Talented designer, driven Director of Studiofibre and passionate storyteller – Fiona Livingston is a triple threat. ‘In our digital age, we are storytellers and we are increasingly choosing to communicate visually’, Fiona tells us.
With an impressive roster of clients including Net-A-Porter, notonthehighstreet.com and Anya Hindmarch, Studiofibre work with brands to create commercial spaces that enhance creativity and innovation through their unique design approach and ethos.
Here, Fiona tells us why you should always consider the practicalities when it comes to a designing a space and why her own home is constantly evolving…
Is there a signature Studiofibre look? If so, how would you describe it?
We deliberately don’t have a house style, because a huge part of what we do is creating bespoke interiors and furniture which suit the person or brand we are working for.
Increasingly, people are looking for something personal or individual to add to their curated mix of interiors pieces. In our digital age, we are all storytellers, and we are increasingly choosing to communicate visually. Interiors are an important personal statement, as we are increasingly using our living spaces as an integral part of the narrative of our personal lives (both on social media and in the real world).
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
My dining room table is a Norman Foster designed ‘Nomos’ table and the chairs are Robin Day leather chairs. These are the design classics which standout for me, and I so enjoy owning and using them on a daily basis.
What would be your top design tip?
My top tip is that people should approach the interiors of their homes as they would their wardrobe. A careful mix of high-end and high-street can achieve a wonderful, highly personal effect. Not everything needs to be bespoke or expensive.
Go for key timeless investment pieces, and don’t be too led by current trends – or things can date. Consider the practicalities (multifunctional pieces, storage etc) and ensure that whatever you choose is reflection of your own personal style.
What does home mean to you?
Home for me is the place where I can surround myself with the people and things that I love. Its where I can truly relax and feel happy and secure. From a design perspective there is no client’s point of view to take into consideration! This means I have a truly blank canvas to create the environment that suits me and my family. Its about feeling comfortable its a project that is constantly evolving!
What is your most treasured vintage piece?
A Falcon Chair by Sigurd Ressell. I just adore 1970s Scandinavian design. I love the aesthetics of this chair – and its like an old friend.
A perfect Sunday is…
A day surrounded by family and friends, ideally in the garden, with the sun shining and enjoying a Mojito!
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I’ve always hankered after a vintage mannequin like this one. It would look stunning in the corner my bedroom and I’d dress it with my chosen outfit before a big night out!
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