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Designer in Profile: Rachel Laxer, Founder of Rachel Laxer Interiors

Name: Rachel Laxer Company: Rachel Laxer Interiors Position within company: Founder Website: www.rlaxerinteriors.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) She began her career in New York as a commodities trader and expanded to being a successful emerging markets trader at the firms of investment legends George Soros and Michael Steinhardt. Rachel and her family moved to Tokyo where she became enamored with Japanese architecture. The Japanese aesthetic of simplicity and beauty inspired and fuelled

Designer in Profile: Leah Townsend, Senior Interior Designer of BTL Property Ltd

Name: Leah Townsend Company: BTL Property Ltd Position within company: Senior Interior Designer Website: www.btlpropertyltd.co.uk Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I have always been drawn to the arts and anything and everything creative. My original passion was fashion and from a young age I spent most evenings at the sewing machine making my own clothes. I’m not sure much of it was any good but I loved it. I originally went into the

Designer in Profile: Susan White, Founder of Iggi Interior Design

Name: Susan White Company: Iggi Interior Design Position within company: Founder Website: iggi.co.uk Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) With a BA (Hons) in Interior Design, Susan has become a first choice for projects ranging from extensions and conversions through to the complete refurbishment of listed properties. How would you describe your personal interior design style? At Iggi, we work with clients who have strong opinions about design, this mirrors my own personal style

Designers in Profile: Natalie Stephenson & Juliette Wright, Co-Directors of Stephenson Wright

Name: Natalie Stephenson & Juliette Wright  Company: Stephenson Wright Ltd Position within company: Co Directors Website: www.stephensonwright.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Juliette: My childhood was spent visiting endless stately homes with my parents so an obsession with interiors began very early. I recall marvelling at chandeliers and silk walling. It means such a great deal to me now to take my own daughter to these same inspirational buildings. An art foundation diploma

Designer in Profile: Alexander Christou – Director at 1.61 London

Name: Alexander Christou  Company: 1.61 London Position within company: Director Website: www.161london.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.) 1.61 London was founded by my brother and I. The business was set up to find and create uniquely designed properties throughout the prime areas of London and Europe. Unlike most interior designers, the main experience my brother and I had was on the valuation side of the property business. This is a key component of

Designer in Profile: Ray Thompson, Director of Thompson + Baroni Architects

Name: Ray Thompson Company: Thompson + Baroni Architects Position within company:  Director Website: www.thompsonbaroni.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Studied in the UK and US and did my finals at the Architectural Association in London. I have worked in the United Staes and Middle East but spent probably twenty years now in London- working for a couple of design practices and then set up Thompson + Baroni with Carolina Baroni in 2001 How

Designer in Profile: Marina Braginskaya, Owner/Designer of Atelier Interior

Name: Marina Braginskaya Company: Atelier Interior Position within company: Owner, designer Website: www.atelierinterior.ru Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I got my first designer diploma in 2001, but for several years I was too shy to start, so I continued my studies in design, as well as management. I started doing my own projects after getting an experience in architectural project management in one of the big Russian companies, which actually was very useful.

Designer in Profile: Clare Gaskin, Owner of Clare Gaskin Interiors

Name: Clare Gaskin Company: Clare Gaskin Interiors Position within company: Owner Website: www.claregaskin.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) A background in fine arts comprising of a degree in History of Art & Architecture followed by five years at Sothebys. During my time at Sotheby’s, an opportunity arose to redesign my own London terraced house. The architect and principal contractor were very complimentary and encouraged me to consider Interior Design as a career. A

Designer in Profile: Ben Lewis – General Manager of Trenzseater

Name: Ben Lewis  Company: Trenzseater Position within company: General Manager Website: www.trenzseater.com   Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.) 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

Designer in Profile: Rachel Hall, Design Director of Concept Interiors

Name: Rachel Hall  Company: Concept Interiors Position within company: Design Director Website: www.concept-interior.co.uk Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.) My design background started by qualifying from Chelsea school of art and spending the first few years working as a graphic designer. After moving out of London to Surrey, I switched career paths and became an interior designer and spent the next 8 years designing show properties and working with private clients on numerous private

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