When Natalie Stephenson and Juliette Wright struck up a friendship while working at Helen Green Design 15 years ago (as creative director and executive design director, respectively), it was inevitable that they’d one day launch an interior design studio together. Both grew up with parents who had a love of art history and both went on to study interior design. While Juliette’s childhood was spent visiting endless stately homes – which sparked an interest in chandeliers and silk walling from an early age – Natalie was influenced by the career choices of her parents. ‘Design has been a part of my life since as long as I can remember; my mother is a garden designer and my father a director of photography in film so I have always had creativity at my core,’ she says.
A dynamic duo, whose infectious passion is combined with an ability to listen to what a client really wants, it’s no wonder many come back to enlist the studio for their second homes
On the commercial side, Natalie and Juliette have recently reinvented a restaurant in Mayfair and an art gallery on the King’s Road; they also regularly work as part of large project teams, leading the architectural style and spatial planning. In addition, they are in the midst of creating their own collection of furniture, lighting and textiles based around their unique take on the stripe, which will be on display in a lifestyle showroom they are designing in Surrey. Part of a collaboration with lighting designer Mark Kavanagh, from Future Light Design, it is set to be the first of its kind in the area.
As a dynamic duo, whose infectious passion is combined with an ability to listen carefully to what a client really wants, it’s no wonder many come back to enlist the studio for their second homes. ‘When revisiting past projects, it is truly rewarding to see clients who are still as in love with their space now as they were at the grand reveal,’ concludes Juliette.