Kasia is an interior designer in our Bristol office. She recently took on the challenge of refurbishing our very own Bristol office, Promenade House, and has worked on student residential projects in Cardiff, including Fitzalan Court and City Road.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Promenade House refurbishment. It is the most challenging and rewarding project. Designing interiors for over 100 other designers is not the easiest task, but if it works out it will be very satisfying. Working closely with the contractor for the past nine months has been a huge learning curve and made me more confident in project management; a role I am truly enjoying.
What are the big trends in interior design currently?
As an interior designer, I don’t often look to trends in my work. The problem with trends is that before a project can even materialise on site, the trend is already gone. I like to design something that is classic and timeless, that will stand well into the future.
Where do you see your career taking you?
I’d would like to work on big scale projects. I’m always looking for challenging work that will allow me to stretch my skills.
Who do you find inspirational?
I look up to big masters in architecture. I love the Japanese simplicity of SANAA and the uncompromising architecture of Herzog and de Meuron. As for interior designers, I like Paola Navone’s colour and classic form, and Nika Zupanc’s whimsical design.
What is your favourite building in Bristol?
Clifton Cathedral. It’s a brutalist building designed in the 70’s made out of concrete. Despite this, it still manages to bring a sense of warmth when you walk inside; it’s a very inviting and spiritual space to be. It was designed by F.S. Jennett and A. Poremba (a Polish architect), so that is a special connection for me.