Celia Sawyer: Exclusive Interview
Be inspired by the work of this Top Interior Designer from London!
Starting with her own small project 25 years ago, Celia Sawyer went on to design residential properties in London. Celia Sawyer Interior Architecture and Design, is now in its 20th year, designing luxury homes, superyachts, aviation, commercial properties, and projects in the leisure industry worldwide.
Home and Decoration – How did you get involved in the interior design industry?
Celia Sawyer – I started when I bought my first apartment and re-designed it completely. I then showed others who wanted me to design theirs and that is where it all started.
Home and Decoration – How would you describe your work style? Do you have any kind of signatures that help to identify your projects?
Celia Sawyer – My style is very glamorous, chic, and classically contemporary. my signature style is really about lots of accessories and layering my sofas!
Home and Decoration – Being in love with our work is always the key to achieving better results. are you in love with this job? What do you love most about being an interior designer?
Celia Sawyer – I love it, yes, and I love seeing my clients happy once they have seen what I have created for them, especially if I have been given free rein.
Home and Decoration – What is your philosophy on design and life?
Celia Sawyer – Do something you love and you will always be happy!
Home and Decoration – Keeping up to date on all the trends is essential for anyone who wants to conquer this market. In what ways do you keep current with new trends?
Celia Sawyer – I look at fashion. fashion tells us all about interior colors, mixes, and prints, and so I use this as my tool to keep up with what is next.
Home and Decoration – Which major international events do you attend/follow to get the latest novelties?
Celia Sawyer – Decor and Salone de mobile are 2 of my favorite, although, with only limited numbers of suppliers attending at the moment it has been a little disappointing, of course, it is down to our current pandemic sadly.
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Eden Platina Center Table by Boca do Lobo
Home and Decoration – How would you describe your personal decorating style?
Celia Sawyer – Cool, stylish, functional, and glamourous.
Home and Decoration – All artists need some inspiration to work, and interior designers are artists too. so, what or who really inspires you?
Celia Sawyer – Nature is my inspiration, down to the way the wind blows the grass, reminding me of a beautiful silk rug, or the way the light catches the branches of the tree inspires me in my lighting designs.
Home and Decoration – Inspiration is something that pushes everyone to create unique things. What makes you see the world in a different way?
Celia Sawyer – I like the way in which I will rise to a challenge, so for instance just because I had not designed an aircraft when my client asked me to, I said yes, as nothing phases me and I can put a different spin on it as opposed to a designer who only designs aircraft.
Home and Decoration – How important is a perfect chemistry between you and your clients to achieve the best results?
Celia Sawyer – It is important as you need to get into the client’s mind and understand what they love and need, but it doesn’t always happen!
Home and Decoration – Choosing the best pieces to compose a project can be the secret to getting the best overall result. Although it seems easy, this is a delicate task and needs full attention on time to execute. Do you have some tips for those who do not know well how to start a challenge like this?
Celia Sawyer – Start by planning out your spaces, this way you will know where your electricals and plumbing need to go, and then look at the styles you like. there are lots of options so take your time. Do not overdo the expensive large pieces or they will lose impact.
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Essex Armchair by Brabbu
Home and Decoration – Do you think working with teams in interior design is better or worse than working alone? Why?
Celia Sawyer – It works both ways. Sometimes it is necessary when there is a very large project such as a hotel. It is important to listen to each other and respect opinions in a team otherwise if you end up trying to run the show, you could end up ruining it!
Home and Decoration – Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
Celia Sawyer – Yes a house in Hollywood and it is exciting as I have not worked that much in Los Angeles so it might open a few doors for my design work out there
Home and Decoration – What has been your greatest accomplishment as a designer? What goals do you have for the future?
Celia Sawyer – Evolving in design, growing, and being brave to try new things. the future is exciting and although I work worldwide, I still want to travel more for design work and inspiration!
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Hera Suspension Lamp by Boca do Lobo
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