Name: Justine Knox
Company: Knox Design
Position within company: Owner – Designer
. Tell us a little about your background in design
I have always been interested in the aesthetics of a room’s design and furnishing and my first project was probably when I was given carte blanche to decorate my bedroom at the age of 12. I chose furniture to fit a very small space but giving myself a desk space, bed, storage, and even a cosy corner for reading. I used coordinating fabrics and wallpapers to complete the décor and fell in love with the results.
I have lived in Mallorca for the last 31 years and have created many second homes for my clients over the last 16 years as an interior designer. I founded Knox Design in 2004 and we now have a 1000 m2 Home Store, a strategically located Concept Store and a dedicated Design Studio.
. How would you describe your personal interior design style?
I would describe my style as eclectic and colourful. I like to mix styles together and encourage my clients to be a bit more brave and bold than they would normally be. I am always respectful of the property´s features and architecture, as I believe in complementing and enhancing existing structures through my designs.
. Where does your design inspiration come from?
I travel a lot and am inspired daily by everything around me. I look at a project for the first time and can normally visualise the end result in my mind’s eye within a very short period of time. I quite often give myself the challenge of finding a unique piece or else work with my team to create bespoke pieces.
. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I believe design trends change according to the economic climate at that time. When the economy dips we see more colour appear in home décor in an attempt to lift spirits.
I have observed a return to some of the classic styles whilst hi-tech is still on the increase.
. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond.
Suited to clients’ lifestyles
Stylish use of materials
Attention to budget
Creating a story
. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid
. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
It is important to be recognised amongst other professionals and to share expertise.
. What projects are you currently working on?
Interior design of a 4 bedroom contemporary new build in Port of Andratx
Modernisation of a small town house in Port of Soller
Interior design of a village house in Es Capdella
Interior design of apartment in Cala Fornells
Modernisation of bathrooms in a villa in Santa Ponsa
Interior design of a villa in Son Vida
(All in Mallorca- Spain)
. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Our aims are to continue offering the best service possible to all of our clients and to grow our catalogue of products and suppliers.
. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
Your favourite holiday destination?
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Anywhere with great décor and service
Your favourite book / film / song?
Favourite singer Corinne Bailey Rae
Your favourite food and drink?
Steak and a good red wine
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
In a sunny climate, having a massage, reading a book, then dinner with family and friends.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
I honestly cannot imagine loving anything more than what I currently do each day.
Anything else interesting?
I am a trained scuba diver and can water-divine.