Name: Rachel Hall
Company: Concept Interiors
Position within company: Design Director
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 residential commissions. Wanting to achieve a formal qualification I then re-qualified as an interior designer doing a Postgraduate Diploma at the British Academy of Interior Design, there I achieved a Distinction. I now work full time as a Design Director at Concept Interiors in Weybridge.
How would you describe your personal interior design style?
My personal design style is definitely a fusion of East meets West. I love the simplicity and calm elements from the East mixed with cosmopolitan lifestyle of the West.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My design inspiration comes from liking balance, scale and flow within a room. I like spaces that are considered, with each element in that space complimenting each other. I also get inspiration from nature, where everyone works perfectly with each other and has a beautiful balance, continuity and harmony.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Like the world in general, design is an amazing mix of different culture, colours and influences. Linked closely to fashion and seasonal colours, interior design celebrates change and reflexes the world around us. Unlike pass times in history, these days, anything goes and it’s more about how you put it together rather that what you put together.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
Five key themes for me would be texture, flow, balance, expression and colour.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
My one piece of advice when putting together a design scheme would be to consider what you are trying to achieve, build on that aspiration and stick to the theme. Don’t over complicate the visual statement you are trying to make and keep it simple.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
The International Design and Architecture Awards are really important as it is a recognition and sharing of design ideas and achievements with people in the same field and community.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m personally working on a large residential new build property in a private estate, a refurbishment of an older property after a flood and a downsizer wanting a contemporary cool apartment.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
My goals are to continue to work on great projects, secure future business for the company, offer clients great design solutions and hopefully produce some award-winning designs.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
My engagement/wedding rings, as I designed them and they are unique and irreplaceable to me
Your favourite holiday destination?
Maldives – Calm and simple
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
One of the W hotel group hotels, fun, cool and different.
Your favourite book / film / song?
Book: Memoirs of a Geisha
Film: Love Actually
Song: Come what May
Your favourite food and drink?
Japanese food and rose wine from Provence
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words)
My favourite way to spend an afternoon in drinking ice cold wine with friends in the sunshine
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Something working with animals