Designer In Profile: Lisa Helmanis Founder and Creative Director of Days Studio London

Name: Lisa Helmanis

Company: Day Studio London

Position within company: Founder & Creative Director


Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
After studying Fine Art & Theory  at Goldmiths College London, I spent several years as a journalist specialising in design, interiors and travel. 11 years ago I set up Day Studio as an outlet for my desire to make and create, and this became my passion.

How would you describe your personal interior design style?
A classical love of materials with an injection of wit.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Always travel, books and found objects. I often used them in my schemes.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
More designs made to last, built to age well, a preservation of materials.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Minimising energy use, optimism in colour, reusing materials, communal living, multiple use spaces

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
Always trust your instincts

How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
It’s a great opportunity to acknowledge the importance of design to improve everyday life and imagine a possible world.

 What projects are you currently working on?
Private homes, new packaging and a store.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Relationship building, finding interesting new makers, new work

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession? My painting by artist Ben Spiers

Your favourite holiday destination? The world – but currently Portugal and Scotland

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Has to be Trullo in Islington.  Local to me, the food never fails and the team are always impeccable.

Your favourite book, film & song? As a bibliophile I can’t choose just one. Film; it’s not Christmas without a day on the sofa with my son and Elf and Muppet Christmas back to back. Song? Most of John Martyns back catalogue.

Your favourite food and drink? Sunday Roast and an excellent white Burgandy

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Reading and a nap

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

Anything else interesting? There is something beautiful to find in everything. You just need to know how to look.