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.
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
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
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
Name: Ryan Hughes Company: Ryan Hughes Design Build Position within company: Owner/Founder/Creative Director Website: www.ryanhughesdesign.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.) For nearly two decades, Ryan Hughes has designed and built outdoor living without peers. Through custom designed pools, signature landscaping and water and fire features, his work represents more than $110 million for his clients. As the recipient of multiple industry awards, Ryan’s experience and innovation has been acknowledged within the industry as
Name: Paul Artemi Company: Artemi & Gibbs Property Group Position within company: Director Website: www.artemi-gibbs.com How would you describe your personal interior design style? A contemporary and luxurious look, fusing timeless design with the very best advances in contemporary features and technology. Where does your design inspiration come from? We have the opportunity to visit some of the finest hotels around the world and draw inspiration from the experiences of travelling overseas and experiencing the best of international design. In what
Name: Laura Marino Company: Studio L London & Alchemi Group Position within company: Creative Director & Co-founder Website: www.alchemigroup.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I studied Communication Design and co-founded Alchemi about 17 years ago. Recently, Studio L was incorporated as a separate design studio from Alchemi (we do all design in-house). At Alchemi I conceptualise our projects, choose the architects, interior design the projects as well as create bespoke show homes, style
Name: George Singer Company: George Singer Position within company: MD Website: www.georgesinger.co.uk Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I studied project design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. My major project was a kinetic chandelier which mimicked dappled sunlight through trees. Following some design jobs with Tord Boontje and Alexander McQueen, Totem Studio, Mathmos, and Bryden Wood, I continued my work in the design of bespoke, contemporary chandeliers. My first big commission was
Name: Andrew Rizza Company: Dream Design Position within company: Founder & Creative Director Website: www.dreamdesign.co.uk Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) Trained as a cabinet maker & morphed into a spatial/product designer How would you describe your personal interior design style? Fluid Where does your design inspiration come from? From the forest, the city, the coast and the client. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense? Fusion
Name: Shannon Lenstra Company: Kon-strux Developments Position within company: CEO and Owner Website: www.kon-strux.com Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc) I have a degree in Anthropology and Sociology, and went on to study Interior Design in Ottawa, Canada. I was selected by the Canadian government for an overseas placement and chose to work for a design house in Boston. I worked for several houses and did designs throughout the Northeast and in Las Vegas.