1.61 London was successfully chosen as one of the worlds leading design names for 2021. See the interview with our co-founders below.
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
1.61 London was set up by my brother and I. The business was set up to find and create uniquely designed properties throughout the prime areas of London and the wider world. And unlike most interior designers the main experience my brother and I had was on the valuation side of the property business. This is a key component of any design 1.61 London undertakes – always ensuring that the work done is a good investment alongside delivering a beautiful home.
How would you describe your personal design style?
1.61 London delivers a seamless integration of the very latest in finishes, furniture, implementation and technology. We undertake such a variety of finishes and looks that there isn’t one style we prefer.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Inspiration comes from so many different sources. When working with a client they are the main source of inspiration for the project but on our developments, it can be a key component of the location or a unique product we can implement in a development.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Clients are continuing to push towards more luxurious designs but in an elegant and tasteful way.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
- Is it unique
- Does it create a luxurious aesthetic
- Has the latest technology been integrated simply
- Is the design enduring
- Is the design value enhancing
For us these don’t change
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Plan everything before you start your project however long that process takes.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
They are very important as they give designers a platform to showcase their achievements to a wider audience and hopefully receive recognition for that work
What projects are you currently working on?
We are working on a range of projects from around the world. We have a 200 unit new build as part of the redevelopment of the Southwark Firestation, two stunning listed houses in Belgravia which are undergoing extensions and complete redevelopment, a boho-chic co-working space in Malaysia and an ultra modern sea side property in Malibu as well as some smaller interior design projects in central London.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To deliver a complete one stop solution in the property industry for our clients across all areas
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession? Cartier Watch
Your favourite holiday destination? Monaco
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? Hotel Du Cap
Your favourite book / film / song? Shawshank Redemption
Your favourite food and drink? Steak and good wine
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words) Designing a new project and coming up with ideas
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Politician
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