Piers Northam gained a First in French at Durham University before training at Inchbald in 1989-90. On leaving the course he spent four years working for Derek Frost Associates, a small London-based design practice specialising in high-end residential interior design and furniture design. Projects ranged from the refurbishment of houses in this country and France to the interiors for ‘Philanderer’, a 40m Mirabella class yacht, built in Thailand.
This was followed by a period at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, working with Imogen Taylor and Pierre Serrurier. This part of his career consolidated his knowledge in interior decoration and historical detailing and also saw the beginning of a long association with Kuwait and involvement in a whole series of residential projects there.
In 1997 he set up Piers Northam Design Consultancy, working on a free-lance basis combining projects for private clients with design, spatial planning, visualisation and joinery detailing work for a range of other Decorators. It was at this time that he also began to teach on a part-time basis at Inchbald and, since then, he has been a regular tutor and lecturer on both the Architectural Interior Design course and the Decoration Certificate course.
Since 2009 Piers has been a member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for Chelmsford Diocese, advising on the re-ordering and furnishing of churches in Essex and East London.
In 2014 he moved over to full-time teaching, taking up the post of Assistant Director of the Interior Design and Decoration Faculty. He is a good communicator – drawing on skills accrued studying foreign languages and dealing with a wide range of people in his working life: clients, artisans, suppliers, builders and students. He loves the challenge of finding different ways to convey ideas and to open students’ eyes to the richness and possibilities of a career in interior design.