Designer in Profile: Anna Bilton – Design Director at Anna Bilton Limited

Name: ANNA BILTON Bilton-41


Position within company: DESIGN DIRECTOR



Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.)

Trained at the AA, worked for Foster Associates before setting up my own business in 1990

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

The juxtaposition of styles from traditional to contemporary through the layering of materials to create an eclectic and truly original interior.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Listening intently to my client’s stories and brief. Travel and set design.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Residential spaces are gearing towards leisure and healthy lifestyle. Home cinema and entertaining spaces and gyms and areas focused on wellbeing are becoming the heart of the modern home.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.

– Lifestyle
– Environment
– Wellbeing
– Health
– Space

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design, what would it be?

There is no such thing as an interior design emergency.

How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

It is fundamental to the continued evolution and recognition of the profession.

What projects are you currently working on?

Grade II listed building extension and orangery. Barn conversion with two bedroom guest accommodation, London townhouse refurbishment, lateral conversion of two apartments in Mayfair.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

To continue on my path and not to be afraid of a challenge.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself

Your most treasured possession?

Your favourite holiday destination?

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Hotel – Amangiri
Bar – Bemelmans at the Carlyle NYC
Restaurant – Le Colombe D’or, Saint Paul de Vence

Your favourite book / film / song?
Film -A Single Man
Song – Enya, Only time
Book –  Coco Channel, The legend of a Life by Justine Picardie

Your favourite food and drink?
Cadburys fruit and nut bar & a Cosmopolitan

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words)
In the theatre at a matinee or in an art gallery.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
An actress

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