Category Archives: Weekly Column: Designer Profile

Designer Profile: Hecker Guthrie

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When I came across the work of Hecker Guthrie, it was in the 15th volume of Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Review. They are a  multi-discipline practice under the direction of Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie based in Melbourne, Australia. They have worked both locally and internationally covering residential and commercial projects.

I strongly identify with their design aesthetic. Their work is driven by the principles of authenticity, consideration & enthusiasm. This combination clearly works as the multitude of awards won and the number of international publications that have featured their work is staggering. Find out more here.

Hamish Guthrie came from a creative upbringing and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at RMIT University. He is highly regarded in the design industry and is regularly requested to participate in speaking and judgement engagements.

Paul Hecker has over 20 years experience in the industry. His design approach features both humour and curiosity. What I found of most interest when reading his bio was that when he sets out to design a space, he asks the client not what they want it to look like, but how they want it to make them feel.

What I love about their work is that they like to use a muted palette as the backdrop of an interior and then cleverly use colour (usually with accessories) to enhance. This sets a foundation that allows the interior to be adapted and changed over time without great expense and effort.

They have an amazing portfolio which I would highly recommend you to take a look at here. I have only provided 2 examples of their work, one is of a residential project in a Victorian style house owned by a young Melbournian Family. The second is a commercial project of the Cottesloe Beach Hotel where the use of vibrant colours and 50s style furnishings creates the most amazing beach vibe.

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I hope you are as impressed with their work as I am. I really love both projects. What do you think?

Have a lovely day. See you on Thursday. xD

Image Source: Hecker Guthrie

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Designer Profile: Suzy Hoodless

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Hello Everyone. I hope you had a wonderful week and weekend. Though I was busy over the last week, I did feel like something was missing from my daily thoughts (blogging) and by the time I had finished all of my work (which was mostly paperwork and book keeping) I was ready to create another post.

Today I wanted to talk about Suzy Hoodless. I came across Suzy’s work by chance. One day, a fellow blogger and Interior Designer who specialises in children’s rooms (Ursula from Room to Bloom) had tweeted a response to a request for a recommended hotel to stay at in London. The recommendation was for The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch.

I had never heard of this hotel and being curious and knowing Ursula’s good taste, I promptly looked it up. This is when I discovered the talent of Suzy Hoodless.

Suzy seems destined to work in the design industry. She started out as an assistant at Designers Guild working under the very talented Tricia Guild in 1992. Her next move was then to House and Garden magazine after which she  joined a start up magazine called Wallpaper as Interiors Editor. After 5 years, Suzy then branched out on her own and started up a Design Consultancy focusing on residential and commercial projects.

Soon after she was approached by 2 sisters who requested her to provide creative input in their new homes in Scotland, this was the start of what has been a very impressive career thus far. Suzy has since moved on to work on numerous commercial and residential projects from The Hoxton Grill for The Soho House Group to a private Beach House in Barbados. She has also collaborated with companies such as The Rug Company and Osborne & Little to design respective collections.

Suzy’s designs are not contained to any particular period or aesthetic which lends itself to be eclectic. She tends to take stunning pieces and then creates a room around them helping them all to appear to work together. I have provided two interiors which showcase her diversity. Both are homes for families, one a lodge in Scotland and the other in West London but totally different in feel yet cohesive in style within their own spaces.

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Which home is your favourite? If you’d like to see more of Suzy’s work, take a look at her website SuzyHoodless.com.

Have a lovely Monday, it’s sunny over here in London so I think a picnic might be in order. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: SuzyHoodless.com


Designer Profile: Rose Uniake

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Firstly, I just wanted to thank those that sent comments, messages and tweets about my birthday. It’s nice to have so many kind wishes. I had a lovely day with my family and got to relax, read a couple of interior magazines and then have Pizza Express for dinner. How was your weekend? I hope it was all you hoped and more.

Lately, I’ve been reading up on successful Interior Designers. I like to find out about how they came into the industry and whether they have a particular aesthetic that I can identify with. Of course, there are many talented and successful interior designers out there, however I’m finding that I don’t necessarily appeal to the work of all of them. The more I look, the more I’m drawn to the work of particular designers and their styles (it’s only natural I suppose).

One such designer, whose work I’ve been keen on is Rose Uniake. She started out as an antiques dealer and opened up an antiques store in Pimlico. One day a client of the store asked her to decorate their home and the rest is history.

You can see her passion for antiques in the interiors she designs. She has a wonderfully toned down style using primarily natural, textured materials such as Wood, Marble and Linen. Her designs mix the serenity of minimalism with the opulence of glamour through the use of carefully selected antiques against a muted and natural colour palette. I like that she has a distinct aesthetic (examples in the 2 homes shown below) and yet has the ability to translate that into different forms. For example, her own home is a classic style with a muted colour palette, and then her clients home is still muted but more contemporary and agressive (black and white) but still with her antique trademark.

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If you want to see more of her work, you can look up her website here.

What do you think? Do you like her style? This is the first post in the series of Designer Profiles. I will be back next week with an Interior Style. Have a lovely day. xD

Image Source: nytimes.com, RoseUniake.com


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