As a child I was always surrounded by good design and drawn to colour, texture and light. This led me to spending hours in the art studio during my GCSE and A levels. I then went on to study for my degree in History of Art at Leeds University and was lucky enough to gain work experience placements with Guy Oliver of Oliver Laws Ltd, London W1 and with the Editorial Team at Homes and Gardens magazine. After graduation I was offered a Design Assistant job at Oliver Laws working on prestigious projects including the renovation and refurbishment of The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. This was invaluable however, I then took a year out to gain my professional qualifications at The Interior Design School (where I now lecture occasionally) and subsequently bag my dream job working for Todhunter Earle Interiors.
Surrey Private Residence designed by Studio Clark + Co
I was actually personally introduced by Frances Toase who works closely with Chris Beardshaw on all of his projects. It was fascinating to visit your workshop with her to discuss preliminary ideas for Chelsea, which truly highlighted the intricate stages of craftsmanship that go into creating your lighting masterpieces. I love your signature circular lights and the almost endless possibilities they present for a diversity of arrangements. But if I had to choose, the Aura and Lohja are pretty spectacular and so versatile for a contemporary or traditional setting.
I first met Chris Beardshaw just over 4 years ago working on a project in Ascot together. He then asked me to help source interior elements for the Morgan Stanley NSPCC Garden two years ago for which Chris won Gold and Best in Show. I was incredibly honoured to be involved in that collaboration. To be asked again to contribute for last year’s show was so rewarding and I loved being a part of the design process.
Chris himself was so inspiring. His clearly defined brief about the garden with its circular/linear themes and rich herbaceous planting leading to the two contemporary relaxation pods was incredibly helpful for me in understanding and then exploring elements which would complement his design. The key finishes for the relaxation pods in bronze and brass provided a particular focus leading me to select the elegant Colette chairs by Minotti with their linear, circular cross-section rod detailing. Following on this theme, we have juxtaposed a very linear, bespoke, structured ‘Ava’ dining table base by Tom Faulkner with a subtle circular glass top and complementary soft furnishings.
There are so many but if I had to choose one, a chalet in the mountains would be pretty special!
I have seen a real humbling sense of community in our industry with everyone coming together and supporting one another. It has certainly made me realise the importance of a work life balance and how well we have all adapted to working remotely which I feel will continue with positivity.
It has certainly shown me how dedicated my tried and tested contractors are who have carefully worked through lockdown following Covid-19 guidelines.
Showrooms are starting to open by appointment only which I feel will make visits a much more focused and personable experience.
We are nearing completion on a highly bespoke two floor penthouse apartment in Chelsea and a family home in Pimlico where we have connected a once separate basement flat into an open plan contemporary kitchen and dining room. We are also about to start FF&E designs for a family home in Richmond.
I am in very early stage discussions for a boutique commercial project which could be a very exciting opportunity for Studio Clark + Co so watch this space! And of course can’t wait to collaborate with Cameron Design House at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 with Gardens by Kate and Tamara
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