Our top Interior Designers to follow in 2019
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This is something that interior designers are very familiar with. In their work, they find themselves learning to speak the language of a new room on an unending basis. Every space - be it home or workplace - has a unique eccentricity or two. Whether that’s a breathtaking photographic print on the wall or colourful furniture, interior designers are trained to spot these as well as help them stand out.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite & most inspirational interior designers to follow this year.....
AMOS & AMOS
Husband and wife duo, Jaki and Darryl Amos both share an appreciation for the finer details of functionality. This is part of what has led to an impressive list of projects, including retail and residential designs. Their individual achievements are impressive in their own rights. Jaki, a multi-lingual design veteran, counts Aston Martin as part of her previous life. Trained originally as a joiner, Darryl moved on to study interior architecture before working on projects for Yves Saint Laurent and Volkswagen.
Scandinavian sensibilities come together with expressive aesthetics. Beata Heuman’s work is every bit as colourful and bold as it is durable. She’d spent nine years working for the iconic Nicky Haslam before setting up her own studio. These days, the Beata Heuman team spend their time winning awards - 2018’s Interior Designer of the Year - via projects that help spaces express themselves.
As Beata puts it,
“every room should sing!”
CHAN + EAYRS
Another husband-and-wife duo, Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs met whilst studying architecture. It would be harder to find many designers who are closer to their work. Zoe and Merlin are trained architects who take on a holistic approach to “Home Making.” They make sure to start everything from the ground up, quite literally. When the pair finds the perfect site for a particular home, they even camp out to
““understand the context, light, volumes, and temperature of the space.”
CHARLIE NORTH | ENNISMORE
Charlie North is the Design Director with Ennismore, a London-based owner and developer of unique properties such as The Hoxton and Gleneagles Hotel. Charlie’s position involves leading the efforts of the Interior Design studio at this premium developer/ operator. His background justifies his responsibilities, counting stints with David Collin Studio and Alexander Waterworth Interiors as part of an impressive list. Those experiences have also led to a multifaceted approach to design. Ennismore throws all manner of projects at home, from smaller one-offs to high-end bespoke concepts, all of which he manages to handle with intense focus and elegant touches.
Fran Hickman has translated her distinctive vision into several imaginative spaces - Moda Operandi’s luxurious Belgravia interiors are notable examples. Functionality isn’t far from her mind, but the feeling of a space is even more important to a Hickman design.
She puts it best,
“Design the right feeling into the right function and the right form will follow.”
HOUSE OF SUI SUI
House of Sui Sui was founded by Melissa Bolivar and is a young design studio working with both brands and private clients. Their projects bring together a notable appreciation for dramatic colours and unique forms to bring new voice to each design. That approach is something that comes through emphatically in their Hampstead Manor project. The arresting aesthetic is brought together using brooding hues to contrast bright decor, building a visual tension. The studio’s name comes from the term
“Sui Generis,” which translates to “in a class by itself.”
Ilse Crawford has always had human interaction as the key focus of every project. It’s one thing to employ this idea as an important note to keep in mind. It is, however, an entirely different proposal to design with people in mind first and foremost. In this effort, Ilse pays special attention to how comfortable spaces are. How are the people who are inhabiting in them going to feel? Will they feel good about themselves? Are they better for having spent their time in a particular room? That’s the thinking that went into Studio Ilse’s work on Aesop’s first store in Denmark. The brand’s ethos is about self-care and wellbeing. Studio Ilse put together a customer-centric design that not only stood out aesthetically but put every visitor in a state of calm in a space that played down grand elements.
Lonika Chande’s work goes beyond the visuals and looks to create spaces that feel like home. Her projects are mainly of the residential variety to this point, but they are a perfect indication of the designer’s eye for detail. Lonika’s redesign of a former artist’s studio resulted in a brilliant study in light usage . Even the smallest pieces in the kitchen seemed to possess a shadow that signified its presence. Every piece was part of the feeling of being home, Lonika wanted natural elements such as lighting to reflect that.
Yet another example of human-centric design, Play Associates takes on projects that draw attention to engagement and connection. Rory Macpherson founded the firm and has since seen it take on work from all manner of disciplines and sectors. Their design ethos is best exemplified by projects such as the Hām Restaurant in Hampstead. A combination of earthy tones, exposed bricks, and plenty of lighting make for a space that feels communal. Think spacious living room with a number of intimate, relaxed catch-ups happening all around.
In 2016, Rebecca Wakefield was the Creative Director at Banda Property. This part of her career was indicative of her overall style when it comes to interiors. Her ideas for homes included words such as ‘unpretentious’ and ‘relaxed.’ However, she certainly isn’t opting to leave the wow-factor lacking. Wakefield’s approach is also incorporated into her work via Studio Fortnum, which she owns. Her visuals have less to do with on-the-surface pop and focus more on the depth of design. Longevity and spatial form are among the key factors in everything Studio Fortnum does. Rebecca also balances running her business with the hectic schedule of being a mother, which she writes about regularly on her Six Things Blog.
Rose Uniacke is trained as a furniture restorer, gilder, as well as an expert in paint and lacquer. She’d then move on to become an antique dealer of unimpeachable reputation. This line of work only furthered her appreciation for old-world beauty and design. It’s that sensibility that comes together fluently with a recognition of the value in all things new. The result is a showroom that brings this vision together, a curation of vintage visuals meeting modern flair. That balancing act has led to an authentic predilection for light, air, and space.
Before setting off on a path to interior design, Sophie Ashby took on a History degree at the University of Leeds. That background partly explains the designer’s fascination with objects and their narratives. Every element of Studio Ashby’s projects seems to carry with it some sort of tale, a connection with the space it inhabits. Ashby’s work is unfazed by ever-shifting trends, and it’s easy to see why. When you are as obsessed with visual narrative as Sophie is, each project - be it a Mayfair residence or chic West African cuisine purveyors ‘Ikoyi’ - finds its own identity and is then insulated by it from temperamental tastes in fashion and design.
As a discipline, interior design continues to grow into a holistically demanding choice. It requires a near constant awareness of texture, colour, form, and function. The simultaneous consideration of these elements is a crucial part of what earns Studio Duggan its reputation. Founded by Tifanny Duggan, the studio has been running since 2011. It’s now situated in West London, from where Tifanny can oversee and supervise her small team - and every project they take on. A former life as an editorial stylist and scenic artist led to her current passion, interior design informed by a mastery of set design. The studio’s work on a Grade 2 listed Georgian home is emblematic of a considered approach, preventing modern furnishings from taking away historical significance.
Harper’s Bazaar called Suzy Hoodless “Britain’s brightest tastemaker.” This doesn’t come as an off-hand comment, rest assured. Hoodless has cultivated a reputation for disciplined use of bold visuals. Her enduring career includes a stop at Wallpaper* Magazine for five years as Interiors Editor. As an interior designer, Suzy’s work now spans both residential and commercial projects. Indicative of her style is the Working Title Studios HQ incorporating bright gradient colours into a functional workspace.
Interior design and duos just seem to go hand and hand. Design firm Turner and Pocock was started by founding partners Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock back in 2007. Their style has always played along with the absolute minimum of classical conventions, opting more to lean in the direction of progressive design. Their work has been heralded for innovative incorporations of patterns and colour. The resulting textures represent a very tangible move away from the “beige years” of interior design. For their efforts, Turner Pocock are also recognized as part of House and Garden’s list of Top 100 Designers.
Each and every space, from a residence to a retailer, comes with a sort of personal history. It could be of the mundane variety or something akin to Victorian-era artistry. Regardless, there’s a background that exists before any interior design work is done. Tom Barlett, Sasha Von Meister, and Andrew Treverton of Waldo Works know this all too well. Tom founded his studio over a decade ago and today combines his experience with that of his partners (Sasha and Andrew) and staff to deliver bespoke design projects. Along with a respect for history, there is an emphasis on engagement.
Waldo Works wants every project to be memorable, “making the process of design and making enjoyable for clients.” Notable examples include an elegant rendition of Fortnum and Mason’s Beauty department.