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Scandinavian Interior Designer Cat Dal On The Key To Scandi Chic

Scandinavian Interior Designer Cat Dal On The Key To Scandi Chic Scandinavian Interior Designer Cat Dal On The Key To Scandi Chic

Cat Dal Interiors also takes on commercial projects, her latest being Gianlucca’s Coffee Cult in Fulham Broadway. A special collaboration with Ardour Designs, their brief was to convert a dark and cluttered two-storey Grade II listed building into a minimalistic, relaxed and modern space.

‘My favourite room is the en suite bathroom, which has polished plaster called tadelakt, a Moroccan plaster they use in Spain and it’s like silk to touch – it’s truly beautiful,’ says Dal. ‘With the light coming in onto the Bert and May tiles, it’s just a really lovely space.’


‘I want interiors to be curated, timeless, humorous, unexpected, discerning, design-led, modern classic; an alchemy of styles and periods,’ says Suzy.

5 Carden Cunietti Working in partnership since 1996, design duo Carden Cunietti have a sophisticated eye, creating bold interiors that particularly play with texture and tone. Their signature look is based on unexpected combinations and luxurious finishes, which they use to dramatic effect.

‘I often start with a conversation, getting to know them and then looking at images together with them to see what they like. It sometimes just starts with artwork. It’s sort of a two-way street where we kind of interview each other.’

Cat Dal worked on the interior design for Gianlucca’s Coffee Cult

Design has come to the forefront of a lot of restaurants and bars now, so Dal tells me that she gets a lot of inspiration from there. ‘Inspiration comes from the heart though,’ she says. ‘And from being brought up in Scandinavia, I always start my designs from a feeling and how I want the room to feel. Then I move to the colours, materials and nature – there will always be organic materials in my rooms.’

‘I am a designer who enjoys using colour,’ says Kit. ‘I like to make custom pieces for a room so it has an originality and quality of detail. Scale is important, whether a new build or period property.’

Signature sofa, from £4,657 (plus 15m fabric), georgesmith.com

On the ground floor concrete Hexagon pendants float over the marble breakfast bar, and Kokedama plants swing delicately reflecting onto an antique mirror. A fireplace was lovingly restored with geometric tiles and a stunning marble frame. Upstairs they continued the muted palette and mix of textures, with bespoke leather banquettes with brass detailing, concrete wall lights and brass geometric terrariums.

1 William Yeoward William Yeoward opened his first store back in 1985, inspired to create the kinds of pieces he couldn’t find for his numerous interior design schemes. His elegant style combines classicism and longevity, with a focus on comfort; not to mention embracing pattern, a considered colour palette and the odd playful piece.

‘You have to constantly remind and be honest to yourself about how you actually live,’ she says. ‘That’s why I get very personal when I work with my clients.

‘The Victorian flat has beautiful proportions and a double height window overlooking the gardens, so we wanted to make the most of the natural light,’ says Dal. ‘The result is a clean, modern yet mid-century atmosphere with high-end finishes, pops of rich colour and reclaimed materials.’

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‘Our design intent is to work closely with the client to create the best environment for their needs,’ say Carden Cunietti. ‘We love using luxurious fabrics, furnishings and finishes from around the globe.’

Springtime fabric by Kit Kemp, £125 per m, chelsea-textiles.co.uk

The Alexander armchair, from £3,366 made to order, lawson-wood.com


Karinta bronzed-finish coffee table, £3,180, williamyeoward.com

Rectory Red Estate Eggshell, from £43.50 for 2.5l, farrow-ball.com

Smartie Major swing arm floor lamp in chrome, £1,339, Besselink & Jones, besselink.com

Agnes 10-light chandelier in bronze Lindsey Adleman for Roll & Hill, £8,830, scp.co.uk

‘Design is naturally an opinion,’ says William, ‘and this one happens to be mine. It’s very important to know what you like and stick with it. Be inspired and be decisive, and all will be well.’

Embroidered Blithfield Peggy Angus Pineapple cushion by Kit Kemp & Melissa Wyndham, £150, finecellwork.co.uk

6 Suzy Hoodless Suzy Hoodless set up her interiors business in 2000 and has since become the go-to designer for the kinds of cool, contemporary, colourful and chic interiors that are a mainstay of modern style. Her work spans both residential and commercial projects.

Grasshopper floor lamp by Greta Grossman for Gubi, £639, skandium.com

Conversation Piece, £9,750 (plus 10m fabric), georgesmith.com

It was dated and unloved, but Dal and her husband loved the dimensions of the property and the character, so decided to stay and make it their project. ‘It was quite a big project that started the day after we got married in Ibiza, so there was no holding back,’ she says.

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3 Joanna Wood Joanna Wood set up her business when she was just 25 and, as well as running her influential interior design practice, also has a shop and online store. Her style is all about classical English influences combined with judicious contemporary touches.

For the past 10 years I have been keeping a treasured edit of suppliers; everything from cement tiles, reclaimed flooring, antique markets and small unknown danish textile designers

Volcano tall bottle vase by Poole Pottery, £85, johnlewis.com


2 Kit Kemp Kit Kemp is the co-owner and Design Director of the Firmdale hotel group, which counts the Haymarket Hotel, Number Sixteen and the Crosby Street Hotel amongst its ten properties in London and New York. She is renowned for her use of colour and talent in combining pattern, art and unexpected juxtapositions in her striking interiors.

‘It was a lot of fun, but a learning curve. I had two heads on with this project: my design business brain and my owners’ heart, so I had to be quite strict with myself. I loved diving into my little black book of my favoured craftsmen.

Versatility and diversity in projects is clearly something that Cat Dal takes in her stride, and something that means hers is a name we will see all over in 2017.

Dal’s projects are fresh, bold and affordable. A project that shows this off very well is the recent refurbishment and renovation of her own home, a Victorian top floor, split-level flat in Tufnell Park, where they constructed a dormer in the attic bedroom.

Vintage 1960s rosewood sideboard by Robert Heritage for Archie Shine, £1,795, retrospectiveinteriors.com

Conference chair with oak legs by Eero Saarinen, from £1,096, twentytwentyone.com

‘My favourite room is the library at my home in Ashington,’ says Martin, ‘because it has all of the things I like the most: old books, antiquities, family stuff and old toys. My style is multi-layered, multicultural, multi-faceted and masculine, and this room reflects that.’

Natural materials play a starring role in Scandinavian design; it connects you to the vitality of the outdoors, which, as Dal tells us, simply makes us feel good.

One of her biggest hates is having unnecessary clutter, so this is often part of her thought process. In the large and airy master bedroom renovation there is a place for everything and this, combined with the teal colour scheme, sets a calming atmosphere to the room.

Scandinavian interior designer Cat Dal is one to watch. Having set up Cat Dal Interiors, based in Victoria, in 2015, she immediately scooped the Top Interior Designer award at New Design Britain 2015. So who better to turn to for the Scandi chic look so popular in Britain right now?

‘I have worked very hard to not have a branded look or style,’ says Joanna, ‘our mantra is good taste and comfort. I create specifically for the client, the architecture and the brief; making clients happy is the reason I do this job. That being said, I love working with period features and fitting in modern living details and design elements.’

Interior Design Inspiration from 6 Great British Interior Designers

Pablo buttoned ottoman, from £600 (plus fabric), The Sofa & Chair Company, sofaandchair.co.uk

‘For the past 10 years I have been keeping a treasured edit of suppliers; everything from cement tiles, reclaimed flooring, antique markets and small unknown danish textile designers.

Some people have an innate eye for design and this is certainly the case with one of the hottest new Scandinavian interior designers on the block, Cat Dal. Especially when it comes to Scandi chic…

4 Martin Waller Martin Waller set up his interiors business, Andrew Martin, nearly 30 years ago and founded the well-regarded International Interior Designer of the Year Award in 1996. His distinctive look is global traveller-cum-English eclectic or, in other words, blending a whole host of ideas and inspirations from a great many cultures and sources.

Polygon hand-woven flat-weave silk dhurrie, from £1,133 per sq m, vanderhurd.com

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