Category Archives: Inchbald Alumni

Big Success Story

When Principal Alan Hughes interviewed Ziad Alonaizy in 2014 he was startled to be informed that the prospective student was an orthopaedic surgeon.   It was a most unusual background, but Inchbald is well known for change of career applicants and an urge to re-arrange a patient for the patient’s benefit does perhaps indicate a desire to improve, a fundamental attitude of designers.

So Ziad joined Inchbald, became student rep, graduated with Distinction and the Finchatton prize and is referred to by the School Secretary as ’the shining light’!  

Since Inchbald, Ziad has worked for distinguished Inchbald graduate and well known designer Stephen Ryan and has designed his own range of furniture which he put on display at Decorex this year, with great success.   In addition he is presently engaged on the design of a house in Portugal, an Hotel in Oxfordshire, and a penthouse in Paris.   Not surprisingly he is short of sleep but he is certainly not losing sleep over the progress of his career.

When he joined Inchbald he was aware that his life was taking a dramatic turn;   it was a very brave decision to return to school but he took it with confidence and his courage has been justified.   In his second career he is embarking on a big adventure and we at 

Inchbald have no doubt that his name will resonate in the world of interior design.

 

Michelle Holland: Summer Exhibition 2017 Judge

At Inchbald we are privileged to have distinguished judges to review the work of our graduates but it was a particular delight to invite former student Michelle Holland back to the School for the 2017 presentation of awards.

Michelle was a memorable student from the class of 2007 coming to the School with a degree in languages and several years experience working as a Hotel Consultant for PKF Hotel Experts then running Market Research for Swiss International Air Lines. She brought creative flair, and a serious sense of business like efficiency to her course work as she tenaciously acquired the skills to make her dream of being an interior designer a reality.

Her final project was an ambitious reworking the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, through a connection made when the then Head of Design for Hilton International came to talk to Inchbald students.  Michelle presented her final work at Cadogan Hall, which was also the venue for her debut as an Inchbald judge this year.

Michelle went to work for Mary Fox Linton, straight after her graduation and after several years moved to Desalles Flint. She is currently an Associate at Goddard Littlefair where she works principally on designing both small and large scale luxury hotels.

The work at this year’s exhibition was in Michelle’s words, “impressive” and she was struck by the variety and finesse of the projects on show.  In her awards speech, she congratulated all those exhibiting, recognising their hard work and the determination it takes to produce work of such a high calibre.  This was an especially significant remark made by a very successful graduate who embarked on an Inchbald course with no experience of design and has subsequently proved herself an asset to the profession.  Her current success comes as no surprise to the staff at Inchbald.

Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, Goddard Littlefair (c)

Alan Hughes. Principal

Inchbald Seoul

Inchbald launches a new garden design school in Korea – Inchbald Seoul

Inchbald was founded to provide professional education for aspiring interior designers. With a great personal interest in gardens and landscaping, founder Jacqueline Duncan extended the programmes to include the study of Garden Design and our graduates have gone on to spectacular careers.

Inchbald has always attracted an international student body, which in itself offers greater diversity to those studying here, and in 1992 Inchbald was approached with a view to establishing a link with a school in Jeddah in order to start an Interior Design department. The Future Centre (Jeddah) is now a well established success.

Inchbald is now collaborating with Master of Arts in Garden Design graduate Young Ok Kim to start a Garden Design School in Seoul, a challenge which is most exciting and which we are sure will prove to be just as popular and successful as the Jeddah establishment.

Inchbald Seoul is launching its first course, a six month Diploma, on 12th May 2017.

For further information please see below:-

Tel:  + 82-2-722-1121
Email:   inchbaldseoul@naver.com
Website:   Inchbaldseoul.com
Blog:   blog.naver.com/inchbaldseoul

Lessons From The Masters

Everyone seeks inspiration from iconic figures, both past and present – for creative guidance or for ways in which they have built their careers.   Henriette von Stockhausen (Inchbald Alumni) will join Giles Kime, interiors editor at Country Life, Stephen Lewis and Bunny Turner at London Design Week 2017 on Sunday 12th March in a session ‘Lessons From The Masters’ to explore what they have learned from the aesthetic heroes who have influenced their life and work.

You can attend by clicking the link here:

Lessons From The Masters

Inchbald, at the forefront of Garden Design 2017

Inchbald students, both past and present are at the forefront of Garden Design in 2017

2017 started with great excitement at the Society of Garden Designers Awards.  Inchbald graduate Dan Lobb won the two awards; Judges choice and Designing for Community Space with his project Breaker’s Yard. The judges said it was “An intriguing space. Fantastic design that has been very well handled. Characterful touches that really engage the community”.  Dan then went on to win the coveted Paper Landscape Award for his design Wishhanger.  The judges commented “A design that seamlessly blends the landscape with the architecture in a sensitive very beautiful way.  An extremely accomplished piece of work that shows great sensitivity to the landscape.”

Daniel Lobb’s Breaker’s Yard at Sutton House

The SGD also awarded John Brookes MBE The SGD Special Award for the Society’s most inspiration Fellows, a special Award at the SGD Awards Ceremony for his contribution to the industry.  John was a pioneering Director of the garden school in the early seventies and still has very strong links to the faculty.

Sophie Walker who graduated from Inchbald less than three years ago has teamed up with Anish Kapoor and Zaha Hadid Architects to submit an exciting competition entry to design The Holocaust Memorial in the shadow of The Palace of Westminster.  Her design is currently on show at Number 10 Downing Street.

“Our project, for the Holocaust Memorial in London, starts with a Memorial Grove of Cypress trees that lead to the National Monument, which is an abstracted form in the shape of a vast rock or meteorite. It sits half buried in the site and is to be viewed from an underground gallery or memorial hall, in which the object hovers above the viewer with a looming presence.

Also at this level, the exhibition space and the other public amenities can be accessed. Above ground the memorial can be entered through an opening in the form. It leads to an inner chamber, which is a perfect sphere. This is intended as a space of contemplation and it is our intention that it should be silent and at a low luminosity.

Meteorites, mountains and stones are often at the center if places of re ection, especially in the Jewish tradition. They call on the vastness of nature to be a witness to our humanity.

A memorial to the Holocaust must be contemplative and silent, such that it evokes our empathy. It must be a promise to future generations that this terrible chapter in human history can never occur again.”  

–       Anish Kapoor

You can see Dan Lobbs work at www.daniellobb.co.uk and check out Sophie Walkers competition entry here

 

Strong soundness is a result of proper nutrition and hygiene. How can drugs hels up? You can purchase medications directly your desktop. There are many good medications existing online. You can get drug to treat chronic treatment of the symptoms of osteoarthritis or muscle spasms. Certainly it isn’t all. What about how long does cialis 5mg last and sexual problems? Last ten years many families search online for the exact keyword ‘how long does cialis last 20 mg‘ on search engines. Some people who drink excessively like cocaine find it tight to maintain an erection and turn to erectile malfunction drugs. So it’s great to know about it. Having erectile dysfunction can be a real challenge. Depression can dampen your desire and can cause erectile dysfunction. It affects all sides of breath including sex drive. There are varied medicines for men’s sexual disfunction. If you order any erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis, check with a health care producer that they are secure to take with your other remedies. Get medical help if you have any kind of a side effect to this preparation. Talk to your heartiness care purveyor to see if it’s safe to make the switch.

5 Minutes With Henrietta Spencer-Churchill

What influnces Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, one of the UK’s leading interior designers and an Inchbald alumni?

My mother was artistic and I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by beautiful architecture, and I think that influenced me more than anything else.

Prior to arriving at the Inchbald School (age 18), I had lived in Florence and Paris which developed my love of European architecture as at that time I was studying History of Art and Languages.  It was a very good grounding as I knew I wanted to continue in that field but I was not certain of exactly what I wanted to do.  When I got back to London that summer I was adamant that I did not want to do a secretarial course, as many of my friends had, which is when I turned to thinking about interior design and applied to do the  Inchbald course.

I was passionate about interior design and the motivation from the tutors at Inchbald helped me to excel.  Following my time at the school I got my first job with Diana Hanbury; this was the perfect opportunity for me as it was a small company which allowed me to get exposure to clients and projects as Diana threw me in at the deep end.  This installed a lot of self-confidence which has been vital in this industry.

My current practice Spencer-Churchill Designs and Woodstock Designs, was started in 1981 with a shop in Woodstock and an office/studio in London. I often have interns from The Inchbald but also try to nurture and develop local talent from the community.  Whilst I still take on commissions in London and worldwide ( I have a US company also Spencer-Churchill Designs Inc)  I have built a reputation specializing in then renovation and refurbishment of listed properties, which hails back to my upbringing at Blenheim and my love of the Georgian era.

Strong health is a result of proper nutrition and hygiene. How can drugs hels up? You can purchase medications directly your desktop. There are many good medications existing online. You can get preparation to treat chronic treatment of the symptoms of osteoarthritis or muscle spasms. Certainly it isn’t all. What about how long does cialis 5mg last and sexual problems? Last ten years many families search online for the exact keyword ‘how long does cialis last 20 mg‘ on search engines. Some folk who drink excessively like cocaine find it difficult to maintain an hard-on and turn to erectile dysfunction drugs. So it’s significant to know about it. Having erectile disfunction can be a real challenge. Depression can dampen your desire and can cause erectile malfunction. It affects all sides of life including sex drive. There are varied medicines for men’s sexual disfunction. If you order any erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis, check with a soundness care producer that they are secure to take with your other remedies. Get medical help if you have any kind of a side effect to this medicament. Talk to your health care purveyor to see if it’s safe to make the switch.