Name: Philippa Buckley
Company: Studio 44 Design Ltd
Position with company: MD
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I trained as a Silversmith initially, worked in Management for a number of years within a University, studied Interior design in Dublin Institute of Design and set up Practice in 2004.
How would you describe your personal design style?
Quite minimalist with carefully considered furniture pieces.
Where does your design inspiration come from?Architecture, Travel, Museums, Fashion, Magazines, Trade Fairs.
What direction is design moving towards?
In terms of residential design both Architecture and Interior design will I feel, work in a more collaborative manner to design homes that will serve to bring family units together but also provide spaces where people can be alone to work, rest or play away from the TV, and provide storage in abundance. Making sure that the home becomes a place that caters to the many facets of family life – now more than ever “working from home” needs to be catered for.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
- Space Planning – Reconfiguring spaces
- Flexible spaces
- Lighting – Energy Saving Devices
- Well being
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?Designing very detailed floor – furniture & lighting layout plans at the start of the project
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
Very important in bringing the world of Architecture & Design together, and being judged in terms of merit.
What projects are you currently working on?
Residential projects in both Ireland and London for Private Clients, as well as a Healthcare Clinic in London, and a Retail Showroom in Dublin.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Aims are to have projects resume post Covid-19 that were put on hold during the pandemic, and to continue as a practice that offers both Architecture and Interior Design as a single integrated vision. The goals are to continue to cater for Private Clients in the residential sector of the market, designing and creating spaces that are unique and individual to each Client.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession? A ring that was re-designed in Italy using diamonds that belonged to my Mother
Your favourite destination? Majorca
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? London: The Kensington. Dublin: The Merrion
Your favourite book, film & song? I’m not an avid reader. Film: Walk the Line Song: Diana Ross: Ain’t no Mountain High Enough
Your favourite food and drink? Dublin Bay Prawns’ cooked in Garlic Butter with some Rice. Glass of Chardonnay
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Sight-seeing in a new city combined with a bit of retail therapy!
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Working in Fashion.
Anything else interesting?… Dedicated follower of Fashion!….
Studio 44 have been shortlisted for Interior Design Scheme – Europe Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020.
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