What were Sean Cochrane’s Design Predictions for 2012?

At the beginning of 2012 we caught up with Sean Cochcrane to find out what he thought the essentials for Twenty Twelve were going to be, now that we have reached the eleventh month have his predictions been correct?


What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?

As people have such an abundance of choice, they will become braver in their selection. Technology seems to be heavily involved in the interiors world, with the majority of individuals relying on iPads, iMacs and iPhones.

What are the key influencing elements at present?

Texture seems to be a key trend and time tested shapes/designs.

What sort of projects are you working on at the moment?

We are currently working on a large range of projects from a hotel bar in Ibiza, to arguably designing the biggest house in Clapham at over 9,000 square feet and a bachelor pad in New York City. As well, we are designing a number of fashion concessions for a high end store, whilst continuing work on a club in Knightsbridge. We are also launching ‘furniture by Sean Cochrane’ and progressing our collaboration with Meg Mathews for S&M Interiors.

A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?

With difficulty. It does take over your life. My career is my life!

Name 5 key essentials for 2012 and beyond

I think the scope for essentials has broadened this year. An overall more eclectic theme is coming about with broadening of available pieces in the UK.

1. Mini bars in bedroom suites.

2. More formal dining rooms will make a return.

3. Textured Wallpapers.

4. I seem to be taking a lot of requests for double height rooms featuring mezzanine levels.

5. Switchable glass.


If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

Strong foundations. Interior design is the pragmatic application of good ideas. Trust your designer!

How important do you feel Design Awards are as recognition of designers talents and achievements?

Design Awards are a useful PR tool and highly important in promoting a designer’s talents. Recognition and respect is gained from peers and this type of exposure opens doors to a wide and strong client base.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?We had a year of starting new ventures last year. This year, we are planning on working harder and bringing what is working into fruition, such as collaborations with designers I admire and respect, as well as designing a hotel.


The car you drive?


Your favourite place to travel to in the world?


Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar?

The Mandarin in Bangkok, Pool area at The Hotel Costes in Paris, The Gardens of The Sagamore in Miami and

Stoke Park in the English countryside

The place that gives you the most energy?


And the place that enables you to totally relax?

On the stationary bike