15 GREAT THINGS – DESIGNER Q&A

I thought for this week’s post I would include a little designers Q and A feature I had in the Scotland on Sunday yesterday. Thank you very much to the Editor Lynne and her team. I was really honoured (if not a tiny bit embarrassed) to been included.

1 How did you end up doing what you do?

I have worked as a commercial photographer since finishing studying photography 15 years ago, working for many UK based interior magazines, shooting interiors, architecture and styling, so it was a natural progression to add to my existing career. SOOuK was born from a love for all things interior. I am very passionate about supporting British design and do this as much as possible in the shop.

2 Who or what inspires you?

I am so lucky that my studio is surrounded by beautiful fields; I have this vast ever-changing sky and landscape to look at and feel inspired everyday. I couldn’t imagine my life without that view now. It keeps me focused. I also like to keep lists, scrapbooks and photographs of inspiring typography, signage and nature.

3 What is your starting point for any new project?

All projects are different and I don’t have a set path that I follow. Each project is approached differently, I am never short of new ideas and the start of a project is always an exciting time followed by doubt then excitement then doubt again!

4 What designers/makers do you admire?

So many… Hans Wegner, HAY, Julius Shulman, Claire Gaudion, Tori Murphy, Joanna Ham to name a few.. I have just returned from Top Drawer and Home London, the amount of amazingly talented designers out there is incredible.

5 Were you involved in craft from an early age?

Yes absolutely. I bought my first darkroom at 13 with some money my grandfather left me when he died. I cannot imagine a life without photography.

6 What makes a home?

The people in it! We were lucky enough to be able to build our home, and the icing on the cake is all of the memories we are making living in the house of our dreams. I am delighted to be bringing my children up here (and of course a HAY dining table helps!)

7 Is there any object you desire?

‘Cabin In The Woods’ by Taschen or if I was really lucky CH07 chair by Wagner (in black please!).

8 What is your idea of a great escape?

I have a desire to visit a timber house on Skye, preferably one by Rural Designs. I dream of the open views and seascapes. Although I love city adventures too. I spent some time in Copenhagen last year and I absolutely loved it. I cannot find fault with that city. The people are so friendly, the food is amazing and there is incredible design everywhere you look.

9 Do you prefer to camp under the stars or hotel comforts?

Stars from the hotel balcony? I tried camping with my boys last year… Lets just say it’s not for me, we were home before breakfast the next day.

10 Big screen movie or TV drama?

This is a hard one. Big screen movie, as there is nothing like being completely absorbed by a brilliant film. I love anything by Wes Anderson – The Life Aquatic and The Grand Budapest Hotel are two of my favourite films. I am also a big fan of watching a box set from start to finish.

11 What book would you recommend to a friend?

My husband bought me the most beautiful book for Christmas called “The Book Of Palms” from Taschen. It’s a magnificent work on all varieties of palm trees, full of paintings and beautiful cross-section illustrations. I absolutely treasure it.

12 Best music to work to?

I have 6 Music on in the studio everyday; it’s great company when I am in there on my own. I am also having a moment with Fame by David Bowie after seeing his V and A documentary last year. The last music I downloaded was Stay Gold from First Aid Kit – it’s just lovely.

13 What are your top tips for 24 hours in Edinburgh?

I don’t spend much time in the city these days, so it’s really exciting when I do venture in. I am obsessed with the palm trees so the Victorian palm houses in the Botanic Gardens would be a must, and after that a wander up to the restaurant Roman Nose in Eyre Place, I have only been a few times but I love the atmosphere, vintage decor, lovely food and friendly service. It would be a perfect day.

14 What are you working on at the moment?

Along with some existing photography projects I have been designing a new range of botanical Giclee Art Prints for the shop. It’s a project I have been working on for a while and am really excited about.

15 What makes you laugh

My dad’s terrible jokes. I used to feel sorry for him… sadly now I must be turning into him.