Name: Carly Madhvani
Company: NW3 Interiors Ltd
. Tell us a little about your background in design
After completing an Art & Design degree in North London, my career began in 2000, when I took up an administrative role at Spacecraft International Limited, a leading office furniture dealership. Continuing there for 12 years, I was able to grow my experience and assimilate the extent of the luxury furniture industry, gaining key management skills that have provided the basis for my current venture. Working with acclaimed architects in London and around Europe, I was able to develop my knowledge from the inside-out, visiting factories around Europe and really understanding the processes. This understanding surrounds contemporary brands such as B&B Italia, Vitra, Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen, Knoll etc. I was able to assist projects ranging from £10,000 to £1,500,000.
. How would you describe your personal interior design style?
My interior design style is best described by the disclosure of balance within a space. Realising an interior confluence of detail, texture and colour to clients above what they thought was possible. This often involves a focus on timeless, iconic designs that really speak for themselves when placed in subtle alignment, influencing a luxurious living space that is practical and resilient.
. Where does your design inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from a variety of inlets. Namely boutique hotels around the world, as well as restaurants. Being raised by a father in construction has also contributed, giving me a raw understanding of spacial awareness and structural layout. However a key influence comes from the esteemed designers that envisioned the iconic furniture designs that I have grown to love. Empowering design philosophy from designers such as Eero Saarinen have allowed me reach a greater understanding of design detail within an interior.
. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I feel that design is progressively getting more experimental, trends are being subverted, allowing for new and innovative ideas to materialise. I have also found that contrasts within an interior are also widening, creating new shades of balance.
. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2015 and beyond.
For it to be intelligently stylish and used within a family context, to combine style with practicality, incorporating a balance of textures and detail with plain surface, to find and explore new and innovative suppliers, and finally to expand my product repertoire with which to influence interior space.
. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
Find a mixture of elements that really compliment each other, instead of focusing on the individual aspects. Equilibrium can really define an interior, involving textures, flat surfaces, metals and lighting to really set a mood.
. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
I would say that the awards very important, especially as they provide a collective acknowledgement of so many design disciplines. This form of recognition can really inspire designers to lead in their field.
. What projects are you currently working on?
Currently working on a residential project for Melanie Sykes, a New York Style family home, an office project in mayfair, a home in north London with a design that extends into the garden.
. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
The aims and goals are to continue to feel inspired by what I do, enjoy the discovery and innovation of project space and to maintain the essential work, life, family balance which I advocate so much.
. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
-My engagement ring
Your favourite holiday destination?
-That would have to be morroco
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
– The Arts Club
Your favourite book / film / song?
– The power of now, and Ibizia-esque house music
Your favourite food and drink?
– Authentic Eastern
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
– With my family lying in a field looking up at the clouds talking nothingness
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
– A private investigator always interested me, or perhaps in a field of psychology, because some people sure are crazy.
Anything else interesting?
– I am an avid Muay Thai trainer.