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The Worldâ€™s Leading Design Names is always one of the most popular issues of each year, but this year we feel it has been more important than ever for the worldâ€™s key design names to communicate, talk of their projects, design philosophies, offer us all some advice and inspiration, but perhaps most crucially to talk of their hope for the future. As we embark upon another year, we are filled right now with hope, enriched by our experience as a planet and with solutions now in sight and in practice we are able to move forward with hope and, therefore we hope this yearâ€™s issue of this publication is conveys this message on every page. Certainly, everyone involved in this issue is excited to bring forward their vision for the future and to share it; we face 2021 together, stronger, bolder, wiser and as a global design community determined to change the planet aesthetically and architecturally together.
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CALLAND LEE CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR 2PI R DESIGN Calland Lee, along with his life and business partner Steen Lin, lead as principals at the helm of 2pi r Design. Originating from Hong Kong respectively, the pair crossed paths during their time at Ryerson University. A bond developed over a shared desire to push the boundaries of innovative design, and the duo have cultivated multiple creative projects together ever since. Used as a metaphor for the infinite possibilities in any project, 2pi r personifies the precise execution for an optimal design solution. With their head office in Toronto, Canada, Lee and Lin foster a practice that produces innovative and meaningful design with a team of creatives that thrive on designing projects led by their collective experience.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? The China Grill restaurant (2022), also the first Park Hyatt Hotel built in Asia back in 2008 with major redesign and renovations. We are redefining the true luxury of contemporary oriental hospitality-design for the hotel in the capital city of China, through details of oriental Chinese arts and crafts in the contemporary metropolitan interior and bespoke furniture setting of timeless, refined luxury for the brand Umari Casa Collection. And many more projects ongoing; each property is unique in design but shares the same principles in their core value in nature & well-being. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? Learning to work with the team remotely during the pandemic this year is definitely challenging, i.e. getting the ideas across and developed remotely requires a creative way to communicate within the teams. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? I believe we are more a contemporary modernist but love to borrow traditional and local cultural elements to create our own sense of place in design. I don’t have a defined style as we design projects for clients who come from different backgrounds with different business interests and aims. I think clients/users can still sense our DNA through the details of our space. Where do you take inspiration from? We get constant inspiration through travelling to places in different countries in the past but now due to pandemic, we explore from lots of magazines/social media of all interests and topics. Since our projects are not located in just one country, we draw clues from local cultures, art, fashion, food and people and adapt these ideas
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to the projects whether it is a hotel, a private home or a specialty restaurant. During the design process, we try to keep asking ourselves what would we get inspired by if we were the end-user of the space? Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? Design is my life, I can’t really separate the two as I don’t consider my job of designing is work, rather it’s my hobby and passion. I share the projects we design constantly with my partner and my kids, or explore new ideas through travelling with family to different countries. What direction do you see design moving in? I think in hospitality, it will be focusing more on the experience and uniqueness instead of current trends; in private homes, it will be focusing more on personal comfort and well-being lifestyle; space that is connecting to the family and nature surrounding, focus on quality of details instead of overly materialized space. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Thai fusion style seafood with fresh coconut water. Favourite city/holiday destination? Favourite city New York / Holiday destination Trancoso, Brazil. Favourite hotel? Fasano Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil designed by Isay Weinfeld. The car you drive? Volvo XC90, love their form and timeless interior.
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GRISCHA ALEXIS SCHMIDT SENIOR DIRECTOR INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO JET AVIATION Grischa Schmidt has over 20 years’ experience in interior and exterior yacht design, interior aircraft design, automobiles and residential interiors. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design, a Diploma in Fine Art, a Vocational Diploma in Art History and History Architecture, and a Federal Diploma as a Restorer and Carpenter. He is currently Senior Director Interior Design Studio for Jet Aviation. Based in Basel, Switzerland, the Jet Aviation Design Studio includes a team of 16 designers and has over 40 years’ experience in Design and VIP private aircraft interiors.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are currently working on a number of incredible narrow and wide-body completions, and several refurbishment projects, both in production, and in the earlier stages of design. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? I lean towards a blend of timeless style with modern accents. A foundation of aesthetic, bespoke values built on sustainable traditions and historically proven perceptions, spiced up with more contemporary pieces that can change and evolve with trends. My background as a furniture restorer allows me to profoundly appreciate craftmanship and I have a deep passion for details. Where do you take inspiration from? Inspiration comes from everywhere: interesting objects, beautiful places, a painting, car or piece of art, new technologies - even some of the fascinating people you meet. I live and breathe design. It is really a part of every aspect of our lives and there are always opportunities to discover new things that can surprise and inspire you. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? We spend a lot of time outdoors. A family farm and part time game keeping allow for ample time of distraction and contemplative moments next to my daily work.
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What are your hopes for the future? Given the hard time the world went through throughout 2020, I hope we are able to recover quickly, and that good things can develop out of this global challenge. What direction do you see design moving in? One of the things that makes design so exciting, it that it is hard to predict. Looking forward, my hope would be that we can ensure we are respectful to the planet, whatever we do for our customers. Be it sustainable practices and offerings – from materials to operations. There are many exciting opportunities and we are involved in a range of them today. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? I eat anything that doesn’t eat me, and life is too short to drink bad wine. Favourite hotel? La Colombe d’Or. Your thoughts on life? Have fun doing what you do and do it with passion! Live every day as if it were the last.
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SHALINI MISRA FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR SHALINI MISRA LTD Shalini Misra is a qualified architect from Dehli School of Architecture and Planning in India, has specialised in Urban Planning at the University of Columbia in New York and Virtual Reality in Architecture at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London and now an internationally celebrated interior architect, designer and property developer. Shalini Misra, has been creating spaces since she founded her multifaceted practice over 20 years ago. London based interior design studio, Shalini Misra Ltd specialises in luxury interiors for residential developments. The team enjoy collaborating on product design having worked on projects across the globe ranging from villas in Dubai to apartments in New York, and developments in London. The technical and creative range also incorporates commercial interior design for high-end offices, boutique hotels, restaurants and exhibition spaces. The Worldâ€™s Leading Design Names 23
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We have some interesting projects live at the moment including a 3 bed bachelors pad in LA, a large residential landmark building in NYC, a large family home in Los Altos, a penthouse office In Dover Street, Mayfair. A large office space in Belgravia, and two large family homes in St Johns Wood and one in Notting Hill. Please describe these projects in brief? All the above projects have very different design briefs but one of my favourites is the home in St John’s wood. We are sourcing great British craftmanship for which includes a range of crafts from guilding to cabinet making, representing high end British craftsmanship. Working with the clients existing collection to find inspiration especially for bold colour palettes. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? The design of the interiors is very textural and tactile achieved through many finishes used on various surfaces. This aspect needed to be coordinated carefully with all the artisans and suppliers at different stages, for example there is bespoke plasterwork on the main staircase wall which was applied in layers, and there were specialist wallpapers on ceilings that needed spotlights to be placed in specific positions dependent on the pattern. Where do you take inspiration from? Nature! Nature is the greatest designer, just look at how trees, plants, animals and insects work and interact to use, benefit from and enhance each other. The colours in wildlife, flora and fauna are always an inspiration. They never clash. Other than visually being such a design inspiration, the effect that being in nature has on me is a calming and mind-clarifying one which often gives me my best moments of inspiration. Going for walks alone or with
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family and friends discussing work, art, design, culture, exhibitions and more all fuel my inspiration. What are your hopes for the future? I hope my studio continues to grow organically. I have a new shopping platform launching soon called The Design Buzz. This is a carefully curated selection of accessories and furniture. It’s a platform that showcases some of the best design and craftsmanship that we have known as interior designers over the years. I am putting a lot of time and energy into this at the moment and looking forward to my journey in E-commerce. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Homemade fruit smoothies - I love Matcha green tea, pear, and spinach at the moment. Favourite city/holiday destination? Masai Mara in Tanzania. Favourite hotel? Soneva Fushi in Maldives. The car you drive? Range Rover Vogue. Your thoughts on life? Life is short so don’t hurry or worry, stay focused and balanced. Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? Health is the real wealth. Mind, Body, Soul and Environment.
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PAUL BISHOP OWNER & FOUNDER BISHOP DESIGN Paul Bishop discovered his passion for interior design during his time at university and went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture from Manchester University, a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Kingston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Furniture and Product Design from Brighton University. In 1996, he was given the opportunity to spend 8 years honing his skills as a designer in Dubai, before progressing to establish Bishop Design in 2004. Bishop Design is recognised today as one of the most reputable design agencies across the Middle East. Bishop design is an international multiaward winning interior design firm in Dubai with an expansion to Miami underway. The talented team of professionals have created ground breaking interiors across the region and on a global scale. Their design philosophy at Bishop Design is rooted in creating cutting-edge interiors, all whilst exceeding client expectations and enhancing consumer experiences across the globe. The World’s Leading Design Names 27
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Our team have been charmed with a string of international projects that have pushed us to take on board wider scopes and differing disciplines. 2020 has been a puzzling period however also quite a pivotal one for myself and the team whereby we are beginning to take on larger responsibilities as Lead Consultants for multiple projects as we direct all aspects of design including, but not limited to, architecture, branding, food and beverage consultancy, interior landscaping and marina design with the support of our subdivision Rogue. Homegrown and international brands closer to home also remain a prominent part of our growing portfolio, specifically restaurant concepts in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as our team remain devoted to building the future of the Middle East & GCC. Please describe these projects in brief? Currently I am leading the design for Bishop Design & Rogue’s largest project to date based in the Bahamas to provide a cohesive combination of solutions for two destinations including a Hotel cum marina & yacht club and a 34-villa and multi-use complex. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? Anything new comes as a challenge! Which is what makes it so exciting. The sheer scale and scope of works are a huge demand and something that we have had to intelligently approach in terms of studio management, but it’s a captivating chapter of our company growth and one that we’re enjoying learning to adapt to.
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Where do you take inspiration from? I enjoy bringing sentiments from the past and re-interpreting them into today’s modern landscape; always remaining tasteful and innovative whilst bringing authenticity to create connection. Inspiration announces itself in many forms whether it be through film, art, fashion or music and as designers we are inspired by everything that surrounds us; it’s all about how we evolve these inspirations to create dynamic and functional spaces. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? Finding a solid work life balance as a designer remains a mystery to me! Design is a passion so to shut down from that is not easy. The cogs in my head keep turning and lightbulb moments strike at any time, not to mention the ongoing thoughts surrounding ongoing projects and clients. Myself and the team at Bishop Design embrace a ‘work hard play hard’ ethos! Although it is important to take a step back when we can. My go-to break would be to travel or a simple dinner with friends. There’s a beauty in those simple things as they enable me to deeply cherish the moments that I spend with loved ones or simply coming up for air. What direction do you see design moving in? Design has always been a method of story-telling as a means to authentically connect with the end-user and we are now moving into a united society whereby the crave for connection will hit its peak. Interior spaces will therefore prioritize narrative conception, as designs that were merely aesthetically pleasing are no longer adequate enough in creating genuine connections nor memorable experiences for guests.
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RAMON ALONSO PRESIDENT RADYCA DESIGN Mexico born Ramon Alonso graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Anáhuac University, Mexico in the 90’s and moved on to collaborate with multiple international museums and pavilions and has directed the design and execution on several large scale commercial projects, custom residences, private aircrafts and superyachts building. RADYCA was formed by Alonso in 2016 and is based in Miami but has a strong presence in Mexico. With Alonso following his passion for oceans, RADYCA has a global design team inspired by creativity and innovation. RADYCA have a team made up of people from 7 different countries and have built a portfolio of diverse typology that capture a refined and sophisticated definition of luxury. Alonso wants clients to feel embraced in a high sense of sophistication but in the simplest way whilst feeling that they belong and that they don’t want to leave. The World’s Leading Design Names 31
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are working on three 50M+ Superyacht projects to be built in Holland & Germany, several high-end residential projects in Fisher Island FL, Chicago, Punta Mita and Mexico City currently in progress.
affecting my work. I have a very thorough and detailed schedule which gets constantly updated and helps me to achieve this. Technology and the new way of working has also allowed to have more personal time by considerably reducing work related travel to the essential.
Please describe these projects in brief? We are developing a new interior concept for a 55M Dutch Superyacht spec platform that will be launched in 2022 aimed to the American market and two other Superyacht custom interior / exterior styling projects for private clients currently in development. The residential projects are two penthouses in very prestigious high-rise and medium-rise buildings in Chicago and in Fisher Island. We also developed the architectural and interior design and we are starting the construction process of three single family homes for sale in Coconut Grove.
What direction do you see design moving in? Into a much higher efficiency both in design process and physical execution. People will continue looking for nicer and better places to live and spend more family / personal time. Workspaces in general will need to be reinvented and I believe that every single project will need to consider new distancing / sanitation requirements.
Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? The new reality of a 100% remote collaboration between our internal team during the design process and with all the external consultants and suppliers, especially during execution of the work. We have rapidly adapted to this change which started as a huge challenge and has now become an amazing opportunity for growth.
Favourite city/holiday destination? Antibes.
How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? Refined simplicity. We always strive to achieve a warm, sophisticated look using natural materials, playing with different textures and contrasts while incorporating the latest technologies. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? After years of learning how to manage my time, I now try to create the best possible balance making my family the priority, without
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Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Bouillabaisse / Tequila.
Favourite hotel? Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes. The car you drive? Range Rover. Your thoughts on life? Life is a journey; enjoy every bit of the ride while it lasts. Final thoughts or inspiration? Don’t be afraid to take measured risks and trust your heart and gut instinct. Opportunities are like trains; they constantly pass by and you need to jump on them to discover where they will take you.
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KENNETH USSENKO OWNER & LEAD DESIGNER KENNETH USSENKO DESIGN Kenneth Ussenko started his design exploration in the film business over 20 years ago and transitioned into interiors and conceptual design for environments. In the early 2000’s, Kenneth Ussenko Design was founded. Kenneth Ussenko Design is an international interior design and restaurant design company specialising in hospitality, commercial and residential projects. Originally formed as a production design company focused on the film industry, Ussenko quickly expanded into industrial design, branding and packaging, before focusing on conceptual design for architectural environments. With a background in the film industry and a passion for storytelling standing as a constant principle in all of his designs: every decision – every wall, every chair, every doorway – has a story.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? A restaurant at Pala Casino, a resort spa, a country club at Soboba Springs Golf Course and my own restaurant in Laguna Beach, California “RUM SOCIAL” Kitchen & Cocktails. We are also working on a Snowbeer sports bar and Blissbar speakeasy at Damian Jasna Hotel. Please describe these projects in brief? The restaurant at Pala Casino Resort & Spa which we are creating will be like a modern Asian food bazaar. A gastronomy explosion of Far East flavours, adventure and entertainment. We are creating a new luxurious experience for the interiors of the golf course country club with a journey of rich colours, textures accompanied by beautiful walnut wood finishes. The RUM SOCIAL will be our first restaurant which I have created the concept, design and will be a partner in the project. It is nestled in the centre of the charming beach town of Laguna Beach, California. A modern menu of flavours and delicious libations located in an atmosphere of tropical glamor lifestyle. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? The challenges we all face today in the hospitality world is designing for the ever changing conditions of safety and healthcare regulations regarding the customer experience. Meanwhile we must still deliver unforgettable environments for the modern day consumer which also is constantly evolving in style and taste. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? Yes, I have always been known to create environments and spaces that transcend the experience between modern day glamour and yesterday’s elegance with a splash of rawness when possible.
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Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I spend most of my days in meetings with clients and my team to review the projects. In the evenings and weekends I tend to do my best designs when most of the world around me is at rest and I have calmness to create. What are your hopes for the future? To continue to work in the hospitality design world but also venture more into our own company projects which we will develop and execute on our own. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite food? Poached egg, seafood, pâté and pastries. Favourite city/ holiday destination? Florence Italy / Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Favourite hotel? Grand Hotel de La Minerve, Piazza della Minerva, 69, Roma, Italy. The car you drive? 2001 Range Rover Discovery. Your thoughts on life? We always grow and learn as a species on this wonderful planet earth. More importantly we should focus on peacefully growing together as humans. Final thoughts? No matter how hard the boundaries are on the road today or the jouney ahead, continue to push your passion for creativity in the canvas of life.
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FILIPE NUNES FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR FILIPAO NUNES ARQUITECTOS Filipe Nunes, based in San Pedro de la Garza, Mexico is a Portuguese architect who studied in Oporto, Portugal before moving to Mexico. He has worked in the design industry since 2016. Filipao Nunes Arquitectos was formed with his own DNA, crazy ideas and fearlessness to try, with a disruptive thought in the creative way. Filipe found himself in this career due to his deep interest for the spaces and the sensations that this may give. This made him feel deeply in love with interior design, and as an interior architect his intention is that spaces always have proportionally scale, colour and texture.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Right now, we are working on 2 big projects, one is a beach club located in Tulum and another one is a development in a winery. The beach club located in Tulum, the principal idea of this is making a representation of French riviera in a magical place that is Tulum. With the big winery development located in Parras, Coahuila, a wine state, the client asked us to transform a big warehouse in to a museum, shop, dining area, and a kids room. Please describe any new challenges faced/innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? 2020 has been a year with a lot of changes, a lot of new challenges even for the new designs, in which of course we have to care about the texture, the shape, the lighting, but now, more than ever, we have to include some of the preventative measures for coronavirus, such as keeping distance, cleaning accessories and automation. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? My work reflects my experiences through time, the experiences through design and the space being my canvas. My style is eclectic; I mix different art disciplines with different artistic trends. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? In this stage of the studio, itâ€™s important to be thankful for all the work that is coming, and all the new clients that we have; as we do have a lot of work, we have to make time for our family and all the work, so right now our strategy is waking up early and staying up late, trying to have some family time in the weekends. What are your hopes for the future? I hope that this shutdown in the world wakes up in us the value of our actions day by day, and appraise our work spaces, the relationships
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between our co-workers and our clients. I hope we continue doing great architecture work, surpassing ourselves each day. What direction do you see design moving in? I feel that the revival trend is still really strong, and that there is an eclectic vibe that has been growing and that is going to be here for many years more, and that mixing antique accents with technology is really interesting in every design. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Favourite food/drink? Gin and tonic. Favourite city/holiday? Portugal. Favourite hotel? Less and Less, Beverly Hills. The car you drive? Mercedes Benz. Your thoughts on life? One must leave a legacy of good design and behaviour to the next generations in the studio and family. Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? The pause in the world, helped us to rethink everything, what we previously took for granted. In all our stages of the day to day, our future is designed with more passion and once the social distancing is over, we will live more intensely in the here and now.
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GAUTHIER GUILLAUME CEO & CREATIVE DIRECTOR GG&GRACE INTERNATIONAL Led by Gauthier Guillaume, GG&Grace International is an experienced and award-winning interior design company, specializing in high-end hospitality projects. Their pioneering mindset and inimitable breadth of knowledge make their offering unique. GG&Grace International is a dynamic, ambitious business with a truly global outlook. From urban destinations of the ultimate prestige to the remotest paradise retreats, they relish the opportunity to collaborate on the most exciting ventures in every corner of the planet. What sets them apart in a creative sense are the rich layers and dimensions they bring to the table. The guest is their creative muse, and they adore imagining environments that captivate, details that surprise and experiences that touch the heart.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Club Med Seychelles, Fairmont Residences Royal Palm, Marrakech, Le Meridien Pyramids Cairo, Voco Dubai, The Chedi Montenegro, Club Med Punta Cana Dominican Republic. Please describe these projects in brief? Club Med Seychelles is a 5* Robinson-chic eco-resort located on a paradise island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. You can’t dream of a better destination for your next holidays. Le Meridien Pyramids has a very special character with its unique location overlooking the Great Pyramid of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Voco Dubai is located on Sheikh Zayed, home to most of Dubai’s successful business & financial firms, and is designed to offer a balance between familiar comforts and business travellers’ needs. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? Recent events have kept us from traveling so I decided to set up a new team of experts, “Grace Virtual Hospitality”, able to develop interactive and immersive virtual reality presentations. You can now travel digitally to our projects around the world and visualize our latest concepts. Wherever in the world, we work whatever the challenge, we approach things with an open, eager mind and get the absolute best out of situations. Where do you take inspiration from? We are not a typical interior design studio. We are hoteliers at heart. This drives the way we operate, design, and collaborate. Our inspiration comes from a deep, genuine desire to delight our clients and guests and to create the world’s must-go destinations and must experience interiors.
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Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I have a passion for what I do, I smile and never give up! I believe it’s crucial to be dynamic, flexible, and resourceful. I couldn’t do all this without my wife’s and kids’ support. They are amazing and I try to spend as much time as I can with them! The second secret is my Grace Team! We maintain a nimble and hand-picked team of young experts & innovators who create outside of the conventional box. This is how we stay fresh, unique, and agile! What are your hopes for the future? A COVID-free world. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Home-made fries with Truffle mayonnaise and a bottle of Pauillac Saint-Estèphe. Favourite city/holiday destination? Soma Bay, Red Sea, Egypt. Favourite hotel? The Chedi Oman. The car you drive? Uber. Your thoughts on life? Dream it, make it happen and never give up!
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CHRIS GODDARD OWNER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER GODDARD DESIGN GROUP Chris Goddard is the founder and principal designer of Goddard Design Group in Arkansas, USA. Chris has over 30 years’ design experience and possesses a visionary approach to design because he believes that each space should tell a story or evoke a mood. From traditional to modern design, he utilizes his eclectic style and attention to detail to create an artful mixture of elegance with personal history. All clients that go to Goddard Design Group are unique and by tailoring to their needs, environment and history, Chris is able to create an inheritable space which will welcome generations for years. Chris Goddard is a firm believer that the client’s personality can be transferred to each project, so Goddard Design Group works with each client to focus on quality of style and sharp attention to detail whether the project be a residential living room update or a commercial project from the ground up. The World’s Leading Design Names 49
Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? We have confronted new challenges with two historic buildings that are over 100 years old. The electrics and plumbing have to be reconfigured from ground up and there are structural issues on both jobs. Our ultimate goal is to modernize these spaces while preserving the integrity of the structures. Where do you take inspiration from? Spaces that tell stories are my signature. Where a client is in their life or what they are striving to achieve is what I weave into my designs. I want a room to come alive and create a backdrop for lifelong memories. Great design is about timeless spaces that never go out of style and tell the client’s story, not mine. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I am always working and gathering ideas for new design. From movie sets and costumes to my travels in the States and abroad, design is everywhere, and it’s ever-changing. Each day becomes an adventure of discovery. What are your hopes for the future? I hope for prosperity in the world and safety for everyone. No one can predict the future. The world is in constant flux, so I tackle each day
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with optimism and a positive outlook. There still is so much good in the world. What direction do you see design moving in? Predicting design trends is like shaking the Magic 8 ball – it is all forever changing. A great designer will help to educate clients that one style/trend is not better than the other. The only design that is exceptional is one that reflects the client’s personal taste and lifestyle. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Sonic’s Cherry Limeade and Fig Newtons. Favourite city/holiday destination? Aspen, Colorado. Favourite hotel? La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco. The car you drive? Cadillac Escalade. Your thoughts on life? “A life worth living is a life well-lived.”
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LAURA STEIN PRINCIPAL & CEO LAURA STEIN INTERIORS Since opening Toronto, Canada based Laura Stein Interiors in 2006, Laura Stein has been creating exceptional homes that allow her clients to experience the exquisite beauty of well-crafted design and the ease of living with refined functionality. Lauraâ€™s passion for design is enduring and contagious. She approaches each project with a vision to inspire her clients and deliver beyond what they ever dreamed possible. Each design is uniquely personal, yet always infused with Lauraâ€™s signature sense of fresh, understated luxury. Her designs are recognized for their timeless appeal, beautiful custom furnishings, layered luxurious materials, and unexpected details. Having worked and trained in both Boston and Toronto, Laura brings a unique breadth of knowledge and experience to every project. She has a love of travel and finds continuous inspiration in art, design and architecture from around the world.
How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? I am honoured to be asked to help shape the way people live. It is a deeply personal commitment that clients make to work with my firm, so I make sure our work is uniquely personal to each client. But they come to me for a reason. My work is always infused with a sense of fresh, understated luxury, and is known for its timeless appeal, beautiful custom furnishings, luxurious materials, and unexpected details. My approach to design is holistic. My goal is to create spaces that can truly be lived in, where the beauty, details and nuance of design can be appreciated, and where the architecture and interiors work together symbiotically. Most of my projects have been transitional in style, but recently I find myself drawn to a more contemporary, clean aesthetic. I am a purist and definitely a perfectionist. No detail is left unattended and regardless of style, quality is paramount. Where do you take inspiration from? I find travel to be the most refreshing way to unlock my creativity and get ideas flowing. I’m not a beach or resort person. I love to explore new places and experience the design, architecture and art of a new city. I take hundreds of pictures and refer back to them when I’m at my desk and in need of a creative jolt. When I can’t travel I like to explore different parts of my own city. Often I’ll find something unexpected on a neighbourhood stroll. And of course, I have my library of design book, magazines, and social media. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? When you own your own business, work and the rest of your life become so intertwined. My six-year-old-son asked me to teach him AutoCAD! I’m not sure I would call it balance (more like an insane juggling act), but I’ve finally learned to stop taking on overly stressful projects. It makes my time at work more enjoyable and I can really focus on my family when I’m at home. What are your hopes for the future? The world is changing so quickly and that has massive implications for the design industry. I hope that we see more diversity in design and that our industry becomes more open and inclusive to different
voices. There is so much to be gained by listening, looking carefully, and then thoughtfully taking action. On a personal side, I hope to be able to continue to grow my business in a positive, inclusive and inspiring way. What direction do you see design moving in? For the first time in my career, the world’s geopolitical situation is playing a huge role in how the industry is evolving. With a new focus on inclusiveness, as well as the environment, I think our industry will look very different in the next five years. I also see a dichotomy emerging in design, with the lower and mid-level moving entirely online, and the luxury level becoming even more personalized and exclusive. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Food - Does chocolate count as a food? Drink - Earl Grey tea and Shiraz. Favourite city/holiday destination? Do I have to pick just one? Paris, London and Copenhagen. Favourite hotel? COMO Metropolitan, Bangkok. The car you drive? Audi Q5. Your thoughts on life? What I tell my little boy every day: • Be kind • Always treat others with respect • Help as much as you can • Try the best the you can • Be brave • Get a good night’s sleep If you can master those six things, you can conquer anything.
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WILL MEYER & GRAY DAVIS CO-FOUNDERS & PRINCIPAL DESIGNERS MEYER DAVIS New York City based Meyer Davis with a presence in Los Angeles, Miami, London and Dubai, is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded by Will Meyer and Gray Davis in 1999. This award winning firm has established itself at the forefront of high-end commercial and residential design practice throughout the USA and abroad. Meyer Davis designs seamless physical experiences tailored to their clientâ€™s individuality, combining principles of great design with a clear vision for the experience they seek to create.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Our largest scale project ever completed will be opening at the end of this year - Crown Sydney. Earlier this year, we completed Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, Mauna Lani for Auberge Resorts Collection in Hawaii, and The Harrods Brasserie in London. Please describe these projects in brief? Crown Sydney is the tallest building in Sydney. We developed the interiors for the hotel, apartments, and public areas; Chris Wilkinson was the architect. It was an incredible experience to bring this unparalleled project to life. Rosewood Little Dix Bay was a restoration of a resort founded by Laurence Rockefeller. The project team withstood Hurricane Irma in the midst of construction and it was a pleasure to revive such a storied resort. Mauna Lani was our first project in Hawaii and offered us the opportunity to learn about Hawaiian culture and renovate a beloved but outdated existing property on the island. Lastly, The Harrods Brasserie was our first restaurant project in London and we could not be more proud to have designed it for such an iconic client. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? We strive for each of our projects to create an immediate and lasting impact. We don’t design in one aesthetic style. Our goal is to listen to the goals of our clients, craft unique narratives, and use space, materiality, and experiential elements to bring a story to life. We have also been known to combine the best of hospitality and residential design to create high quality interiors for all types of clients. Where do you take inspiration from? We find a lot of our inspiration through travel, whether for our work or fun. We love to get off the beaten path on trips and make time to venture out to museums, restaurants, and enjoy nature.
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Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? Working as a duo has its benefits. We like to begin projects together, but throughout the life of a project we will enter at different points and work to each other’s strengths. This allows both of us to have continual creative outlets, and share the responsibilities of running a business. We have been friends for over twenty years and that friendship allows us to support one another in creating a balanced life. What are your hopes for the future? We hope to continue to challenge ourselves as designers, participate in beautiful projects, and strengthen our work as a studio. We also look forward to the end of this pandemic and the ability to travel and connect with our friends across the world face to face. Tell us a little about yourselves: Favourite – food/drink? Our favourite dining experience is a long, late dinner with friends. Favourite city/holiday destination? We both love exploring Italy. Favourite hotel? Will: I love The Moorings Village in Islamorada, Florida Gray: Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. Your thoughts on life? 2020 has been a wild year to say the least. It’s caused us both to reflect on our love for friends, family, and design.
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STAFFAN TOLLGÅRD FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR TOLLGARD DESIGN GROUP Staffan Tollgârd founded Tollgard Design Group in 2005 with his life and design partner Monique Tollgard and the practice has grown from a design studio into a multi-disciplinary practice that employs some of the brightest minds in the industry. Belgravia, London based Tollgard Design Group is a creative and collaborative interior design studio and a respected curator of international contemporary design. With three London showrooms and a dedicated commercial contracts team, their aim is to add value at every stage of a design journey: for our clients, for architects, for interior designer and design aficionados around the world.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Two homes we are working on at the moment share a scale in creative ambition and size, but are hugely different in concept and execution. A family home in Hampstead Garden Suburbs takes a twist on the traditional, while in Kuwait the design is so contemporary it looks like it might take off and fly away. In Copenhagen we’re working on a beautiful lateral apartment near the Royal Palace, and in London on a Grade II listed residence in Belgravia and elegant family homes in Kensington and Maida Vale. A sky- high apartment in the newly built Wardian towers is an incredible counter-point to all this historic fabric. Please describe these projects in brief? We’ve just completed the headquarters for a pair of our favourite clients in the Brunel Building in London, together with BDG Architects. A great example of a creative collaboration, we brought our resi-mercial expertise to the table and really enjoyed working with a very talented group of architects and consultants on this landmark project. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? Design in times of COVID has certainly had an impact on how we work and communicate with our clients. With most of our designers working from home, and many of our clients not able to meet in person, we have relied on virtual meetings, presentations and regular workshops to make sure projects can progress and our clients are kept at the heart of the creative process. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? We don’t have a house style, but we do have a strongly-held set of design principles and values. My personal style draws on my heritage from Scandinavia with a mid-century functionalism and mix it with a Japanese aesthetic. More recently I have been drawn to designermakers from the USA and the beautiful ‘craftsman modern’ vibe and industrial craft of the last few years. Where do you take inspiration from? I draw inspiration from everything I see whilst travelling but my biggest inspiration is from Scandinavia and Japan and how the two mix with so much harmony and minimal beauty. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I’m not entirely certain that I have achieved a work/life balance. We’re now in our 15th year, and Monique, my partner in design and life, has been working in the business with me for the past twelve.
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Our eldest son is teaching me how to integrate our sketch up models with his VR headset. It’s truly a family business and it has crept into every corner of our life. I would probably call it a working life. I achieve balance through swimming every morning that I can, by cycling and skiing, by walking our Airedale, Lilla. I have a passion for what I do, and sometimes I need reminding that it’s OK to stop for a second and enjoy everything we have achieved. I think it must be the functionalist Lutheran in me. We’re happiest when we’re being useful. What are your hopes for the future? A very important and timely question. For our business, as always, that we keep learning, and keep working on projects of different size, scale and creative directions. That we answer new questions of living. For our family: that each one of us is able to achieve our potential and make a positive contribution to the world around us. My hope is that we have given our two sons strong foundations and a moral code that will allow them to bring joy and to make a difference. What direction do you see design moving in? We were on a crash trajectory, similar to fashion, towards a throwaway culture within design. I feel increasingly, however, that we are refocusing on craftmanship and sustainability and longer-lasting design decisions. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Sake and sushi. Favourite city/holiday destination? Kyoto. Favourite hotel? Aman Puri, Phuket. The car you drive? A Model 3 Tesla. Your thoughts on life? In the immortal words of Mr Miyagi: “First learn balance. Balance good, karate good, everything good.” Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? We have built our business on some quite simple values and principles. We try and go beyond our client’s expectations. We are clear that they are the experts in what makes them happy. We are the experts at telling their story using the language of design. And we remain grateful for the opportunity to do so.
Interior Designers. Story Tellers.
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JENNY ALLAN FOUNDER JENNY ALLAN DESIGN Founder of London based Jenny Allan Design, Jenny Allan and her team create beautiful, liveable designs in some of the most luxurious properties in the UK and overseas. With a strong emphasis on building client relationships and creating dream spaces, Jenny’s design studio is highly sought-after. Jenny is passionate about design and provides a highly personalised, dedicated service with great attention to detail. Her focus is to create beautiful yet functional designs which are a true reflection of each client’s individual design goals. Jenny ensures each client enjoys the whole design journey experience culminating with the client’s ideal design result.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Alongside our projects in London, we are working on a number of country house refurbishments. Clients have bought these country houses due to the current situation with the Coronavirus in order to have a home with more space and land. Please describe these projects in brief? The projects involve refurbishing older country homes and returning them to their former glory. We are restoring many of the original features while also installing modern enhancements, including air conditioning and top of the range AV systems. The juxtaposition of classic and contemporary pieces is particularly an aspect that as a design team we are really enjoying. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? When working with older style properties it can be a case of working within the bone structure of the building and coming up with creative ways to fit all the client’s requirements within an older structure. One of the main benefits is the ceiling height is very good in these properties and that always enhances the proportion of design work. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? Our typical style is classic contemporary, mixing a neutral base with occasional accent colours or textures. However we are very flexible and we are not locked into one design style. If a client would like a more traditional style or bolder colours we can adapt to that.
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Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I absolutely love my work and it is more than a job, it’s a passion. I feel very lucky that I have found a career which I enjoy so much. However, it is important to have time away with friends and family so that you can go back refreshed and really enjoy the projects and give your best. What direction do you see design moving in? I believe design will move even further in the direction of wellbeing as well as facilitating working from home. Spas, gyms and home offices will become more prevalent and important. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Champagne! Favourite city/holiday destination? London as it’s home but I also love New York! Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? One of my favourites quotes: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” - Steve Jobs
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ANNA-MARIA WURZ PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER AVID INTERIOR DESIGN INC. Anna-Maria Wurz completed a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design at Mount Royal University and has since collaborated with leading professionals in the interior design industry on multiple residential and commercial projects. AnnaMaria established Avid Interior Design in 2010 which has become a well-respected firm in Calgary and the surrounding area. With expert knowledge and experience in both residential and commercial interior design, Avid Interior Design have what it takes to elevate their client’s space to the next level. The work Anna-Maria does is timeless, functional and perfectly suited to her client’s lifestyles. The love she has for design is contagious and evident in the unparalleled quality of her work.
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What projects are you currently working on/ have recently completed? We are currently working on multiple home renovations and residential interior design projects. We are also working on a commercial office space. In our ten years of business we have worked on restaurants, cafeâ€™s, commercial office spaces and many residential projects including new builds, renovations and full service interior design. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? With the pandemic being a huge part of our new reality, there has undeniably been unforeseen challenges which caused projects to be temporarily postponed, there has been delays in getting products and supplies delivered and completed on time and on schedule. Being adaptive and embracing this new reality has allowed us the opportunity to change the dynamics and how to optimize our approach in working collaboratively with our trades and clients. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? My personal design aesthetic is simple, yet sophisticated. Although we offer bespoke
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design for our clients that are specific to their needs and personal desires, with every project, our design intent is to create a timeless space that feels harmonious, liveable and inviting. Where do you take inspiration from? For me, inspiration comes in the most unexpected form. The majority of the time I am inspired when not looking for it or anticipating it. It is always a magical moment that I hold on to mentally, making notes, sketching a drawing or even taking a picture. Many times I reference these inspirations to use later for that opportune moment. What are your hopes for the future? My hope for the future is that there is less judgement and more enthusiasm for what is different. As designers it is so easy to follow the trends and do what seems popular, but in order to stand out and leave an impression, you need to be unapologetically true to what is authentically you. What direction do you see design moving in? Our environment will be a top priority. We all need to value our planet more by reducing and eliminating our use of harmful
and toxic products. As designers, it is our responsibility to take a sustainable design approach with each and every design decision that we make. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite â€“ food/drink? Pineapple and wine. Favourite city/holiday destination? Paris. Favourite hotel? Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The car you drive? GLE450 Mercedes Benz. Your thoughts on life? Life is a beautiful thing, however you choose to live it, love the way you live.
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CRAIG WHITEHEAD FOUNDER & DESIGN PRINCIPAL CKW LIFESTYLE ASSOCIATES PTY LTD Craig Whitehead, founder of CKW Lifestyle Associates PTY Ltd, has almost 3 decades of experience in the design industry. Craig has turned CKW Lifestyle Associates into a household name synonymous with great interiors and stylish events. Craig and the creative team of interior design professionals at CKW Lifestyle Associates have been transforming spaces and remain at the forefront of design in South Africa.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are currently in negotiation with a luxe wedding venue and boutique hotel one of our clients are looking to purchase in Northern JHB in an old historical Castle. Yes, we have Castles in Africa too. We are also signed to complete two penthouse luxe apartments in Cape Town for our client whose Johannesburg home was shortlisted for Design Award in 2020, and we are assigned to do another penthouse in Seapoint in Cape Town. We are busy with a large family home rebuild in the suburbs of Cape Town, a 1200m2 luxe villa on the cliffs on Antananarivo in Madagascar and a fabulous family home in Bryanston Johannesburg, a stylish penthouse and three apartments to furnish. If that weren’t enough we have secured another sensational modern 4 bedroom villa in Bronkhorstspruit east of Pretoria to design and build from the ground up. So we have a busy year ahead! Please describe these projects in brief? With a full house on our agenda, each project is unique. The villa in Madagascar is designed to cater to high security, smart solution modern living with state of the art finishes and decor from Europe and South Africa. The wedding venue will be a sensational restyling from what is currently a very dull Scottish inspired castle to a French Chateaux in the countryside on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The job in Bronkhorstspruit will be an awesome estate style project with the client giving us carte blanche on a high end delivery with a home cinema, wine cellar, bar area and more. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? My style, while influenced by my experience and personal tastes often comes into play, but one thing I firmly believe in - it is not my home. Getting a great sense of who my client is must interpret in the work. You cannot create for others if you don’t get to know them, understand their needs and how they live. Coming from such a sensational country, so rich in mixed races, cultures and languages is a great influence on my being versatile and adept at understanding my clients and what they want their homes and living spaces to be, or how they want it to translate with their personalities. I love a challenge and a creative one is exactly my forte. So yes while I have a style, and while it influences my creativity it is very different from project to project. I pride myself in taking on a diverse portfolio of work and making it sensational for the people who live or work there. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I am blessed to work from a very well equipped home in a cosy studio cottage on the grounds of an historical suburb in Johannesburg. My
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studio overlooks the pool and a small courtyard garden filled with lavender, white lilies, a lapping water feature and a pond. I believe in living the life I teach and preach. I am always busy and travelling lately so to find that moment with a delicious cup of tea outside, a yummy lunch or an afternoon sundowner while ploughing on to the late hours of the night listening to music, is my ultimate. Naturally no man is an island. I love my friends and family and some relationships I have carried for decades. Being surrounded by soulful wonderful people really is the joie de vivre of this life. I try to stay connected on social media too as best I can and above all things, I am inspired to care for and entertain those around me. Celebration is very important to me, and life is one hell of a ride. So you best find the moments that take your breath away, to bring a sense of balance into your life. What direction do you see design moving in? Let’s face it.... the more we wake up and realise our planet is dying the more important it becomes to live sustainably and responsibly. With a decade to go to make sustainable realistic changes in turning things around - the challenge remains to be super creative and smart in our applications to save this planet we call home. Nothing could be more important in the decade that lies ahead. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Love seafood, healthy good wholesome eating, fresh produce and I love champagnes, wines, gin and whisky. Favourite city/holiday destination? New York, Spain and the South of France, Italy and Latin America. How can I choose just one? The car you drive? BMW for reliability, comfort and safety. And a good old Mazda for everyday work, carting samples etc around. Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? I am inspired by people with great talent and a deep and kind understanding of our fellow human beings. Talent is a great tool to better the lives of people and when we misuse it or abuse it, we ultimately do not get to enjoy it’s benefits for ourselves. Nothing impresses me more than kindness. We can do with a whole new approach to that on a global scale if you ask me. Your talent is soulless if you are unbearable as a human being.
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ROSA MAY SAMPAIO DIRECTOR ROSA MAY ARQUITETURA DE INTERIORES Rosa May Sampaio started her career in studying Literature at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janerio, later Art History at Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs at Louvre, Paris before moving on to study interior design at Espade, in São Paulo. Rosa May’s education has led to a professional career in interior design spanning more than 20 years. Rosa May Sampaio has since participated in some of the most important decorating shows in South America, among them Casa Cor in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Casa FOA in Buenos Aires. Rosa May Sampaio has used her experience to establish Rosa May Sampaio Arquitetura de Interiores in São Paulo with a successful team of nine, in addition to employees in Rio de Janerio, Argentina and Uruguay.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? I recently completed two apartments for young couples and a house in the countryside. We are beginning a new project of a house from the fifties, a big renovation including the new pavilion with pool, sauna, barbecue grill, bar, spa and gardens. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? Innovations with new materials, such as glass, copper, new porcelains, wood working, LED lights, straw and carpets handmade, antique auction and art galleries. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? My work is eclectic; I don’t want to be categorized as having a particular style. I’ll do contemporary or traditional, as well as mix the two, interiors that will never go out of style. Where do you take inspiration from? 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.
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Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I just love to create and have a good team to be very professional. What are your hopes for the future? I’m worried about climate change. I hope that after this pandemic the world can change for the better, with new values. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? My favourite food is artichoke and king crab. My favourite drink is beer. Favourite city/holiday destination? Punta del Este - Uruguay. Favourite hotel? La Réserve de Beaulieu Paris - France. The car you drive? Volkswagen, Your thoughts on life? Day by day, try to be positive and surround yourself (if possible) by lots of beauty and nature.
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MARK DE REUS PRESIDENT DE REUS ARCHITECTS Mark de Reus is the founding design partner of de Reus Architects with bases in Sun Valley, Idaho and Waimea, Hawaii. Renowned for his award-winning resorts and residences, Architectural Digest recognized Mark as one of the worldâ€™s top architects and designers in their AD 100 list. Over his 35-year career, Mark has received numerous design awards and has been featured in international design publications and on the TV show Amazing Waterfront Homes. At de Reus Architects, the team design around the needs and dreams of their clients. Their common aims for their work include attaining a quality of permanence through natural materials and elegant craftsmanship, infusing structures and environments with comfort, liveability, and appropriate scale and designing environments that are timeless but not traditional, innovative but not trendy.
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What projects are you currently working on/ have recently completed? Numerous projects at Makena Golf and Beach Club, Maui, Mauna Kea Residences, Hawaii, Chileno Hillside Residences, Cabo, Mexico along with various other residential projects. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? We don’t have a signature style. We take a first principles approach to design. Each project is tailored for the client, responsive to specific site circumstance to create an expressive, durable and appropriate design.
polarization and painfully antagonistic rhetoric all the time. Is it too naive to think that it’s all just so unnecessary? What direction do you see design moving in? In contrast to a trend, we see more of a movement of increasing appreciation for contemporary and modern design and architecture. It is an exciting time for our profession — I can’t help but wonder what architectural masters of the past, like Palladio, Scarpa, Le Corbusier and Wright would think if they could see how architecture today has evolved? Would they cringe, or have understanding and be proud of their influence?
Where do you take inspiration from? Inspiration comes from so many influences and places - certainly one source can be architecture that has come before, it can be from nature, or from the land itself, it can come from the client and their aspirations and brief, or it can come from discovery in the iterative design process, artistic works can be inspirational - for instance look at one of my favourite artists, Mayo Ando and what she does with atmospheric colorations on metal; or the Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju and his paintings.
Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Duck confit, bourbon
Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? First and most importantly the key to finding balance in my life and work is living with my wonderful, kind and supportive wife. Secondly the group of talented architects, designers and managers we have in our firm are committed to professional excellence so my role in addition to design is one of mentorship and offering them support.
The car you drive? Ford Expedition.
What are your hopes for the future? That compassion and civility will become our guiding principles in how we govern our country — it’s so disappointing to see the
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Favourite city/holiday destination? Venice. Favourite hotel? Connaught in London.
Your thoughts on life? Find more compassion. Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? I would like to design and build a chapel. A humble one, that is quiet and meditative, that is rustic, and light will play across the simple character of natural materials. It’s a dream of mine.
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LINDSEY RENDALL CREATIVE DIRECTOR RENDALL & WRIGHT Lindsey Rendall started her career in interior design working for Designers Guild and later, South London based Cameron Broom. During her five years there, Lindsey became Principal Designer and completed a wide range of projects including 90 domestic properties. Lindsey Rendall went on to estabish Rendall & Wright with Helen Wright in 2006. This Suffolk based interior design practice has attracted a wide clientele base across the UK. Rendall & Wright offer a comprehensive, bespoke interior design, project management and soft furnishing service. Having completed residential projects both new builds and period restoration along with commercial projects such as hotels, spas and restaurants, Rendall & Wright have won numerous regional and international design. Lindsey Rendall was granted full membership to the British Institute of Interior Design in 2010 and joined the panel of Directors in 2016. The Worldâ€™s Leading Design Names 87
What projects are you currently working on/ have recently completed? We have a wide range of projects currently running which range from a large extension to an Old Hall in Suffolk. A new build residential property with six bedrooms, a vineyard and swimming pool set within the beautiful Dedham Vale. An extension to a riverside period property in Shepperton, Surrey. The renovation of a property in Wimbledon and the full renovation of a Suffolk farmhouse. Please describe these projects in brief? Old Hall is a stunning, Grade II Listed timber framed property near Framlingham, Suffolk. A property of historical importance with far reaching countryside views. We are sympathetically restoring the property whilst extending the ground floor accommodation to link two parts of the old structure with a contemporary kitchen wing. Our new build project is being made using traditional building materials. A hand made timber framed will create the skeleton for the property. The property will feature a vineyard, swimming pool, landscaped grounds and wine cellar. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? I think I’m a pragmatic designer, function comes first and foremost in all my projects. A space can be designed to look beautiful but if it doesn’t deliver on a practical level then it’s poorly designed. Once a space has been engineered for purpose then it can be dressed. My background in printed and woven textiles plays a huge role in my approach to furnishing a space. I love to use a small simple colour pallet and use layered textures
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with subtle pattern to add richness and depth to a scheme. I frequently work with period properties; each tell a story of their own within their materials and structure. I like to support this with a quiet, elegant, sophisticated scheme. Where do you take inspiration from? I take inspiration form the natural world surrounding each property I’m designing. The first impression we have of a building is the approach to it. I believe a seamless transition from the exterior to the interior creates a calm, grounded environment to peacefully enjoy. Our natural world is full of surprising textures, colour clashes, shapes and wonderful patterns which work effortlessness together in a harmonious way. Taking inspiration from this creates a unity between the environment I’m creating and the natural environment beyond. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? My work and family life are very much intertwined. My business partner Helen and I launched Rendall & Wright in 2006 to enable us both to have families and work from our homes. I would work when my children slept and they often accompanied me to client meetings! 14 years and six children later our business has grown, we’ve employed more staff and recently opened our design studio. At the core of our business our ethos remains the same. Our families and their needs provide the structure for our working week. For Helen and I office hours are based around the school day and after school clubs. Holidays are a juggling act and emails are often answered once the children are in bed. This love of family life makes it all the
more enjoyable to create wonderful interiors for other families to enjoy. What are your hopes for the future? Aside from the predictable desire to travel the world, see my sons grow into happy independent men and learn to play the piano. I would love to have the opportunity to collaborate on a fabric collection. This has been an ambition since I graduated with a BA Hons in printed and woven textiles twenty years ago! Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? This is a very difficult question for me as I love all food. It depends on the weather, where I am and time of year. It is hard to beat a slow cooked leg of lamb with a glass of red wine! Favourite city/holiday destination? Italy is one of my favourite destinations and I have very fond holiday memories of the Amalfi Coast. Favourite hotel? The Gunton Arms in Norfolk is a small quirky hotel, pub and restaurant. Set in a deer park it’s relaxed, great walks, cosy rooms and fantastic food in the relaxed pub which doubles up as an art gallery. It’s a great getaway for a few days. The car you drive? Volvo XC90 - I need a large car for carting children around. It doubles up as a van when transporting fabrics and furniture around too! Your thoughts on life? A very good friend of mine who’s sadly no longer with us used to say “keep it simple”, I think this is a great mantra for life!
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REBECCA LORIMER CREATIVE DIRECTOR & OWNER COCO WOLF LTD Rebecca Lorimer has 15 years’ experience in interior and furniture design and being a native New Zealander, decided to bring her creative ideas to London. Launched in 2014, Coco Wolf Ltd is an inspired creative collaboration between talented husband and wife team James and Rebecca Lorimer. Coco Wolf is a boutique outdoor furniture business that quickly evolved into a sought-after, design-led, ethical brand. The company now has its own manufacturing facility, with a talented team of over 50 members, including product designers and engineers, creatives and craftspeople, sales agents and distributors. Coco Wolf (n) – A fusion of contrasting worlds: 1. Coco, a gentle spirit with a luxurious exterior and a chic core and 2. Wolf, a wild soul with a strong heart that’s at home amidst the elements. Together they embody gentle strength, tough elegance and the indoors and the outdoors. The World’s Leading Design Names 93
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We have recently launched our latest Porto collection which takes inspiration from one of my favourite places, the Portuguese coastline. This part of the world has such stunning beauty combined with a relaxed charm and served as the perfect inspiration for our designers when creating this new, paired-back outdoor collection. As ever, our designs work in harmony with natural wood and the highest grade marine materials to promote outdoor use all year-round. Please describe these projects in brief? Porto is one of our largest collections to date, comprising of a sofa and bench seat, complemented with an armchair, stackable dining chair, bar stool, and a range of tables offering almost endless configurations. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? We have been wanting to develop a stackable dining chair for a long time, so we created one for the new Porto Collection. It has taken numerous prototypes to get the elegance, simplicity & comfort right for this design. Where do you take inspiration from? My inspiration is found in many different forms, travel, magazines, fashion, architecture, colour & experiences. There is so much diversity especially in London, it’s hard not to get inspired.
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Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? Creating realistic boundaries between work and family life. I make sure that I take time off to exercise and plan getaways with my family. It gives me renewed energy to do both. What direction do you see design moving in? With the pandemic that has affected all of us this year, I feel that we are all turning to make the most of our immediate surroundings and I see more designs that work in harmony with the natural environment. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite food/drink? Steak and Fries. Favourite city/holiday destination? Bali. Favourite hotel? Macakazi Turkey – My happy place! The car your drive? Audi SQ5. Your thoughts on life? You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
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ALEXANDER & MICHAEL CHRISTOU CO-FOUNDERS 1.61 LONDON Brothers Alexander and Michael Christou were born to a family with a history in property with their grandfather setting up a commercial refurbishment company which ran successfully for over 40 years. Alexander and Michael Christou studied at Eton and graduated from UCL, and Alexander went on to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps into the luxury property market, while Michael pursued his singersongwriter dreams in LA. Fast forward to 2011, and the brothers set out to create a new benchmark in luxury interior design in London. Alexander and Michael spent years sourcing the very best that the residential world has to offer in home décor, from finishes and cutting edge technology to working with the leading bespoke specialists. Belgravia, London, based 1.61 London’s key role is to source and create luxurious homes for their clients in the best properties in the world. Utilising their extensive experience within the property sector, they are able to offer their clients a one-stop-shop service across the residential property sector. The World’s Leading Design Names 97
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are working on a number of projects for private clients in Mayfair, Belgravia and Hampstead as well as some country estates in Surrey and Kent. We are also working on a 200 unit new build development coming to completion in Southwark called Brigade Court. Please describe these projects in brief? The projects range from 15,000 sq ft country estates to Grade II listed houses in Belgravia and then new build developments with a full amenity package.
but on our developments, it can be a key component of the location or a unique product we can implement in a development. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? We are very dedicated to the business if we’re honest. We love what we do so we never have an issue with the time the business needs. What are your hopes for the future? We want to expand to deliver even more unique luxury projects and look for ways to be innovative in the property space.
Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? With such a diversity in our project portfolio it has been a really interesting time for the business. We always try to create unique spaces in our designs and having such a mix of styles and projects has really fuelled this.
Tell us a little about yourselves: Favourite – food/drink? Steak and good wine.
How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? 1.61 London delivers a seamless integration of the very latest in finishes, furniture, implementation and technology. We undertake such a variety of finishes and looks that there isn’t one style we prefer.
Favourite hotel? Hotel Du Cap.
Where do you take inspiration from? Inspiration comes from so many different sources. When working with a client they are the main source of inspiration for the project
Your thoughts on life? Be passionate about what you do then it doesn’t feel like work!
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Favourite city/holiday destination? Monaco.
The car you drive? Mercedes.
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PIPPA PATON FOUNDER & DESIGN DIRECTOR PIPPA PATON DESIGN LIMITED Pippa Paton established Pippa Paton Design Limited in 2006 and utilises hers and her husband’s combined experienced from previous commercial and management roles in the advertising industry. Pippa has built the studio with the vision, creativity and operational skills to undertake the most complex and demanding projects. Focussed on the Cotswolds, Pippa Paton Design Limited is a highly respected and visionary interior design studio specialising in high-end residential projects. Known for transforming the manor houses, estates barns and cottages of the Cotswolds, Pippa Paton Design’s approach is consistent, an unwavering focus on the bones of the structure that reflects the unique character of the region. Blending these seamlessly with contemporary materials such as polished concrete, resin and steel, polished plaster and the textures of natural materials including wood, stone, linen, wool and leather to create timeless, luxurious homes. The World’s Leading Design Names 101
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are currently working on a new build family house, a Palladian villa, a Cotswold village house and a Grade II listed barn. We have recently completed a Grade II Listed Cotswold estate, Grade II listed Cotswold village house, Oxfordshire village house and five Grade II Listed Cotswolds barns. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? We deal mainly with Grade II Listed buildings and each one presents its own unique challenge. Our role is to solve these challenges whilst retaining the character of the building and meeting the design objective. Our focus is to bring the properties which we work with into the 21st century both functionally and aesthetically, giving them the next lease of life. Where do you take inspiration from? Everywhere! I am always searching for inspiration from everything around me and it is not unusual to use an idea from something I have seen somewhere in a project several years later. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? We are a small, highly personalised team focussing on a deep understanding of our clients, their homes and their requirements to provide a full interior design, architecture and project management service. I’m not sure there is such a thing as work life balance as we live and breathe our projects. But working out first thing in the morning helps to get the mind in gear for the day ahead.
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What are your hopes for the future? To continue to bring great design to these exceptional buildings of the last centuries and the new ones of today. And to publish a third volume of my book series ‘Twenty First Century Cotswolds’ to showcase how this can be achieved. (My second book ‘Twenty First century Cotswolds Volume II) is published on 1st December 2020). What direction do you see design moving in? The increasing emergence of craft and individual one-off pieces. Warmer tones moving away from grey to taupe and beige tones. Spaces within the home becoming even more multi-purpose to allow for ever increasing requirements of the home such as working from home, fitness etc. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Champagne! Favourite city/holiday destination? The west coast of Barbados and Paris. Favourite hotel? The Landing on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. The car you drive? A Nissan Navara for work & an old Porsche for pleasure. Your thoughts on life? Work hard, be passionate about detail, and you will be proud of the end result.
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NADIA DI DONATO VICE PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR LIBERTY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Nadia Di Donato has been part of the Liberty Entertainment Group organisation since its inception in 1987. Since then, Nadia Di Donato has worked closely with its developers in creating the individually unique design approaches for each of the Liberty Group venues. Formally trained in visual communications at Ryerson Polytechnic University and as a result of the many years of involvement with the Liberty Group, she is able to create synergy between form and function. With particular attention to detail, Nadia Di Donato has established the Liberty Entertainment Group facilities as the most creatively themed venues in the city. For over three decades the Liberty Entertainment Group has been redefining Toronto and Miamiâ€™s restaurant, nightlife and special event experience. As developers and operators of numerous landmark establishments, the Liberty Entertainment Group has become recognized as one of the most successful and innovative companies in the industry. The Worldâ€™s Leading Design Names 105
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Currently working on a medical facility from design stage to full completion. Healthcare interior design has evolved immensely over the years with far more emphasis on the overall patient experience. Please describe these projects in brief? Commercial applications to residential design, the same mindset is being applied to medical clinics. The design incorporates many hospitality design details in this 5000sq ft medical clinic. Breaking rules with fresh concepts regarding reception areas, foodservice facilities, clean open spaces, lighting effects, audio/visual applications, natural material, warm neutral colour pallets. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? One of the most interesting projects that a designer can take on is designing a hospitality venue. It can be daunting (and stressful) to come up with concepts. At times I find myself stumbling upon some “design magic” through the exploratory process. Narrowing it down to a final design concept and then seeing it through the build process to customer enjoyment is a very rewarding experience. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? Conceptualization - All design components revolve around clearly defining my target market. Every detail departs from that one notion of “how do I want the customer to feel?” Once I have that clear understanding in mind, I establish the identity of the restaurant by pairing a design style palette (ie, furnishing, colouring, lighting, construction materials) with a visual package (ie: tableware, uniforms, signage, logo, menus, marketing collateral, etc) which I use as my framework to ensure the overall image of the restaurant is cohesive and consistent. This phase is the most crucial part of the overall process. It results in a design vision that guides the entire project. What are your hopes for the future? Aside from expanding into new projects outside of hospitality; my goals are from a personal growth perspective regarding my work. Not
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taking myself to seriously. Never accepting the notion that it can’t be done and always thinking out of the box. What direction do you see design moving in? Design with personality and comfort in mind. No flashy design that might date itself or take away from the intended experience — to feel it but not have it get in the way. My mindset towards my work in interior design has always been work is play, and in light of all that is going on in the world, that more than ever will resonate in my future design approach. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite food/drink? Food - authentic Japanese is by far my favourite food. Drink - fine Italian wine. Favourite city/holiday destination? I don’t have one favourite. I’ve travelled to every continent. Each experience enriching my sense of style and design. That is my favourite holiday. Favourite hotel? I personally enjoy small boutique style hotels. Exceptional attention to quality, service and detail are a priority for me. The car you drive? My everyday car is the Porsche Cayenne, it’s an SUV so it suited for my day to day needs. Your thoughts on life? I’m very saddened about the current state of the hotel and restaurant industry due to the COVID19 pandemic. It’s going to be a challenging comeback. We all need to support this industry which has served the world so well. Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? Design should be timeless, sophisticated, clever and primarily relevant to the intention of the space.
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TINA NICOLE CO-FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER NATHAN ANTHONY FURNITURE Los Angeles based designer Tina Nicole has 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. Along with husband Khai Mai, Nicole co-founded Nathan Anthony Furniture in 2005, specializing in luxury, benchmade upholstered furniture designs. Their award-winning furniture has been featured in top interior design projects and media outlets, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, LUXE, Modern Luxury and Interior Design magazines. Tina Nicole uses her education and experience at Nathan Anthony Furniture whether it’s building the administrative infrastructure, designing product or marketing. Nicole’s diverse education and experience has been invaluable.
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How would you describe your personal interior design style? Italian contemporary meets California modern. I love wide open spaces with tall architectural ceilings, arched entrances 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 emphasize a 360-degree view of our products using unique sewing techniques, materials and shapes that bring visual interest.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product 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.
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.
What projects are you currently working on? We are collaborating with design influencers to create unique furnishings for their spaces which will be featured on their social media channels and in Shelter magazines across the globe.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Design is getting more technologically savvy. With the onset of COVID19 and people sheltering in place, the push toward engaging virtually and shopping with augmented reality in the world of design has arrived. Designers are working in digital rooms, with 3D rendering software now more than ever. They are bringing their customers into the space and making it a tactile experience. Design has crossed over into VR/AR and we’re loving it.
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? The Marina Bay Sands Luxury Hotel, Singapore; Aqua Al Due, Italy; InterContinental Carlton, Cannes.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in the future? 1. The environment 2. Work from home spaces 3. Artisanal connection 4. Tactile textures 5. Comfortable luxury
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Signer/musician.
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Tell us a little about yourself: Your favourite holiday destination? Ortygia, Sicily.
Your favourite food and drink? Homemade chocolate chip cookies and ice-cold milk; Pinot grigio. Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Sipping a coffee or tea with scones at a museum.
Anything else interesting? I secretly yearn to star in a period piece movie.
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JEREMY TAY & MICHAEL ONG FOUNDERS & DIRECTORS PRESTIGE GLOBAL DESIGNS Founded by Jeremy Tay and Michael Ong, Prestige Global Designs creates and builds luxurious interiors worthy of the finest boutique hotels for residences, show-suites, hospitality and offices. The firm prides itself on luxurious design customised to individual requirements, and ingenious planning for maximum spatial functionality. Prestige Global Design seeks to exceed the expectation of business and home owners that are accustomed to the finest things life has to offer by transforming their living space into a showcase of prestigious living. Michael Ong’s design ethos is “a great design, exuding luxe and prestige, is as much science as it is art – one can’t do without intuition in visual organization”. Jeremy Tay believes “there is a certain science to design as we seek the perfect balance between pragmatism and aesthetics – not unlike chemical equilibrium The World’s Leading Design Names 113
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are currently working on 3 residential projects, 1 show home and 1 commercial space. Please describe these projects in brief? Michael: For the residential projects, 1 is a landed house, 2 other condominium units will be going through a major overhaul and some form of remodeling of the interior layout to suit the clients’ needs. For the show home, we will be designing a very unique lighting feature to attract potential home buyers. For the commercial space, it will be a 2-storey office with many pockets of interesting areas.
will be able to pursue your work further. What direction do you see design moving in? Jeremy: Design will be increasingly digital and originality will be more important than ever. Jeremy, tell us a little more about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Black coffee. Favourite city/holiday destination? Japan.
Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? Jeremy: One of the challenges is to cater to clients’ requirements within the space. Careful thoughts need to be exercised through space planning to be able to meet or even excel clients’ needs.
Favourite hotel? Aman Resorts.
How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? Michael: We love to try on every different style possible and injecting a touch of luxury to the style. We would say we have a definite style but clients always tell us that they can recognise our projects when reading an interior magazine. Therefore, I guess we have a ‘Prestige Global’ signature in every project we have done.
Your thoughts on life? Be brave and go for it!
Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? Michael: It is indeed very difficult to achieve this. I believe is more on the mindset. The passion in your work and the love to serve clients
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The car you drive? Audi.
Final thought or inspiration: We are sincerely thankful to our clients and team members for their full support. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to create any beautiful projects. Lastly, we would like to give thanks to the Lord.
Prestige Global Designs specialises in designing and building boutiquehotel style interiors for commercial and residential properties. The firm combines luxury and opulence with details that are unique to individuals and their projects, creating beautiful interiors that speak volumes about their inhabitants.
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DOMINIKA J ROSTOCKA CHIEF DESIGNER & INTERIOR ARCHITECT DR POLAND LIMITED (ROSTOCKA) Dominika Rostocka has a career spanning 20 years which has seen her complete hundreds of interior design projects in Poland and abroad. Having graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design from the Krakow University of Technology (accreditation of the Royal Institute of British Architects) and the Postgraduate Studies in Restoration of Architectural and Urban Monuments, Dominika uses her education with her passion for detail to design distinguishing spaces. Dominika specialises in complex furnishings of interior luxury homes and mansions. She also designs public buildings and deals with the restoration of historic ones. Original details are the distinguishing features of her projects and she is fascinated with new trends in stylistics and design.
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Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on your design schemes? My current challenge is the everyday porcelain line I am working on. I would like it to be a set which will be proper for a ceremonial supper, yet would also be friendly enough to consume a sandwich and have hot cocoa drink in the winter. Since this is to be a universal set, there are many elements which need to be put together, which is challenging. The key is the design though. It should be light, appeal to the eye and should not age in time. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? I am not sure if I have my own style, it’s not for me to judge. I leave it for others and history. Surely I have my own principles of work which I abide by when working on a project. I always make sure the project has its own inner harmony of shapes and colours and that it remains in conformity with the surroundings and overall balance. I also take care that the project does not consist of any unnecessary elements or misses some elements. Details and materials used matter to me, also the way they correspond with each other providing proper meaning to the whole design. Where do you take your inspiration from? This is a philosophical question. Inspiration is everywhere. All kinds of inspirations are to be found close by. One does not need to be a very good observer, one just needs to have a creative approach to the surrounding reality. The best inspirations originate where we never would have suspected might be inspiring. A walk in town or a park may provide fantastic inspiration when working on details
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and colours. Nature in itself is a source of constant inspiration. The decorative pattern I am to apply on my teacup took inspiration from a cathedral stained glass window. Please explain how do you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? I am a lucky person. I may say I never worked a day in my life. Architecture and design are my passion. I am trying to devote time to my work, which I treat as a hobby, and to my family and friends. I always have time to go to the theatre, cinema or attend an exhibition and read a book. I lose myself while looking for new patterns and going through historic notes. What are your hopes for the future? I wish that I spend the approaching Christmas holidays with my family at the Christmas table and that we will talk about our dreams and wishes for the coming year, rather than current unfavourable world events. What direction do you see design moving in? I believe design is moving simultaneously in two different directions. One is cyber design. I derived this from Tesla cyber truck, which was presented last year by Elon Musk. This is a crude, ascetic, military style design, set solely at practical aspects of designing. I think this is a trend springing from the pandemic environment we are now forced to live in. The other direction is “hand-made style” or “boutique style”. Sophistication created with pietism interiors and objects, where each detail is well elaborated.
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MAREN LUNDEHN FOUNDER & DIRECTOR MURRON INTERIORS Maren Lundehn founded Murron Interiors because she believes that everyone needs an inspiring space in which to dream. For Maren, dreams have the power to change lives. Previously a midwife in her native Germany, Maren moved to the UK to pursue her passion in design. In the drastic change from midwifery to interior design, Maren earned a Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design from the prestigious Interior Design School, London and later became a member of the British Institute of Interior Design. Murron Interiors strive to create unique hideaways and their passion is creating considered interiors with a strong sense of simplicity, light and soul.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? I recently completed a complete conversion of an old vicarage in Somerset into a light and contemporary family hideaway. At the moment I am converting an attached 2 bedroom flat for the client’s teenager. I also found and modernised a lakeside cabin in Sweden for a client. For the next few months I will work on a waterside property at Lake Maggiore, Italy for a German client. Please describe these projects in brief? The Old Vicarage was built 1932 and my brief was to convert it into an informal, airy and intuitive space for a family with lots of teens. I only had a very tight time frame to do so and I needed 10 weeks until everything was completed - two days before lockdown! I worked together with local builders and I designed a new kitchen, three bathrooms, a walk in dressing room, 3 kid’s rooms, a parent’s bedroom, an office plus living room. The other client, who is a passionate fishing guy, asked me to search for an affordable waterside hideaway anywhere in Europe. I found a lakeside cabin in absolute solitude for small money and I designed remotely a new kitchen, bath plus new furnishings. I worked remotely together with a local builder and I let him rewire the house completely plus decorating the whole house with a new white paint. The German client who I am working with at the moment just bought a lakeside house to function as a hideaway from everyday life at Lake Maggiore in Italy. For him I will develop a new furniture scheme and outdoor design including a pool area. Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? For The Old Vicarage I worked with Silestone and Dekton from Cosentino for the bathrooms and kitchen. It was really a challenge to find someone who knew these materials and actually could handle it. I learnt a lot about installing these huge panels and I absolutely adore those workers for their skills. Working in different countries always means different building regulation and it’s always exciting and sometimes frustrating to figure creative solutions for site problems. I had to design and oversee the built remotely which was definitely the first time and, at the beginning, very new. But everyone was in the same boat and we worked brilliantly together. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? I am very much drawn to Nordic design principles. My passion is creating considered interiors with a strong sense of simplicity, light and soul. I am always looking for ways to encourage a flow of light throughout a building. White plays an important role in my schemes,
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because it reflects the natural light the best and functions as such a great blank canvas for art, furniture and everything that happens in a space. Where do you take inspiration from? The creative art of nature is definitely my inspiration combined with listening to the people I meet everywhere in the world. Listening to their needs, their stories and what they are longing for is something that drives my unique approach to design. I also am an active user of Instagram and I love to connect with people this way, especially in these times. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? As a mother of five teens and with a husband working abroad during the week I am very organised. I set clear boundaries and my clients always know at which time they can contact me and how. I work very transparently with my clients and I don’t take on every possible project. I am very selective and only go ahead with people who appreciate my approach, who are willing to pay for that and who are generally kind and good hearted. I always plan a big summer break while the kids have term holidays and time with my husband alone as well as with friends is very important for me. As a creative person I need that time to get inspired and to then deliver the best projects. Work hard and play hard – that’s my motto. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Spaghetti con trufa and a good mixed Gin and Tonic. Favourite city/holiday destination? Whitsand Bay in Cornwall. These small cliff cabins built in the 50s are both so restrained and luxurious. Also, Scotland’s wilderness and raw natural beauty. Favourite hotel? Hotel Sanders, Copenhagen. The mix of different atmospheres gives this vintage inspired hotel a real relaxing vibe. The car you drive? Defender 110. Your thoughts on life? Be free in the spirit, steady in the soul, curious and never stop dancing.
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SHIVA AGHABABAEI VICE CEO AND DESIGN DIRECTOR TARH VA AFARINESH With over 25 years’ experience in the design sector, Shiva Aghababaei is an architect involved in design and construction of large-scale projects, especially in the field of tourism and hospitality. By following her desire to have a career that was influential and creative, Shiva Aghababaei gained an M.A. in Architecture from the Art University of Iran which lead to the founding of Tarh Va Afarinesh Architectural and Engineering Consultants Company, in 1998. Her approach to architecture is a combination of love, perfection, and creation; and these three principles are reflected in the name “Tarh Va Afarinesh” which means “Design and Creation”. The design team at Tarh Va Afarinesh are driven by the belief that the quality of people’s surroundings have a direct effect on the quality of life. They believe that design should embrace all aspects, ranging from the functional performance of a building to a concern for its physical and cultural context as well as its aesthetics properties. The World’s Leading Design Names 127
What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? We are currently working on a residential project and two hotel projects at the same time. Meanwhile, considering the current economic circumstances, we have been appointed by a client to review functions included in a previous project – consisting of retail, office, and hotel occupancies – to reduce share of retail and hotel occupancies and add it on the office occupancy. Where do you get your motivation from? I think the best motivation is the good feeling of watching a project as it is born, grown, developed, and finally completed. Also in seeing our clients enjoy spending time in the place I have created, as they feel relaxed and get positive energy from the place. Where in the world do you like to holiday? When I am sad, nature is the best refuge for me; sea, mountains, and even a single tree that I can hug. By the way, I love being with the people and walking around in crowded city centres; especially in other countries. Please describe any new challenges faced? Due to the outbreak of COVID19, we closed the company for almost two months, during which time the staff worked remotely to
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complete our projects. Initially, there was a good courage to work like this, and the tasks were being done at a good pace despite of all problems. But, after a while of staying home and restriction on social relationships degraded efficiency of the team. Of course, we reopened the company after two months, but we have applied further restrictions due to the second outbreak of virus. Generally speaking, the pandemic has had different effects. In some aspect, including the design, concentration has accelerated progress of the work; but in presentations and complementary technical works we are experiencing a slower pace. What direction do you see design moving in? I think many people felt like me and changed their perspective of the future and their expectations. Certainly, a number of these people is sufficient to reform the future of the world and redefine the future market trends. In my opinion, the most remarkable effect of the pandemic was changing people’s approach to the life. What are your hopes for the future? I think for our industry to be redirected to simple lifestyle, back to nature, and sustainable values.
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ATSUKO TSUKAHARA DIRECTOR STUDIO COTAN With a childhood inspired by beautiful art by her father who was an artist and an architect, Astuko Tsukahara decided to pursue her dream career in interior design. Astuko started out studying European Culture and History and went on to work in advertising but swiftly obtained her Diploma in interior design and started working at a construction, architect and interior design company. In 2000, Astuko Tsukahara went on to establish Studio Cotan which is based in Japan. Studio Cotan is the home of interior design and provides rich ideas full of originality. Since founding this successful interior design studio, Astuko has studied at the Interior Design School in London in 2015 and is working with both Japanese and international clients as a member of BIID.
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Please describe any new challenges faced /innovations explored whilst working on these design schemes? In the Japanese style room that we are working on, there will be a Japanese traditional sliding door panel called “Fusuma”. The panel will be bespoke and drawn by an artist. My new challenge would be to design the structure of the panel with “Kumiko”, which is a sophisticated technique of assembling wood pieces without using nails. The structure design will include their traditional family emblems, and it is very exciting challenge to design something that will unite the emblems and the artist’s work on the panel. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined style? My style uses natural materials, carefully chosen combination of the colours and the texture of fabrics. I always highly appreciate regional materials. I look into the history, tradition and characteristics of the place and attempt to unite them. My design also features traditional elements transformed into modern style. Where do you take inspiration from? The experience of travelling abroad definitely inspires me and brings different perspectives towards design. The transition of light and colours I discover in daily life gives me great inspiration too. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? Even in my free time, I get inspired by reading books, watching movies, and by going for walk. As a result, I find both working time and free time productive and stimulating. What are your hopes for the future? Since the online resources are more accessible, it enables us as designers to exchange design ideas across the world. I hope it will
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result in inspiring the design world in many ways, and it will provide us more opportunities to create new styles of design. What direction do you see design moving in? I believe the world is now focusing on local production/techniques/ crafts, and striving to reinvent their own culture. Due to the current situation, local production and consumption will be more emphasized, and design is moving in the same direction. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Sushi, wine. Favourite city/holiday destination? Naoshima, which is very exciting island, full of beautiful modern art in Seto inland sea in Japan. Favourite hotel? Benesse House Oval Hotel in Naoshima, which is the only place in the world incorporating a museum and a hotel. The car you drive? Audi A6. Final thoughts or inspiration: is there anything you would like to add? I would always like to pursue my passion for interior design for my entire life, as following my favourite phrase by Samuel Ullman, “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
INTERIOR DESIGN • BESPOKE FURNITURE DESIGN • LIGHTING DESIGN • ART ACQUISITION Studio Cotan provides unique design that features the reinterpretation of Japanese style with using natural materials, carefully combining the colours and the texture of fabrics with over 20-year experience.
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BEN LEWIS FOUNDER & GENERAL MANAGER TRENZSEATER Ben Lewis has always had a passion for design and designed his first sofa when he was only 14. This encouraged Ben Lewis to go to found New Zealand based TRENZSEATER in 2004 with his brother Hamish following a vision Ben had to fulfil a niche market for tailor made luxury furniture and interior design. TRENZSEATER quickly established itself as a design destination through presenting its collections in exquisite and inspiring showroom settings, which allowed clients to easily visualise how they could collaborate on projects specifying furniture, lighting, drapery, blinds, wallpaper, rugs and accessories. TRENZSEATER is dedicated to offering exclusive furniture and interior design.
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What projects are you currently working on/have recently completed? Currently, includes several high-end luxury residential properties in Auckland, Christchurch and Wanaka, a substantial holiday home and an apartment complex. Please describe these projects in brief? These are all exciting projects for us as they are all quite unique, the project in Auckland is an Italian Villa, one of our projects in Christchurch is an English Country House and the project in Wanaka is a ski lodge. How would you describe your style? Do you have a defined 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 do you take inspiration 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. Please explain how you work/your work life balance and how you achieve this in your life? It’s complicated to get a balance especially when you love interior design and have a fanatical passion for it, to give up time to focus on
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other areas can sometimes be a challenge. How best do I achieve a balance, is I make sure my time in the weekends is spent with family and friends, time to also have a mental escape from the week. What direction do you see design moving in? I believe design is moving towards interiors which are eloquently layered providing layers of interest and personality to a design that make spaces a pleasure to be in and enjoyed at the same time. We also see in design the use of matte and brushed metal finishes, brass in door hardware and light fixtures along with the use of a lot of natural marbles and stones. Tell us a little about yourself: Favourite – food/drink? Italian, Pinot Noir. Favourite city/holiday destination? Aitutaki - Rarotonga along with Queenstown - New Zealand. Favourite hotel? Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. The car you drive? Audi Q7. Your thoughts on life? “DREAM BIG, THINK BIG, GO BIG”.
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