Interior Design Inspiration from 6 Great British Interior Designers

The Resident takes a look at the signature styles of some of Britain’s best-known interior designers, from William Yeoward to Kit Kemp, and picks out the best buys to help you get the look at home…

Story: Kara O’Reilly

1 William Yeoward
William Yeoward opened his first store back in 1985, inspired to create the kinds of pieces he couldn’t find for his numerous interior design schemes. His elegant style combines classicism and longevity, with a focus on comfort; not to mention embracing pattern, a considered colour palette and the odd playful piece.

‘Design is naturally an opinion,’ says William, ‘and this one happens to be mine. It’s very important to know what you like and stick with it. Be inspired and be decisive, and all will be well.’

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2 Kit Kemp
Kit Kemp is the co-owner and Design Director of the Firmdale hotel group, which counts the Haymarket Hotel, Number Sixteen and the Crosby Street Hotel amongst its ten properties in London and New York. She is renowned for her use of colour and talent in combining pattern, art and unexpected juxtapositions in her striking interiors.

‘I am a designer who enjoys using colour,’ says Kit. ‘I like to make custom pieces for a room so it has an originality and quality of detail. Scale is important, whether a new build or period property.’

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3 Joanna Wood
Joanna Wood set up her business when she was just 25 and, as well as running her influential interior design practice, also has a shop and online store. Her style is all about classical English influences combined with judicious contemporary touches.

‘I have worked very hard to not have a branded look or style,’ says Joanna, ‘our mantra is good taste and comfort. I create specifically for the client, the architecture and the brief; making clients happy is the reason I do this job. That being said, I love working with period features and fitting in modern living details and design elements.’

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4 Martin Waller
Martin Waller set up his interiors business, Andrew Martin, nearly 30 years ago and founded the well-regarded International Interior Designer of the Year Award in 1996. His distinctive look is global traveller-cum-English eclectic or, in other words, blending a whole host of ideas and inspirations from a great many cultures and sources.

‘My favourite room is the library at my home in Ashington,’ says Martin, ‘because it has all of the things I like the most: old books, antiquities, family stuff and old toys. My style is multi-layered, multicultural, multi-faceted and masculine, and this room reflects that.’

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5 Carden Cunietti
Working in partnership since 1996, design duo Carden Cunietti have a sophisticated eye, creating bold interiors that particularly play with texture and tone. Their signature look is based on unexpected combinations and luxurious finishes, which they use to dramatic effect.

‘Our design intent is to work closely with the client to create the best environment for their needs,’ say Carden Cunietti. ‘We love using luxurious fabrics, furnishings and finishes from around the globe.’

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6 Suzy Hoodless
Suzy Hoodless set up her interiors business in 2000 and has since become the go-to designer for the kinds of cool, contemporary, colourful and chic interiors that are a mainstay of modern style. Her work spans both residential and commercial projects.

‘I want interiors to be curated, timeless, humorous, unexpected, discerning, design-led, modern classic; an alchemy of styles and periods,’ says Suzy.

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