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In Good Company: Suzy Hoodless

July 2019

Interior designer Suzy Hoodless discusses how fashion influences interiors and the tantalising world of decorative wall finishes.

When was the business founded, and why?

In 2000, as a natural move from the world of setting up shoots as Interiors Editor at Wallpaper* Magazine at its inception to creating schemes for clients.

How many staff?

Six

Where is it based?

Holland Park, West London

What is your latest significant achievement or project of note?

Every project we work on is a significant achievement. We are looking forward to the completion of an apartment at Albany and working on a very large family home in Hampstead as well as an Old Rectory in Shropshire. I always know we have achieved success when near the end I want to move in!  That’s the sign for me.

What is your best selling product?

Our Flamingo tapestry wall hanging for The Rug Company remains a firm favourite. I have one in my home in my daughter’s bedroom and it never fails to raise a smile.

I’ve just discovered…

Pierre Frey’s wallpaper L’Esterel. We are researching landscape wallpapers and muralists for a project at Albany, Piccadilly, where a client’s brief has led us into a tantalising world of decorative wall finishes.

Who inspires me…

Great architects; Oscar Niemeyer, Pierre Chareau and Mies van der Rohe, all of whom have provided inspiration for recent projects.

I’ve always been a fan of…

Fashion. I love to see how colours and shapes transfer from the catwalk to interiors. As a studio who are known for our use of colour, this is just one of my sources of inspiration.

My highlight of the last 12 months…

The completion of AllBright private members’ club, a glamorous home-from-home for its members over five floors of a Mayfair townhouse. We designed bars, restaurants, co-working spaces, wellness areas, a lounge and a rooftop terrace. A palette of warm pinks and soft greens is mixed with exotic marbles, polished plaster, mirror and colourful wallpapers.

My next design trip is to…

Great Dixter. We are researching for an Arts and Crafts home in Hampstead, which will be a modern take on the aesthetic.

 

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