep the team the same size (we are a lovely family-sized studio of 12 full time) to stay boutique. We love being able to have a personal relationship with our clients, and being able to be hands-on with the creative design work. The other key objective is to continue to work on creative and exciting, design-led projects. It’s what drives us and makes us and our team happy.


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BEN LEWIS TRENZSEATER

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“It’s a design with intriguing layers of classic textures and materials, encapsulating refined opulence that is set on a grand scale. A timeless classic.”

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Trenzseater is a New Zealand furniture and interior design company, a family-owned business run by brothers Ben & Hamish Lewis. Trenzseater was established formally in 2004 through a vision Ben had to fulfil a niche in the market for tailor made luxury furniture, a concept that gave clients exposure to a range of products which covered furniture, drapery, blinds, wallpaper, bedlinen and accessories all within the same store. This concept quickly established Trenzseater as the source for a complete solution for interiors, demonstrating commitment to offering the very finest of products for any home. Tell us a little about your background in design… I was inspired by my grandfather’s furniture business growing up, his drive and passion for manufacturing some of the finest furniture in New Zealand gave me from an early age a grounding and foundation in an industry which I fell in love with. I designed my first sofa and was successful for production was when I was 14. This was the start of many more to come as I design all our furniture for Trenzseater. I had a vision to start a high-end furniture and interior design business in New Zealand which I did at the age of 20, to cater for a market where clients wanted something personalised, different to what anyone else had. Trenzseater was established with my brother Hamish, and together we have grown the business into one of New Zealand’s most prominent furniture, interior design stores. Our Interior Design Service grew purely through industry experience, with my interior design work now being highly regarded and recognised on an international level. Trenzseater has 3 stores throughout New Zealand which house all the products we manufacture to order in New Zealand along with all our beautiful International brands we distribute from Europe. These stores are a true showcase to our interior design expertise, demonstrating our unique quality of products and manner in which we present them. How would you describe your personal interior design style? It is sophisticated elegance. It’s a design with intriguing layers of classic textures and materials, encapsulating refined opulence that is set on a grand scale. A timeless classic. Where does your design inspiration come from? I am continuously inspired each day by design, through architecture, interior design and classic furniture design where there classic detailing provided a signature style. I also enjoy, and am inspired by fashion, art and antiques. Natural materials inspire me for their unique, classic qualities, marbles, stone and the character you get from solid timbers. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I believe clients are a lot more receptive to colour and pattern now than they used to be. Used in a

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tasteful manner can offer a design and element of interest and personality. Also, the use of brass and natural stones are a lot more apparent now through all elements of design. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future:

One: Include intriguing layers of texture, pattern and design. Two: Incorporate colour subtly into your design. Three: The use of opulent grand scale objects. Four: Use a diverse mix of materials. Five: Incorporate well-appointed table lamps, floor lamps and pendants in your design. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Definitely, to have an eye for detail, it’s the detail which sets a design apart from the mundane, normal and usual. What projects are you currently working on? Currently, includes several high-end luxury residential properties in both Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, a substantial holiday home and luxury hunting lodge in Wanaka and a private F1 track in New Zealand. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To continue presenting beautiful work clients admire, develop our retail stores within New Zealand along with exploring International opportunities. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? Memories, family and life. Your favourite holiday destination? Aitutaki & Rarotonga (The Cook Islands) and Wanaka, all in New Zealand. Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Woodpecker Hill in Auckland Bluebird Inn Your favourite book / film / song? “A Good Year” Your favourite food and drink? Italian, Pinot Noir Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Life is short, and kids grow up too quick, so the perfect afternoon would be spent with our kids enjoying every moment we have together followed by a beautiful family dinner in our sunroom. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A property developer.


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KELLY HOPPEN KELLY HOPPEN INTERIORS

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“ A home should be where you feel joy and happiness. It should feel like your own space, reflective of the spirit, life and loves of the people who live there.”

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Kelly Hoppen, author, proprietor, entrepreneur and founder of Kelly Hoppen Interiors has taken over the design world by storm. Her ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtle coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. With 40 years experience at the forefront of the industry, publishers and businesses continually seek Kelly’s unparalleled expertise, allowing her to indulge her entrepreneurial instincts. She puts her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as many commercial projects the world over, including hotels, bars, restaurants, yachts, offices, aircraft and tower blocks. The Kelly Hoppen brand, keeping true to its core values of high quality, simplicity and timeless elegance, has collaborated with selected brands and partnered with a select number of licensees. Since then, she has widened her licensed product collections to consist of shutters, commercial fabrics for hospitality use, paints, wallpaper, taps, and a bath collection. “A home should be where you feel joy and happiness. It should feel like your own space, reflective of the spirit, life and loves of the people who live there,” Hoppen said to describe her own interior design ambitions and visions. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I have always been interested in design from a young age, I was always moving things around in my home or re-designing my bedroom when I got the chance. Then at the age of 16 and a half I got my first break when I was asked to design a family friend’s kitchen and from then my passion and career grew!

all change in a heartbeat. Of course, there will be forever themes that will with stand the test of time, classic designs, however each year we are introduced to new trends and fantastic original designs which makes it so hard to tell where we might be with interior design in 5 or even 10 years. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be? The only advice I have is to believe in yourself and stick to your vision. Allow yourself to be creatively inspired by everything around and follow your gut. I am forever explaining to people that if you don’t believe in yourself, how is anybody else meant to believe in you? If you have confidence in your ability and designs, paired with hard work and determination you will go far! How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? It is very important of course. Anything that recognises a person’s talent and their achievements is always going to be a great thing! It is a platform to let other people know about how hard they have worked and encourages others to follow in their footsteps! Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? A photo of my father that I have in my home, it is the only one I have. He tragically passed away when I was 16 years old.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Your favourite holiday destination? Positano Coast in Italy, it’s beautiful and peaceful.

I get inspiration from everywhere! Nature and travelling is a big part of it but even walking the streets of London just inspires me. There is so much diversity, culture and colour, anyone would struggle not to be inspired.

Your favourite food and drink? I love any fish and vegetables! Also, I have a soft spot for Caipirinha’s Cocktails. And anything healthy especially from my daughters Honestly Healthy Cook Book!

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Tucked up at home watching a girly film with my daughter or in the country with my feet!

Who knows. That is the beauty of design – we can predict trends and great things but it could

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NICK CANDY CANDY & CANDY

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“ Candy & Candy’s range of design styles is virtually unlimited. The designers pride themselves in not having a House Style as this enables the designs to be individually tailored to each client’s project.”

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Candy & Candy is revered as one of the world’s leading interior design houses; dedicated to designing the most luxurious real estate. Founded by Nick and Christian Candy in 1999, Candy & Candy are pioneers of bespoke design – from sumptuous homes in some of the world’s most coveted locales, to yachts, jets, luxury cars and commercial environments – all characterised by an unrivalled combination of detailing, diverse design, cutting-edge technology and the exclusivity synonymous with individually tailored projects. The team is comprised of a highly skilled group of interior designers, furniture & product designers, and architectural designers, masterminding projects from conception to completion. The company’s most high-profile project – the globally celebrated One Hyde Park residential development in Knightsbridge, London – revolutionised the residential property market worldwide, breaking industry records and setting unparalleled new standards in luxury design and living. Tell us a little about your background in design… I graduated from University of Reading with a degree in Human Geography. I then joined KPMG before pursuing a career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson. Following this I moved to Dentsu Group Europe, where I became the company’s youngest director. Then in 1995, my brother and I bought our first property, a one-bedroom flat in Redcliffe Square, Earls Court, London. Using a £6,000 loan from our grandmother, we renovated the apartment while living in it and sold it on 18 months later at a sizeable profit. Candy & Candy was then formally established in 1999 and I remain the CEO today. How would you describe your personal interior design style? Candy & Candy’s range of design styles is virtually unlimited. The designers pride themselves in not having a House Style as this enables the designs to be individually tailored to each client’s project. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? It is difficult to specify an exact direction because design, like colour and style, is so

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subjective. We deal with a huge variety of different briefs but what is always apparent is the need for quality, functionality, practicality and efficiency in a design. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? The first step in designing a space is to understand all of its parameters. Before we look at anything else (colours, fabrics, dressing) we look at the interior architecture and how we can adapt it to suit the brief. In addition, how we experience design – for example the touch and texture of materials – is just as important as what we see. Therefore, every single element should be executed immaculately and contribute to the overall experience. What projects are you currently working on? The team recently completed a 63meter superyacht, 11.11, where the brief was to create a living and entertainment space of the highest specification that provided all the comfort, functionality and innovation of the most luxurious residential home. From the principal living and entertaining spaces to the spacious crew quarters and superbly-appointed galley – fine craftsmanship, exquisite finishes, and intricate attention to detail are at the heart of the interior. The art deco era – one of the owner’s preferred design influences – was the primary source of inspiration, elements of which run seamlessly and cohesively throughout. We are also in the process of finishing a large, historic private residence in the heart of Chelsea, covering more than 32,000 sq. ft. with two-acres of land. The redevelopment includes three existing, historic Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings, a new two-storey annex, and the addition of a basement. With specialist knowledge in adapting and refurbishing classical heritage properties, the designers have created a fresh and elegant palette that flows seamlessly throughout the interior and exterior spaces. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful grounds and historical features, the designers have realised the brief utilising the finest materials, bespoke furniture and hand-crafted art and antiques through.


ROSA MAY SAMPAIO ROSA MAY ARQUITETURA DE INTERIORES

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“They cover a broad range of styles. They are comfortable and stylish and are always meant to reflect the personality of their owners. Elegant, poetic and refined. The most important thing is quality of the design’s execution.”

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Rosa May Sampaio is an interior designer with 22 years of experience in the Brazilian market and with projects also developed in Argentina. In her curriculum, the designer accumulates several passages for the country’s greatest architecture shows, as well as projection in communication vehicles such as Casa Vogue, Casa Claudia and Vogue.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?

Tell us a little about your background in design…

The colour or none at all.

Rosa May Sampaio has worked professionally for more than 26 years in the market. She received her BA in Literature at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro and in Art History by the École du Louvre in Paris. She also studied interior design in Espade (São Paulo). She has also worked as a set designer for theatre. Her body of work has been featured in magazine, books and specialised publications, such as Casa Vogue, Casa Cláudia, D&D Argentina, Elle Decor, Marie Claire Maison, Kaza and Vogue Italia, among other international vehicles. Rosa May has been featured as one of the 80 best interior designers of the world in Andrew Martin’s Designer Directory, and her projects have been finalists in The International Design and Architecture Awards, in 2015, 16 and 17 (having won in the category Pool/ Pool House). She has worked in commercial and residential projects in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States.

What projects are you currently working on?

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?

Scale, Proportion, Geometry, Elegance and Harmony. What are the key influencing elements at the moment?

A country house in the province of São Paulo, with more than 1000m², where I am doing both the architecture and the interior design. I am also finishing a penthouse in Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro, two apartments in São Paulo and a country house farm in Argentina. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I would love to do a hotel, a new play set design, a new cottage for myself and a beach house. Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? My Antique 16th Century architect table.

They cover a broad range of styles. They are comfortable and stylish and are always meant to reflect the personality of their owners. Elegant, poetic and refined. The most important thing is quality of the design’s execution.

Hotel: La Réserve De Beaulieu, in Côte D’azur – France. Restaurant: La Caracola in José Ignácio Punta del est - Uruguay. Bar: La Huella, in José Ignácio Punta del est- Uruguay.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Your favourite book / film / song?

The projects are conceived to dialog organically with nature and the architectural elements where they find themselves, be them in the city, beach or countryside. This philosophy reflects itself in a constant search to create cosy, beautiful and innovative spaces, stimulating fulsome and harmonious coexistence for the people who inhabit them.

Book: Climats- André Maurois.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Comfort, modern, more minimalist as life is becoming more practical. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: Sustainability Two: Art Three: Proportion Four: Automation Five: Comfort

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Film: Russian Red – Chaly Braun. Song: Águas de Março – Tom Jobim. Your favourite food and drink? My favourite food is artichoke and king crab and my favourite drink is beer. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? When I don’t have any commitments. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Farmer.


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BLAINEY NORTH BLAINEY NORTH AND ASSOCIATES

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Always think of the feeling of a space before you build it. I believe if you can’t feel it, you can’t create it.”

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Blainey North was established in 2000 by Blainey herself, specialising in interior architecture and the design of luxury environments for five and six-star hotels, exclusive residences and bespoke commercial and retail projects around Australia and the world. In 2011, a further division of the company, Blainey North Collection, was established, creating custom-designed furniture and specialty lighting. Blainey is passionate about connecting ideas from the different design disciplines of entertainment, including fashion, film, music and the visual arts, to create a unique language and ageless aesthetic that reinvents and pushes the conceptual boundaries of design. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) My high school art teacher noticed I had been painting and sketching buildings for five years, without a person in sight! I then studied Architecture which is my great passion in life. I don’t really need motivation to keep working in the field as design is really a way of life for me. I can’t imagine doing anything different, it’s just who I am. How would you describe your personal interior design style? I strive to create spaces that are unexpected, exciting, rich in meaning and detail and are tailored specifically to each client. I believe luxury is defined by experience. It’s that gasp when you walk into an awe inspiring space, or a sigh when you sit in a wonderfully comfortable couch and gaze around a room thinking “ this is living” . There are really no rules in how to achieve this set of emotions in an interior, however I do know that great design has good proportion, beautiful materials and detailing. I also feel like it is like any amazing work of art, it has a deep concept and that underpins the creation. Luxury is about the execution of this craft and about it being tailored specifically to you, and your wants and desires. Where does your design inspiration come from? Each project has its own unique theme and idea which is born from the site, the client and the brief and is often inspired by nature or art. To do this it requires a collective of people to come together with one vision working on disparate parts of the project to enable a consistent whole. I think our firm is unique in our approach to retain that concept throughout every design decision within the entire project. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? I think we are moving away from minimalism toward a more decorative and individual style of design and expression. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One- Being unique is always one of my most important motivations in design.

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Two- Design for the long term, as I think the world is moving towards buying better quality and making it last, rather than badly built interiors that need to be redone in five years. Three- Designing for a moveable client. As more people travel, our sense of home is rapidly changing. I think interiors need to reflect this by referencing their location or the particular needs of that space in its environment. Four- Relationship to others - Our cities are becoming more densely populated, which means living in closer proximity with others. In the same way our sense of privacy is changing with social media and phones, so too our spatial privacy is changing. I believe spaces need to be more considerate of others in the future rather than being internally focused. Five- Materiality - The materials we build with change all the time and I think it’s important to be aware of these and try and implement sustainable materials that are built to last. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be? Always think of the feeling of a space before you build it. I believe if you can’t feel it, you can’t create it. What are the key influencing elements at the moment? I think fashion and art are always important influences in design, however I think the extreme weather patterns we are seeing around the world are quite inspiring and could form the basis for some exciting new design concepts and solutions. What projects are you currently working on? My offices are working on many exciting projects at the moment. A new store concept for the British Fashion Designer Alice Temperley inspired by the mosaic mirror art of Iranian artist Monir Sharoudy Farfamanian; a new hotel in Brisbane inspired by kinetic stage show design; an amazing new waterfront home in Sydney designed to form its own tidal cove; a full floor apartment next to the Opera House inspired by an underwater landscape and the new Crown Spa at Barangaroo inspired by the feeling between consciousness and sleep. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I think you can expect the unexpected from our work. I feel that I am personally entering a design renaissance, as I feel creatively awakened in a very different way. We have set up an office in London and hope to spend more time in Europe as I absolutely love the energy of London, which was home for a period of my childhood. Our new furniture Collection which marks a departure of style, will also be launched next year.


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LONNI PAUL LONNI PAUL DESIGN

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“Always put a modern twist on the classic.”

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Los Angeles based celebrity interior designer, Lonni Paul, is a high end residential and commercial designer. Lonni has worked with celebrities such as Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Robert Downey Jr. and William Macy. Along with interior design, Lonni also designs furniture and fabric collections. Lonni bases her work on the study of all things simple, modern and clean. From her years working as a fashion model in Milan, Paris, New York, Munich and Tokyo, Lonni developed a keen eye for understated elegance, and a taste for luxurious comfort. Tell us a bit about your background in design… I started my career in design by designing and building spec homes. From those homes I was always asked to do interior design. I finally decided to do one for a friend. It was a very visible home and from there my business took off. I decided I’d better know the details of what I was doing so I attended the UCLA school for Architecture and Design to build upon my real-life experience! Where does your design inspiration come from? I take a lot of inspiration from fashion, architecture and travel, and design books. I have SO many books - I love BOOKS! Growing up in small towns, I spent many afternoons and weekends in libraries pouring through books with stories and pictures that transported me and made me visualise exciting, exotic and far off places I would travel to one day. Now that I am able to make those dreams a reality I am always inspired by the beauty of the architecture and people from the different countries I travel to. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future: One: Liveable luxury. No room in a home should be off limits. With new technologies in fabrics you can have luxurious looking rooms that are still able to withstand kids and pets. Two: Elevated living! Surrounding yourself with beauty and meaningful items that will bring you joy. People sometimes underestimate the powerful affect that their surrounding environment can have on their mood and general state of being within a space. It’s key to tap into what’s important for a client and create that environment for them to experience every day. Three: Celebrate family. I believe a home should be the reflection of the life you live in it - and that means making all of your family members feel comfortable in the space. I love to include children in the decision-making process and feel it gives them “pride of ownership” in their own space within their home.

accessories are great ways to add this sense of FUN to a space, while keeping the larger “investment” pieces within the room classic and able to withstand the test of time and passing trends. What are the key influencing elements at the moment? I’ve found that people are spending more and more time at home. Many are working from homes from home and also devoting quality time to their families, with this in mind, a home should be haven: functional but also liveable and comfortable. What projects are you currently working on? I am working on a design-build project in Brentwood for a single dad with 3 kids who wants an urban modern home that is comfortable and family friendly but also hip and modern. As well as this, I am continuing to work on a large design-build project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a young family with 4 children... which has presented some unique challenges, but has also expanded my “design horizons”. I am also working on a writer’s loft in Seattle for a client who is a New York Times bestseller. This will serve as her minimal & modern homeaway-from-home that allows her a quite clean space to write. And I have just finished up the LA home of one of my clients who I also designed a 14,000-square foot farmhouse for on 20 acres in beautiful rural Montana. It was exciting to work for the same client on a traditional, elegant farmhouse in Montana and then to contrast that with their high-rise, modern and sleek home in the heart of the Los Angeles West Side. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? I have always wanted to take on a boutique hotel project - I think it would be so much fun and would allow me to expand my design creativity into new territories. I would love to start a project like that in next 12 months! Final thoughts – tell us a little more about yourself... Your most treasured possession? Although family is not a possession, my kids are the most treasured people in my life. Aside from that it would have to be my fabulous shoe and handbag collection! Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Hotel Du Cap / Le Petite Maison Your favourite book / film / song?

Four: Display a life rich in experiences. With the way the future is moving forward, the world is becoming much smaller. Designer’s and our clients can use this to our advantage by collecting inspiration from around the world and by being influenced by more exotic themes and collecting meaningful and unique pieces to adorn a home.

The Handmaids Tale” by Margaret Atwood / “Forrest Gump” / “Crazy on You” by Heart

Five: Fun! Design should be fun and not taken too seriously. There are so many “rules” and sometimes you need to break some of them in order for a space to come together without the feeling of being too formal, or un-lived-in. Colour on walls and pillows together with art and

Getting a massage and eating decadent chocolates (in my dreams!)

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Your favourite food and drink? Sushi, Chocolate, and Lemonade with Mint Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? If I weren’t a designer, I would be a rock star!!!


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