Name: Bee Osborn
Company: Osborn Interiors
Position within company: Director
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I started as a property developer but I was always being asked to decorate people’s houses. Eventually I gave in and trained at The Itchbald School of design and set up Osborn Interiors
How would you describe your personal design style?
Classical with a contemporary twist. Understated elegance
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Each project should reflect not only the client but the location and history of the space. The research triggers the inspiration process
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Handmade/craft, a sense of the maker is becoming more important, but using modern technologies. A use of natural materials, and we certainly did this in our recent hotel project, and will continue to use these elements in 2017
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
- Organic colours, raw textures and elements.
- Traditional materials in new and unexpected uses, mixing materials and roles.
- coloured metal are still big, especially mixing them with marble or wood for a sense of extravagance.
- Simple practical design – industrial chic continues.
- Flexible design, particularly in smaller spaces, function over form and visa versa.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?
Attention to detail
How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
What projects are you currently working on?
We are very lucky to be working on a hotel project in St Barth’s and some exciting London Residential too
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Continue to grow without losing our personal touch as a company
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
Your favourite holiday destination?
Any holiday is heaven, but I adore exploring new places, so am constantly looking for the next place to visit.
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
The beach club at Le Toiny Hotel, for it’s total ‘feet in the sand’ understated, relaxed atmosphere, there is nowhere like it.
Your favourite book / film / song?
The power of positive thinking by Norman Vinvent Peale.
Your favourite food and drink?
Whiskey Sours on a Friday night.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words)
Looking at the latest hotel, restaurant or bar.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A hotel critic