Name: Michele Longoni
Course: Full Time Diploma Interior Design
What were you doing before KLC and why did you decide to study at the school?
I gained a BA in Fashion & Textile Design and worked as a designer for high-end women's wear companies in New York and London where I was awarded with prizes for innovation and excellence in design. Private property development commissions opened my eyes to what you can create with knowledge of interior design.
In my years as a fashion designer I always had a strong three-dimensional vision teamed with a sense of proportion, colour combination and style. But I also enjoyed the collaborative process, client contact and sense of permanence that comes with interiors that you don’t get with fashion.
I ultimately decided to change career to interior design in order to apply my ideas in a larger scale, focusing on space planning with exacting solutions and creative schemes. My desire was to create something that would last longer than trends in fashion and to focus on the client in order to create something that they could enjoy for years to come.
Can you identify some of the highlights and challenges of your time at KLC?
It is an intensive course but it really prepares you for the interior designer’s life after graduation. Not only for the skills that the course provides you with but it also teaches you multitasking and work under pressure.
How has your career evolved since graduating?
Thanks to the KLC prizes program during my graduation I was awarded the Condé Nast World of Interiors prize. Since then I worked with well-established designer to get more experience and launched my own company in 2014. I’ve completed a mixture of residential and retail projects in Milan, Moscow, France and London; the city where my company is based.
What kind of projects have you been working on recently?
I focus mostly on residential but more and more I’ve been working in the retail and commercial sector - designing furniture showrooms, high-end fair stands, luxury hair salon and the communal areas for apartment buildings.
A selection of Michele's design work