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 18th Century through to abstract art. It was an effortless marriage of classical and modern pieces and style.


  2. What areas of art and antiques are you interested in and how does this influence you at work?

    All areas: Antiquity, 18th Century through to modern and contemporary. French, Greek, English, Italian and also the East such as Persia and Anglo Indian decorative elements. A reflection of my birthright, I was born in London, educated in Italy and England, and of Persian origin. This all influences my interiors whilst I like to also take influence from my clients origins and interests so that the antiques and art are a reflection of their own personal tastes and customised to them rather than be formulaic.


  3. Are there any specific sources, trends and historical eras that you often draw inspiration from?

    ‎I walk through cities and places. Watch people, go to new exhibitions and view many auction house sales. I have recently visited Budapest which is a fusion of Europe and the East. Some amasing recent finds. That said, recently I took inspiration from a specialist 1920s glass Sale at Auction in Paris for the complete theme and concept for a new project in London.


  4. There has been a trend towards mixing old with new in the past decade, has this helped you in your advice to clients?

    Yes definitely. Especially when the space needs to be individual rather than formulaic. Homes, spaces, and places need to also have a sense of history. I have recently found that finding the right antique for a space whilst taking longer in time to do, is better for the environment, as well as cheaper than making a reproduction.


  5. What top tip would you have for those interested in sourcing and adding antiques to their home?

    Only use the Internet as a reference point i.e. like a dictionary. Always go and see the item physically so you can understand and appreciate the condition, size, scale and establish the real provenance. It also helps educate yourself on what's good and what isn't.