Position within company: Partner, Sales and Design Director
. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc
BSC in Management and Computer Science
Interior designer from KLC School of design
Rug Designer Van Der Hurd Studios
Kitchen designer, Smallbone by Devizes
Partner Sola kitchens
. How would you describe your personal interior design style?
Scandinavian design renowned internationally as a designation for simple and solid elegance.
. Where does your design inspiration come from?
The Scandinavian aesthetic with its love of simplicity, natural elements, and functionality is especially ideal for kitchen design.
. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
We want to introduce a bit more elegance into the space without overdoing the design elements, that’s where the Scandinavian look feels so right. Plain colours, different textures and furniture based on quality and great materials. Less is more.
. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2016 and beyond.
1. Cleaner lines against natural timbers
2. More classic materials such as marble, copper and brass
3. Investing in well-crafted furniture
4. Creating more tranquil environments
5. Value for money
. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
A design that does not date too quickly.
. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
The ID&A awards offers an opportunity for designers not only to showcase their best work but to also present the design and finished product of extremely proud homeowners to industry peers. It is a way to stand out from others.
. What projects are you currently working on?
Large residential projects and developments
. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Great designs, happy clients, healthy business, expanding the business.
. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession? My children
Your favourite holiday destination? Anywhere warm that is new to be explored
Your favourite book / film / song? Shantaram by Gregory David / About time by Curtis/ What a wonderful world Louise Armstrong
Your favourite food and drink? Seafood and champagne
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Borough market tasting the world.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? I would paint large oil paintings somewhere in the sun.