Tuesday, September 17, 2019


By Nina Simons

8 Inspiring Women in Interior Design
Things to Learn from Them

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Whether you want to give your closet a much needed revamp or you are just truly interested in the art of interior design, learning more about the greatest female interior designers can be tremendously inspiring and eye-opening. In honour of the great and powerful women in this industry, we have compiled a list of the most influential names out there and the juiciest and most inspirational tips. Grab a cup of coffee and dive in! 

1. Do not be afraid to experiment like Kelly Wearstler

Kicking off with this list is a big name in the industry of interior design, the American designer, Kelly Wearstler. Wearstler built her renowned reputation in the mid-1990s after founding her very own design firm named Kelly Wearstler Interior Design. According to The New Yorker, she is dubbed as "the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design". Furthermore, The New York Times said: "her playful, elegantly over-the-top designs for the Avalon Beverly Hills changed the look of boutique hotels around the world". Wearstler has mentioned on many occasions that she takes inspiration from style icons such as Peggy Guggenheim and Doris Duke, as well as the influential modernist and old Hollywood works of Dorothy Draper and William Haines.

2. Use your skills to your advantage like Martina Hayes

The second honourable mention on this list is the extremely passionate and innovative interior designer Martina Hayes, an Australia based inspiration for many women. Besides having an impressive career in interior design, Hayes is also a colour consultant and building designer. According to Hayes, working as a real estate agent gave her a greater understanding of how to increase the value of a property. Also, she accentuates the importance of listening skills, as it helps with listening more attentively and making sure that clients are satisfied.

3. Believe in your vision like Patricia Urquiola

One of the best-known names in the interior design industry is Spanish-born designer, Patricia Urquiola, known for her designs featuring pragmatic and playful elements. After learning all about the craft in the country of fashion and design, Italy, she decided to open her own studio in Milan, in 2001. In an interview with Elle Decor, Urquiola mentioned Maddalena De Padova as her biggest inspiration as she remembers De Padova telling her "Patricia, you can't create something that you don't believe in or you haven't tried yourself."

4. Set goals like Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen is a great female interior designer of British origin, as well as an author and proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Originally from South Africa, Hoppen's career started at the young age of 16 when she was allowed to design a kitchen for a close friend of her family. What sets Hoppen apart from the other ladies on this list is her signature neutral palette, which is why many refer to her as the "Queen of Taupe". The biggest tip Hoppen has to give to everyone out there is to set goals and make sure you do everything in your power to achieve them.

5. Do something unusual like Emily Summers

The next boss lady in interior design is Emily Summers, a renowned American interior designer, known for her exceptional elegant interior design solutions. According to Architectural Digest, Summers has also found her name on the list of the 100 Best Architects and Interior Designers in the World. Elegant designs and warm soulfulness is her signature look, and do not be surprised if you notice many of her work featuring unusual materials and custom pieces. She has been affiliated with great names in the design industry such as Narcisso Rodriguez and Alexander McQueen.

6. When in doubt, go with all with like Annabelle Selldorf

The German-born architect and the driving force behind the award-winning Jennifer Post Inc, Annebelle Selldorf deserves an honourable mention on the list of the top inspiring female interior designers. During her impressive career, Post designed homes for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Simon Cowell, among many more. Her signature style can be described as a mix of elegantly modern and contemporary with a touch of sophistication. Think luxurious classic white interiors and you will conjure up an image of this lady boss, Jennifer Post.

7. Do not be afraid to mix and match like Sussanne Khan

The name Sussanne Khan is certainly mentioned all the time in the country of India, as well as the whole world. In fact, Khan is the most influential name in the interior design industry in India. Khan partnered up with Gauri Khan in 2011 and launched the very first interior design store in the country, called The Charcoal Project. The Charcoal Project is also known as the most famous design store in the country. Khan is famous for her signature usage of wooden and metal elements which she mixes to create a peaceful balance reminiscent of luxurious high-end living.

8. Take inspiration from the familiar like India Mahdavi

The queen of minimalist colours is definitely the Iranian-French architect and interior designer India Mahdavi. Working as an international interior and furniture designer, Mahdavi's works are characterised by inspiration taken from her memories of nomadic life. Her style is frequently described as extremely playful, chic and sophisticated, as well as feminine. Some of the most notable projects she has worked on include the Coburg Bar at London's Connaught Hotel as well as the Townhouse Hotel in Miami.

In conclusion, powerful and influential women in the interior design industry should be celebrated and taken inspiration from. Boss up and get inspired!


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