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Q. What was your background before KLC?
A. From studying psychology and philosophy at University, I invested in a career in financial professional services with PwC. I spent 18 years travelling the world, building teams and helping solve client’s problems and loved it!
Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A. I’ve lived in many different places and countries and from a young age would spend hours reimagining spaces - how they could be improved and what emotions this could evoke, a habit that hasn’t left me. I’d reached a position in my life where I wanted to pursue this passion and solve problems in a more creative and engaging way.
Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A. The course is challenging, engaging and extensive. I can’t believe how much I have learnt in what is a relatively short space of time – reassuring that at any age or walk of life you can still learn, develop and achieve.
Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A. My passion is to ensure great design is accessible, inclusive, sustainable and socially/emotionally minded - whether that’s on a small residential scale or on a larger commercial offering. I would describe my skillset as an all-rounder from concept development to technical drawing to producing engaging presentations and visuals - all underpinned by strong problem solving.
Q. What space inspires you?
A. Spaces that take advantage of the natural light and physical environment around it. For me this is the foundation for a strong emotional connection.
Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A. I don’t have any one favourite designer and love a variety of design from product to interiors to architecture. What I respect and admire most is the ability to take something that may look obvious or common and with a unique interpretation can change it into something completely different and engaging. Whether that’s through use of form, materiality or manipulation.
Q. Where to from here?
A. A well-deserved summer break! I would love to join an architectural practice that understands the significant benefits to providing a highly collaborative cradle to grave service that includes all aspects of exterior and interior design.
STUDY TIP - Trust the design process! And keep moving through each stage of it Ð you never feel ready to move to the next stage but most often it unlocks any creative block or helps resolve issues youÕve been pondering on for a while. But most importantly have fun! Abigail Laybourne