Over the coming months, we will be posting a series of interviews and features from leading figures in the Interior Design industry. This month, we talk to Claire Collins; Founder & Creative Director of Concept Interior. Claire and her team caught our eye with their layered and elegant designs which invite and inspire…
Tell us about your company…
Concept Interior is an interior design company based in Bath, England, which started back in 2000. We specialise in both contemporary and traditional interior design.
We serve the Commercial and Residential sectors, providing design and full project management services for both hotel and restaurant interiors, and period and contemporary interiors. My specialist arena is in boutique hotel interior design and architectural interior design.
We are situated in Bath, although most of our clients are located throughout the South West and London and the Home Counties, we have also completed several projects in Devon, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Henley and as far south as Hampshire. Internationally our projects stretch as far as the Algarve in Portugal and Paris, for Disney Inc.
What is your background?
I originally trained as a fine artist at the renowned Corsham Art College & Kingston University before studying interior design.
I then went on to run my own successful practice in South Africa for 10 years, working mainly in Johannesburg and Cape Town where I completed a wide variety of high profile projects from Hilton hotels to private houses, game lodges and country estates. Shortly after my return to England in 2000 I established Concept Interior and have never looked back!
How would you best describe Concept Interior’s design influence?
My personal passions, motivation and drive stem from designing layered and elegant interiors using texture and colour to make spaces which blend, invite and inspire.
At Concept Interior we make sure every detail is carefully considered with equal emphasis on function, craftsmanship and beauty, blending art, antiques and modern furniture alongside bespoke cabinet making, unique lighting and exquisite fabrics.
The practice is well versed in designing to sensitive conservation regulations and approaches each project combining architectural and technical skills with instinctive and educated passion for fine design using a selected network of suppliers and craftsmen to produce carefully costed choices.
Who has inspired you?
Christian Liaigre plays an important role in where I get my inspiration from. He made himself known by his refined, high quality work. Through good use of space and light, basing his design on local cultures and traditions, choice of materials and a special love of art and crafts, Christian Liaigre manages to combine certain modesty with great elegance. His interior architecture and, are far from fashion and trends but synonym to timelessness, calm beauty and subtle luxury. He believes that comfort does not lie in trivial affluence but in delicacy and rareness.
This uniqueness became more and more apparent, marking his identity from the time he opened his first design studio in 1985, to his first showroom in 1987 at Rue de Varenne in Paris, right up to the launching of his brand name in London, Bangkok, New York and St Barthelemy.
What has been your favourite interior/project to date?
I have many as you can imagine, although if I were to choose from my most recent it would have to be the Manor Farm House (of which the photos in this post are from). The location is idyllic and sits within a vast walled garden in the heart of a quintessential English village, overlooked by the church clock tower.
We brought it back, restoring it to its once former grandeur and beauty. Basically from an overgrown derelict shell, into an elegant and balanced family home.
It was a hugely satisfying and a highly inspirational project bringing together and blending so many differing concepts and environments, and cutting a long story short… the interiors were layered with carefully sourced antiques and bespoke pieces, dressed with linen and silk fabrics. This really was the essence and influence creating a timeless interior which like the newly installed oak paneling, felt like it had never left!
What is the best piece of advice anybody has given you?
Something that I truly believe, and is testimonial to the way I operate, is that:
“What is meant for you in life, will not go past you”.
Where can people find out more?
People can find out more by contacting either myself or any of my team! We would love to talk with you, and you can reach us on 01225 329758 or through our website at www.conceptinterior.co.uk.
Please note: This post has NOT been sponsored. We aim to share the best in interiors for all to enjoy!
Images used in this post are copyright Concept Interior.