Abby Laybourne

Name: Abby Laybourne
Age: 43
Nationality: British
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design Top-up

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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 professional services with PwC within audit and assurance. 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!

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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 - it's reassuring that at any age or walk of life you can still learn, develop and achieve.

Q: What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I love both residential and commercial design and how they can offer a physical experience in completely different ways. My passion is to ensure great design is accessible to all 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 and producing engaging final presentations - 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.

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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 fashion. 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 pattern, colour, materiality or manipulation.

Q: Where to from here?
A: I'm considering doing the BA (hons) top-up year to gain my degree in interior design and extend my knowledge of commercial design. However, I am always open to opportunities in working with a mixed practice design studio.

STUDY TIP - Work hard, make friends, read widely and deeply, visit places and observe details you wouldn't normally see, take all the feedback you can get and enjoy every minute of it - even the late nights and project deadline stress! Abby Laybourne