Anji Connell graduated from the Garden Design School in 2011 and now lives and works in Hong Kong and writes regularly for Prolandscaper. After a year with an Interiors Company in Hong Kong Anji set up her own practice. She has an International and extensive client list encompassing both commercial, residential and marine projects. Most recently Anji has completed a Boutique Hotel and is currently working on several interior and landscape projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the UK.
Sarah Watson graduated from the Interior Design School with Distinction and was awarded the school prize for interior decoration. Sarah’s background is in fine antique restoration, gilding and specialist finishes for interiors; as a gilding and specialist finishes decorator Sarah has worked on many prestigious interior design projects, from penthouse apartments in Moscow, Georgian houses in Mayfair to private members clubs in Soho. She is now company director of Woodford Architecture and Interiors.
After graduating from the Garden Design School Kamelia Bin Zaal returned to Dubai inspired to create intuitive and stylised outdoor living spaces. Shortly thereafter she began her career as a freelance garden designer working on residential villas until she established her own landscape architectural practice, Second Nature, in 2006, working on both large commercial projects and unique residential jobs. Kamelia later formed an association with her family’s prestigious property development, Al Barari, where Second Nature, now part of Green Works, created the lush botanic surrounds that the address has become recognised for. Kamelia is also the first ever Emirati landscape designer to participate at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2015 and her debut garden was awarded a prestigious Silver Gilt Medal.
Imraan Ismail was born in South Africa and moved to London in 2008. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Africa, collecting design inspiration from across the globe. A decade’s practice in law provided him with a solid platform for his design practice, offering his clients the benefit of an analytical mind, sound communication skills and excellent attention to detail. Combining his previous experience and further study in interior architectural design, his practice offers clients a full service in new builds, renovations and bespoke interior design.
Prior to establishing her interior design firm in 2010, Soledad Suarez de Lezo, a young entrepreneur, lived in Madrid where she attended Law School and ultimately became a lawyer, only to realize she had another dream to fulfill. She therefore spent two years in Christie´s London and Inchbald School of Design gaining a vast knowledge of Fine and Decorative Arts and Interior Design. Her love for all things design and especially those dedicated to decoration, led her to pursue her dream with the same strength and passion she puts onto everything she does.
Upon her return to Madrid, her talent did not go unnoticed and she had the privilege of working alongside leading Spanish interior designers for a number of years. She gained the refined set of skills and confidence she needed to start her own firm, Soledad Suárez de Lezo Interior Design.
Born out of a shared passion for design, the Design Group is run and managed by Inchbald-educated, husband-and-wife team, Staffan and Monique Tollgård. As Creative Director, Staffan has crystallised his design ethos into two principles: the search for the Scandinavian notion of the distinctive ‘Red Thread’ or creative DNA in each project, and the commitment to the creation of ‘functional sculpture’. These twin philosophies have culminated in the creation of a home for the best of contemporary design curated from around the world in their London-based Design Store and a new arm to the business as Staffan focuses on product design for leading international brands.
Monique leads the interior design arm of the company together with Inchbald-trained Rosalind Calow. Comprising of four teams of architectural interior designers, technicians and support staff, the Design Group works on a variety of projects for private and developer clients, from large-scale new builds, listed refurbishments to decorative projects around the world.
Donohoe Design’s founder Ryan Donohoe graduated with honours from the Landscape Horticulture Program at Capilano College in North Vancouver (2006) and furthered his education by graduating from Inchbald with a Postgraduate Diploma in Garden Design in 2012. He describes his year spent at Inchbald as being ‘transformative’. He goes on to explain that it allowed him to not only explore the world of art and architecture, both of which heavily influence his garden design trade, but also allowed him to learn the techniques for skilled garden design from some of the best in the business.
Serena Fremantle graduated from the Garden Design School in 2012 having achieved a distinction. She was immediately offered freelancing work with the award-winning designer, Jo Thompson.
Of her work, she says: ‘I aim to interpret the client’s personal style and carry it through from the interior to the exterior. I design with respect for the surrounding architecture and landscape in order to achieve harmonious and individual outside spaces’. The end results are sophisticated and serene gardens of a timeless quality that embrace the use of calming colours and textures.
After graduating from Inchbald Online in 2012 Catherine Carpenter went on to co-found with Patricia Arias, Folk of London, an interior design studio and shop offering inspiring and eclectic décor, furniture and wares. Folk of London is vibrant and cutting edge with a strong tradition of designers and local makers. Our spirit combined with a passion for travel derives our characterful and unconventional style.
Cristina Jorge de Carvalho lives in Lisbon where she studied Business Management at ISCTE but quickly gave in to her passion for Architecture and Interior Design which motivated the shift in her professional career and a subsequent move to London. There, she concluded a specialization in Interior Design at the Inchbald School of Design.
Upon graduation she returned to Lisbon and founded the Cristina Jorge de Carvalho Interior and Architecture Design atelier, leading a team of professionals highly qualified in Architecture and Interior Design.
After her graduation in 1979 from the Inchbald School of Interior Design Diana Yakeley joined Yakeley Associates in 1981. She was awarded an OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016, in recognition for services to the interior design profession.
A multi award-winning designer, Diana Yakeley has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, spanning over thirty-five years and embracing interior, garden and furniture design for projects in Britain and internationally. Her work covers all aspects of contemporary design, both residential and commercial, including a commission from The British Government during the London 2012 Olympics to showcase the best of British design to world leaders, policy makers and investors.
Diana has served as President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) for two terms and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (FCSD).
After graduation from the Interior Design School Emily Johnson and her father Christopher formed 1882 Ltd. This is a design-led ceramics brand produced in Stoke on Trent, England formed by fourth and fifth generations of the Johnson Brothers family.
n 1882 the Johnson Brothers began producing ceramics in the heart of the Stoke-on-Trent Potteries. 134 years later 1882 Ltd. continues the Johnson legacy with the company name evoking the deep routes of the family heritage.
Upon graduation Mark Whiting founded Contemporanium, a garden design company in the heart of the Balearic Island of Mallorca. The company create beautiful, low maintenance and sustainable outdoor living spaces mainly in Mallorca, Ibiza and London.