Name: Emma Furber
Company: ArtHouse Creative Interiors
Position within company: Kitchen Designer
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fashion Design & Marketing at university and then went on to be a freelance womenswear fashion designer for a couple of years before transitioning my focus into interior design. I have been a part of the ArtHouse team for over 4 years now.
How would you describe your personal design style?
I would describe my personal style as a fusion between Mid Century modern and a Minimalistic Scandinavian style.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Inspiration can come from all aspects of design from fashion, interiors & architecture.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I think that clients will be more conscious when it comes to design. Whether that is being more economical or using more natural materials in their schemes.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Five key themes for 2020 would be space, proportion, colour, texture & nature.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Sometimes when we are heavily involved with a project, it is good to take a step back to look at the scheme from an external view.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The awards are very important to be inspired by other aspects of design and keep up to date with the industry.
What projects are you currently working on?
At ArtHouse Creative Interiors, we are working on several exciting new projects at the moment which vary from existing residential homes, to extensive new build developments.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Over the next 12 months, we have an exciting year ahead for us at ArtHouse Creative Interiors expanding the business.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
Not a possession, but I would say my dog Muse.
Your favourite holiday destination?
A couple of years ago, I travelled around Bali, Indonesia with some friends which was interesting to experience the different cultures and landscapes of the different regions.
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
My favourite hotel is Delek, in Tulum, Mexico which is a beautiful beach resort. My favourite restaurant is The Jane, in Antwerp, Belgium which offers a culinary tasting menu.
Your favourite book, film & song?
My favourite film would be When a star is born, and my favourite music would be anything from Matt Corby or Dermot Kennedy.
Your favourite food and drink?
I love to cook and experiment a lot, so it is hard to choose a favourite food, but I do love Asian cuisine.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
I rarely have time to myself as I like to keep busy so I would spend my time either completing a workout or yoga session at the gym and then cooking a nice evening meal.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
If I weren’t a designer, I would want to get into property development in renovating old buildings to bring them back to life.
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