Name: Paul Bishop
Company: Bishop Design LLC
Position within company: Owner
Website: Bishop Design LLC
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I have three degrees; two bachelors and a master’s. My bachelor degrees are in furniture & product design from Brighton and interior design at Kingston. My masters is in interior architecture from Manchester University, where I graduated with a distinction.
How would you describe your personal design style?
Timeless and unique. Our designs are original – not paste and stick which you see far too much of these days within the market.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. Interior is intrinsically linked with other social trends; arts, film, literature, music and social media. Therefore you can draw inspiration from everything around you, consciously or sub consciously.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
The direction in design is to create a more familiar, recognizable space. Spaces are becoming more ephemeral and more kinetic. Clients are looking for something more off-the-wall and unique, not only in spatial solutions but more over in visual aesthetics. These are paramount in establishing a new direction.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
1) Current and ahead of the trend
2) Integration of new technologies such as virtual mapping and the likes to achieve a more ephemeral ever changing visual dynamic without physically changing the interior envelope.
3) Embracing other visual medium within differing cultures such as music, film and art.
4) To read and understand the requirements of the operator and the interface with end user.
5) Not to limit where you draw your inspirations from, not only in the physical but also in the metaphysical.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?
Always continue and embrace the ability to learn.
How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
They represent a cornerstone of achievement in the design industry, where we all strive as design practices to gain recognition on an international level as well as local. Therefore to be recognized by the governing body of the International Hotel & Property awards is in itself an achievement of excellence within interior design and we find ourselves very appreciative and honoured to be acknowledged at the highest level as this speaks volumes for our work produced and of our company’s ethics towards interior design and the industry as a whole.
What projects are you currently working on?
Multiple projects that we are currently working on include a signature restaurant for the current world’s best chef which is a completely ‘out of the box’ way of thinking, not only in the approach to the interior but moreover to encompass the space as a whole integral to its amazing chef and food offering within. We are also currently working on three hotels throughout the region and restaurants based internationally in demographics such as London, Paris, Miami and New York.
Not to forget also our newest venture and creation of Rogue, which is a subdivision of Bishop Design offering the best of interior design at a competitive rate with its main objectives being the design and delivery of QSR’s, roll outs, brand development and awareness through to retail – both stand alone and within a mall context.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Our aims and goals are to continue delivering a quality high-end product which is expected of our name within the market, both at a local and international level.
To continue to forge and build continuing relationships as well as new ones.
To push the boundaries of interior design upon every project in providing current yet timeless interiors.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
Family and my Le Corbusier Chaise Longue!
Your favourite holiday destination?
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Citizen M, Tickets and Purl
Your favourite book / film / song?
Questions of Space by Bernard Tschumi, Blade Runner and Mad world (when I was 12 this was a very inspirational song to me.)
Your favourite food and drink?
One of my favourite foods is steak tartare and my favourite drink is a fine whisky.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Good food, great drinks shared with amazing friends.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A rock star!
Anything else interesting?
I loved Lalaland – it is a truly inspirational, fresh and current film genre yet absolutely nostalgic.