Harriet Gordon

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Q. What was your background before KLC? 
A: Before KLC I enjoyed a happy transatlantic career in Beauty PR. Building brands in London and New York with an emphasis on presenting beauty brands alongside fashion.

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: Increasingly my creative enjoyment had shifted into the world of interiors. Having spent much of my time on my own homes, I realised the relationship between happiness, lifestyle and your surroundings.

Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: It really opened my eyes. It was very comprehensive, and allowed me to look in to areas of interior design I was not previously aware of. Being submerged in the Design Centre was a wonderful symbiotic relationship.

Q. What are your design strengths/weaknesses?
A: My design interests are broad, instead approaching each design in context of its surroundings and who will live and enjoy the space. I like to keep the palette simple, and find textures and unique pieces that add character and build subtle interest.

Q. What space inspires you?
A: Palm Springs is a recurring inspiration. The glamour of Hollywood, the modernist architecture and the beautiful colours and vintage finds set against the desert sky.

Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: This is hard to pick! I am currently loving all the designs by Studio Giancarlo Valle and Kelly Wearstler, both bring a wonderful use of colour, texture and shape to their work, they have a casual elegance I hope to achieve in my own work. I have also been drawn to Chan + Eayrs, their emphasis on an organic evolution of a home with an emphasis on texture and craftsmanship yields beautiful tactile results.

Q. Where to from here?
A: I am excited to continue my learning and evolving as an interior designer in the world outside of KLC. I look to focus on residential design, helping others reimagine their personal spaces and as a result improving their wellbeing as a whole.

STUDY TIP - Always keep an open mind. Explore the chance discoveries and juxtapositions the Design Centre has to offer, but maybe leave your credit card in the classroom! Harriet Gordon