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Name
Clare Pascoe
Company
Pascoe Interiors
  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I’ve always been creative and had an eye for design. When I went travelling in 1998/99, I realised I was photographing interiors and architecture as eagerly as the sights, which inspired me to enrol at the KLC School of Design to gain the necessary specialist training to get a foothold in this highly desirable and competitive industry. I reached my goal in 2000 and have never looked back. I absolutely love what I do with a passion.

     

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

    I began personally collecting Danish Mid Century furniture and lighting as early as 1999, when Ebay was an embryonic auction site frequented and visited by dealers and collectors. Scandinavian Mid Century remains my main area of interest today. It definitely influences my work. I’ve been designing Design Classic and Mid Century elements into my designs since 2000. 

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

    I’m inspired not only by the beauty of the materials, and clean lines of the designs; but also in the wider Modernist movement surrounding the Mid Century Epoch.  I am equally inspired by the ethical and natural stance of Scandinavian design today - which is a perfect modern compliment to Mid Century aesthetics and ideals.

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

    I always mix new with old, as to design without such layers leaves an interior flat and devoid of inspiration.  It’s very easy to design a vintage interior; but to design without contrasting time layers leaves interiors feeling flat ad devoid of inspiration.

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

    Know when to stop, and invest in the best piece you can!  Overloading an interior with too many pieces from a specific era results in a themed interior. By knowing when to stop adding to your collection (in any one space) you create an environment in which individual pieces have a chance to shine.  And by taking time to learn and research your era, you will know which are the best pieces to buy for long term investment and personal enjoyment.

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