Name: Lauren Kyle
Company: Kyle & Co. Design Studio
Position within company: Principle Designer
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I received my formal education of interior design from Ryerson University. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interior design in Toronto, working over the years in a couple firms and design stores specializing in office design and luxury residences. I moved from Toronto to Edmonton in 2019 and started up my own design studio which specialized in residential design. Over the years I have travelled to Europe to enrich myself in various aspects of design.
How would you describe your personal design style?
My personal style can be described as Modern sleekness with a touch of classical warmth. I love bringing warmth and comfort to a space by adding texture and raw materials.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My design inspiration comes from multiple facets such as art, nature and travel. I studied fine arts with the university of British Columbia which helped expand my knowledge of art history and helps influence my design ideas. My perception of nature and world travels have also helped inspire my work.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I feel that design is constantly evolving and changing in the way that we perceive styles and aesthetics. I feel that we are seeing a lot more organic and environmental approaches to design, and using material that is timely and lasting rather than on trend. I also believe that covid.19 has forced us to consider supporting local rather than outsourcing design materials, which I see being a good tool moving forward.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Emotional / Expressive
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Consistency. There is added pleasure in the continuity of a design scheme from space to space. Set out parameters for the design and constantly refer back to the original mood board or inspiration you had for the design.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
I think the International Design & Architecture awards are pivotal in exposing design ideas around the world and helps celebrate designers and architects’ unique talents. Without this exposure, designers and architects would not be able to learn from each other and appreciate new ideas and expressions of design and architecture. I think these awards can help us celebrate and lift each other up in a community of like-minded people who want to expand their creative abilities.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on new construction projects in Vancouver and Edmonton Alberta, as well as a few renovation projects in the Toronto area.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
My aims and goals for the next twelve months are to execute our current list of projects successfully and as true to the design intent as possible. My goal is to continuously explore different design esthetics and grow my business.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession? Our Dog, Lenard (Miniature Bernedoodle)
Your favourite holiday destination? Anywhere in Europe!
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Mirval retreat- Arizona, Sotto Sotto- Toronto, Delilah-LA
Your favourite book, film & song? Educated, Unbroken, Dancing queen- Abba
Your favourite food and drink? Mexican & Spicy Margaritas
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? On the water, boating/water sports
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Nutritionist
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