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Sophie Ashby is half South African, half English and grew up between Stellenbosch (Cape Town) and the UK before broadening her architectural and design sensibility through a BA in History of Art at Leeds University, going on to study Interior Design at Parsons, The New School for Design in Manhattan, New York. Sophie founded her interior design and creative direction practice, Studio Ashby Ltd, in 2014 at the age of 25, and is also the co-founder of United Design, a new charitable initiative which launched in July 2020, with a mission to address the lack of diversity in interior design. www.unitedindesign.com
Led by its Creative Director, Sophie Ashby, Studio Ashby creates spaces with a unique identity, looking to bring authenticity to each project, unswayed by the passing dictates of fashion. The Studio draws on Sophie’s love of antiques, colour, contemporary ‘world art’, craftsmanship, modernist furniture, photography and her latest discoveries to deliver an eclectic richness to each interior. Studio Ashby’s diverse roster of projects include a Grade II* listed Edwardian and Art & Crafts home fronting Hyde Park (wonderfully, where JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan), a large Georgian Villa in Holland Park, a coastal contemporary family home in Brighton and a luxury pied-a-terre in Mayfair, London.
Susie Atkinson is a London-based designer of interiors and products who has worked on high profile commercial and private residential projects all over the world, including the Caribbean, Majorca, Greece, Scotland and Germany. Susie’s use of colour, combined with her passion for natural materials and different textures bring to life the interiors of private houses, hotels, clubs or boats. The studio has created many well-known spaces including Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest, Beaverbrook Hotel in Surrey, Dean Street Townhouse, Soho House Berlin, and Babington House in Somerset. Susie uses her experience and broad knowledge to create spaces that are inviting, timeless and indulge all of the senses. Understanding a client’s dreams and aspirations and collaborating with them to create interiors that are individual and bespoke is at the heart of her design philosophy. Susie and her skilled team work closely with specialised craftsmen and workshops to deliver a full design service from concept to completion, focusing on enhancing the architecture of a space without compromising on a high level of sophistication and comfort. Having struggled to find individual, beautifully made pieces for her interiors projects, Susie started designing her own and has recently launched her first collection of Studio Atkinson furniture. The collections are designed to work in contemporary or traditional interiors and include upholstery, oak desks, chairs and tables, lacquer and mirrored side tables and lighting. Passionate about craftsmanship, Susie selected specialist makers throughout the UK to collaborate with on the collections, ensuring her pieces are of the highest quality. The studio has received global acclaim for its projects and recent awards include the House & Garden 2018 Pineapple Award for Hotel Design (Beaverbrook); Homes & Gardens Design Awards 2019 Best Commercial Project (Lime Wood Hotel Pavilion Suite), and the Craftmaker’s Chair was Highly Commended in the Best Furniture category; and Susie Atkinson Design was selected for House & Garden’s Top 100 list of interior designers. Susie’s love of interiors started as early as she can remember, and she was fascinated in the way that different homes and interiors can make you feel. After a brief career as a chef, Susie worked for renowned designer Chester Jones, before founding her own design studio in 2005. Susie Atkinson is currently working on residential and commercial interiors in London, Oxfordshire, the New Forest, Greece and Germany and will launch her first fabric collection in Spring 2021. www.susieatkinson.com
Sophie Baylis has been an interiors journalist for over 15 years. She is the co-founder of Interiors InsideOut, a PR and copywriting company that specialises in interiors. Clients include: Bosch, NEFF, Siemens and Gaggenau appliances; Italian furniture manufacturer Scavolini; and bespoke kitchen maker Charlie Smallbone’s Ledbury Studio. Prior to this, Sophie was the deputy editor at consumer magazine Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms and worked as a freelancer for a range of titles from 25 Beautiful Homes to Identity (Dubai). She continues to be a contributor to LivingEtc, alongside her day job of running Interiors InsideOut.
Lester Bennett is an independent design consultant with 40 years of design experience. His career has included founding his own practice, working as a design director for a leading residential developer and as a founding partner of Folio Design LLP. Lester specialises in residential interior architecture and design, whilst also having a wide range of experience in commercial and retail design, industrial, exhibition and product design, with a client list including Mobil, Alliance and Leicester, Celador Productions, Morgan du toi, Elstree Studios, Taylor Walker Breweries and Handles and Fittings Ltd (HAF), with products still in production after nearly 30 years.
Prior to setting up Folio Design LLP, Lester was Design Director at Westcity Wates/Westcity Developers, delivering prestigious and iconic London residential schemes such as West End Quay, The Phillimores (now Academy Gardens), Pavilion Apartments and Phillimore Square (now Thornwood Gardens). His concept work and his understanding of high end, and often cutting-edge, residential design earned these schemes national and international awards.
In addition to his work in contemporary design, Lester has studied, and lectured on, the history of the English House and is well versed in period interiors, informing his work on many historic and listed buildings.
Lester also has a thorough understanding of cabinet making and site construction techniques, materials and processes, and is a passionate flag waver for the art of hand drawing.
Other than the many facetted aspects of art and design, his passions are his family, music (he is an accomplished jazz drummer) and the countryside.
Lester is the current President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID). He previously served on the BIID Professional Practice Committee as Chair, a term on the Membership Committee and for several years as assessor and student mentor. His key objectives as President are to work closely with the BIID Council, committees, and other groups within the design community, nationally and internationally and to continue to raise the profile of the BIID, the only professional institute for interior designers.
Jay Blades divides his time between being a presenter on the BBC with having his own successful business in modern furniture restoration, Jay & Co.
Jay is a modern furniture restorer, upcycler and eco-designer who’s passionate about sustainability and the environment. He sources vintage and beautifully crafted pieces of furniture and reimagines them into works of contemporary design. He pours his heart and soul into each creation and over the years has become renowned for his unique style. He is a mainly self-taught craftsman but has been incredibly lucky to have had guidance from some of the master in the art of restoration over the years. Jay doesn’t believe in standing still and is always pushing the boundaries.
Originally from Hackney, Jay is dyslexic and after leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, he eventually managed to get back on track studying for a degree in criminology and philosophy at Buckingham University before finding his true vocation in restoration.
Jay is an inspirational motivator and was the former co-founder of award-winning social enterprises Out of The Dark and Street Dreams. Working with disengaged and disadvantaged young people, Jay was able to mentor and support thousands of individuals over the years to realise their full potential.
Jay now runs Jay & Co, is a presenter of four TV shows on the BBC, works with charitable organisations through his academy and has become an unlikely hero to lead the movement to save dying crafts in the UK.
Chloe Bullock is a BIID Registered Interior Designer® at the British Institute of Interior Design –the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. She creates animal-friendly, human-friendly and planet-friendly interiors.Chloe supports both entrepreneurs and homeowners -designing with a focus on sustainability, health and cruelty free specifications. She is a FitWel® Ambassador and keen follower of human-centric, healthy design -using standards such as WELL building standard, Building Biology as well as FitWel® to ensure spaces are healthy for the users.Prior to setting up her own company 15 years ago, she was part of The Body Shop team delivering ethical global store concepts and specifications. Her ongoing commitment to environmental awareness, sustainability using circular economy principles and cruelty-free specifications learnt at The Body Shop, has translated into her own interior design business. She was the first interior designer in the UK to be VEGANDESIGN.ORG CERTIFIED™. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Hatta is the Editor of House & Garden magazine. She arrived at the magazine as Features Editor in 2006, and became the Deputy Editor in October 2013. Hatta studied History of Art and Architecture, and has also worked as an interior designer, as well as a two-year stint for the South African edition of House & Garden whilst living in Cape Town. She lives in west London with her husband and three small children.
Verity Coleman established Rascal & Roses in 2013. With a 12-year career as a British Army Officer, Verity has been able to utilise her project management and leadership skills to create a dynamic design studio as well as harness a wealth of experienced artisans and trades within the team. Clients are at the heart of everything they do, but the studio also offers a pragmatic and solution-based approach to projects. The studio has a natural lean toward traditional country style with an elegant, contemporary mix. Specialising in quirky, period properties, colour is the firm foundation on which all the studio’s design start. Whilst based in Herefordshire, projects are throughout the UK ranging from private family homes to boarding schools
Alexandria is a residential Interior Designer and owner of Dauley Design, a multidisciplinary design and build practice based in South London. Working collaboratively with client’s Alexandria creates a seamless and personal design service, reflecting the client’s tastes and lifestyle. As co-founder of charitable organisation, United in Design, Alexandria is also tackling the issues of diversity and under-representation of ethnic minorities within the design sector.
Dodds& Shute are a design-led platform dedicated to sourcing the most sustainable products. We work with designers and architects to supply furniture & lighting to Hospitality, Office, Restaurant and Residential projects both locally and internationally.Our Mission is to instigate real change in the design sector. Our supply chain audit gives us a unique way of measuring the industry and we use this to attempt to overhaul the way we consider what is acceptable in terms of manufacturing and specification. We are optimistic that the design sector can evolve into a transparent and responsible force of change.
Tiffany Duggan is the Founder and Director of Studio Duggan, a leading interior design studio, and the newly launched home and lifestyle brand TROVE, which is designed and curated by the Studio Duggan team. With over ten years of experience and a background immersed in design, Tiffany has always had an eye for detail and the ability to marry the old with the new when it comes to her holistic approach to interiors. Having initially gained experience painting theatre and film sets whilst studying Scenic Art at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Tiffany began working as an interiors stylist for publications such as ELLE Decoration and Livingetc, before embarking on an Interior Design course at the prestigious KLC School of Design. Having developed a clear passion and design philosophy, in 2011 Tiffany founded Studio Duggan, with a focus on creating liveable yet dynamic spaces, fearlessly uniting different eras and styles. Studio Duggan has since gained an international reputation for its highly crafted and dynamic projects and is listed in House & Garden’s ‘Top 100 Designers’. With an extensive portfolio of projects, including a historic Georgian townhouse in Kensington, a sprawling Tudor style country home in Hertfordshire and numerous Notting Hill townhouses, Tiffany has turned her attention to making Studio Duggan’s aesthetic accessible to a wider market with the launch of TROVE. The home and lifestyle brand is an organic response to the demand for unique and considered pieces enabling consumers to bring an element of Studio Duggan into their homes. As Director, Tiffany leads a passionate and creative design team who steer Studio Duggan and TROVE’s vision from Golborne Road in West London where the TROVE store and Studio Duggan office sit seamlessly together. Tiffany continues to take a central role within the company, working tirelessly to bring an expertly curated mix of style and practically to client’s briefs, while designing and sourcing high quality furniture and antique treasures for those who wish to shop at TROVE to bring the Studio Duggan style into their home.
Georgia-Rose is a senior designer who has experience in both the super yacht and luxury residential industries. Currently at Accouter, one ofLondon’s leading Interior Architecture studio’s, she creatively and consciously works on creating unique designs in some of the world’s most desirable locations.
Charu Gandhi is a qualified Architect, registered with RIBA and ARB, who studied and taught at the Architectural Association before establishing Elicyon in 2014. Driven by a desire to combine the rigours of her architectural training with her creative flair and passion for design and craft, Charu and her dynamic team of talented Designers, Architects and Project Managers, take each client on a highly personalised journey, working in collaboration with them throughout the design process in order to understand their brief and capture it through her vision. Now in its sixth year, Elicyon is creating luxury, bespoke interiors for private clients, residential developers and boutique hotels in some of London’s most illustrious addresses, as well as around the world.
Anna Geldart, Senior FF&E Designer at Goddard Littlefair, has worked in the interior design industry for over 10 years with a breadth of experienceacross the F&B, hospitality and residential sectors. Initially starting as a CAD designer, Anna found her passion in FF&E while working abroad in Hong Kong. With a naturally inquisitive mind, Anna started to find herself questioning the origin and ethics of the materials she was specifying. Encouraged by sustainability becoming more at the forefront of many companies’ and suppliers’ agendas, she is always thinking of ways to dobetter, both as a designer and as an individual.
Over the last decade Irene Gunter has become one of Britain’s leading Interior Designers. She grew up in Belgium surrounded by a family who loved architecture and interiors. Her early childhood involved visiting all the exhibitions in the area and holidays centred around visiting noteworthy architectural sights. As a result, Irene’s passion for design started early. Many houses were being built in Lego and she was forever re-arranging all the furniture in her room – much to her parents’ despair! Irene studied art history and, with her meticulous eye for detail, Interior Design was a very natural career choice. She attended the prestigious Inchbald School of Design before honing her aesthetic working for some of London’s best-known design studios including luxury property design and development company Finchatton. In 2014, Irene founded Gunter & Co Interiors to create beautiful but functional homes for her clients. She is drawn to natural materials and her love of travel has enabled her to experiment with different design traditions from around the world. She has worked on a wide range of projects - from Grade II listed country estates to modern penthouse apartments in One Hyde Park – that have the common thread of elegant simplicity and custom design details. Her style is luxurious but understated and an eclectic mix of layering brings the original architecture of each project to the forefront. Irene Gunter of Gunter & Co Interiors Working closely with her clients, Irene combines fabric, texture and colours to reflect the architecture of the property and the life and style of the owners. The partnerships forged with her clients are genuine and often turn into longstanding relationships. For further information please contact Rawlins George PR, [email protected] / T: 020 7352 5791 “Clients are at the heart of the Interior Design process; the designs are only successful if clients recognize their vision in our work.” Says Irene. With that vision as the starting point, every project is approached with the belief that beautiful interiors are not bound by a single aesthetic. The design team originates from across Europe, giving the company a wide creative reference pool and a fresh and unique point of view, all of which is channelled into the design process to create beautifully curated and tailored spaces. Unexpected elements, natural textiles and custom pieces are sourced or made by the most accomplished and experienced craftsmen in the design industry. The company specialises in bespoke projects. Whether it be prime commercial projects or luxurious private residences in the UK or across the globe, Irene has brought together a leading team of interior designers, interior architects and project managers who work tirelessly to make sure each design fits seamlessly into her clients’ lives. Past projects include this apartment in Marylebone. “This home was a joy to design thanks to the bold taste of our client. The brief allowed for an eclectic and fun design, which we achieved by using a combination of modern and vintage furnishings as well as layering patterns, textures and bright colours.” Says Irene. Future projects include Grade II listed apartments in Queens Gate and Hyde Park Square, a number of flats in central London and townhouses in Little Venice and Kensington.
Karen Haller FRSA is a world-leading colour and design psychology specialist. She is a sought-after teacher, speaker, consultant and adviser on how colour and design affects us and can be used to influence positive behaviour and wellbeing. She collaborates with global organisations, on brand colour campaigns, with architects and designers to create forward-thinking environments that leave long-lasting, positive change. She is also the author of bestseller The Little Book of Colour, How to Use the Power of Colour to Transform Your Life written for the everyday person available in 13 languages.
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Interiors Editor Kerryn Harper-Cuss has worked on four interior magazines and edited three of these, most recently The English Home, where she was Editor-in-Chief of both its UK and US editions for almost 12 years, stepping down after the landmark 20th-anniversary edition. A self-professed seeker of stories with style and substance, she is passionate about craftsmanship and a keen champion of interior design talent and specialist heritage and indigenous skills both from Britain and around the globe. She was the sole judge of the Best in British Craftsmanship Award at Decorex for nine years and is an Ambassador for QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust).
Jeff Hayward is an interior design marketeer with more than fifteen years’ experience in the sector.In that time, he’s represented many leading design brands, industry events and tradebodies.Jeff is a co-owner of digital marketing and communications company, Wildwood, who are the retained agency for the British Institute of Interior Design.Working in the professional interior design space, he recognised long ago that this is a vibrant and supportive community; one that enjoys sharing knowledge, ideas and best practice so that designers can become the best that they can be.That’s the philosophy behind The Interior Design Business -helping designers connect with each other so that they can benefit from the shared experiences of others in the know.
Renata Kaminker is a Paris-based paintings conservator and founder of Renata Kaminker – Fine Art Solutions. Having worked in several European countries, and for both national museums and private collections, she acquired extensive experience in preventive conservation and collections management.
Renata works with institutions, professionals and collectors to help them navigate the complexities of maintaining a fine art collection, including: condition monitoring, risk management options, inventories, and conservation and preventive care.
Nicola Lindsell and Nicola Keenan are Directors and Co-founders of Boxx Creative. They joined forces in 2017, combining their talents and expertise to provide clients with a one-stop-shop for creative services.Together they are passionate about inspiring positive change within design bysharing knowledge and experience through teaching, mentoring, consulting, as well as delivering keynote talks and participating in panel discussions at key industry events. Both are proud to be members of the NEWH. In 2019 Nicola Keenan joined their UK Chapter’s committee and enjoys her role as Sustainability Chair.
Lucy Martin is Founder and Creative Director of Light Fantastic. She specialises in complete lighting design for top-end residential, gardens and landscaping as well as schemes for restaurants, boats (sail and motor) spas and boutique retail.
Her work is characterised by attention to detail and applying exactly the right lighting, and no more, to each project. The lighting is discreet, simple and easy to use, sitting naturally within the architecture and allowing interiors to shine.
A highly detailed approach is taken to the initial brief to ensure a bespoke delivery of what is required. The result is a harmonious and undetectable application of light from the smallest to the most expansive of spaces.
Follow-through is a key component of the service offered looking after not just the project but the client’s lighting requirements from the start to the end of the project.
Lucy is passionate about how light affects wellbeing and knits this into every aspect of a scheme. Inspiration stems primarily from architecture and the use of natural light, drawing on her experiences from sailing around the world as part of the crew on the winning boat in the Millennium Round the World Yacht race and being part of the first women’s team to walk to the North Pole.
Lucy is the author of The Lighting Bible, now translated into 12 different languages.
Off duty, you will find Lucy running, training for a triathlon and writing her second book.
Harry McKinley is a journalist, consultant and events curator. He writes regularly for the likes of Wallpaper*, Telegraph Travel, The Week, Design Anthology and Hospitality Design; works with global design and hospitality-centric partners on strategy, branding and content; and curates various design, travel and F&B focused events –as well as hosting the annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. He is an advisory board member of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum.
Hal Messel’s work bridges the often formalised gaps between silversmithing, art and sculpture-making. He is known for incorporating magnificent, rare metals, crystals, shells and corals into his work. His pieces are a celebration of the innate art he sees as present within nature and in his process he intends to add to its wonder.
Feeling strongly that his only limitation is his own imagination, there is a clear ambition present in Hal’s work. From striking silver & gold centre pieces to exquisite silver & glass coral salt sellers, the painstaking hours that Hal has dedicated to the learning of his trade are readily visible in every facet of his work. It is no surprise that he casts the silversmith titans; Omar Ramsden, Paul Storr and Fabergé as his greatest inspirations.
Having begun his artistic life as an oil painter, studying on the degree course at City and Guilds in London, Hal left art school and went on to discover silver as a medium. It would be under the auspices of the Goldsmiths’ Company that he became apprenticed to the celebrated silversmith Jocelyn Burton and trained in the traditional Huguenot silversmithing skills, winning an award through the Company for his technical ability.
From his studio in Gloucestershire, a Queen Anne chapel he bought and renovated, Hal has worked on many commissions including “The St George’s House Tree of Wisdom” which was presented to HRH Princess Alexandra on behalf of the Dean and Canons of St George’s Chapel to commemorate HRH Prince Philip’s dedication (the piece is now on permanent display in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle), the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn and other notable private collections.
He has also completed work for interior designers including Michael Priest, Colefax & Fowler, Oro Bianco, as well as Cullman and Kravis in New York.
Hal’s work has been exhibited at The British Museum, Christie’s London, The David Gill Gallery, Colefax & Fowler, London Masterpiece, The Grosvenor Estate, Remarkable Treasures Lisbon.
Alexandra has extensive experience in luxury design. Prior to founding Millier, Alexandra led international private and developer residential schemes at Helen Green and Louise Bradley, most notably an expansive residence in London’s One Hyde Park. Alexandra’s designs have been featured in various publications and her work has been awarded ‘Living Space Design of the Year’ for a penthouse scheme by St James’s Park. Alexandra studied Interior Architecture at the Architecture School at Brighton University. Alexandra is very attuned to the surrounding environment and loves the outdoors; as much as possible, Alexandra focuses on bringing the truly luxurious qualities of nature, such as space, qualities of light, texture and comfort, into Millier’s project. Helen Westlake, Creative Director Helen has over 20 years of international architectural experience, having worked extensively on high profile projects, including those in the private and commercial luxury residential sector, heritage listed schemes and large-scale regeneration projects. Prior to establishing Millier, Helen worked for luxury design studio Helen Green Design.
Helen is particularly interested in sustainable design and construction. Throughout her career, Helen has focused on creating homes that don’t need to be constantly refreshed, producing designs, specifications and detailing in a way that lasts for generations.
Helen studied Architecture at The University of New South Wales in Australia
Tova Ossad graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Art History and Italian Studies and interned at Wildenstein & Co. before beginning her first job for renowned art dealer Richard L. Feigen in New York City.She moved to the United Kingdom in September 2007 to attend the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she completed a Masters Degree in History of Art in 2008.In October 2007, she began working for the international Old Masters art gallery, Moretti Fine Art, where she developed a network of shippers and a fluency in transports and customs.She established Ossad Art Management in 2019, recognising a need forquality advice on high-value art transports, efficient registrar practices, Brexit preparation,collection management and advice with appropriate documentation for art collectorsand interior design advisory. She is also a lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, amember of the Institute of Export, aRecommended Service Provider for the British AntiqueDealers' Association, and an Industry Partner of the British Institute of Interior Design.
Elspeth Pridham has written about property and interiors for over 30 years. She has worked on KBBReview and Furnishing, is author of the book Transparent and is currently editor of Studio magazine. Elspeth Pridham has written about property and interiors for over 30 years. She has worked on KBBReview and Furnishing, is author of the book Transparent and is currently editor of Studio magazine.
THE MICHAEL RUH STUDIO creates glassware for individuals and luxury brands. All pieces are designed and crafted by master glass-blower Michael Ruh from his studio in South London.
The Studio was founded in 2004 and is a partnership between Michael Ruh and wife Natascha Wahl (a fellow glass-blower), supported by several assistants. The creative emphasis is on a modern, discreet, purist aesthetic with minimal embellishment in harmonious colour palettes.
Alongside working on unqiue commissions for luxury interior and retail projects the studio produces equisitely crafted collections of hand-blown glass tableware, objects and lighting, designed and made by Michael Ruh. Production is limited to a handful of pieces per day and all are made from pure, optical-quality glass. Many pieces feature delicate, abstract line-work spun round the inside. These are Michael Ruh’s signature lines – a process of incising into the near-finished shape when hot. The technique has similarities to Bokuseki calligraphy, in the sense that lines must be applied boldly and assertively – there can be no error as the glass records all.
Susie is the Founder and Creative Director of Tessuto,asuccessful,multidisciplinary design studio, based in London, and a Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design. Susie is regularly approached for expert commentary on interior design issues and appears frequently in the national and trade media. She is also in-demand as a speaker on interior design, hosting a monthly podcast on Interior Design Issues, giving talks and chairing discussions at design events across the country.She is a judge for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, the Northern Design Awardsand the CEDIA Technology awards, and she is the industry representative for the National Design Academy,currently sitting on their degree validation committee at De Montfort University.Still active within the British Institute of Interior Design, she now serves on the Institute’s Policy and Practice Committee and is currently working to develop a suite of Interior Design contracts in partnership with the RIBA.Prior to her career in interior design, Susie worked for 7 years as a Merchandiser on the buying team ofthe international fashion retailer, Topshop. Susie was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia.
Barbara Sallick is the co-founder of Waterworks and the company’s Sr. Vice President of Design. As a Waterworks spokesperson, she presents design and product lectures across the U.S. and internationally. She has written several books, including The Perfect Kitchen (2020), The Perfect Bath (2016), The Definitive Guide to Designing the Perfect Bath (2006) and Waterworks: Inventing Bath Style (2001). She has also contributed to books by Phillip James Dodd and Don Ruggles, renowned experts in the fields of classical architecture and design.
Barbara is the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at BU Wheelock, on the Board of Trustees of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, a member of the Decorators Club, a recipient of the 2015 Cottages and Gardens Innovator of the Year Award and most recently named one of House Beautiful’s 2020 Visionaries.
Barbara has two sons—Peter, the CEO of Waterworks, and Daniel, the founder and partner of SubjectMatter in Washington, DC—and five grandchildren. She lives in Southport, CT with her husband Robert and their dog Lulu.
Giovanni is an experienced insurance broker at Lonmart Insurance and is specialised in the negotiation and running of complex fine art insurance programmes for important collections and large multinational galleries, working closely with the underwriters of Lloyd’s of London as well as other multinational insurance companies.
Giovanni has a strong academic background, with a BSc in Finance and a MA in Art Business. He brings an in-depth understanding of fine art risk management policies and practices, and regularly guest lectures at Sotheby's Institute on this subject as well as on fine art insurance and art crime.
Previously, Giovanni worked at Sotheby’s in London where he trained in the Valuations Department, working closely with the Chairman of Valuations for Europe and her experienced team of specialists.
Gary Singer, Founder and Creative Director of Eggersmann Design. Leading a small team of designers, Gary works closely with interior designers, architects and suppliers to ensure that every detail has been considered. With over 19 years’ experience gained in the kitchen industry for brands including Holloways of Ludlow and Buyers & Sellers, Gary and his team are able to provide a solution for any of the complexities associate with bespoke joinery and kitchen design. Gary’s brother Peter Singer manages the project management side of the business, handpicking his team specific to each job.
Alison Smith is the Creative Manager for Nulty Bespoke and leads a team of product designers and crafts people to bring inventive ideas to life, overseeing each commission from composition to production. Alison’s creative and tailored approach to each unique brief is the result of a background working on a diverse portfolio of bespoke lighting projects within the private residential, hospitality and commercial sectors.
With her training in glass blowing and experience in sculpture, Alison has amassed extensive knowledge of materials and craftsmanship techniques, design development and production. These skills are key to her role as the driving force behind Nulty Bespoke, a position that sees her deliver a diverse range of projects ranging from small-scale pendants through to large-scale lobby and atrium installations for the high-end luxury market. Since joining Nulty Bespoke in 2018, Alison has been credited for notable projects such as a music-inspired lighting feature for the Hard Rock Hotel and a chandelier for an events space at the Four Seasons designed by LINLEY.
Prior to Nulty Bespoke, Alison was the Design & Production Manager at Haberdashery London Ltd where she operated in multi-faceted capacity designing and conceptualising compositions and overseeing production and installation for leading interior design studios such as Taylor Howes, Martin Kemp Design and Brady Williams. Noteworthy commissions project managed by Alison include an installation with Brady Williams for British Land’s ‘Hempel Gardens’ penthouse and a concept for the Virgin VIP Lounge in Gatwick.
Alison’s design philosophy is to take inspiration from a client’s surroundings to draw out the intricate details, architectural features and materials that inform their lifestyleand environment. She has a keen understanding of materials, techniques and processes, combined with a pragmatic approach to delivering quality projects and effective production solutions. This talent for marrying both the creative and practical elements of a bespoke commission is fundamental to her role at Nulty Bespoke.
Alison’s personal works in glass sculpture have been recognised in shortlists for New Design Britain Awards and Delight in Light with LIA. Her glass sculptures have also been exhibited at Holloways of Ludlow and independent galleries across the UK.
Sean Sutcliffe is co-founder of Benchmark, one of the UK's leading furniture-makers. Having started the company with Terence Conran in 1984, today Benchmark are a powerhouse of craft; with workshops in Berkshire and Dorset, and a client base that includes many of the world's leading architects and designers.
Sean cares deeply about environmental sustainability and craftsmanship, and has been a champion of the health and well-being benefits of using solid timber furniture in both commercial and residential settings for many years.
Benchmark runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, and is involved in activities across life cycle modelling for net negative furniture production and the circular economy. They have twice won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development. Using natural, sustainable and non-toxic materials, Sean and his team produce furniture that exudes natural warmth and soul.
Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Design Milk and Monocle24. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.
Ekkist is a consultancy firm specialising in design, certification and consultancy services for well-being. We believe that buildings should contribute to our overall health, productivity and quality of life. Our mission is to provide clients with the advice they need to create healthy places to live, work and play, using the latest scientific research, and to lead the construction industry in design and consultancy services for well-being.
Ekkist is recognised as one of the leading consultancies in the UK for design for well-being. We have advised the BRE in the development of the new UK construction standard ‘BPS7014’, as subject matter experts in health and well-being, served as health and well-being subject experts on the UK Construction Leadership Council (CLC) as part of the ‘Health and Well-being Metrics’ group, and contributed to the development and adoption of global health and well-being standards. In 2019, Ekkist were named by Forbes magazine as one of the ‘most innovative firms in Europe, creating the products, methods and materials of tomorrow’.
Henriette von Stockhausen studied at City & Guild of London Art Schools and Sotheby’s where she honed her appreciation and love for antique furniture and decorative design from 17th Century through to 20th Century. She was also very much involved in country house sales which fed her appetite for beautiful architecture of historical interest.
Deciding to move into interior design, Henriette studied at the prestigious Inchbald School of Design. On graduating she gained experience with leading interior designers including Stephen Ryan who had been head of David Hicks Design. She also had a spell in theatre design which enabled her to indulge her more flamboyant side, making her realise how much she relishes any challenge.
Irish born Designer Brian Woulfe founded Designed by Woulfe over 10 years ago. His diverse portfolio of work includes interior design and development projects across Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific regions. His passion for designing luxurious, liveable interiors with a sense of playfulness has attracted an international and discerning clientele.
Arabella Youens is a London-based freelance property and interior design journalist. Having worked at Country Life magazine where she was Property & Interiors Editor, she continues to write for the magazine alongside other titles including The Telegraph, Evening Standard, Homes & Gardens and Country Homes & Interiors, as well as undertaking copywriting projects for property developers and professionals.