I have always been interested in design, but when I left college I got a job within the civil service. I stayed there for seven years, but always regretted not pursuing a career in design. When I turned 27 I decided that it was now or never, so I decided to apply to university and luckily got accepted, graduating at 31. Better late than never!
What is the most important element you look for when stepping into a space?
Lighting has a huge impact and can ruin a space if it is too bright or too dark. I also look at the interface between users and the space, considering where the adjacent spaces are and whether it’s easy for the end user to navigate and get access to the resources they need.
For you, what’s the most vital aspect to consider when designing interiors?
The most important aspect of any is space is the people. The ultimate aim is to create an interior that people enjoy inhabiting, and that will have a positive impact on their lives or the functions they carry out within that space.
Pictured above: LooseLay French Grey Oak
What would you say most of your clients are looking for when they come to you?
Clients will often have an idea of what they want, and what they like, but won’t necessarily know how to achieve it. They look to you to translate their ideas into a reality, and to push the boundaries of what they thought was possible.
Are there any particular trends you are incorporating into your latest projects?
Trends can be difficult as you want to avoid creating something that will date quickly. In office design, the movement towards designing spaces that support different ways of working is one that we are definitely incorporating into our projects as it has a massive impact on staff wellbeing.
What’s the first question you ask a client before undertaking a design project?
It’s important to find out the ultimate aim of the design project – How should the space embody your brand or company ethos? What do you want to achieve with the design? What experience do you want to give your employees or clients? You’re off to a good start if you fully understand the aims of the project.
What has been your favourite design project to date?
I have been lucky enough to work in many sectors including offices, education, and libraries, and so it is difficult to pick just one. Office design is probably my favourite sector, as I think that clients are increasingly open to creativity and pushing boundaries.
One of my favourite Karndean products to use is LooseLay, which we have specified in a couple of recent office projects. Traditionally, carpet has been the ‘go to’ flooring for offices, but clients are increasingly looking for more creative solutions. In our projects we have used LooseLay in combination with carpet, using the different finishes to denote different zones of the office. This is really effective in creating a modern and useable space, and the ease of installation and maintenance is a key benefit too. I also love the Kaleidoscope range, which has a brilliant variety of patterns and shapes for a really creative space.
Pictured above: Cubix, Kaleidoscope
How would you describe Karndean Designflooring to friends or colleagues in your field?
I would describe Karndean as a high quality and design focused range of flooring. The design and technical specifications means that there is a product to suit nearly every situation. The support you get from Karndean is also second to none, and it is always a pleasure to work with the team.