As the founder and creative force behind The Open Plan, Lisa Roberts-Goldner trained at the Chelsea College of Arts and founded her design studio in 2008. Since then, Lisa’s work has been featured in the likes of Living Etc., Homes and Gardens and Company magazine and she has collaborated with other leading interior designers and architects including the likes of Suzy Hoodless, Nina Campbell and Terry Farrell.
Her schemes feature colour and print as a key theme and bring together designs from different eras to create a textured, layered look that we love here at Layer HQ! In this interview, we chat to Lisa about her favourite design classics and what makes a perfect Sunday in the Roberts-Goldner household…
Is there a signature The Open Plan look? If so, how would you describe it?
I find the world of interior design so exciting with its inexhaustible design possibilities but ‘The Open Plan’ definitely favours the 20th and 21st Centuries. If there’s one thing I always do, it is to encourage my clients to use pattern and colour more than they might have dared in the past and to great effect.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
There are so many but these are just a few at the top of my wish list.
The Traccia Table by Méret Oppenheim. This elegant, gold piece will work in any room of the house and brings a little humour into the home whilst being ironically functional for a Surrealist piece.
The Spun chair by Thomas Heatherwick. I think that Heatherwick is a design genius and this piece is testament to that as it is sculptural, the most fun I’ve had on a chair and also comfortable – a triumph
The Ligne Roset Sofa. I would put any sofa from this company in my home. They’re all design classics in daring colours and shapes and are super comfortable.
Horse Lamp from Moooi. In lieu of a real horse, I’d love this full-sized Black Beauty with a lamp on its head.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Use colour. An easy and on-trend way to do this would be to add a large ‘pop’ of colour which could be an armchair, curtains, bed linen or rug against a warm neutral such as Farrow and Ball’s Hardwick White, Drop Cloth or Old White. Painting just your doors and skirting in a bright colour looks amazing too.
What does home mean to you?
It’s a reflection of my family and me. It is our personalities embodied in every piece we’ve organically acquired and lovingly displayed and every amendment or addition we’ve made to the décor, over the years. You can tell a lot about a person from their habitat and my home is no exception.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My most treasured piece is a portrait of my daughter by my favourite contemporary artist Pete Fowler. It’s entitled ‘Maya and the Monsters’ and has her surrounded by Fowler’s trademark fantasy characters.
Then I would have to say my Natural History collection of fossils, shells, rocks and semi-precious stones, which I’ve gathered from around the world. They’re displayed in a wall-mounted cabinet in my bathroom and remind me of all the places I’ve been fortunate to visit. However, I’m only an amateur collector so I’d love for someone to come over to tell me about some of the pieces I have.
Then my Parker Knoll rocking chair and Ercol armchair, from the 1960s, both of which I found left in the street and both of which I’ve lovingly reupholstered. I can’t imagine why someone would have thrown them out.
A perfect Sunday is…
A trip to the seaside, a good movie (preferably Sci-fi) and a hearty meal with friends and family.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
It would have to be the multi-functional children’s high chair, rocking chair and desk in one as it’s an ingenious piece of furniture and it would live in my daughter’s bedroom. Or I’ve got just the place in my bedroom for your baby blue mid century teak Dutch 1970s sofa. The arms are beautiful!
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