The World's Leading Design Names: Volume 13

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VOLUME 13
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CONTENTS

STAFF

STAFF

PUBLISHER Joanne Beedles

PUBLISHER Joanne Beedles

DIGITAL PUBLISHER Richard Stockton

DIGITAL PUBLISHER Richard Stockton

SENIOR PUBLISHING MANAGER Caroline O’Gorman

SENIOR PUBLISHING MANAGER Caroline O’Gorman

GROUP DESIGN AWARDS MANAGER Glenn Hughes

GROUP DESIGN AWARDS MANAGER Glenn Hughes EDITORIAL MANAGER Natalie Cowley

EDITORIAL MANAGER Natalie Cowley

SENIOR EDITORIAL RESEARCHER Isobella Lichfield SENIOR CLIENT ACCOUNT MANAGER William Sherry MANAGER OF THE INTERNATIONAL YACHT & AVIATION AWARDS Laura Curtis AWARDS COORDINATOR Victoria Baker AWARDS COORDINATOR Megan Fisher AWARDS COORDINATOR Alexander Stephens AWARDS COORDINATOR Jonathan Thomas GRAPHIC DESIGN Christian Thomas ACCOUNTS Anthony Taylor, Paul Jones PR CONSULTANT Catherine Lyne

SENIOR EDITORIAL RESEARCHER Isobella Lichfield

SENIOR CLIENT ACCOUNT MANAGER William Sherry MANAGER OF THE INTERNATIONAL YACHT & AVIATION AWARDS Laura Curtis AWARDS COORDINATOR Victoria Baker AWARDS COORDINATOR Megan Fisher AWARDS COORDINATOR Alexander Stephens AWARDS COORDINATOR Jonathan Thomas GRAPHIC DESIGN Christian Thomas ACCOUNTS Anthony Taylor, Paul Jones PR CONSULTANT Catherine Lyne

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Who would have believed over a decade ago that an annual design book, that concentrates solely on the work and work of some of the world’s leading experts in their field, would become our most popular title of all time, but here we are: The World’s Leading Design Names volume 13 for 2023.

As always, we have selected designers from all areas and sectors of the industry - from those who work in private aviation to designers for the Super yacht industry. those who specialise in hotel and commercial hospitality, and designers who work at the pinnacle of the residential design sector globally. Our aim is to bring together a broad and diverse group of people, with differing perspectives and philosophies to talk about their work, their hopes, aspirations and ideals.

The World’s Leading Design Names is more than a title reflecting those who are “at the top of their game”, it does reflect this, it does illustrate these people and their work, but we hope that it is more than this: we hope it is a chance to step into the mind of visionaries in their field, a chance to be enlightened and even inspired. Sometime as magazine publishers we feature the images of incredible schemes, but never quite gain an insight into the vision and wisdom behind the schemes. This is an opportunity to do just that.

KENNETH USSENKO

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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. A background in the film industry and a passion for storytelling stands as a constant principle in all of his designs: every decision – every wall, every chair, every doorway – has a story.

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Where were you born/ where did you grow up?

Born in Saigon, Vietnam. I grew up in dozens of different countries stretching from Borneo, Indonesia to Algeria, Africa.

Please explain your relevant training/ work experience. 25 years ago, I started my training in the film industry regarding production design and 3D visualisation. From there I continued my work by building a small design firm specialising in restaurant and retail design. Within the last 15 years we have expanded our scope into luxury homes, hospitality and Casino design.

What area(s) of the design sector do you work in for the most part?

Restaurant and Interior Architecture.

How would you describe your work/design style /ethos?

My style of work always encompasses accents of classical architectural with modern lines and textures.

Please describe the highlight of your career to date. A couple of the hospitality projects we are currently working on now are very rewarding because we are able to work very closely with clients and a very innovative team to deliver unique designs, elevating function and style. This process has moved more smoothly for us because of our past hotel and casino projects. I am very happy of where we are as a design firm today and how much we have evolved as designers because of the consistent production throughout the past 6 years. We have had many challenges but they are what has helped build the foundation we have today which is the highlight of my career.

How did achieving this make you feel?

Lots of hard work, fear, pain and perseverance always builds into a stronger and more powerful and positive end for me.

What project(s) are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the expansion of two casinos and hotels. This will include restaurants, casino gaming spaces, retail environments, spas and other hospitality areas within the master plan of these projects. I am also working on an American Indian cultural center design. Other projects include 3 restaurants, 2 residences, a new type of sports complex and a new bar that is also owned by our company inside the high fashion retail store of Bloomingdale.

Please describe the project you are most proud of to date, with reasons why this was a success.

Rum Social. It is the first restaurant that I designed and also physically worked on some of the building of it because I am a partner in this concept. It is my concept which also has a lot of my life journey throughout the interiors of the spaces. I am proud of bringing a dream to life.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Recent years have changed the direction of work with the understanding that every project could take 30 to 40% longer and more costly because of the pandemic. Projects have to be orchestrated differently with regards to schedules and supply chains that will be chosen to implement them.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

I feel the future of design will be planned more with suppliers closer to the project location. The global export and import industry is so broken today that the client or developer will do whatever they can to keep services from supply chains as local as possible.

How is your work evolving?

We evolve by working and adapting every day to the everchanging environment of our industry. Change is a part of our DNA today and we will move with it and adapt.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

I aim to focus on quality projects and clients that I feel can influence more in my vision and design based on the scope of the environment and world today.

How do you relax and find your work/ life balance?

I truly relax during my visits to my home in Italy. There I feel calm and inspired walking and resting amongst the history and architectural wonders of a bygone era.

Final thoughts

I am grateful for all the opportunities throughout this pandemic which allowed my firm to continue to grow and move forward. I appreciate design et al for bringing so many fantastic creative people together and showcasing works that are transforming and inspiring myself and all that are lucky to experience such beautiful and innovative work.

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LAURA POMPONI FOUNDER AND CEO LUXURY PROJECTS

Laura Pomponi, Founder and CEO of Italian design studio Luxury Projects, is about as Italian as you can imagine, with a bright, intelligent, good humoured personality and a tangible zest for life that is clearly reflected in the number of well-executed projects she and her team have successfully completed over the years. Her interest in detail and design started early, inspired by her fashion designer grandmother and spending summer afternoons as a child learning the art of embroidery at a monastery.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

I am the Founder and the CEO of Luxury Projects. I follow the clients together with my skilled team from the first sketch to the delivery of the final detail.

What led you to pursue this career?

I was born in Rome, but I grew up in Ancona, Italy. I have always been surrounded by fashion designers and during my childhood spent summers at a monastery learning the complicated art of embroidery. When I was a teenager my family sent me off to England to study English and then I decided to study engineering following my passion for math and complicated equations. After graduation and PHD I worked for the biggest Italian hi-tech company, Telecom Italia Mobiles which allowed me to travel the World before coming back in 2002 to my city, Ancona, accepting the challenge to work for one of the most important Italian Shipbuilders. In 2008, after this long experience in Superyachts project management, following my strong passion for art and design, for material research and for finding always innovative applications, I decided to put the entrepreneurial ambitions I had since childhood into action founding the Luxury Projects Design Studio and Atelier, headquartered in Ancona (Italy).

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

With my passion for creativity and perfection, my skills are focused on designing bespoke and timeless projects for life. I always search for innovative and sustainable materials and processes and I usually work with craftsmen from my region, Marche. Continuously striving for new innovative and technological solutions, these are the keywords of Luxury Projects. Our projects always combine a creative timeless approach with an elegant signature and luxurious style. Offering a highly personalised and dedicated service, we put great importance and commitment to build strong client relationships always tailoring our approach to meet each individual client’s needs. We fully manage each project from concept through to completion no matter what size, with meticulous attention to detail, working with a team of highly skilled professionals and craftsman.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I travel a lot around the world for business and passion, but my headquarters and the city where my family is based, it is Ancona. I am proud to say that today, Luxury Projects, is made up of a strong team of 15, from different nationalities, and various backgrounds and disciplines. Although the residential side of design is still something that is very present within the business, our heart really lies in superyacht design. We are seriously expanding our Design Atelier in Ancona and, as we speak, we are realising additional work stations for decorators, designers and administrators as well as expanding to 600 square meters of Atelier/Showroom and reception area to receive clients and show what we can do for them. At the same time we have opened a new office in Viareggio where we produce architectural drawings for our projects, providing project management and technical assistance but also which can comfortably receive clients in a laid-back homey atmosphere.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Yachting is kind of returning to its roots, where in the early days it was for pleasure and leisure time at sea, it slowly

grew to a status symbol. We now have many clients that approach yachting as it was intended. They particularly are fond of all action they can undertake with water sport toys, diving equipment but also fishing and exploring. Our designs answer to this requirement to be as close to the water as possible and so we design beach clubs, SPA and gym areas, spaces that easily open to the environment with foldable platforms and balconies. The reception room as we know it, on the main deck is often converted to a more functional and useable space that connects the water activities to the rest of the yacht.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

It’s our task as designers to create ever better designs in functionality, ergonomics and beauty and we have to do so with our minds focused on the future of our planet.

What are you currently working on? 74m Yacht Interiors, 38m Yacht interiors, Complete Design (Exteriors & Interiors) of a Series of Motor Catamarans in range of 88 - 150ft, High-End Residential Private Properties of a client in Uzbekistan – Dubai – London, Yacht-Marina Facilities and… some more strictly confidential and secret projects.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this. As many, we suffered from the Covid period and needed to re cover a bit from that, it has put us to the test but enabled us to work from a distance, communication has turned to interac tive online sessions between our offices and with our clients. This is particularly challenging since our profession is a lot about touch and feel. For this we found a solution to perfectly present our ideas to clients so they cannot only see but also touch the fabrics, leathers, wood and stone we propose.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I decided and love to live close to my family in a small village quite near to the Atelier in Ancona. Unfortunately, we have very limited time to spend quality time with the family since a large percentage of our week is travelling. Summer leisure time is spent in our house close to the beach in a typical traditional Italian way. I love travelling, being at the seaside, art and fashion and honestly enjoy the countryside where we live, with the beautiful sloping hills of Marche and it’s divers variety of agriculture. On weekends, with my family, I love to spend hours on extended lunches at local little restaurants in the picturesque villages on the hillsides of our province and around Italy, but travelling to remote places and discovering cultures is also part of my DNA and inspiration… Up to now I have managed to visit 119 countries around the world!

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

We slowly have established a nice base firm clientele; this I would like to extend just a bit more to have a comfortable position to run our business and grow towards a selfmanaging company.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

We love what we do, our company is our family and all in our studio feel connected and part of this. I like this approach, it is who I really am. Our employees come to work happy and because they want to. I take care of them like I would of my family and they return this to me.

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PAUL BISHOP OWNER & FOUNDER BISHOP DESIGN

A seasoned interior designer, Paul’s omnipresent influence in the hospitality design industry stems from a long list of successful projects. Paul is the founder of Bishop Design, an international multi-award winning interior design firm based in Dubai and Miami. Their design philosophy is rooted in creating cutting-edge interiors, all whilst exceeding client expectations and enhancing consumer experiences across the globe.

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What led you to pursue this career?

Like most young people I was not sure what I wanted to do when I left school. I had always been a keen artist and enjoyed being in that creative element at school, therefore, I made the decision to do my foundation course at Brighton School of Art. There I had the artistic freedom to experience different fields, genres, and mediums. My first passion was actually theatre and stage design, however, throughout my continued studies at Brighton, Kingston, and Manchester University, my passion naturally evolved, through fashion, product, and furniture design, until I came across Interior Design where I found my calling. It is a discipline in which all the other ones meet and merge. In its essence, it is very close to theatre production as we as interior designers set the stage for our audiences to interact and play.

What have you done previously?

During my study years, I was lucky to be surrounded by the most incredibly creative people, especially designers, artists, and musicians. The likes of Black Grape, Paris Angels, Madness, and Oasis (before they got famous.) Jamie Hewllet was in the year above me at one point – the creative genius behind the artwork for Gorillaz. Ben Kelly, the designer behind The Hacienda, was also one of my teachers. I was honoured to had spent time with so many inspirational figures throughout my early years that certainly shaped me into the person and consequently the designer that I am today. The people and the environment you surround yourself with have the greatest impact.

Upon graduating from Manchester, several of my friends were in music bands and I would dedicate my time to producing music videos and tour managing for them which allowed me to further experiment with art combined with my favourite things – friends, music, and travel.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Interesting question. Interior design is constantly moving and evolving. As the world is more and more connected, we see trends being shared globally, and as our audience is more and more educated, their expectations are constantly rising, making us push our own boundaries further.

There are revolutionary new technologies that are being integrated within our industry, AI and the Metaverse just to mention a few, that it may seem like interior design as we know might not survive. However, we must not forget that the essence of our field is creating functional and engaging spaces for people, and this is something that will not change. As humans, we have an underlying need to physically interact with others and our surroundings, and as interior designers we are responsible for making real, tangible memories. So, whilst my applications certainly evolve over time, those underlying sentiments remain constant.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

We can see trends change like a pendulum, from one side of the spectrum to another. There are currently two almost polar opposites running parallel to each other. There is minimalism, focusing on stripped-back, raw materials, and textures; then there is maximalism flaunting myriads of prints, textures, and decorative elements, where more is

more. As designers we cater for audiences and their needs, not for trends.

One thing I will say though is that people want to have FUN. Restaurants and clubs are at maximum capacity. We are making up for the last couple of years and it feels so good!

What are you currently working on?

I am really excited by what we have got going on in the US right now. We are learning every day but also bringing something new and exciting to the audience there, and it has been an amazing experience. Some of our current projects include restaurants and venues in Miami for wellknown F&B heavyweights, a trend-setting nightclub in Tampa, a local favourite and celebrity “it” spot restaurant in Southampton NY, and a one-of-a-kind entertainment-driven bar destination in Las Vegas.

A leading force in the Middle East is currently Saudi Arabia where we have worked on a mix of international and homegrown brand venues, including a contemporary Japanese concept Sumosan and NOOA inspired by South Africa with an emphasis on rooibos mastery. Next up are Bagatelle, Santini, and other regional firsts, Wadi and Maiz.

In Dubai’s Atlantis the Palm there is a new high-energy dining spot and a true feast for the senses which goes by the name En Fuego. It is a South American inspired concept equipped with a carousel bar, circus-themed tented roof, and an array of decorative pieces sustainably sourced directly from the continent.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

Right now, I am basing myself between the USA and the UAE, with most of my time living in Miami. It has only been a year or so and I am still enjoying exploring the restaurant scene and all the experiences that such a place offers. I like to relax by indulging in a glass of small batch whiskey, cooking, or spending time with friends over good drinks and food.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

We have a lot of positive things planned for 2023 which we are planning to announce towards the end of the year.

Last year we launched the Bishop Design Scholarship at my alma mater, Kingston University, and we look forward to continuing our involvement with the school and other platforms in the design community. Even myself starting a Master’s degree in film at the School of Arts.

I have been in talks with a few key members of our team and collectively we feel immensely proud of everything that we have achieved as a company over the years, and now we are ready to channel our energy and focus into some new, inspiring things.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

A life in design can be an incredible journey, but it could not be that way for me without the wonderful people around. I would like to share my appreciation and gratitude to the team of Bishop Design that has been with me through all our highs and lows and made the Sky the limit for us.

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Born and raised in Dorset, Robert’s passion for design started at a very young age, where he was fascinated by making and creating things. Launching his design studio in 2010 he has developed his own style that brings references from the great modernists and the masters of the past. Robert’s extensive knowledge of the industry and his global travels has allowed him to amass a wealth of resource and experience in creating original ideas and delivering them with a flawless service.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Founder & CEO of a Globally renowned Interior Design company

What led you to pursue this career?

I was always interested in being in spaces where you can feel an emotion, whether you are in a hotel, a restaurant or a residence it makes you feel that you want to be there for a while or if you just want to find the next place. I was always interested in creating and making things from an early age. I made lamps and coffee tables at school to decorate my bedroom with and found the whole process from imagining an idea to actually making it and then placing it in a room was amazing and that it not only transformed my bedroom but also the way I felt about a space. This is something that has always been part of what I set out to design to transform and enrich people’s lives.

What have you done previously?

I cut my teeth with an amazing mentor who happened to be one of the true greats of the modern era in design and that was David Collins. I loved everything about working with David and the way he approached project and design was an inspiration to me. I was at his studio for 15 years, becoming creative director, before I set up my own firm.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I think that I have always been practical and interested in the physical aspects of objects and this led to helping restore a Georgian mansion in Dorset where I grew up and there I gained so much knowledge in restoring Jacobean oak panelling and intricate decorative moulded ceilings and trying out specialist paint effects, which then inspired me to take an Honours Degree in Interior Design. Learning about past masters from modernists to my contemporaries was and continues to be great inspiration.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I travel a great deal and have been to so many different countries and experienced different cultures which allows you to get under the skin of how people live and have fun so this can be reflected in the interiors I design. Research is absolute key to creating a unique project. So too is collaboration with my clients and also having a great team around me allows for brainstorming and collective thoughts. I think having a passion for the arts and fashion always inspires me as this is ever changing too. Equally the past can provide inspiration and looking back at certain points in time can bring about interesting details that inspire too.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I have an amazing studio in a warehouse overlooking the River Thames in London. The way the light dances off the water is amazing and the views across London are incredible, seeing the seasons change and having that connection with nature is really important. I even came in during lockdown it was that inspiring and calming.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Design is ever changing. It’s our lust to create and inspire and bring amazing interiors and experiences to the people

we design for. I think there is a real passion for details and materials that are sustainable and have a unique way of being incorporated into the designs we create. I like to design to allow my interiors to wear in and have a timeless feel but reflect what is of now so they are not pastiche. There is a lot of nostalgia in design which evokes your senses more than ever, even if the designs are perhaps set in the past, new prints and textures make them feel up to date.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

I think lighting is always key to a great design in setting the scene and ensuring that the interior can change throughout the day and evening. This is so important in any interior to get this right especially when this creates an atmosphere conducive to the mood you are in or how this works within an interior and the items within it and that includes people and making them look good too.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

Think about how people will feel in your interior and consider everything from how sustainable your choices on materials are and how to turn that into a great experience.

What are you currently working on?

We are working on some amazing restaurant projects here in London and also hotels across Europe and the Middle East. This is a very exciting time for us and our clients love what we do for them.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Yes, it’s good to be challenged as every project is new and even though you may have designed a restaurant or hotel before there are always new considerations in how people are travelling, living, working or eating that is in constant change and it’s our job to keep abreast of the everchanging world we live in.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in London where I enjoy walks and soaking up the social scene that makes London such an amazing city that is ever changing. I enjoy reading about art and design too which gives me an insight into what is going on too.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I think that owning a business means that you never really switch off as it inevitably means that looking around at a dinner or when you enter a hotel or shop it’s all part of what we do and so there is always an opinion or question as to what made the designer do what they did. It can also be inspiring too.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

This is such a wide and exciting industry and it’s really a vocation to me now, especially that our world is filled with so many exciting places to visit and also the images associated with where we all are makes it even more important to create interiors that resonate with where they are and that the narrative is more important than ever.

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ANNA-MARIA WURZ PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER AVID INTERIOR DESIGN INC

Anna completed the Bachelor of Applied Interior Design program at Mount Royal University in 2010. Since, she has collaborated with leading professionals in the interior design industry on multiple residential and commercial projects. Anna’s designs are 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. Her attention to detail has resulted in international recognition as she was nominated by The Design Society for The Designer of the Year Award 2019.

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What led you to pursue this career?

Since a very young age I would spend hours drawing, creating and imagining things that I wanted to share with the world. I always loved beautiful things; especially patterns, colours and changing things up. It came very naturally for me to envision possibilities and devise creative solutions in an unconventional way. My love for making art on a 2D canvas expanded inevitably into creating art on a 3D canvas, which essentially is interior design. To me, great design is layers upon layers of carefully curated composition. It must look intentional from every angle you look at it.

What have you done previously?

Interior Design is the only career that I’ve had. Well, unless you consider my part time bartending gig that I had while I was in school for interior design. I first studied at the Alberta University of the Arts then later transitioned into the Bachelor of Applied Interior Design program at Mount Royal University. Since graduating in 2010, I have been designing all day, every day and loving it!

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

Upon graduating in 2010, I started my business, Avid Interior Design Inc. Since then, I have collaborated with leading professionals in the interior design industry on multiple residential and commercial projects. Avid’s team works closely with each client to create a custom design that combines both the clients needs and desires, in Anna’s signature style. Whether it’s a custom new built home, a restaurant, a renovation, or furniture and décor procurement, our commitment is to take a sincere and personal approach with each client to ensure the design vision is carried through.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

Truly, inspiration comes when I least expect it and I am not looking for it at all. Like, when I’m in nature or travelling. It is when my focus is on enjoying the moment and embracing the beauty of life that encourages the most brilliant ideas. When I’m doing something completely unrelated to a design project, that is when I am surprised with life’s greatest gifts.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

Avid Interior Design Inc. is a well respected firm in downtown Calgary, serving clients mainly in Western Canada. We have a flexible work environment where staff can work from home a few days a week, with most meetings being held in our office or conducted on site

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

As designers, it is our responsibility to implement sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions that reduce the impact on our environment; with every decision that we make. A few ways that we apply it: by reducing waste diversion from going to the landfill, only sourcing eco-friendly materials, repurposing and recycling products wherever possible.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

What has been on trend for quite some time and will continue to be on the forefront of great design is incorporating our ever changing technology with sustainability into our homes and work environments. As technology changes so frequently, we need to design spaces that will be adaptive and relevant for years to come.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

Appreciate the small things. Get up in the morning and say thank you! Acknowledge yourself for how far you’ve come and acknowledge others that have helped you along your path. Be grateful for what you have now as it can all be taken away from you in an instant.

What are you currently working on?

Currently we are working on a multitude of residential and commercial projects. We are designing a few custom new build homes, a restaurant and private club, a commercial office space, a few home renovation projects and all entail furniture and décor procurement.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this. Absolutely! Besides the obvious delays with the world wide supply chain issues holding up progress, this has resulted in cost overruns and budget increases for all of my projects. Although, we have communicated issues to all of our clients and everyone has been so understanding, it still causes so much added stress. We have taken extra care and attention with all aspects of our projects and we have been putting in a lot more extra time these days.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

Beautiful Calgary, Alberta Canada is where I call home. If I’m not designing spaces for my darling clients, I love to escape to the mountains close by to just be in nature. I enjoy traveling to a new place that I haven’t been before, seeing what this great big world has to offer, places rich in culture, diversity and experiences is something that inspires me and it is what I am so grateful for.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this. Because I truly love what I do, I don’t mind putting the extra time into my work, when needed. Even if I take a day off or go on a holiday, I still work a bit each day. To ensure I don’t work all the time, I book time off into my calendar regularly and schedule holidays as something to look forward to!

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

My goal is always to guarantee that my clients lives are enriched while working together and for years to come after the fact. Delivering elevated designs while reducing our impact on the environment is always our goal. It would be incredible to expand our client base to have even more or a positive impact and to gain recognition for this would be an added bonus!

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EVA KHOURY DESIGNER EVA KHOURY FOR RIVA DEL SOLE RESORT & SPA

Designer Eva Khoury, included in the list of the 100 most influential women in Italy by Forbes Magazine, has put her talent and experience at the service of Riva del Sole Resort & Spa, redesigning the Conference Centre, Supermarket, 155 hotel rooms, the Riva’z Pizzeria & Grill, the wonderful La Palma Restaurant, and above all the two suites of excellence, Coral Suite and Exotik Suite. Eva’s strength in her hospitality design is through the adaptability of the interiors.

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What led you to pursue this career?

I have been exposed to the beauty of design and architecture since a very young age, I was always fascinated by beauty... being able to do what I like and create art has always been my dream job.

I also love to see people happy around me, so when I think that I am able to create something they are going to live in and be happy, it automatically makes me happy.

What have you done previously?

I have always been a designer. I also owned a restaurant and was some years ago a managing director of an American biomedical company, this lasted 9 years then I came back to my first love, design, and since I have designed indoor spaces and some gardens. Lately, I am also designing all the things to go inside the space that I am creating, such as furniture, mirrors, lighting, etc.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I am coming from a hospitality background, this is why my designs are very adapted to hotels and restaurants, they are joining functionality with beauty at the same time, so at the end of the day, there is not much to talk about, for now I am just a designer, the road has not always been easy, but if you stick to what you like, ultimately you get to where you want.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

From my imagination mainly, but anything that attracts me can be an inspiration, in all forms, shapes and colours. I am very versatile. I cannot imagine my style as one, I am as international (and maybe a bit crazy) as someone can be and so are my creations.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I work from my office, mainly my phone and computer, then I am onsite when the execution phase is ongoing. My creative working environment is my office and when I have time the sea, it clears my head and I focus better.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

The trend is going to all recycled material used in construction. The green philosophy should be ruling when we think about a new project. In a general sense I think that we need to design and create wisely in order to have functionality combined with minimum running costs. We

have to take in to consideration that our planet recourses are getting to the extreme, so if we manage to play our part in creating cost effective creations, then our work is done.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

If we want something to outlive us, it should be creative, functional and well built. It should also be energy saving (when it comes to lighting and heating/cooling) then we need it to be comfortable and not too complicated to maintain.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? Be positive!

What are you currently working on?

11 Exclusive Villas in a big resort.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Yes, the cost of every single item used in construction and design is getting very high, also the time of delivery is creating many delays, the situation is quite critical.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live near Lake of Como 20 minutes away from Milan, Italy. I work in Tuscany in a magnificent pine forest two steps away from the sea. My relaxation time is music and going for long walks.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I am privileged to have a job that I love, therefore my balance is quite easy to reach when working, also I am blessed to have 2 grown up children (31 years and 26 years). Someone once told me that when you like your job, you are always on vacation.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

I hope that my work would leave a trace, a mark and that I can make as many people as I can happy around me.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

Dream big, details will follow... said a girl hooked up on details (me)!

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“I see architecture and design as vehicles for improving people’s lives. No matter the scale of the project, I work hard to ensure that each solution keeps the individual firmly at the center.”
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BRIAN WORTHINGTON DESIGN DIRECTOR BRIAN WORTHINGTON & ASSOCIATES

Brian Worthington is a highly acclaimed interior designer with an impressive portfolio of residential and commercial projects in the world’s most prestigious markets. With more than 30 years’ experience, Brian’s long career started at Blake College, London, with further study at The French Design School, Surrey UK, which includes work for some of the most prominent design firms in the world. As the principal and visionary of his firm, Brian Worthington & Associates, his poetic style evokes quintessential English elegance in perfect harmony with contemporary needs and the location’s environment. Brian Worthington thrives on bringing joint vision of the clients and of the BWA team to reality and his mission is to create interiors that are timeless, original, authentic and refined.

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Where were you born/ where did you grow up?

I was born in Hong Kong and raised between Australia and England.

Please explain your relevant training/ work experience. I attended Blake College, London and The French Design School, Surrey, UK. I have held positions for some of the most prestigious design firms in the world, such as Colefax and Fowler Mayfair London, JBL Design, Sanderson & Sons Ltd, Innovation, and lastly Chelsea Textiles Design as the Artistic Director. My portfolio is comprised of projects in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Please describe the highlight of your career to date. Starting my own business and winning an Award in 2020 at The International Design & Architecture Awards hosted by design et al in London.

How did achieving this make you feel?

With my study and all my experience, I finally fulfilled my global view of my career. Winning the design et al Award was a huge accomplishment for me.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I’m always looking at architectural details, period artwork, nature and the surroundings of the project in hand.

How do you relax and find your work/ life balance?

I enjoy being with friends and my sister. I love art, antique fairs, exhibits and museums.

Has this changed in recent years?

Yes indeed, I really like to entertain at home and enjoy the local nature as I have been working more from home.

What area(s) of the design sector do you work in for the most part?

Super high end residences and what we call light commercial.

Please describe the project you are most proud of to date, with reasons why this was a success.

I am most proud of the Sunnyside project in Palm Beach. This is an English Georgian style home in Florida but we looked at it in a classic contemporary light and designed it with a nod to Palm Beach. We felt there was an incredible fusion of these elements that made this project a success. This home was also featured on a US television show.

How would you describe your work/design style /ethos?

Depends on what style we’re working on. Scale, proportion and understated refinement are of paramount importance. If we’re doing a period interior we take a “Quiet Evolution” approach. The location of the project is also important in determining the interior design style.

What are your thoughts on the future of design?

My thoughts on the future of design are that there will be a larger difference between the upper market and high street stores with the middle market evaporating.

Which direction are you moving in from a design perspective?

We are offering turnkey bespoke design packages.

How is your work evolving?

We are incredibly fortunate to have clients that trust us 100%. They allow us to make important design decisions that result in an overall seamless hand over to the client with no unexpected surprises and thrilled clients with the end results.

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DAVID ANTHONY CHENAULT PRINCIPAL DAVID ANTHONY CHENAULT INTERIOR DESIGN

Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Missouri, David Anthony’s creative eye and penchant for making things beautiful was manifested early on in childhood in the way he played, and the recognition he had even then, that design exists in all things. He graduated with a degree in Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Design. Sought for his creative eye and thorough dedication to his craft, David has risen to become a trusted authority in interior design.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Principal, Lead Designer and Creative for all projects, mainly for hospitality and residential interior design.

What led you to pursue this career?

I was born with creativity in my blood, from childhood memories wanting to design cardboard boxes during playtime, I have never wanted to do anything else.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

The journey has been terrific. After graduating with a degree in Interior Design, I opened my business in Missouri and then moved to Florida to design for a Retail Chain called Bass Pro. There, I was introduced to the team from The Ritz Carlton that precipitated the move to Washington DC, where my current studio is.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

My creative process is a wild one. I start backwards… meaning, when I do my first few project site visits, I visualise the project and space already completed. I then source my vision and creatively add to the vision. At that point, we execute our design for the client. It is hard to wrap everything around my head at times, but that is also what gives us the edge and sets us apart!

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I currently work out of a studio in Alexandria, Virginia, right outside of Washington DC. My work environment is messy only in my head, but extremely organized in the studio. I am both left and right brain inclined, so being organised allows me to create in a manner that is fast and precise!

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

In the area of hospitality, design is moving towards modern elements, with storytelling spaces and organic and colourful elements that are natural.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

The key ideas for the coming year are natural elements and colour; dare I say pastels?

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

My recommendation for 2023 is comfort above all. Style and design should always be attainable without compromising comfort.

What are you currently working on?

We have five restaurants on the table. One with an Azulik vibe, one with Southern charm, a bar with the philosopher Rumi as the inspiration, and finally, one based on the concept of a nest...

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Yes, we are still dealing with the aftermath of the Pandemic, with contractors being booked out, causing longer project times and affecting starting and finishing timelines.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in Alexandria, Virginia with my partner Jeff, and our two Schnauzers, UlaJean and Quill. I am 100% a clothing and music fanatic, so I love to shop. I love and travel and explore. I try to unwind by watching television shows, but have a hard time relaxing, as creativity is always churning in my head.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I have to admit I do not, and it is by choice. I love what I do and am passionate about creating, and fulfilling that need gives me fulfilment, so in that sense, I have the balance I need.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

A new creative studio is my goal for 2023, as I need more space for the volume of projects that have grown! I would also love to travel as much as I can, as it gives me ever more inspiration.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

Well... I can’t give away all my secrets, can I...?

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DAVID ANTHONY CHENAULT Washington DC, THE AMERICAS DAVID@DAVIDANTHONYCHENAULT.COM WWW.DAVIDANTHONYCHENAULT.COM

STINA FUNCH

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR ATWATER INC

With over a decade of experience in the hospitality design field, Stina serves as the Creative Director of Atwater Inc. Her experience covers a broad range of projects spanning the globe, taking projects from initial development through to final execution.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

I take the lead, design and manage all projects from concept to installation alongside my incredible team.

What led you to pursue this career?

I attended an open house at UCLA for the Interior Design program. The program director approached me and said, “With your background in hotels and hospitably, we will teach you design, and you will be able to design hotels”. This is 20 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.

What have you done previously?

My background before designing hotels was working for them. I attended the Hotel School in Copenhagen and worked for Starwood in the front office and Sales in Copenhagen, London, and Dubai. The hospitality world as both operator and designer is beyond exciting. I find it tremendously helpful to both my team and clients to have knowledge of the operations components when designing properties.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I have an immense passion for what I do for a living. I often find that my happy and enthusiastic energy is contagious. My career in design started in the high-end residential world, Beverly Hills mansions. As I evolved as a designer and gained experience, I realised the hotel world really is where I wanted to be. As a young (er) hospitality designer I played an integral role in making projects come alive across the United States and Mexico. I led and collaborated with the design teams and brand leaders alike to complete renovations with many of the Worlds renowned brands, Hilton, Marriott, and IHG. For many years I was a part of HBA’s Design team in Santa Monica and designed and led new build hotels all over Asia and the Pacific. Wynn Macau’s Casion Hotel was an incredible property and the start of a newfound appetite for design and hospitality.

Atwater, the company I founded almost 10 years ago, started as a boutique studio, with the passion to excel and be more to my clients. Many hotel projects in the Middle East, China, and the US later, remains the core of our success. The clients and adventures led to Atwater’s satellite office in Muscat, Oman, and the opening of an office in Chengdu, China.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

Nature greatly inspires me, as well as people and my surroundings. I’m from a small, remote, island in the Baltic Sea, and grew up with breath taking, raw, coastal nature, that moves and has always grounded me. I’ve experienced different countries and cultures which gives me an edge and understanding that I often use in my interiors. My creative process is unique. I immerse myself in the surroundings and try to complement them. I love working directly with clients, to discover what they want to achieve. I fondly say it’s not about me, it’s about how we make our clients’ dreams come alive. It’s an ability to be able to listen and creatively integrate our expertise into developing beautiful, amazing, and comfortable interiors.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

At the height of the worldwide pandemic, as well as my divorce, I decided to embrace the changes and challenges,

and adapt to new realities, which included our workspace. We cancelled the office lease, and moved the entire office to my house, and created office spaces, a conference room, a library, a garden section, and the team became part of the space. It felt safe for the employees and has since then become a wonderful creative haven for not only the team but clients and vendors alike.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

I see bold, beautiful colours making a comeback. You need to have a unique aesthetic and be strikingly enthusiastic but still timeless.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? Be BOLD & fearless.

What are you currently working on?

Many exciting new properties are in the works and on the drawing board.

A 220-room new built Curio by Hilton, The Jordan, in San Gabriel CA, will open to the public early quarter 2023. A local seaside gem in Maui, a boutique property of 190 rooms, is currently undergoing an incredible transformation into a Tapestry By Hilton. The first new Hotel in Sonoma in 20 years, “ The Verano” is being designed, a Tribute by Marriott, and is slated to open the 1st quarter of 2025, followed by renovations of a few boutique local Sonoma and Healdsburg properties. The first new Hilton Hotel in Arcadia is on the drawing board as well as a redesign of a local Sushi restaurant chain.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I was born and raised in the quaint country of Denmark. I live in sunny Southern California where the weather is always beautiful. The exposure to the sand, sea, mountains and snow always invites new inspiration. I thrive in this environment and always find pleasure and the ability to relax exploring the area and scenery.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this. Very much so! One of the greatest pleasures was taking my son Viggo, to Italy to watch me receive the design et al award in Capri.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

I’ve always loved design and I thrive in a busy, challenging and creative environment. My goal is to continue to grow as an individual and with my team. The future is about finding the right balance and continuing to create stunning, amazing interiors while continuing to collaborate with amazing clients and operators. A new wellness-focused brand is the seed of possibilities I’ve planted in my soul, which calls me onto a unique path of realising that purpose.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

I’ve realised over the past few years that when I am true to myself, this is when the magic really happens.

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DIRECTOR

CAZ MYERS

CAZ MYERS DESIGN

Having trained at KLC School of Design and worked for a renowned London Interior Design Practice, Caz has combined experience, knowledge and creative flair from both her design work and from her former career in marketing and PR. In thirteen years of running her own practice, Caz and her team have been fortunate to work on transforming many unique properties. One of Caz’s key talents is sourcing striking one off pieces for her clients as well as designing bespoke, beautiful joinery pieces.

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Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I used to work in the theatre industry for 12 years doing marketing & PR for various West End shows. I loved it and it was fun and vibrant but I found myself with a hunger to change careers. It transpired that anything to do with Interiors that I was involved in either for friends or for myself seemed to end up being featured in magazines. This soon made me realise that perhaps I had a talent which

I could potentially turn into a career and which I loved doing. I decided to go back to college to study Interior Design and chose the prestigious KLC School of Design which was an invaluable learning tool and a wonderful choice of Design school. This was followed by a six month stint of work experience for an established Interior Design company where I unexpectedly ended up staying for 8 years and worked my way up to Senior Designer. This gave me the confidence and experience to set up my own Interior Design studio; Caz Myers Design which was 14 years ago and I have never looked back since!

I now sit on the Alumni Board at KLC School of Design as I wanted to give back to KLC for their ongoing and incredible support of my career path but also to help inspire and encourage new students just starting out on their Interior Design journey.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I genuinely look for inspiration everywhere and every day. Hotels, social media, magazines, travel, nature, people’s homes, books – I lap it all up daily.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

No day is ever the same which is what I love about the world of Interior Design. I tend to go between working from home, meetings on numerous building sites, or am often out sourcing with and without clients. We also have regular supplier meetings in various showrooms and also do a number of photo shoots which involve preparation, sourcing and styling.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

In our designs, I believe that the pandemic has changed the way we live and work and most likely will impact our homes and the way we live for many years to come. We still get a large number of clients who want and need to tailor their homes to combine a more flexible approach to working from home and the office. Wellness features strongly in homes we design and sustainability continues to be something we strive as far as possible to incorporate.

What are you currently working on?

We are working on a number of incredible and varied projects at the moment. These include a beautiful 7 bedroom family home in Islington where we are carrying out a full-scale renovation, a striking double fronted family home in Muswell Hill where we are also involved in designing an indoor pool, a lovely family home in Crouch End, a Penthouse apartment

and a striking family home in Totteridge. We also collaborate on an ongoing basis with various developers on their new build sites as well as their show apartments.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Work is always a challenge but in a positive way. I have always strived to make every project unique and different to the last and I pride myself on the bespoke and tailored service we offer to each of our clients.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I was brought up in Manchester but moved to London to study Drama & Theatre Studies at University. I have stayed in London ever since apart from a 2 year stint working in Sydney, Australia which was an incredible experience. I have two teenage kids and an adorable puppy who certainly keep me busy and on my toes and when not working I often hang out with them and we enjoy weekends away when possible. Otherwise, I enjoy meeting friends for dinner, drinks, movies, theatre and enjoy the gym and walking somewhere in between! Life is always busy and no day is ever the same!

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this I strive as far as possible to enjoy a good work/life balance. Although running your own business does often make it difficult to fully switch off. For me finding time to have fun with my kids, going away both in and out of the UK when we can, exercising and enjoying fresh air and walking are imperative for a good balance where and when possible. Post pandemic has made remote working more feasible and more practical so when possible I strive to balance work and lifestyle.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

As Designers I genuinely believe we learn something new every day. We are always presented with varied challenges along the way and no project is ever the same. I want to keep striving to find unique ways of creating beautiful and elegant homes for our existing and new clients. A personal goal of mine is also to collaborate on restaurant and boutique hotel design as well as to keep exploring further design work overseas and to extend the Caz Myers Design brand to new heights.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved throughout my career. The element of ongoing teamwork and collaboration is of upmost importance. It would be impossible without my incredible team as well as the host of talented trades, artisans and suppliers we collaborate with. A memorable highlight for me was winning a design et al International Design & Architecture Award for a project which stemmed over 3 years and was a 15,000 sq foot new build house in Berkshire where we were involved from start to finish on every single aspect and detail of the design and build. As a designer I always delight in the end result where after many months and sometimes years all the pieces of the jigsaw slot together and we hand over a beautifully completed home to our clients.

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Nadia Di Donato 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, she has established the Liberty Entertainment Group facilities as the most creatively themed venues in the city.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Vice President / Creative Director of the Liberty Entertainment Group organisation since its inception in 1987. Since then, I’ve worked closely with its developers in creating the individually unique design approaches for each of the Liberty Group venues.

What led you to pursue this career?

I have been designing since I was 17. I live and breathe design. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve always been creative. For me it wasn’t learned, it is innate. I see the world through a visual scope so I believe I didn’t choose my career path, it chose me.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I think the combination of my graphic design background and passion for interiors gave me a unique way of approaching spaces. I design a space as an art palette. I don’t conform to the limitations typical in construction. I’m always thinking out of the box. I consider every venue a new design palette. The pivotal point in my career was joining my husband in the hospitality industry as creative director of the company. It was a natural transition from 2D to interior design at a time when the design industry itself was seeing revolutionary changes allowing innovation at lightning speed. Over the last two decades my work has spanned from conceptualisation to design and build of unique hospitality and residential projects.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

My biggest inspiration comes from travelling. For me, it’s the only way to reset and refresh, it’s also a time to challenge my perspective on things and gather some major creative inspiration from exploring somewhere new. Over the years, it has become a big part of my process. There’s so much interesting design, architecture, signage, art, and culture tucked away in every city in the world, and I try and pull inspiration from whatever’s around me at all times. Whether it’s a street sign in New York that helps me solve a design problem or a museum in Spain that becomes the inspiration for a new project, I almost always credit my travels as the source.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

1. I believe there will be a continued emphasis on blurring the line between hospitality and residential design with the application of sturdier materials that feel heavy and solid under hand and foot in the home and vice versa in creating hospitality spaces with a relaxed less forced uniformity, especially with the use of textiles for a more residential feel.

2. Taking responsibility toward the planet with an emphasis on raw natural materials, live greenery, neutral colour schemes. In a tech-dominant world, there is a strong desire for unadulterated materials and forms, however used in a fresh and non traditional way.

3. Breaking away from trends and forging your own path in terms of style and design. Incorporating custom pieces. Recognition that handcrafted uniqueness are qualities worth preserving and building on. I am seeing the resurgence of traditional craft techniques in new and contemporary ways. Individuality and true authenticity will be extremely

important. A lot of layering in of vintage and recycled objects alongside new ones—a “mixology” of sorts.

What are you currently working on?

These establishments located in historically designated properties or in signature neighbourhoods throughout the city. A medical centre in the historical treasury building in the junction area in Toronto. An 8000 sq ft steak and sushi house in the historical union station in Toronto’s financial district. 2 commercial residential complexes in historical bank buildings in Belleville Ontario. A 10,000 sq ft estate property in prince Edward county.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

In general, the various projects I work on are always very challenging. In any situation I always see the cup half full. There is no problem that doesn’t have a solution. I never sweat the small stuff. And I never dwell on a problem. No one is immune to setbacks. Trust me I have had many. Whether personal or professional it always made me a little wiser, stronger, and better for it. I trust that I am capable of doing amazing things.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

Living an extremely busy life, my home is my sanctuary in which I can find relaxation and comfort. I particularly love the rhythm of its design, with spaces that naturally lead from large to small, from light to dark. Whether the subtle pleasure of a coffee in my breakfast room bathed in sunshine, or the private view of treetops from my bedroom window while I read a book.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I manage my stress. I don’t let challenging situations get the best of me. I always have a to-do list to organise and prioritise projects and tasks. I limit distractions. You’ll be amazed at the time gained back when you eliminate social media. I always make time for myself. Especially to workout or indulge in beauty treatments. I always keep the end goal at the top of mind. When I start feeling overwhelmed in a project, I remind myself that my hard work will be worth the end result. I always find time for my family and friends.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

Aside from expanding into new projects outside of hospitality, my goals are from a personal growth perspective regarding my work. My mindset towards interior design has always been work is play, and in light of all that has gone on in the world, in the recent years, that more than ever will resonate in my design approach moving forward. Designing 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. Not taking myself too seriously. Never accepting the notion that it can’t be done and always thinking out of the box.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

I was once told not to take my work too seriously as I’d miss all the fun.

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PREMIER HOSPITALITY COLLECTION

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TORONTO’S

Established in 2008, dk INTERIORS excel at ‘lived-in luxury’ where functionality is balanced with the client’s way of life. Founded by Debra Kacher, dk INTERIORS is an interior design company based in London. Debra’s style combines practicality and style with her client’s interests and lifestyle in mind to create beautiful, timeless and elegant spaces.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Founder of an interior design studio focusing predominantly on private residential clients in the UK, we have a sustainable approach balancing quiet luxury with form and function. Quiet elegance.

What led you to pursue this career?

After many years as a fashion buyer with a huge passion for colour, fabric and style I needed a complete but related change, I re-trained as an interior designer utilising my existing skills but building technical knowledge.

What have you done previously?

A fashion buyer for a large high street company, starting as a junior through to becoming a senior management position running a large team.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I took a huge step to change from fashion to interiors, taking an internship in a top 100 interior design studio whilst studying for a diploma in Interior Design. I needed to acquire the professional technical and practical skills adding to my existing ones of design to become confident in establishing dk INTERIORS in 2008 having worked for 7 years in the studio, starting as a junior designer working through to a senior designer role.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

So much from fashion, art, architecture, film, theatre and TV. I love to find the passion, beauty and interest in so many areas that speak to me in so many different ways. The creative process for dk INTERIORS can start with just one thing, one element of design, colour, piece of furniture, art or artefact it just depends on the client, the type of property, their lifestyle and their wish list.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

During the time of establishing dk INTERIORS we moved to working from home in a small studio, the working environment is practical and functional however surrounding elements inspire such as my home, garden, area and an ever changing pinboard stimulates the creative process as does forever scrolling on Instagram, Pinterest and other social media channels. I find other designers work constantly inspires.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Whereas design evolved more slowly than fashion it now tends to keep pace with the changes in society driven by so much social media, emerging talent and artists. We tend to try to stay true to ourselves, grounded to our design principles reflecting a client’s lifestyle in our work as opposed to following trends. Directionally there has been a shift to looking back, whether it is at mid-century, cottage core, art deco, but looking forwards design is much more about comfort, comforting, natural materials, sustainability, re purposing, not wasting. All with an elegant stylish look of course!

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for

the coming year?

A lot of colour and pattern, texture, natural materials.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? Trust our instincts, they are usually right but never close off to listening to others and learning.

What are you currently working on? We tend to run several different projects at once, balancing size and complexity. Currently our work ranges from 2 full refurbishments to designing the interiors for a small development of apartments which is more unusual for us but a lovely project working with an inspiring team of other professionals, including a fab architect.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this. We are challenged on a daily basis not always creatively, running your own business is challenging in itself, logistics and administration constantly keep us on our toes. The role of an interior designer is so complex, juggling so many different elements, you have to be organised, efficient and resilient as well as creative.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in North London, near Hampstead in a lovely green conservation area. Apart from working which takes up the majority of my time I make sure I exercise including Pilates, circuit training, ballet, this keeps me sane as well as fit! I had the most amazing dog for 14 years who sadly left us this year so walking was a great stress release, we are looking soon to get another dog, nothing compares to the unconditional love of a dog. I love spending time too with my grown up sons’ who are both foodies so trying new restaurants is a thing.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

Working from home does help to achieve a good work life balance but also has its disadvantages as working in the evenings if I have been on site or out at client/ supplier meetings/ sourcing means admin and emails have to be dealt with. I try my utmost not to work at weekends, family time is top of the priority list.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

We want to keep growing personally and professionally, keeping our minds open and receptive to newness, stimulating ideas and be stimulated in our work and approach. We love to collaborate with architects complimenting approach and skills.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

Our service is highly personalised and approachable, every project is unique to the client, their home and particularly their lifestyle. Our creative style is understated, elegant, contemporary with a classic twist designing with longevity and function in mind always with a stylish edge. Attention to detail is key, considered design with an eye for technical details, making things work. Alongside our design expertise and experience we manage, oversee and coordinate projects from concept to installation I am a full member of the BIID, a registered interior designer and active in the organisation participating on committees and panels.

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Quiet luxury, understated, timeless design.

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KATHY ANDERSON PRINCIPAL DESIGNER AND OWNER EKLEKTIK INTERIORS

Kathy is the principal designer and owner of Eklektik Interiors and brings a broad perspective and exclusiveness to her interior designs. Inspired by world travels, Kathy focuses on creating a personal design that is timeless. With extensive residential as well as commercial experience, Kathy’s ability to read her clients is a strength that helps her to create that ‘signature’ environment for each space.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

To facilitate my client to the most optimal design for function and look, while listening to their wants and wishes. It is not my home, it is theirs. I believe as designers we are there to open many doors to them of what could be.

What led you to pursue this career?

I got into design by accident. Growing up in East Texas on a farm at the end of a dirt road where we milked cows and raised chickens, I wasn’t aware that Interior Design was even a career. When I went to college, I took a beginning Interior Design class with a roommate friend to fulfil a humanity requirement, and I knew instantly that this was for me. Looking back, I can see where I always had interests in interior design. In our small farmhouse, I was always rearranging my room and looking for optimum function in a small bedroom that housed four girls, which was no small feat! I spent time with my Mum as she was always painting and trying to make our simple home nice. She was always thinking outside the box. I can remember in the dairy barn where we used to play, when we weren’t milking, we would take the feed sacks and line out rooms, making floor plans in the barn. My dad would get mad at us because it would make a mess, but I remember being a space planner at the ripe old age of 7 or 8.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

After receiving a degree in Interior Design from Brigham Young University, I started my own business in 1981 and worked out of my home while raising my children. I opened Eklektik Interiors in 1997. I decided it was time to open a retail store and showroom. Located in the north side of town in the Champions area we grew pretty quickly and expanded and moved my showroom four times in 16 years in that location. We moved downtown to our current showroom and studio in 2013. We specialise in creating ‘beautiful environments for exceptional living’, and pretty much all that that entails. We specify for new construction and work with builders and homeowners to create their dream. We used to do our own design/build in remodelling but I prefer the design part and love leaving the building to great builders, which Houston has a lot of. I love the collaboration with a great builder and homeowner who likes to explore new ideas and stretch their minds to build and design FABULOUS!

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

Everything! But If I have to narrow it down, I would have to say nature and my clients. I am constantly inspired by nature. Some of the greatest colour pallets come from a sunrise or sunset, a beautiful garden, seasonal changes, all of which the greatest Creator of all has given us to inspire and lift us up. Beauty can be found everywhere. The simplest of forms inspire me. Also, I’m obviously inspired by my clients. They are each unique and bring their own perspective to each project. It is my job to capture them in each project, and I love that.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

When your home functions for you on every level, there is no place like it. I can breathe easier and have more peace and contentment when my surroundings are organised and orderly. Chaos has no place in our homes. If you see a

space that confuses you or you have so many ‘things’ you can’t even think of what to do with them, I would say ‘get rid of it’. Let it go. It is freeing and you won’t miss it. What you will find is that you have a better sense of purpose and freedom by living in a home that meets every need you have. When I find that I shuffle through multiple things that I really don’t ever use, I have let them go. It was a process, for sure, but I am there and I feel great about it. FREEDOM FROM CHAOS!!! That is what it is all about. Home should not be chaotic. Life outside that front door is chaotic enough. Home is peace. Love. Understanding. A space to replenish. Live exceptionally. Be creative. Think outside the box. But before you even go there….PURGE!!! Repurpose. Simplify your life and your home. You will be happier for it.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

1. Liveable luxury.

2. Multi-functional spaces.

3. Bold colour and textures.

4. Materials that require less of our time to maintain and easy to live with.

5. More maximalism and less minimalistic. Let’s just live and design to the FULLEST!

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in the suburbs and I love it. I love the city but I really like the simplicity of living outside of the ‘hectic’. I love to garden. Digging in the dirt is very relaxing for me. I have seven grandchildren and I love spending time with them and learning from them. My second passion after my family and interior design is travelling. It feeds the wanderer in me and fills me with inspiration for all of my jobs. International travel is my favourite. I love knowing how other cultures live and thrive and learning from them.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this. Honestly, I have finally learned to do that. I only take the jobs that interest me and try to live ‘exceptionally’, just like I want my clients to do. I still struggle with not working too much, because I love what I do, but I am getting better at it.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

I named my company Eklektik Interiors and not my own name because I have built this brand with a team of amazing people so that it can live and thrive beyond me. I work together with amazing designers and together we make magic happen. We strive to make every project better than the last.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

I would have to say, it takes a village! We can only do what we do when we have great architects, builders, tradesmen, craftsmen, and sales reps that we get to work with to help us build what we have designed. WE couldn’t do what we do without them. They are key to our success. Lucky for us, Houston has great craftsmen who take just as much pride in their work as we do. It takes a TEAM and I have an amazing team.

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FATIMA SILVA FOUNDER & DESIGN PRINCIPAL FDG DESIGN GROUP

Fatima Silva is an internationally recognized interior designer. Her South African roots, Portuguese heritage, and Hong Kong experience influence her unique approach of constantly exploring and drawing inspiration from history and architecture—creating synergy between collected pieces or simply the excitement to create. This is the ethos that underpins every project she works on.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

As Design Principal I manage a studio of creatives specialising in Luxury Interiors.

What led you to pursue this career?

I have always had a passion for interiors, I grew up with my father developing luxury residential projects and on construction sites.

What have you done previously?

I started my career as a graphic designer which has been a great foundation for interiors.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I started my career in South Africa, I had moved to Hong Kong where I transitioned from Graphic Design to Interior Design. The International exposure allowed me to pursue my passion for the love of interiors. I moved the United States and worked for Hart Howerton as part of very creative and dynamic group with a global presence. When I opened my own design studio it was a natural transition seeing as I had led the Interior Department at HH.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I am inspired by all forms of art, whether it be fashion, art or architecture. The first step is full immersion and research into the aesthetic of the project or home we are creating. Tapping into the local vernacular and culture is key to maintaining an authentic experience, celebrating local artisans as well as ensuring that we design to the place and for the place is an essential part of the process.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I have a wonderful studio space in the Historic Design District of San Francisco called Jackson Square. My team is a group of creative designers that share the same source of passion for interiors, we have a wonderful penthouse studio that is full of natural daylight that adds to the joy of working in the space.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

I believe design is moving toward a more focused sensory experience. The approach to creating environments that allows the homeowner/guest to have a great sense of comfort as well as luxury within the environment is key, careful consideration needs to be given to technology and the integration of this within every interior for ease of use.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

I believe that art plays a key role in creating a backdrop to any space, at the top end of the market we are working with a

sophisticated client that has an appreciation for the arts. We have noticed this in our millennial client base where there is a curious pursuit and appreciation for the arts.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

Be bold and explore colour, we see how colour influences ones experience and how it can transform a space in a dynamic way.

What are you currently working on?

Our Miami Studio is working on several exciting vacation residences in Miami, our San Francisco office is working on several resort and residential projects ranging from Hawaii, Cabo Mexico, Portugal , Barbuda, Costa Rica, Napa as well as Lake Tahoe.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

The design work is exciting and exhilarating, the opportunity to work on incredible projects with a team of architects, designers, engineers that allows us to learn from one another is very rewarding.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I currently reside between San Francisco and Miami, I love to travel between the two locations as they are very different from one another. Miami has had strong real estate market due to Covid where people are seeking out ideal climates with an eternal summer, the inflow of money has allowed Miami to become more of a world class city. San Francisco has great hiking spots which is my way to connect with nature and relax.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I believe all creatives have a hard time achieving a work life balance seeing when you are passionate for your craft it is a pleasure to immerse yourself in your work. I strive to take yearly vacations to get out of the work mode and explore.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

The idea of creating memorable places and experiences that allow for lasting memories by the guest/homeowner that is generational is one of my ambitions. Experiences are valuable assets and if this can be achieved through thoughtful creative design this will allow us to stand apart.

I have a keen interest on working with more craftsmen and artisans to infuse the creative experiences into the spaces we design.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

I believe as creatives we need to mentor and inspire the next generation, share our knowledge, passions for the arts and constantly pursue new ideas.

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FDG Design Group is a luxury interiors practice. Our interior design expresses the human spirit as well as the art of living.

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A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Sarah keeps abreast of innovative aircraft design concepts, the newest systems, materials and products to provide Freestream clients with a truly customised interior and exterior for their aircraft. Prior to joining the Freestream team, Sarah designed and managed completions for Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation.

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Please explain your job role briefly. Interior Designer and Engineer.

What led you to pursue this career?

I come from a family of building and residential contractors. Going to work with my father as a child and watching homes transform and learning how to manage and guide that process led me to pursue a career in building and design. Taking quality, process innovation and creative design and putting that toward aviation and transportation is what took me down the beautiful and ever changing path I am on.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I have worked in aviation design and project oversight for 17 years. I look to incorporate a balance of creative design with schedule minded diminution. Designing for weight as well as maintenance friendly features can drastically change the performance of a new interior not only for crew, but for clients. For me design should not only be timeless and aesthetically pleasing, but we must consider weight and advanced capabilities within these designs.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I’m inspired by the transitioning and resurrection of something old coming back to life in terms of aircraft and seaplane design. Redesigning with retro elements and cues but bringing the newest technology on the market to that space.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I currently workout of Los Angeles, but Design and project oversight takes me not only bi-coastal to our design centre at Teterboro, but all over the world to oversee completion projects.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Design and specifically aviation design is headed in a very progressive direction with Autonomous (self-driving) vehicles as well as machine learning. Continuing to incorporate light weight composites and sustainable materials in my projects will help prepare for that transition more easily. It’s fun to think about what the possibilities will be in transitioning from our design process and procedure of now to what we will incorporate for a cutting edge interior in the near future.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

Incorporating nature in interior elements will continue to be widely seen in finishes and building materials. We will be

seeing colours inspired by nature, like softer greens that are calming and pleasing. We will see of course sustainability continue to grow in importance, and we will see that reflected in our aircraft build as well as in finishes and furniture created for the interior of the aircraft.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

If we help our clients plan ahead for their aircraft and aircraft needs we can better balance the continuing issue of manufacturing backlogs, man power shortages and material shortage and lead time.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently enjoying working on 7500 interiors for new completions as well as fleets of refurbishments for clients creating a branded, luxury charter fleet. Our experience goes from Gulfstream’s, Falcons, Bombardier products as well as Boeing and Airbus.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this. Right now the challenge is working on new products to the market and familiarising clients to them. For example new aircraft delivering like the G700 and the global 7500, but also new hot products to the market especially for refurbishments like CMS Aero products designed for cutting edge cms system and the new 5G products coming out for upgrade and provisioning for those with our existing clients.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I grew up in the South and although I work bi coastal I live in Marina del Rey, California with my husband Jay Larranaga who works for the LA clippers basketball team. I try to balance work and going to games as best I can. I’m the only person in the arena trying to sketch and render a paint scheme while simultaneously shaking my head at the referees about a foul.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

If your business doesn’t have a mobile-friendly way to view a design you propose or an aircraft for sell or charter then you’re already a step behind the rest of the industry. We want to show clients what their design can be in real time and also how we can incorporate the latest and greatest into a new or used aircraft. For example, features like translucent wood, fabrics with illumination, 3D printing table lamps for night service and anti-virus hygienic features on touch screens and aircraft surfaces. We plan to stay on top of technology trends and incorporate them into our design for new and used aircraft market for 2023 and beyond.

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THE ART OF AIRCRAFT

Freestream Aircraft Limited is the premier destination for discerning aviation clients who value best in class service and want to secure the best value for their aircraft. We believe that luxury service is defined by our legacy - agility across markets, efficiency and discretion. With over 25 years of aircraft sales and acquisitions Freestream is proud to have a team of highly experienced and uniquely qualified aviation consultants. Our team is able to cover all aspects of aircraft brokerage, acquisition, marketing, sales, custom design services, import/export and maintenance review of your aircraft. We specialize in state of the art, medium through ultra-long range corporate jet aircraft and fully understand the importance of attending to all details as required by our clients. With over 60 transactions per year it is important that we provide clients with that next piece of the process which is design and delivery.

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JOANNE MILLS DIRECTOR INTERIORS BY JOANNE

Joanne Mills is the Director of Interiors by Joanne Mills based in London’s Church Street, Kensington. A family-run Interior Design company, they offer an elite design service to private and individual clients, and property developers. Joanne’s portfolio of work over the years has led her to working on some impressive projects across the UK and Europe as well as working for Royalty in the Middle East.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Director of Interiors by Joanne Mills working on residential and commercial interiors.

What led you to pursue this career?

Early interests in architecture, design and soft furnishings.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

My career started very early in soft furnishings. I always loved to master up a great fabric combination working with curtains, cushions, headboards and upholstery. It was from there that led me into the amazing world of interiors.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

Anything interiors and great food inspires me. I think personally that what makes a great Interior Designer is their creative minds always look beyond the point of what they’re trying to create or achieve. If we source a sofa for a client, we will look at the design itself and how it captivates the space it’s needed for, but also beyond that, the fabric choice, the colour choice, how will it drape and flow within that specific area. This is why I also have a passion for great food, it works in the same form, a great chef working with his main ingredients will always try to find other condiments, spices, herbs to bring out the best of that particular dish.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I currently work from our offices in Kensington Church Street and our office in Farningham Kent, depending on project and schedule for that coming week. A creative working environment for me is to have everything needed under one roof, or with easy access to at the touch of a button, especially when sourcing. Having all your samples to hand is a must for me personally. Great company within the workflow is also a great attribute as you can easily bounce your ideas off one another.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

I feel that design itself is becoming more vast and definitely more versatile, giving the designer an open palette for he or she to be very creative.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

To make a statement and be bold with colour and finishes, even if it’s in a neutral environment and used with just one piece to completely change the dynamics within that one room.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? To stay focused.

What are you currently working on?

A stunning period house in a Grade II Listed mansion within Slough. A large building project and complete interior refurbishment in South Croydon. A turnkey service apartment within Chelsea Harbour.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Yes, my work challenges me daily. Within the design lifestyle your projects are never the same. Sometimes we have very tricky spaces to deal with, to accommodate off the scale floor plans. It’s how you deal with these areas that make you a great designer.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I love to get up each day and pretty much live it as if it’s my last. This may sound a bit crazy to some, however, our ever changing world is moving very quickly and although we all like to plan for the future, I also love to live for the moment, just in case we don’t get that moment again. I live in a very relaxed village in Kent called Farningham. My family and I moved here from Essex four years ago and it’s the best thing we have ever done. We have always loved Kent, and our surrounding areas are just perfect for us, and what we like to do in time off. I love to walk, cook, spend time with my animals, family and amazing friends. I’m also quite partial for a good spa day and jetting off to Dubai for complete relaxation.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I like to think so, although people who really know me call me a workaholic. Of course I take my work home, I don’t know a designer who doesn’t, however Sundays are my day to completely switch off and enjoy family time.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

To possibly add a few more members to my design team. To gain some more projects within the Middle East as I love working amongst their architecture, especially in Dubai. To open another studio in Sevenoaks. To be appointed to work on another bespoke hotel in Central London. To be appointed to work on a Chateau in The French Riviera.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

My Design Career has taken me on an amazing journey over the years. It’s a journey that I quite possibly don’t ever want to end…

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IBJM is an Interior Design Company o ering an Elite design service to Private and Individual Clients, & Property developers. Specialising in Residential and Commercial design we feel we are one of the best in London

competitive rates. We work Mainly throughout London, Kent, Surrey, Essex, but also travel throughout the uk and Abroad for returning clients, o ering a full turn key service as well as full project management, depending on the client or developer’s needs

a highly Personalised Bespoke Service, we place great importance

commitment to building strong client relationships, tailoring our process to meet each client’s needs, delivering a full interior architecture, furniture design and turn-key styling service from concept through to completion.

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BEN

TRENZSEATER

Ben Lewis has always had a passion for design, designing his first sofa when he was only 14 years old. Ben and his brother Hamish Lewis founded TRENZSEATER in 2004, through a vision Ben had to fulfil a niche in the market for custom-made luxury furniture and interior design. TRENZSEATER quickly established itself as a design destination through presenting its collections in exquisite and inspiring showroom settings. TRENZSEATER is a design leader in the New Zealand market for furniture and interior design, specialising in furniture which is designed and manufactured in New Zealand.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

General Manager and Head Interior Designer

What led you to pursue this career?

I have been brought up in the industry so from an early age I was always inspired by furniture and interior design, visiting my grandfather’s furniture factory and being exposed to great design led to starting TRENZSEATER and a career in interior design.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I was inspired by my grandfather’s furniture business growing up, his drive and passion for manufacturing some of the finest furniture in New Zealand gave me from an early age a grounding and foundation in an industry which I fell in love with. My first sofa I designed and was successful for production was when I was 14, which was the start of many more as I design all our furniture designs for TRENZSEATER.

I had a vision to start a high-end furniture and interior design business in New Zealand which I did at the age of 20, to cater for a market where clients wanted something personalised, different to what anyone else had. TRENZSEATER was established with my brother Hamish, and together we have grown the business into one of New Zealand’s most prominent furniture, interior design stores. Our Interior Design Service grew purely through industry experience, with my interior design work now being highly regarded and recognised on an international level. TRENZSEATER has 3 stores throughout New Zealand which house all the products we manufacture to order in New Zealand along with all our beautiful International brands we distribute from Europe. These stores are a true showcase to our interior design expertise, demonstrating our unique quality of product and manner in which we present it.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I am continuously inspired each day by design, through architecture, interior design and classic furniture design where the classic detailing provided a signature style. I also enjoy and find inspiration in fashion, art and antiques. Natural materials inspire me for their unique, classic qualities, marbles, stone and the character you get from solid timbers.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I am based in our Christchurch showroom, although I do move around all our showrooms, it is a luxury to have such a large showroom as our workspace as we have so much product and sampling to show clients, it makes the process so much more tactile.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

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 matt and brushed metal finishes, brass in door hardware and light fixtures along with the use of a lot of natural marbles and stones.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

Great design is timeless, but I do think we are going to see a lot more natural materials like marble and alabaster being used, I think clients now like to see something which is real and has character. Natural.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? DREAM BIG, THINK BIG, GO BIG!

What are you currently working on?

Currently I am working on several really exciting projects, probably the most intriguing is an established classic home where we are applying a lot of layered textures that will be visually stimulating. There are also several beautifully appointed architectural homes throughout New Zealand which are all currently in progress at various stages.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

The most challenging aspect at the moment is the long lead times involved with freighting product to New Zealand.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, with my wife Vicky and our four children who keep us very busy and entertained! We all like being active so sports play a large part of our lives, we also enjoy spending time at our holiday home in Akaroa. An escape from work for me is golf which I enjoy tremendously.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

It’s important when you lead a busy and important work career that you have balance, finding balance is always hard but having that time away is rejuvenating and offers so much inspiration.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

Continue to deliver outstanding interior design projects along with upgrading our Christchurch and Auckland showrooms.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart, pursue those”.

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AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE TRENZSEATER NEW ZEALAND AUCKLAND - 80 Parnell Rd, +64 9 303 4151 CHRISTCHURCH - 121 Blenheim Rd, +64 3 343 0876 QUEENSTOWN - 313 Hawthorne Dr, +64 3 441 2363 INTERNATIONAL ENQUIRIES benlewis@trenzseater.com www.trenzseater.com WeChat

HELEN SKEA

INFINITE (ARCHITECTURE / INTERIOR DESIGN / URBAN PLANNIG DMCC)

Helen has always had a passion for design. With a Scottish father & Swedish mother she grew up living in the UK, USA, & The Sultanate of Oman, finally settling in Dubai in 1998. She attained an interior design degree from Napier University, Edinburgh and has accumulated over 25 years experience in the hospitality design industry. During this time she has earned a reputation as a dynamic, multi-disciplined award winning designer.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Design Director of a Boutique Architectural / Interior Design Studio.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I studied Interior Design at Napier University in Edinburgh attaining a degree in 1993; for the last 29 years’ I have worked within the Hospitality Design industry, working closely with many of the worlds’ leading hotel operators in conjunction with many prestigious clients and project teams. I love to immerse myself in all facets of the design process from concept to project completion. Following my graduation from Uni, I started my career in Muscat, The Sultanate of Oman working for an American Architectural firm whose projects were predominately private palaces in the region, I was thrown in at the deep end and learnt a great deal from trial and error, which taught me to think on my feet fast which in this game is important. I went to work in London for a few years for RPW Design, then moved to Dubai where I worked for WA International until 2015 (with a hiatus in London with KCA International in between) here I worked with a fantastically talented design team on a number of award winning hotels around the world. One of those projects was the One & Only on the Palm where I met my now husband, who is an architect, and decided to join forces and now have our own design studio here in Dubai doing what we love.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I am inspired by nature and love the use of natural materials and forms to create interesting textures and layers throughout an interior. I love an unexpected twist.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

We are a boutique architecture and interior design firm in Dubai, made up of vibrant individuals passionate about design and the possibilities it unlocks to improve the lives of those within our society. Our core values are creativity, integrity, humility and accountability. We believe through our design, Infinite is committed to enriching the lives of people by creating built environs moulded through conceptual innovation, attention to detail, technical excellence, appropriate functionality, social awareness and environmental responsibility. We believe we have a responsibility to ensure that each of our projects enrich those who experience them and their surroundings culturally, economically and socially. We work through a trust based collaborative approach between our clients and interdisciplinary consultants. We nurture our professional relationships but remain fluid and in so doing, encourage creativity, evolution, development and maturation. We are committed to our design but encourage research and discovery to allow it to flourish. Through this we aim to create buildings and interior spaces that excite both the senses and the intellect.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

The private villa design sector in the UAE is thriving – there are so many projects out there it is difficult to keep up, which is great for our industry. The move towards a more responsible attitude regarding the environment is important in all projects being undertaken now – the need for energy

saving / sustainable design / reducing the impact on the surrounding environment etc.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

Again going back to the importance of sustainability, this is the main talking point in design right now.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

To be aware of your surroundings and respect the environment, something that we as designers need to be sympathetic to; respect our decisions and the impact that they may have, and have fun along the way, don’t take life too seriously.

What are you currently working on?

We have a number of interesting projects we are currently working on – a 5 star hotel here in Dubai, a sustainable, energy efficient modular hotel concept for Saudi Arabia, a number of high end luxury villas in Dubai and Qatar, an Apartment Complex and Spa in Kampala, Uganda - plus a few very exciting projects in the pipeline of a more futuristic, sustainable nature.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this. Design is always challenging, I think designers put so much pressure on themselves as we are always looking to do something different which can be exhausting. We are lucky enough to have wonderful clients who give us amazing briefs that push the boundaries of our thought process and inspire us to think outside of the box. The importance of being a team player is the basis of our office ethos. As we are a small studio every individual has multiple roles and responsibilities, this ensures that each team member feels equal in whatever role they have. We reinforce the importance of honesty and integrity allowing each team member to communicate their values, ideas, and inspirations. Treating the team with respect on a daily basis and listening to their needs and any issues they may have; we create more of a family atmosphere where the door is always open to help in a time of need either work or personal, this reduces tension and conflict. We concentrate on inclusive leadership and empathetic behaviour towards each other, which in turn creates better overall performance and regularly say ‘thank you’ as the best leaders know how to demonstrate sincere gratitude in the workplace.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I have always had a passion for design. I have worked on a multitude of internationally recognised projects spanning Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. These range from luxury hotels, bars, fine dining restaurants and private villas. Working on projects across the world and the interaction with people from these varied regions have given me an insight into the diverse cultures of this wonderful planet and a love of travel that inspires me further. I believe that being sensitive to the client’s needs, matched with an impeccable eye for detail wins every time. I am extremely lucky as every day I work with my husband, we are a great team, even though we are complete opposites, (I can be manic and he is very calm), we complement each other completely.

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CRISTINA WAKAMATSU PARTNER AND DESIGN DIRECTOR LW DESIGN GROUP

Cristina is a gifted conceptual designer who brings flair to the projects she works on. She is passionate for good design and is always in search for innovation and inspiration. Her strong appreciation for the local culture gives to each project its own identity. An integral member of LW Design Group, Cristina recently led the team successfully on major 5-star beach hotels and resorts project and urban and waterfront developments such as City Walk High Street and the Dubai Water Canal.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

As a Partner and Design Director of a global company my role is to ensure the design teams are not only working together but in sync and interface well with all other studios delivering high quality projects.

What led you to pursue this career?

After graduating university in Brazil I went to Japan to further my education through and internship in one of the major architecture practices in Japan, Kajima Corporation, and this experience really opened up my eyes to the empowerment that an Architect can have within our society. This has been the foundation of my career.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

After graduation in 2000 in Brazil, I started as an intern in Japan, where I could experience an international lifestyle which encouraged me to explore more of architecture outside South America. I took my career to Europe, first Milan and then London and in 2006 I moved to the Middle East, first to Bahrein and then to Dubai where I spent 10 years working with LW. In 2014 I returned to Brazil and started LW operations here with our first studio in Sao Paulo.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

People and places inspire me all the time. Having lived in diverse countries and cultures these experiences have helped defined my approach to design. My creative process becomes quite intuitive and together with my partners and design teams we like to brainstorm ideas pushing for design excellence.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I am currently working from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Our studio here is located in a building designed by the Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Our studio has 2 floors and a wide-open terrace with communal spaces that promotes interaction, dialogue and social wellbeing.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

More globally, flexibility and connection is very important. I also believe sustainability is key to our high-end sector, and to think on a broader sense from interiors to street to city scale.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

Exterior spaces with quality being an extension of internal living environment that provides a sense of wellbeing and connection to nature.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? To promote sustainability within our profession.

What are you currently working on?

Currently I am working on high end mixed use and residential towers. Also, single home private villas and hotels & resorts in Sao Paulo, Middle East and Africa.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Yes, being part of a global company that has more than 120 employees worldwide the challenge is to keep up with the fast pace that technology and communication are bringing to the work environment.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in Sao Paulo or Sampa as we say, the largest city in Brazil. Whenever I can I like to relax having a nice meal with friends in one of the many trendy restaurants in town, or go to Ibirapuera Park, a place within walking distance from where I live to be close to nature.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I have a great team of staff and family that supports me. Being a mother of 3 year old twin boys and managing the company is a challenge that keeps me motivated daily.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

My ambition for the coming years is to grow our portfolio of hospitality projects in Brazil as it is a country that has so much tourism potential but not enough offers of design hotels at the moment.

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ADAM FADLÉ MANAGING DIRECTOR PANORAMIC PROPERTIES LIMITED

Adam Fadlé is an awardwinning designer with extensive experience within the high-end residential market. Adam studied Architecture at Northumbria University and, whilst studying, started his own property developments. After graduating, he focused his attention on interior design and project management, where he was soon well regarded for his work and designs both in the UK and internationally.

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What led you to pursue this career?

I have always had a keen interest in properties as my dad was a builder and often took me and my sibling to work with him. This developed and as soon as I was old enough, I started to renovate my own properties and went to University to study Architecture. Following my studies, I became passionate about a career in high-end interior design.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

I have worked many different jobs in my youth, all giving me valuable experience and knowledge. After graduating from University, I moved into interior design where I worked for several years. It was after this point I decided to expand my horizons and set up my own practice and this has consistently grown year on year since its incorporation.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

We find inspiration from everywhere, through discovering beautiful architecture, both old and new and seeing what other designers have achieved. We also look at technologies and product advances, which help us stay ahead creating homes for the future that function better, are more sustainable and create better spaces.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

We are based in the heart of Knutsford, Cheshire where we have a wonderful environment to design and work from. Our office includes a luxury presentation room, large design studio, private offices, a sample room, as well as top of the range facilities; it’s this wonderful base that allows us to work effectively and efficiently, whilst being in a happy working environment.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Design continues to innovate with new technologies and the constant drive for more sustainable homes. This coupled with the balance of creating opulent, cosy homes with the feeling of space and organisation

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

The reinterpretation of the urban aspects are starting to show in many luxury homes with elements such as the crittal-style doors, LED soft filament bulbs and gentrification of historical working buildings such as mills into luxury residential developments.

What are you currently working

on?

We have many projects we are currently working on that span the globe. With several projects local to the North West of England which helps keep the balance and work flow. The projects vary from luxury city centre triplex apartments, set to be the best in the city, to Victorian detached properties that are undergoing full renovations. We have so many wonderful clients each with the dream home in the making. As well as our private clients we are also working with several developers who are creating luxury, new developments and we are helping them both achieve the maximum return, whist creating homes that will serve their owners well for generations to come.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

There are always challenges at work, especially with the bespoke nature of what we do. These come with designs, new materials and products, time frames, supply and market fluctuations. With each challenge comes a solution and allows us to reconsider how we operate and improve what we do individually and as an industry, as a whole. I believe sourcing sustainable products and locally produced products are key elements we all need to strive towards moving forward.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax? I live in Bowdon, approximately 15 minutes from the office in Knutsford. I am currently in the process of demolishing and redesigning my own home, with the plan to build a new luxury home in its place. Outside of work, I enjoy playing Lacrosse which has been a passion of mine from an early age and am delighted to have played internationally for my country and help coach many others in the sport. This has allowed me to travel and meet a great deal of wonderful people. I also am a keen yoga enthusiast as well as enjoying going to the gym. I also love spending time with my amazing family and friends, enjoying good food and travelling to new places.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this. I work incredibly hard and if you ask my friends and family they would all say I am a workaholic! One of the reasons for this is that I am very passionate about what I do; I enjoy growing the company and always want to provide the best service to our clients. This said, I personally do feel I still achieve a good work life balance with several trips abroad each year, spending time with my family and friends as well as playing sport and working out. I feel this is achieved by focusing on what is important to me and maximising each day, being productive and consistent in my routine.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

We are looking to continue to grow our company providing even more clients with a wonderful interior design service and pushing our own boundaries in what can be achieved. We are looking to have the renovation of our new office completed within the next 12 months and to have started construction on my personal property. We have a truly incredible team at Panoramic Properties and are looking to build on this with new staff this year, that will grow with us as a company. Further to this, we will be looking to expand further with investments into our own warehouse facilities, and offices based in London and abroad.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

Being recognised by design et al and the design community means a huge amount to Panoramic Properties. We are very passionate in what we do and to have been awarded an international design award to reflect this makes it all worthwhile. design et al provides the design community a perfect opportunity to bring together like minded individuals from across the World to celebrate what we are all so passionate about. Demonstrating what the best in our industry have to offer whilst encoring all of us to push the boundaries of design to create even more year on year.

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JASMIN REESE PRINCIPAL AND LEAD DESIGNER JASMIN REESE INTERIORS

Jasmin is an artist and can work in many different styles. Her instinct is blending antiques with modern elements, dark finishes mixed with light, feminine tones contrasting with masculine, and high low pieces. Her signature style includes bold wallpapered ceilings that allow artworks to be at eye level and artfully designed “colour bomb” rooms that are whimsical and sophisticated at the same time.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Principal and Lead Designer of an award winning, colour loving, luxury residential interiors firm.

What led you to pursue this career?

I studied art originally and was exposed to the interior design industry where I was consumed by beautiful spaces.

What have you done previously?

Previous to owning a design firm I worked in lighting and high end furniture stores.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

While in college as a Fine Arts Painter I worked in several luxury retail outlets in the interior design industry before starting my own firm. I have a background in fine furniture and lighting design.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I am inspired by going to the art museum and looking at impressionist work for the jewel tone colours and high contrasts of dark and light, along with textures found in the paintings. I am inspired by looking at older design books such as Mario Buatta for his bold interiors, and I am constantly inspired by nature. Clipping magazines and saving images is a big part of how I communicate a vibe/ideas to clients.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I work both from my retail shoppe and private office in Lincoln Park, Chicago and my team Studio in an old factory in Avondale with my team. Both have benefits to their unique spaces in both lighting, samples, and team environment.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

I feel design is becoming more classic again. Rooms are finally becoming rooms for specific purposes out of privacy and function, and not serve as multi-purpose rooms. Dining rooms are finally making a comeback.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

I strongly feel that game rooms are coming back, along with places in the home to carve out a mini library. Upholstered doors are also coming back.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

Allow yourself to explore colour. If you like a colour-surround yourself in it. Stop worrying that your future self will get tired of the colour, it’s just paint and has the power to be mind changing.

What are you currently working on?

We are finishing a lovely historic home in Evanston Illinois that is being restored and completely outfitted with furnishings, we have a large primary ensuite project in Couer D’Alene Idaho, and several condo and single family homes in Chicago.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Work is always challenging. Creativity is not a straight line, but business transactions are, so it’s very important to keep projects moving and not be overwhelmed by obstacles that can shift your mindset negatively.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in a beautiful high rise along the Lake in Chicago with my husband and Russian blue cat. I love going to the woods on Sundays and being surrounded by nature, the clean air gives me a nice refresh. I also paint from time to time.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

I take Sundays off completely and try to disconnect from my computer, I also try to stop looking at my phone around 9pm during the week. I drink Chamomile tea before bed and also journal a bit in the morning before exercising.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

My aim is to start getting larger interior design projects in Naples, Florida. It is a very affluent area, and would be a great place to get away from the long Chicago winters. I would also love to get a nicer office for my team.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

I always say to my clients, if it scares you a little bit, push yourself just 10% more past your comfort zone, and your future self will thank you.

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Jasmin Reese Interiors is a Full Service Brick and Mortar Interior Design Firm in Lincoln Park Chicago that also services Naples, Florida. JRI works with a White Glove approach and collaborates closely with a strong network of consultants, suppliers, and craftspeople to ensure that we deliver high-quality, beautiful results for interior projects ranging from full home renovations to selecting perfect decor for a powder room.

2545 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614 TEL. 773.857.1240

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GEORGINA TURVEY DIRECTOR & ARCHITECT PEEK ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

Georgina is a chartered Architect and Bartlett graduate. In 2006, along with associate Neal Newland, she founded PEEK Architecture + Design, a vibrant, design focused, architecture and interior design practice. The practice has continued to develop predominantly through referrals, many who are now long-term clients.

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What led you to pursue this career?

I’m a creative person, and spent my youth doing art, playing instruments and writing music in several bands. Architecture seemed to merge several worlds for me. I see architecture and interior design as a composition, one that almost always needs to be curated and written from scratch, so following an education into architecture was a natural progression.

What have you done previously?

I started my own firm when I was young.... so I’ve always been employed in this sector in one way or another.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

After studying at the Bartlett, UCL, I completed my chartership and a couple of years later started my own firm. I started with smaller projects over central London, and soon got a good reputation for getting the job done! I now deal with larger residences in prime London (and out in the countryside) with a lot of heritage and conservation work. I am lucky enough to get to see some of the secret, abandoned, magical pockets of London in need of resurrection. I pride myself in implementing a crafted and empathetic touch with the projects, treating each one as its own story.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

I have been continually inspired by the decay and patina of the city. The layering of time, of how the differing inhabitants occupy and imprint onto and into buildings, changing their use, extending and knocking them together. I feel that the purpose-built house sometimes takes away energy from its occupants, and that re-appropriated spaces provide more joyful, inspirational backdrops for us to ‘fit in to’, promoting movement and adaptation, which in turn keeps us active and interested. So with our creative process, we try to create spaces that flow well, and give the architecture just as much precedent over the occupant.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

I have a studio, right in the middle of Soho, London. At the moment the building opposite is getting flattened, taken down piece by piece, which we watch from the window every day. 2 years ago, the same building was a squat with techno playing all the time, it’s a true reflection of the freedom people feel in this city. Our space is an array of large oak desks, computers, a large sample library and industrial, steel shelves hanging from the ceiling. The streets are busy, the place is alive, and we all love coming to work here every day.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Design in our sector is taking a more sustainable direction, with all parties involved in projects now feeling that these issues must be part of the design process from the outset.

In the materials chosen, repurposing and recycling items, the heating systems used. I also encourage timeless design which feels integral with the architecture. More and more of my clients want a scheme which feels as though it could have happened 5 years ago or 30 years ago!

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

Commenting on trends is a hard one to answer, but from my experience in London, across all projects, elements of the industrial pepper the design direction, with bronzed metals, concrete floors, terrazzo and factory style lighting. We’re also seeing kitchens which look more like a collection of different elements or units, not just one sterile, fused mass. I often propose to clients an ‘unkitcheny kitchen’ and they say yes please!

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

As I deal with old buildings and the existing built environment, I encourage people to work with what they have as much as possible. Rising material costs have meant that people have reused things, and the outcomes are full of depth and character. Also, flexible spaces are key for next year. With people working from home and older children having to live with parents for longer, I always design in spaces which have multi functions.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on several large residences in London, extending and refurbishing them, from the shell and core design to the interior fit outs. I’m also working on blocks out of the city, where old office blocks are being converted into flats. These are really interesting and the proportions of these blocks, with their taller floor to ceiling heights and larger windows, make for excellent dwellings.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live in Kensal Rise, in London. It’s an amazing mix of people and cultures, and I would say a creative place to live. It’s a kind of bustling village on a hill, but only 20 minutes to Soho. I always push myself to enjoy the culture London has to offer and my favourite things to do are to go and see music and theatre whenever I can.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this. My son means that I have to be very organised with my work / life balance. I think architecture is an excellent career for parents in this respect, because if you have the right arrangement, you can fulfil your work within flexible hours. I’m lucky to love what I do, so when I’m working, it feels like living life anyway!

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

After surviving the pandemic without having to let go of any staff, I have been building the firm back to full speed again. We have a lot of fun projects ahead. Some landscape design collaborations, large residences in central London for clients who want to do things a bit differently and some bespoke furniture pieces we’ve been developing.

Final thoughts, or anything else you would like to share with us?

Forming wonderful connections with the clients and other professionals I work with, is always one of my key ambitions for any project. Everyone moves on, with a real sense of achieving something positive.

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VEE

SPACE STUDIO

With 30 years of experience in interior design, Vee has a wealth of experience in hospitality, retail and workplace design. This experience means that she has a unique understanding of the quality and attention to detail that complex projects demand. Working collaboratively to establish and develop concepts that support and encourage unique guest experiences while ensuring a return on investment for owners has been central to her approach for many years.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Director of Space Studio and Project team leader on large scale projects in the studio specialising in hotels, lodges and resorts.

What led you to pursue this career?

As far back as I can remember I have always been a creative at heart. Designing and making things started with me as a child. This inevitably led to design as a career and I have been lucky to work with some very talented mentors.

What have you done previously?

I have always worked in Interior Design. In my early career I worked in the USA on predominantly retail design in the years when brand was replicated through all outlets. Similarly at the outset when I started to work on hospitality, this was the approach. It has been a joy to be part of the change and growth in individual, unique interiors that respond to their location.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

Following the completion of a business degree I went on to study Interior Design. The career has spanned some 30 + years and taken me from the USA to New Zealand and into the Pacific where hotels and resorts are growing in scale, luxury, and unique experiences.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

The approach to every project is tailored to that project. While the client may provide an outline brief, there is a sense that each project will offer unique opportunities to explore the full potential for that project. As such the process begins with a wide lens and research creating a broad narrative that explores, form, texture, site parameters, light, materiality and the sense of the place. This is constantly distilled until a succinct frame of reference supports the development of the design. Naturally planning reviews explore the development of the spaces to ensure the journey meets the client’s brief while exploring extensions that may be possible thereby enhancing the ultimate experience. Through discovery, preliminary and concept design there is an open approach to all aspects as the ideas develop. Listening is as important as the storytelling.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

Our studio is based in Auckland. It is a large light filled studio that allows one to develop designs in a collaborative manner and sit with them as the creative process evolves. As important however is the ability to engage with artisans in their studios as we develop bespoke items for projects.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

We work predominantly in the hotel, lodge and resort sector. Following the past few years of isolation, we see a desire to travel and engage in an authentic manner with place. To

that end design is responding in a holistic manner with place and integrating the narrative with authenticity. Sustainable considerations are also allowing local manufacture and artisans to thrive and this collaborative process between designer and maker is closer than ever. The design process is also more inclusive of the wider stakeholder team, allowing the story to be imbued not just in the physical manifestation but with the caretakers of those spaces.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

Spaces need to respond in a more “residential” manner rather than grand gestures and sterile environments, providing spaces that feel welcoming, enveloping, comfortable yet aspirational. Biophilic design remains important and the blurring of inside / outside elements support this.

What is your one recommendation for 2023? Be authentic.

What are you currently working on?

We are currently working on 2 luxury hotels for Auckland and a resort in the Pacific. Vastly differing briefs and guest experiences at the end of the day.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

The challenge is really one around accelerated programmes. As more technology permeates how projects are designed and delivered the demand to do it faster is the challenge. Is this always the best for the design process when it becomes truncated?

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

I live on the wild west coast a little way out of Auckland City, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Waitakere Ranges to the east. Weekends in Auckland are spent walking through the bush of the ranges or on the black sand beaches. I am also a keen collector of New Zealand contemporary art so a good trawl through the galleries is always enjoyable.

Do you manage to achieve a work/life balance? If so, please tell us how you manage to achieve this.

Work life balance is a key element of our studio. Accepting at times that the balance shifts is important so long as one ensures the pendulum must swing both ways. Separation of work environment from home environment also helps me personally to switch off in the evenings and weekends.

What are your aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year and beyond?

The development of my team is very important to me, so this is a key aim to continue to develop the team across the studio.

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JET AVIATION AG

Grischa has over 25 years experience in interior and exterior yacht design, interior aircraft design, automobile and residential interiors. Schmidt joined Jet Aviation in 2009 as senior designer project manager and was appointed to run Jet Aviation’s Design Studio in Basel, Switzerland in 2019.

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Please explain your job role briefly.

Since 2019 I have been senior Director of the Design Studio at Jet Aviation in Basel. I lead a team of 15 designers, CMF specialists, 3D modelers and technical specialists. We are a diverse team and represent a lot of experience and skillsets.

What have you done previously?

In 1995 I started my career in design at BMW Designworks USA working on cars such as the 7 Series, Range Rover and initial concepts of the Rolls Royce Phantom. Other projects aside included the complete rebranding and restyling of the John Deere Industrial equipment, trains for Deutsche Bahn, Nokia mobile phones and redesign of the large Heidelberger printing presses. In 2000 I started my own company.

Please explain a little of your career journey to get to this point.

For the past 27 years I worked as a designer in different roles on a vast number of various projects. I graduated from the Art Centre College of Design in Vevey, Switzerland, with a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design, I also hold a diploma in Fine Art, a vocational diploma in Art History and History of Architecture and a Federal Diploma as Restorer and Carpenter. Since 1995 I have worked at a number of international companies specialising in luxury cars, interior and exterior design for super yachts, interior aircraft design, VIP residential interiors. I began at Designworks USA in California, before moving to Munich to open the first European branch of Designworks USA and working for companies including all the BMW Group Members, founding Cayros design, specialised in super yacht design, in London and Switzerland. I came to Jet Aviation in 2009 as Senior Designer Project Manager, left in 2012 to pursue opportunities abroad, and then came back as Senior Project Manager in 2017, before taking over senior directorship of the Jet Aviation Design Studio in 2018.

What inspires you? Please explain in detail your creative process.

Inspiration comes from everywhere. There is beauty to be found wherever you look: interesting objects, picturesque places, a painting, or piece of art — also the people you meet. Design is an everyday reality and a profound part of my life. There are always opportunities to discover new things that can surprise and inspire you. For the creative process, I take an approach of a bird of prey in flight. I look at all relevant possibilities and options in view, then home in on the solution. Most importantly, we map out our customers’ desires, adjust with possibility, timing and budget then make sure to still achieve the maximum of the initial target.

Where do you currently work from and what is your creative working environment?

We mostly work together in our Studio at the Jet Aviation site in Basel. Even through the past few more challenging years, we have been able to maintain a good level on on-site presence, enabling us to most effectively collaborate with colleagues in different departments – and with one another! Personal exchange and contact with the team are important and an integral part of a fruitful design process.

Where do you feel design is moving in a directional sense, in your sector?

Anthropomorphic simplicity– 3D modelling, new prototyping and prototyping methods allow for endless horizons when it comes to design. I believe that having lived in a visually cluttered era of shapes and pollution of forms, we will

revert to cleaner more readable and understandable, yet beautifully, complexly subtle lines in the future in which nature and traditions will play a major role.

We tend not to look at “trends” as such at the top end of the market and focus on design with some longevity , but what do you think are key trends/ideas or must haves for the coming year?

At the moment we are seeing design embrace the possibilities offered by new methods of manufacturing. Now, almost any shape is possible, and I believe that this sense of movement, freedom, and fresh, innovative styling is only going to get stronger.

What is your one recommendation for 2023?

The design world has always been incredibly inspiring across all industries. With new innovations in materials and manufacturing, we are seeing designs realised that previously would have been considered only as futuristic concepts. It’s a very exciting time in design and I am looking forward to seeing how we can integrate this innovative thinking into our own work at the Jet Aviation Design Studio.

What are you currently working on?

We are currently working on a number of narrow- and wide-body concepts and completion projects. What’s really exciting about my work is that every project is completely individual. We might work directly with a customer, or we might manage a project for an external designer. A day might involve initial concept meetings, selecting finishes, or working directly with colleagues in production and engineering to refine a final product.

Does your work challenge you right now? Please explain a little more about this.

Our designs are driven by the needs of our customers, and this means that every project is different. As customers increasingly expect to see the same kind of environment and technology they experience on the ground, in the air, we are pushed to think outside of the traditional aviation box and create solutions that turn the cabin into a true flying home. We are lucky to work embedded in a completion centre, with the engineering and production expertise that brings with it. By working closely with our colleagues in these departments, we are able to really innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in VVIP completions. Of course, with new ideas, come new challenges, but this close collaboration means that we have a mindset of possibility – if we don’t know if or how something might work, we find out. At the same time, we are also exploring innovative, cutting-edge styles to suit a younger customer, who push us to look beyond our current portfolio and think in a different way. This could be different layouts, more sustainable materials and processes, new technology – whatever makes that ultimate cabin experience for that customer.

Tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, what you like to do, how you relax?

For me, it is important to be able to completely switch off and focus on something that is outside of the work environment. Of course, design and design inspiration are a huge part of my life, both professionally and personally, and I love to visit museums, art galleries, and to travel, but I also love to spend time with my family and friends, and in nature as a part-time gamekeeper, which takes me away from the busy day-today.

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