During a time where much of the world is at a standstill, celebrated British interior designer, Katharine Pooley, is busier than ever. As more and more people are spending the majority of their time at home due to the global pandemic, creating a serene and comfortable environment has never been more important.
Known for her classically elegant bespoke designs for clients in London, the Middle East, China and Hong Kong—she recently completed two luxury projects on The Peak and in Discovery Bay—we sat down with Katharine to talk about how these uncertain times have changed our relationship with our homes, current interior design trends and simple tricks to transform your home into a private utopia.
More and more people are redesigning their homes during the global pandemic. Why do you think this is?
Suddenly, everyone realises the importance of a beautiful home that inspires, comforts, gives peace, certainty and happiness in a time of great change and uncertainty.
In a time when many feel very powerless in other spheres and unable to act as they are used to, the home is the one place where we can still live as we choose and create our own personal utopia.
How will the pandemic change the way people live in and enjoy their homes?
I see clients wanting more from their homes. They want to ensure all their favourite activities and pastimes, the things they cannot imagine living without, can now be undertaken in the home. That could mean designing a 'Michelin restaurant' quality kitchen, or a luxurious spa and pool, or a home gym.
Perhaps they now dream of including a state of the art games room and home cinema, or a wine display room and cigar room. It certainly means the inclusion of more studies and home schooling spaces, as well as a greater allowance for live in staff.
In larger homes, it means a greater number of standalone feature spaces. By contrast, in a smaller urban space, it means having spaces that are flexible and can serve many purposes.