Question Time: Meet the Designers

(In association with the British Institute of Interior Design)

The BIID and Antiques for Everyone have teamed up to delve into the relationship between antiques and interiors.

We've interviewed some of the country's top interior designers to find out what should we really be looking for when decorating our home with antiques?

 

Ariane Steinbeck, RPW Design Limited

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    My Godmother. She has a wonderful gregarious personality, great style and impeccable taste. However, my desire to actually specialize in design for hotels was formed while I studied at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, NY, USA. Studying a hotel’s function in an...

Philippa Devas, Devas Designs

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    It was my love of houses and architecture that inspired me and I find it incredibly fulfilling being able to plan a project around stunning existing architectural elements and enhancing them. I am also passionate about furniture and works of art and the ability to combine these interests...

Brian Lawrence, Brian Lawrence LTD - Contemporary and Classic Interior Design

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I have always been inspired by beautiful furniture and fabrics and had the vision to see how I could use them in the home.    

     

Jess Lavers, Jess Lavers Design

  1. 1) What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I have always loved interiors and having had a previous career as a jewellery designer, I was keen to express my creativity more fully and be able to take on entire house projects and help clients to make their dreams a reality.

     

Dean Keyworth, Armstrong Keyworth Interior Design

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    There was a 1960s cartoon called “The Jetsons” with people travelling in flying cars and living in gadget filled houses. It inspired me to make plans and sketches to turn my parents’ Victorian house into a riot of floating coffee tables and robot butlers. My design style is a little more...

Fabien Gueret-Jullien, Warret & Jullion

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    After 14 years working in banking, I needed to express my creative mind. I had always been interested in spaces and their details. Interior Design was a natural choice. I like the immediate tangibility and the symbiotic relationship I build with clients to the point of becoming a friend they can...

Cinzia Moretti, Moretti Interior Design Ltd

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I grew up in a family where my gran father was a property developer, an uncle that was working in a reprographic shop and my father is a painter. Hence everywhere around me was about homes, colours and artists. My mother has always had passion for architecture and design and used to design my...

Christina Fallah, Christina Fallah Designs

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    My godmother a jeweller Marina Bulgari. Her flat in Rome was within the roof and eaves of an old Roman building with a view of the Collisseum. The interior was all white and minimalist with a cantelevered glass staircase and it was packed with beautiful Antiques from Egyptian, Greek, through to...

Caroline Cobbold, Caroline Cobbold Design

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I have always been interested in interior design and have worked as a set stylist and set designer for over 30 years in the film and TV business. One approach ends up in a skip and the other is permanent so it seemed a natural progression. 

    Also my Aunt was an internationally renowned...

Gabi Da Rocha, Gabi Da Rocha Interiors Ltd

  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I grew up in Rio, Brazil, and a few of my parent’s friends were architects and furniture designers. I was very lucky as we lived in wonderful apartments and a huge house which was rare to find in Rio. Most of our furniture was bespoke and so each piece was unique. I found this so exciting as our...