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Betta Trends

We are halfway through our #BettaTrends series and today Sian and Katie are providing examples of interior design that they have come across during their working days.



Wednesday's Question - If you had to give an example of a fantastic piece of interior design, what would it be and why??


Sian A

Do you know how tough a question this is for someone who spends so much time at trade shows, reading style mags and specifying furniture? :)

I was really taken this week by a new La Ebanisteria cabinet called Quantum. A really cool mix of old and new, a traditional style cabinet with contemporary linear detailing, a dark wood exterior with a sexy red interior. Yes, it's £2795 but what a fabulous piece to be inspired by - there's an Ebay cabinet out there just waiting to pay homage to this gorgeous piece. We haven't seen a lot of red in recent years, it's probably about due a come-back.



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Katie T

Good interior design puts the user at its heart. Design has a tremendous power to make people’s lives better when it does this, and Maggie’s is the best example I can think of. Maggie’s supports people with cancer and their families and friends.

They build Centres on a domestic scale within the grounds of leading cancer hospitals, designed by architects like Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid. What’s so special about the interiors is the level of empathy that goes into their creation. Most centres have a double height space somewhere within them, to help people walk a little taller and feel a little more hopeful.



Every centre has a large kitchen table around which a supportive community develops as people help themselves to tea and share stories. The spaces are open, but little corners offer privacy. There are no signs and no reception desk, so the centres feel like home.

The toilets are soundproofed and always have an armchair and a stack of magazines and a mirror, so people can feel free to have a good cry and then compose themselves afterwards. Tissues are never in holders to disguise them, because it’s okay to cry.

Cushions are regularly plumped so each space feels as if it was just waiting for you, rather than as if you’re stepping into a space still inhabited by someone else’s grief. Some outside space and nature can be seen from every window because people with cancer say that the changing of the seasons can help give them a sense of perspective.

There is art on the walls and everything in every centre is of an incredibly high quality – cancer can really damage your self-esteem and Maggie’s Centres make people feel special. I can’t think of a better example of good interior design than that.

More information on Maggies here  





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