Having launched her design studio in 1991, Louise Bradley went on to work with clients across the globe, from private homes to residential property developers and commercial projects. Last year, she celebrated 30 years of her London Design Studio and marked the occasion with her first coffee table book, Interior, featuring a selection of the dazzling projects that have won her international recognition. From an impeccable country estate in Surrey to a stunning retreat in the Swiss Alps and an opulent villa in Kuwait – all of the homes featured are in Louise’s unmistakable relaxed luxury style, and offer an insight into the design process honed by her over three decades.
‘Reaching our 30th anniversary felt like a huge achievement for both me and the team,’ says Louise. ‘What we’re most proud of is that, despite everything, we have continued to create elegant and functional homes for our clients; homes that exceed their expectations and enhance their day-to-day lifestyles.’
As Louise is only too aware, the past 18 months have been an adjustment period for many, requiring them to adapt to a new way of living, and this has been reflected in the running of her own business too. ‘We have tried in many ways to help the wider community and those within the design industry. For our projects, we have been prioritising pieces made in the UK and we have also commissioned smaller workshops and individuals on design collectibles for our clients, supporting both old and new artists and artisans.
‘We have also focused on working with British craftspeople, something we’re continuing to do in order to strengthen the British design industry in the coming years, and to champion the best in design – often testing the limits of craftsmanship and technological advancements.’
Alongside this, Louise Bradley has further expanded its focus on sustainability, designing new furniture pieces for the LB Collection that have a focus on longevity. The new Signature Collection has been designed with timelessness in mind, using materials such as recycled glass, organic fabrics and antiques to reduce the environmental effect the Studio has within the industry.
‘Our clients have also been particularly vocal about how grateful they are for being introduced to smaller designer-makers and for discovering new sustainable materials and finishes for their projects, therefore evolving their lifestyles and creating more environmentally conscious homes – something that many of our clients are passionate about.’
Louise Bradley has made a considered effort internally to address its environmental impact, reducing its waste by switching its packaging and brand materials to fully recyclable options. It has also donated several computers and software to schools in and around London to support the local community and further their learning. ‘We are dedicated as a studio to continue to develop these strategies,’ says Louise.
Louise believes that the focus of an interior design studio should be on improving its clients’ lives and lifestyles through the comfort and functionality of their homes. To that end, she and her team always endeavour, she says, to ‘deliver seamless spaces that enhance the time spent within them, whether this be for relaxing or entertaining’.