Company: Lambart & Browne
Position within company: Co-founder
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.)
At the age of 18 I returned to England, having spent 2 years in France designing and project managing the renovation of my family home, to study Fine Art at The Slade. After 5 years working with Nicky Haslam at NH Design, I decided to form Lambart & Browne with co-founder Tom Browning. We have continued to lead on projects of the very highest quality in a variety of sectors around the world, quickly gaining a reputation for ingenuity, flair and a passion for creativity.
How would you describe your personal interior design style?
Eclectic with a rugged respect for tradition; I love symmetry, balance, proportion & colour.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Stems initially from the client or the project, it is then an exploration mission including historical references, galleries and recess of my warped mind.
In what direction, do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Valuing quality. Our discerning, well-travelled clients like to bring character & personality into their homes, no longer wishing to be generic and wanting to set themselves apart from their friends or competitors.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
1) Hide technology… it dates instantly!
2) Don’t be afraid of unconventional spaces, sometimes these produce the most exciting atmosphere.
3) Flattering lighting in all scenarios, people don’t like to feel that there are living in an art gallery.
4) Bring humour in to the design, it should be able to engage with ones’ emotions and not take itself too seriously.
5) Character, in a world where we all try to be something else, try to stamp a true identity.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design/product design, what would it be?
Stand by your convictions, no masterpiece was created through lack of confidence.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
I think it’s hugely important that talent is celebrated, recognised and shared.
What projects are you currently working on?
We are working on several projects for private clients including: a 3 Hectare estate in Ibiza, in a manor house meets ranch style, on which I have had a particular hand in the master planning and architecture as well as the usual interior design elements; a family home on Holland Park, with an industrial-chic feel; a contemporary stables in New Market. On the development front we are working on major schemes in Marylebone, Wimbledon and Bath; and commercial wise we are just finishing off the new Bagatelle Restaurant by Casino Square in Monaco, with a Belle Époque style and a restaurant in St. Petersburg, inspired from works by Kandinsky. So lots happening!
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Make my family proud!
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
Mementos from trips with loved ones
Your favourite holiday destination?
I haven’t found it yet but Bali is quite magical
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Loulous in private members club, 5 Hertford Street not just because we designed it!
Your favourite book / film / song?
Windmills of your mind
Your favourite food and drink?
A white burgundy with something marine
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Boisterous lunch with my family & friends
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A racing driver
Anything else interesting?
I used to make 3D hand painted watercolour models of stately homes