Name: Bee Osborn
Company: Studio Osborn
Position within company: Director
Website: Studio Osborn
Tell us a little about your background in design:
I started out in property development, bought and sold houses to make ends meet and support my children. This led to me doing up houses for friends and eventually I went to study at the Inchbald School of Design. I then started my own interior design business, and now we have a design studio working on residential and hotel designs worldwide.
How would you describe your personal design style?
A mixture of classic traditional design, with a fresh contemporary edge.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Getting out and about as much as I can to see new things. Whether it is a walk in the nature or travelling to a new country.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
More vibrant with the use of rich colours returning. With a nod to mindful living and sustainability.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Colours will become the new neutrals, patterned everything, two tone kitchens, upcycling and being more sustainable.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Don’t underestimate the power of lighting, it can change the feeling of an entire room.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
Incredibly, as they bring prestige to the industry and offers designers the chance to have their work recognised.
What projects are you currently working on?
Three hotel projects in Spain, barn conversion in the Cotswolds, Ski Chalet in Courchevel 1850 and hopefully starting a new chain of hotels in England very soon.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Expand the business and buying a new design studio, which encompasses a showroom.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
My team at work
Your favourite holiday destination?
For me the joy is exploring somewhere new every time
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Hotel Le Toiny in St Barth’s
Your favourite book, film & song?
Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Film: watching videos of my children when they were young
Song: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Your favourite food and drink?
Whiskey sours and crisps
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Sitting in front of the fire in my cottage reading a book with a large drink at my side
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Anything else interesting?
Watch this space in 2020!