Emily Johnson

Founder 1882ltd
Graduated 2010

After graduating with a PG Dip in Architectural Interior Design, Emily worked for Studio Reed and Suzanne Trocme at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The development of a lighting project encouraged Emily to consider fine bone china as a potential material to achieve a particular design for the London Design Festival, in the process Emily and her father Christopher formed 1882 Ltd.

This design-led ceramic brand, with production firmly based in Stoke on Trent, was formed by fourth and fifth generations of the Johnson Brothers family and marks a return, some 132 years later, of the Johnson family business.

Emily’s main focus is to marry traditional skill and craft with contemporary designers and she has collaborated with Pinch, Faye Toogood and Max Lamb amongst others to create innovative and startling results. Her role is that of Designer/Director and she is engaged with commissioning new designs and preserving and promoting English ceramics to a world market. Her experience at Inchbald was significant in developing her creative skills whilst building expertise in project management and commissioning.

Philip Lawson Johnston

Glass engraver
Graduated 1969 – History of Design

Philip has been a hand-engraver of glass since 1971. Being self-taught, starting with a second-hand dentist’s drill he shared with his brother, also an engraver, he has achieved international recognition through his specially commissioned works for individuals and organisations around the world. After working at various studios in London he has been based in Oxford since 1988 and works from home.

In January 2009 he was granted a Royal Warrant to be Hand-Engraver of Glass to Her Majesty the Queen. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers. In 2014, he had three pieces short-listed for the Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards, winning the Silver Artist Award.

Philip works mostly to commission and his subject matter ranges widely, covering heraldry, inscriptions, company logos, buildings and portraits. He particularly enjoys wildlife scenes and floral designs inspired by his love of the natural world.

You can see his work at Holland & Holland, Bruton Street, London, W1; Patrick Mavros in Fulham Road, London, SW3; Ray Ward, Cadogan place, London and The Wykeham Galleries, Stockbridge, Hampshire.

“My intention is to create on glass designs that not only are pleasing to the eye and accurate in what they portray, but also reflect in some way the care and attention to detail of the Creator, as observed in the world around us.”

Melissa Tyler

National Trust
Graduated 2012

Melissa graduated with Post Graduate Degree in Architectural Interior Design and then spent two years working on interior for Enarch Architects on residential projects in Hyde Park, Chelsea and Marylebone.

Melissa received her MA in the History of Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art in June 2017. Her research focused on domestic interiors and heritage. An essay titled ‘Decoration: The English Country House as Domestic Heritage 1948-1978’ focused on how interior decoration can shape and reflect shifting ideologies about heritage. Her dissertation research explored the inter-war work of the interior decorator and taste maker Nancy Lancaster.

She is also interested in developing exhibitions that redefine how historians can present their research. The first, ‘Reimagining Objects: A History of Design Exhibition’, took place at the Royal College of Art Hockney Gallery in February 2016.

Sophie Walker

Garden designer and author
Graduated 2013


Based in London, Sophie makes gardens in the UK and internationally.  Her expansive new design for the De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands, opened on 16th September 2017 in celebration of their 25 year anniversary.  In Haywards Heath, UK, Sophie is currently working on a commission to redesign an area of Borde Hill Gardens, due to open to the public in September 2017.  In London, Sophie is working in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects and Anish Kapoor as one of ten shortlisted teams for a UK government commission for a new national Holocaust Memorial on the River Thames besides the Houses of Parliament.

She has received a commission to design a public memorial garden in memory of the great human rights activist Helen Bamber. Private UK-based projects include residential gardens in and around London and a large scale design on the Sussex coast.  Sophie’s enthusiasm for travel has led her to projects as far afield as Japan, India and Sri Lanka and Bahamas.

After studying art history, Sophie returned to her studies to qualify in horticulture, plant science and later, garden design at Inchbald.  In 2014 Sophie became the youngest woman to design a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Cave Pavilion, sponsored by the Garden Museum, London.

Sophie’s first book, The Japanese Garden, has recently been published by Phaidon in October 2017.   This comprehensive publication features 92 of Japan’s finest gardens, ranging from historic shrine gardens to contemporary urban designs.

For her gardens, Sophie has previously won the People’s Choice Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace for her A Valley Garden as well as a RHS Silver-Gilt Medal Show Garden and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal for Cave Pavilion.

Young Ok

Founder of Inchbald Seoul
Graduated 2016

After studying a BA in Tourism management, Young Ok previously had a 10 year career organising trade shows and conferences in S. Korea. She then studied the full-time Diploma in Garden Design with Inchbald in 2014 and won The Society of Garden Designers Award at graduation.

After the Diploma Course, Young Ok completed an MA at Glyndŵr University with the topic, ‘How far does a designer’s identity influence garden design style’ in 2016. After an internship with Diarmuid Gavin She then returned to South Korea to launch the successful foundation of Inchbald Seoul.

Suzanne Hind

Garden Designer and PR consultant
Graduated 2009


Suzanne heads a team of creative PR consultants with over 20 years’ experience in consumer public relations.

Although they work predominantly in the garden and landscape design sector, their collective expertise covers many fields from architecture and design to property development and regeneration and she enjoys bringing her experience from these creative industries into the horticultural world.

Suzanne’s combined experience is broad. She has worked for small design-led companies, individual designers, large international brands, public sector organisations and UK charities.  She is experienced at running national PR campaigns at a strategic level and at building and handling high profile news stories.  Her background as a garden design brings a creative, intelligent thought process providing an efficient and professional service that delivers strong results.