For our guest post this month, Ultimate Library had the pleasure of interviewing award-winning designer and entrepreneur, Fiona Barratt-Campbell. Fiona is recognised as one of Britain’s leading figures in the international world of interior design. She was born and raised in Northumberland, England and is the granddaughter of property developer Sir Lawrie Barratt, founder of Barratt Homes one of the largest housebuilders in the United Kingdom.

Fiona, now with 17 years’ experience in the industry, trained at London’s Chelsea College of Art followed by Parsons school of design in New York. She went on to secure a position at a highly regarded interior design firm before launching her own successful interior design studio Fiona Barratt Interiors in 2006.

1. What first drew you to the world of interior design?

I grew up with my parents buying and renovating houses. Seeing the process from conception to completion was always inspiring to me. My grandfather, Sir Lawrence Barratt, was the founder of Barratt Developments, and so you could say property is in my blood.

2. How do you come up with your luxurious designs and where do you get your inspiration from when working on new projects?

Growing up in Northumberland was a constant inspiration to me and made me want to create interiors that reflected the textures and beauty of nature. I’m particularly well known for my unique use of textures in design. I start with a neutral palette but bring in strong materials like wood, metal and stone, and then I create a balance by adding soft and tactile finishes. This is a reflection of the balance you experience in nature.

3. How do you think sustainability might affect design in the future?

Having a furniture brand as well as an interior design company has made me very aware of sustainability. With FBC London we have most of our pieces made in the UK, and all our pieces are made to last. They’re an investment, which is important in a world where ’fast interiors’ is becoming a problem, as it is with fast fashion.

4. What would be your one tip for aspiring interior designers?

Don’t follow trends, follow your design instinct. I never follow trends, and this gives the spaces I design longevity that isn’t often possible with interiors. If you want to get into interior design you can do great 1-year courses, and we frequently have interns from these that we oftentimes hire.

5. Which 3 books do you think have had the biggest influence on your career?

  1. Liaigre by Christian Liaigre
  2. Interior by Joseph Dirand
  3. Ephemeral Works by Andy Goldsworthy

Ultimate Library extend their deepest gratitude to Fiona Barratt-Campbell for appearing as their expert this month. For more information on her designs please visit her website, or follow her on Instagram.