‘How I de­sign my day’

Jug­gling projects, man­ag­ing deadlines and keep­ing the cre­ative juices flow­ing… Just how does in­te­rior de­signer Sarah El­li­son of Frank & Faber do it?

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‘I ex­er­cise first thing in the morn­ing (even if I have to drag my­self out of bed) – usu­ally a run around nearby Vic­to­ria Park, which is a lovely way to start the day.

‘One of the joys of my job is there’s no set pat­tern to the day, partly be­cause we work with such a wide va­ri­ety of clients across a range of sec­tors – from res­i­den­tial to high-end sa­lons, gyms, cafés and workspaces. Some days might start with an 8.30am site meet­ing to check on the sta­tus of a build and work with the con­trac­tor to re­solve any out­stand­ing queries. These nor­mally take a few hours and re­quire a lot of prob­lem-solv­ing, which is very sat­is­fy­ing.

‘I of­ten have to pre­pare for an im­por­tant client pre­sen­ta­tion – I’ll sit down and fo­cus on my key points and run through what I’m go­ing to say. Where pos­si­ble, I cy­cle be­tween meet­ings (it’s a great way to clear your head ready for the next chal­lenge) –and I have been known to carry lumps of con­crete from Hack­ney to Not­ting Hill!

‘If I haven’t got an ap­point­ment, I’ll head back to the stu­dio in Dal­ston to check in with the team. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is vi­tal and it’s good to catch up on in­for­ma­tion from any calls or meet­ings my col­leagues may have had.

‘Then I’ll get to work on ex­ist­ing projects or new briefs. This could be draw­ing, sourc­ing ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes, or com­ing up with new de­sign con­cepts. I love the time I spend col­lab­o­rat­ing with the team. Plus, we are lucky enough to work with a range of ex­perts from across the in­dus­try and share our of­fice with some great ar­chi­tects – we all sup­port and learn from each other ev­ery day.

‘I LOVE do­ing yoga at the end of the day – I’d re­ally rec­om­mend it as the per­fect way to un­wind the brain. Then it’s din­ner with friends, ei­ther out lo­cally, or at one of our homes.

‘If I had an ex­tra hour in the day – which is my dream – I’d love to re­ally pur­sue an­other cre­ative pas­time, such as paint­ing. Or I’d take time to play the pi­ano, or visit my lo­cal row­ing club, as I’ve re­cently taken up the sport.’

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