Every room should sing!
Beata Heuman’s studio is known for its playful and original work that reflects the unique personalities of its clients. Awarded House and Garden’s inaugural Interior Designer of the Year award 2018, the team strive to create beautiful interiors – whatever the scale and budget – characterised by a Scandinavian attention to detail and longevity. The studio has completed several international residential projects; working in the US as well as Europe, and have designed a number of commercial spaces such as Farm Girl Cafe’s London restaurants. In addition to interior design work, Beata Heuman has developed an expanding collection of fabrics, wallpapers, lighting and furniture, exclusively available to purchase through the studio. Heuman worked for Nicky Haslam for nine years before setting up her eponymous studio in 2013. Beata Heuman is a BIID Registered Interior Designer®.
- 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.