Beata Heuman believes that every room should sing. And when you see her designs, you’ll want to break out into song too. Chic, elegant and fun simultaneously, Beata Heuman has designed spaces with character in London and Stockholm.
Her approach is to gather influences and experiences from likely and unlikely sources as well as looking to the past and the present ‘to create layered and balanced designs that stand the test of time.’ As you can appreciate, we’re totally behind lots and lots of layering here at Layer HQ and Beata’s approach has really resonated with us.
We’re delighted to chat with Beata about being fearless when designing your own home, the gift Nicky Haslam gave her whilst she worked for him and how she loves The Archers…
Is there a signature Beata Heuman look? If so, how would you describe it?
We vary a bit depending on the project but I would say the look is quite playful. We take a lot of inspiration from the past while still striving to keep it looking current.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
Josef Frank is a favourite, it’s amazing how his pieces are still so popular and relevant. I have been reading a lot about his design philosophy and he really understood what people want and what lasts.
Jean-Michel Frank is another great talent and there are some amazing Jean Royere designs too. I could go on for a long time!
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
If you’re doing up your own house you shouldn’t worry too much about what others think. Be fearless. At the end of the day you’re the one who’s going to live there and the most important thing is that you feel happy in the space.
What does home mean to you?
A place to completely relax where the rest of the world becomes secondary.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I work from a huge partners desk given to me by my parents in law, I think it dates from late 19th century and I love it!
Nicky Haslam gave me a beautiful hexagonal oak table when I was working for him and moved into my first flat. I’ve tried to find a similar one for clients but they are quite tricky to come across.
Visiting my sister in Nice I bought some very cool metal 1970s armchairs covered in petrol green woven leather. They will take pride of place in our new house which we are moving into in a few weeks. I was really meant to be helping her with her flat but got a bit sidetracked…
A perfect Sunday is…
Breakfast at home reading the papers followed by a bath listening to The Archers omnibus (to my husband’s dismay I’m completely obsessed). A walk along the river and a nice long lunch with friends, followed by more relaxing at home reading or watching a movie!
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I adore this mirror – it would be perfect for our powder room!