The in­te­rior de­signer Suzy Hoodless talks about the in­spi­ra­tions be­hind her lux­u­ri­ous, mod­ern style

This tastemaker’s epony­mous stu­dio is a firm favourite with lovers of lux­u­ri­ous, con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish de­sign

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Suzy Hoodless takes prac­ti­cal­ity se­ri­ously. Hav­ing opened her stu­dio in 2000 and gone on to de­sign homes, pri­vate mem­bers’ clubs, restau­rants, of­fices and ho­tels around the world, her style may be sub­tly lux­u­ri­ous and con­tem­po­rary, but through a per­fect blend of clas­sic and vin­tage fur­ni­ture, colour and pat­tern, it’s com­fort that re­mains key.

‘My clients al­ways have an aes­thetic vision, but equally im­por­tant is how they want to feel,’ says Hoodless, who works out of her Not­ting Hill stu­dio. ‘If it looks great, but it’s not com­fort­able or it doesn’t work prop­erly, it’s a fail – form and func­tion go hand in hand.’

The de­signer’s in­spi­ra­tion of­ten comes from the ar­chi­tec­ture of build­ings. She re­cently worked on the new de­vel­op­ment at the for­mer BBC Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre in White City, de­sign­ing many of the com­mu­nal ar­eas as well as its pri­vate apart­ments ( below). For the pres­ti­gious project, she com­mis­sioned car­pet spe­cial­ists Van­der­hurd to de­sign tex­tiles based on the pho­tog­ra­phy of Lee Mawd­s­ley, who doc­u­mented the 1950s site be­fore ren­o­va­tions be­gan – the iconic Atomic Dots that adorned the build­ing are recre­ated on a rug, while a satel­lite dish mo­tif is wo­ven into a wall­hang­ing.

It looks as though the next year will be a busy one for Hoodless. She’s cur­rently work­ing on her first ce­ram­ics – due to launch in Jan­uary 2019 – as well as de­sign­ing the sec­ond Lon­don branch of the women’s mem­bers’ club The All­bright, which opens in 2019. Plus, she’s join­ing forces with Van­der­hurd once again to dis­play the wall­hang­ings and rugs cre­ated for the Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre project in her stu­dio dur­ing the Lon­don De­sign Fes­ti­val – the pieces are made to or­der and avail­able to buy from ei­ther brand (from £1,135 for a wall­hang­ing; from £805 for a rug). suzy­hood­less.com; van­der­hurd.com

‘MY CLIENTS AL­WAYS HAVE AN AES­THETIC VISION, BUT EQUALLY IM­POR­TANT IS HOW THEY WANT TO FEEL’

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