British interior designer and author, Abigail Ahern, is known for her highly individual approach to design. Her ‘Creating Chemistry’ design lecture is part of the all-day masterclass on Wednesday 28 September.
What is your earliest ‘design’ moment, the one that perhaps set you on your path?
The earliest, earliest moment was at seven when I got my sister to save up her pocket money to rip up our pink carpet and paint our floorboards. Things really came together when I started working on the picture desk at Sir Terence Conran’s publishing company, researching and finding interiors images.
What interior design projects are you currently working on? I’m fully into designing a comprehensive homeware range as well as working on a number of big residential projects.
What things most inspire your work? Travel is a huge inspiration. Nearer to home, walking through this amazing city of ours is another; from the colours of the fallen leaves in Hyde Park to some graffiti in East London, which is inspiring a bedding range.
What three items would you save from a fire? A concrete chair (I’m guessing it would take the longest time to burn so maybe I should save other stuff first?!), but it’s the first thing I ever bought for the house and I adore it. Other than that, my art. It’s taken a long time to build the collection, so I would hate to lose it.
What is the trick to successfully juxtaposing quite disparate elements within a space?
The thing about having a kaleidoscopic selection of stuff is there has to be some sort of commonality between items. Be that shape, texture, or a blending of harmonious hues. Otherwise, it tends to all look a little crazy and jarring so the trick is to link, but link subtly.
Design Lecture Ticket Information
BOOKING HOTLINE 020 7352 1900 http://www.dcch.co.uk Design All Day Masterclass: £20 Location: SPACE, Third Floor, South Dome