Every room should sing!
Beata Heuman’s studio is ranked as one of the top 100 interior designers by House and Garden. In addition to interior design work, the studio has a growing collection of its own fabrics, wallpapers, lighting and furniture. Beata worked for Nicky Haslam for nine years before setting up the studio in 2013. Beata Heuman is a BIID Registered Interior Designer®. Our PhilosophyEvery room should sing!In the course of a lifetime one gathers a multitude of views, experiences and objects. The home should make it possible to take in all of these things. We look at the past as well as the present for inspiration to create layered and balanced designs that stand the test of time.Every space and client is different. We avoid a standardised approach, and start each project without pre-conceptions. Convention is considered but made vivid with creative solutions and bespoke design.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- I generally think the more colours you add to an arrangement the better it works. If you have a bit of everything nothing looks out of place. That said I am partial to green. The human eye can detect more shades of green than any other colour which means it has great depth. It’s strong yet calming. The association with nature adds another dimension too.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Le Sirenuse in Positano is one of my favourite hotels. The interiors are lovely but it’s more about the feeling of entering another world - and an extremely chic one at that! In my opinion the best spaces lift you to another sphere and through that make you feel very in the moment. I even wear Le Sirenuse's scent ‘L’eau Italie' I love it so much there.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- My mobile phone.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- My hometown London is a great place to start - all you need to do is to keep your eyes open and be curious of your surroundings. Whenever I travel I spend most of my time walking around looking at interesting houses and absorbing the vibe. I also find magazines and instagram a great source of inspiration when you don’t have the luxury of travelling.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- The Wolseley in London and The Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle in New York.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- The Wolseley in London and The Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle in New York. What’s your favorite small museum in the world? Hands down the Soane museum in London.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- With a giddy grin on my face from 4pm each Friday - it’s my favourite time of the week!
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- In terms of contemporary designers I adore Jacques Grange and I find the work of quite a few American 20th century designers very interesting such as Billy Baldwin, Elsie de Wolfe and Dorothy Draper. I’m also a big fan of Josef Frank.
- How do you keep it all together?
- I work a lot and I therefore really value making sure I have downtime in the evenings and on weekends. Socialising is great fun but it’s important to not fill every day and night with planned activities - I need time to think in order to feel balanced and be creative.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- An ever so slightly groomed freestyle.