Q&A with Lucinda Worner
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Back in January, we launched a competition with KLC School of Design to offer one budding interior designer a scholarship for their 2014/2015 diploma course. The lucky winner was Lucinda Worner, who impressed the judges with her natural talent. Our brief was to design a scheme for a studio apartment in central London that overlooked Hyde Park and whose occupants were a creative couple. Lucinda’s winning entry took inspiration from the client’s career in fashion, and the leafy, park landscape was reflected in her chosen colour palette.
As she embarks upon her second term at the school, we caught up with Lucinda to find out a little more about her…
What were you doing before you entered the KLC competition?
For the past 13 years, I worked in marketing and public relations for interior design firms – originally in-house for a design company and more recently as a consultant to a number of different interior designers and boutique developers.
When did your passion for interior design start?
I have always been fascinated by interior design and how it can influence not just the look and layout of a space, but the entire atmosphere. However, it was working alongside interior designers and seeing a project develop from the initial concept through to the finished product that really fuelled my passion for interior design and gave me an invaluable insight into the industry.
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What have you learnt so far on the course and what do you hope to achieve by the end?
The course covers everything from creating a concept through to detailed technical drawings, so it is incredible how much we have learnt already. For me, learning how to communicate your ideas through drawings and sketches, rather than just via computers, is an invaluable tool that I hope to continue to develop and be able to put to good use in the future.
How would you define your interiors style?
I wouldn’t say I adhere to a particular style or look; instead, I admire interiors that combine elegance with practicality, whether that is a room with beautiful joinery that conceals storage, so you can hide the children’s toys at night, or recessed lighting in skirting that both draws the eye to the end of a corridor, whilst illuminating the way. You want a home to be admired yet inviting.
What interiors trend are you enjoying at the moment?
I’m always slightly wary of following trends, as they can quickly date an interior; however, incorporating small elements into a space, can certainly transform and update a room. This winter, traditional tartan is making an appearance in everything from curtains to wallpaper, and when used alongside plainer fabrics, can be a great way of introducing pattern and colour to a room. If you’re not quite brave enough for Vivienne Westwood’s wallpaper, try OKA’s beautiful plaid throw over the end of a bed or arm of a sofa.
Is there a key piece that you think no home should be without?
I think lighting plays an enormous role in a room and as such, a statement light is certainly something that can be invaluable to a space. Whether it is a dramatic floor lamp that illuminates your favourite reading chair or an intricate table lamp that merely creates an ambience in the corner of the room, lights instantly transform both the look and the feel of a space and have the added benefit of being easily transferable when you move home!
What would be your dream interiors project?
I love travelling abroad, so a beach fronted home in the Caribbean would certainly be on my list!
Do you have any design rules that you always follow?
There is little point in designing a space that people are frightened to use or sit down in, for fear of ruining the ‘look’, so I think it’s important to always consider who is going to use the space and design accordingly. Experiment with textures and lighting to create contrast and always allocate more storage than you think you need, as you will always fill it!
What’s your favourite piece and look from OKA?
I really like how the Manhattan Masterpiece injects a natural palette with accents of colour to make the rooms come alive and draw your eye to certain features. It also shows how by using different tones of a particular colour carefully placed around the room, you can create an impact without having to invest in block colour.
The Drummond Sideboard is a lovely example of a storage unit that ticks both the practical and elegant boxes. The geometric patterns add interest to the façade, yet still allow for a hint of what is inside to show through. It would look great in a kitchen with a fabulous bright piece of artwork hanging above it.