Above—Left to Right—Russell Sage , Katharine Pooley and Beate Heuman . Interviewed by Sarah Spiteri
Conversations in Design—London Design Week Sunday 10th March 2019
DESIGN HERITAGE: INSPIRED BY THE PAST TO REIMAGINE THE FUTURE
Russell Sage -Spoke about how he bought antiques to give something unique to a clients home. He advises when working on an historical building to add to the history with antiques as there is nothing better for client to feel they have something unique. He will modify an antique to fit the interior and to repurpose it. Working on the Goring Hotel his company are remodelling the bathrooms and will keep the marble from the original bathrooms. Now he is working on the Reform Club he is using Sir Charles Barry’s original design drawings archived at the V&A as inspiration.
Beata Heuman—She advises not to take out original features of a property and to respect what is there. To introduce modern elements in the fine details ie. Taps and tiles.
Katharine Pooley—Spoke about allowing the foundations of building to speak for itself. As Interior Architects they complete a feasibility study on a historical building to see what is possible to alter and what should stay. To keep as many original fittings as possible. Ultimately the client and the house dictate the style. Katharine touched on the Great Gatsby themed pop-up she created for Turnell & Gigon and how theatrical it looks compared to designing for a home. Heritage can be created by adding antiques to a scheme as it gives a richness. She is always returning to inspiration she has seen on her travels. Not to rely on Instagram and instead get inspiration from travelling.