Name: Juliette Byrne
Company: Juliette Byrne Ltd
Position within Company: MD
. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I went to the French Lycee in South Kensington and so was influenced early on with different cultures and also living in central london gave me the insite for understanding the property market. i then went on to study interior design at the Chelsea School of Art and set up my own business in Beauchamp Place in the early 80’s.
. How would you describe your personal interior design style?
My personal style is to create timeless interiors which reflect the lifestyle of the client. I personally like a mix of 50’s furniture and more contemporary art which gives a wonderful eclectic and individual feel to the space.
. Where does your design inspiration come from?
I am constantly absorbing ideas from my environment – from travel to reading books and also visiting galleries and simply walking down the street and looking at the architecture – this helps to create inspiration and ideas.
. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I think we are moving away from the more monochrome impersonal interiors and towards a more varied palette. our clients are wanting a space to live in which is elegant and comfortable but also has individuality.
. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2015 and beyond.
1. Try and use art as a key element.
2. Try and use rugs to anchor the scheme. Try and use fabrics which are suitable to the property and location ie. soft linens, cashmere and fur in the mountains and more sophisticated fabrics and furniture – perhaps with some silver leaf or antique mirror on more urban projects.
3. The colour palette will be a neutral base but with accent colours and geometric patterns on cushions and occasional chairs.
4. Make sure lighting is a priority
5. Always try and compliment the architecture and add cornice and joinery where appropriate to add architectural interest to the space.
. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
Try and get a full client brief on their lifestyle and that will help you create the right look for them and within their expected budget.
. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
The awards are a wonderful way for the industry to show case work and for the designers to aspire too. Clients are delighted to hear that you have been nominated or indeed have won an award at such a prestigious award evening.
. What projects are you currently working on?
At present we are working on a number of projects both overseas and in England. these vary from restoration of a georgian farmhouse in Jersey, a chalet in Chamonix to a very contemporary family house in Richmond and two grade 1 and grade 2 properties in Regents Park.
. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To carry on working with my wonderful design team to complete the projects we are working on. two of the projects are to rebuild central London properties which include double basement dig outs – this is wonderful challenging work and will create fantastic unique space for the developers to market.
Your most treasured possession? My vintage Porsche 911
Your favourite holiday destination? Ibiza
Your favourite hotel –The Colombe Dor in Saint Paul de Vence
Restaurant – The Caprice
Bar – Harry’s Bar in Venice
Your favourite book – Atonment by Ian Mcewan
Film – High Society
Song – Moon Shadow from Breakfast at Tiffanys
Your favourite food? – Sushi
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
To ride my horse across the south downs on a summers afternoon and then go to the local pub with friends for a wonderful relaxing afternoon lunch
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A lawyer