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Juliette Byrne prides herself on creating individual designs, thoughtfully mixing clients’ existing pieces with bespoke items. Her own brand candles are a nice touch for clients moving in. Juliette’s Chelsea based architectural interior design consultancy has established a reputation for creating elegant and sophisticated interiors which blend the classic with the contemporary.
Juliette graduated from The Chelsea School of Art and then trained at Conran. Juliette has won the 2010 Interior Design category UK Property Award from the International Property Awards. She has also been successfully nominated as one of the Top 100 designers and decorators in the UK by House and Garden, published by Conde Nast, in March 2006 and again in March 2009. Her boutique hotel project, Chalet Floralie which is located in the Alps, has been voted Top 5 family chalets by House & Garden (December 2010) and is amongst the 10 great ski chalets in the Alps by Conde Nast Traveler (October 2010). She is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and a RIBA affiliate member. Juliette also lectures at the Inchbald School of Design, and at the KLC School of Design.
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Whether co-coordinating a building site, managing an office of designers, liaising with leading architects and surveyors or managing clients property portfolios, Juliette’s efficiency and attention to detail has been a driving force in her 25-year career as an architectural interior designer.
Her philosophy is that nothing is too much trouble if coupled with an ability to find opportunities within space and existing designs where others might see flaws, this way it helps bring clients back. Expect serene interiors, often executed with a muted palette,
specially designed bespoke furniture, and a deft blend of old and new.
Biography: the woman before the myth
Juliette has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, having trained at the Chelsea School of Art and with Conran. She set up her own business in 1988 and now she and four full-time designers make for a highly efficient team. She has since receive international recognition for her style and attention to detail. The company has been named as one of the top 100 Leading Decorators in the country for the past six years and has recently been awarded the accolade of Top 20 Interior Designers in Great Britain.
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Background & Realizations: the projects
The team works in the UK and internationally; there’s also a turnkey service for super-busy clients. Among current commissions are a Grade I-listed property in Regent’s Park, including the restoration of original features; the redesign of a Grade II-listed house, also in Regent’s Park, featuring a glazed gallery for the clients’ art collection; and a penthouse in Knightsbridge, untouched since the Sixties.
Juliette’s long established in house property management team offers an expert service which is personal and tailored to individual needs. The team responds to any issues both promptly and professionally. Dealing with practical and legal issues related to property management, from arranging safety certificates and inventories to ensuring tenancies run smoothly. Emergencies are dealt on a clients’ behalf as well as any routine repairs and maintenance.
In addition to day to day responsibilities, Juliette can oversee any refurbishments and general management issues while the clients’ property is vacant.
Funny Facts about Juliette Byrne
“The designer Christian Liegre is inspiring to me due to his elegant but simple designs using the best quality materials. Obviously budget has to be there as well as his furniture and lighting is quite pricey! I try and use key pieces to enhance the schemes and they add an elegance and luxury to any interior. The colour palette that they tend to use in their showroom is muted and emphasis is given to the textures and finishes rather than anything that may date with time. We work on Projects in the Caribbean and well as in the Mountains for clients and Christan Liegre furniture and lighting work in both settings very well.”
“I also admire the fabrics supplied by Abbott and Boyd at Chelsea Harbour. They represent many suppliers from Europe and beyond and always seem to have the latest collections just right. From rough linens to grass paper effect wallpapers you always find what you are looking for and the staff are very helpful and offer advice when you are searching for just the right scheme.”
“I was to study Law but decided at the 11th hour to become an interior designer. Now I work for lawyers often doing their houses up, so it has all come a full circle after all. The Law I studied did however give me a thorough grounding for running my own business, which I have had for over 25 years. Being creative is a real must for Interior Designers but you also have to make sure that the client’s money is well looked after and that they get an efficiently run job as well as looking wonderful!”
In July 2010, Aquarium Architecture were commissioned to work with renowned interior designer and the star of this article: Juliette Byrne. This international interior designer first became attracted to aquariums after seeing one of Aquarium Architecture’s installations in West London in June 2010. Upon exploring the opportunity in more detail Ms. Byrne subsequently approached Aquarium Architecture to design and install a tropical aquarium at her residence.
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