From a career in international trade and shipping Alex has made a smooth transition into the world of interior design. Attracting the attention of Philippa Thorp at the graduation show Alex was interviewed and in work within a week. His success is down to great attention to detail, a very good eye for fabric and colour and a determination to master the art of drawing to showcase his design.
Working as a self-employed garden designer.
Alex Rainford-Roberts Garden & Landscape Design is based in Blackheath, South London. Alex works across London, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Alex studied the Part Time Diploma in Garden Design and won the school’s coveted Planting Design Prize as well as winning a competition to redesign the grounds of the Royal Automobile Club country club in Surrey.
Prior to training in Garden Design, Alex read Philosophy at Cambridge University and also holds a Masters degree (Distinction) in Scenographic Design from Trinity Laban.
Before setting up her own company Alex spent eighteen months working as a Garden Designer for Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist Jo Thompson, where she worked on high-end residential gardens and public realm projects. She has also worked with leading landscape designer Anthony Paul on gardens in France and the UK.
Julia Zeen graduated from Brighton University in 2004 with a degree in Illustration and then went on to work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for the following 12 years.
After studying Garden Design at Inchbald Julia graduated with distinction in 2017 and was also awarded the garden design prize by Antony Paul. During the end of year show Julia was approached by architecture and interior design company Thorp and is now working with them to establish the landscape sector of the business.
Mandy came to Inchbald with a great love of interior design both residential and commercial. She wished to develop a skill for FF&E into that of a more creative all round designer. Drawing was a challenge but she mastered both hand and CAD methods to match her very strong decorative and verbal skills to realise her ambition to work in commercial interiors. She is now working for the Maybourne Hotel Group on iconic hotels such as Claridges and the Barclay.
Rowen came to Inchbald from the world of fine art and as such was strong on conceptual skills but keen for a more practical outlet for his artistic skills. Technical drawing was a challenge but Rowen is a hard worker, focused and determined. His design work is well researched with a distinctive whimsical touch which caught the eye of Michelle Holland at Goddard Littlefair. After a week or two of work experience, Rowan was offered a full-time position.
Working as a garden designer for the internationally renowned Tom Stuart Smith Studio.
Saar studied a BA in Business at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and an MA in Culture Organisation and Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She then worked in the corporate sector for four years at Boston Consulting Group before completing the full-time Diploma in Garden Design with Inchbald in 2016.
After graduating Saar was awarded four stars for her design and installation of a trade stand for the sculptor Charles Rayner at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. In the same year she undertook an internship at the Marcus Barnett studio before joining Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd in June 2017.