A work placement at Curve – Lucy’s experience.

For two weeks in June I had the pleasure of working alongside Ben and the lovely ladies of Curve Interior Design. By working closely with and assisting the designers with product sourcing, sample ordering and helping to create sample scheme trays for some of Curve’s current projects, I was given great insight into the world of contemporary and cutting edge design. Furthermore, I was given the opportunity to sit in on meetings with suppliers such as Pierre Frey and JAB and Alma, which I found particularly interesting for it allowed me to broaden my understanding and knowledge of current top designers as well giving me a clearer eye for the Summer Trends of 2015.

As well as working within the office, Gabbie and I visited Manchester Art Gallery to see their fantastic exhibition – ‘House Proud’, an interesting show which exhibited many design classics which we were able to relate to our current work today. We were thus asked to write a report for Curve’s website about what we saw and our general experience of the show as a whole. By doing this, we were able to concentrate particularly on the development and progression of art and design for the home environment through a range of pieces, exploring a variety of glass, ceramics and metalwork’s – constructing interesting observations.

You can read the blog here .. https://taupetips.com/2015/06/05/house-proud-at-manchester-art-gallery/

My experience working with Curve was hugely fulfilling and it was great fun working within a team and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity. I feel I have learnt lots in two weeks, not only from design awareness but also from a musical point of view… My knowledge of music has been largely expanded through Key 103’s none other than ‘Top 10 at 10’…

Thank you so much for having me!!

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Meet the designer … Catherine

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How did you come to be working at Curve?
I’d been following Curve on social media for a few years and tried to win them over back when I first started out in interior design….fast forward a few years and whilst working as a freelancer, I contacted Curve to see if they needed an extra hand. As luck would have it, Sara was going on maternity leave and they needed 12 months cover….over 2 years later and I’m still here!! Must have made a good impression 😉
 
How would you describe your style?
I don’t think I have a particular style, our job is to work with the clients style preferences so you end up with a whole mix of styles yourself! If I had to pick out a particular style I’m swaying to at the moment it would be Mid Century Modern or Scandinavian but with a touch of feminine or quirky colour. I am still loving the industrial style though especially with all the concrete lights I’ve been looking at recently!

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What is your dream interior design project?
A Michelin star restaurant or a home in the Hollywood Hills!

What do you feel is your biggest achievement working at Curve?
Completing 2 full house renovations simultaneously last year was a pretty big achievement…hard work but they both came off great and the clients were thrilled with the end results!

And your favourite moment?
Going to the Design Fair in Milan last year was a definite favourite!! So much inspiration to soak up! Going to House Festival in London was a nice treat too!

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What are your favourite products, brands and designers?
Hmmm I hate narrowing down favourites! I’d have a list here as long as my arm if you’d let me!
Rothschild and Bickers, Moooi, Dare Studio, Tom Faulkner, Cantori, Munna, Ginger & Jagger, Boca Do Lobo, Jessica Zoob, The Victorian Woodworks…..The list really is endless with the amount of great designers and products around at the moment!

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What is your first choice of radio station in the studio?
Absolute Radio 80’s and 90’s! the oldies are the best, love a bit of cheese and sing-along to brighten everyone’s day hahaha (or not as the case may be with my singing :/)

What is your favourite building in Manchester?
I love the Town Hall and the recently refurbished Central Library. There are some beautiful buildings dotted around the Northern Quarter too….Old buildings are so much more interesting than all these new contemporary glass box buildings that all look the same! I love learning about the history of old buildings too. I went on an architectural tour of Manchester once and it makes you realise just how many beautiful buildings we have here. You just have to look up from your smart phone to see them all!

Aside Manchester, what is your favourite city?
Oooooo this is a tough question! I have so many favourite places for different reasons, it would be hard to pick just one. I will narrow it down to a top 5…..L.A, New York, Vancouver, Florence and Barcelona. I’m sure I will be adding to and changing this list soon though! 😉

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Favourite after work cocktail?
You know I’m the worst decision maker, especially when it comes to food and drink!! Hmmmmm I would have to go with a Espresso Martini, although a recent fav is a Pornstar Martini and you can’t beat a nice glass of Prosecco!

Cheers! Thanks Catherine

Meet the Designer:- Georgie

In the second part of our new feature, we introduce Georgie, who came to work with us at the beignning of 2013 and quickly established herself as part of the team – taking on the wonderful renovation of a property in Saddleworth which proved one of Curve’s favourite projects of last year. Georgie took her first trip to Milan this April and is currently working on a conversion of a Georgian hotel back into an amazing house in Lancashire, an apartment in Century Buildings, Manchester and the landscaping at Uppermill.

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How did you come to be working at Curve?
I eyed Curve up when I was at Uni, but they didn’t have any positions at the time so a few years later I sent over my CV on the off chance they could squeeze a little one in. As luck had it they  had advertised for the position of a designer at the same time I sent over my CV. I went through the interview process and was lucky enough to get the job!

How would you describe your style?
I love geometric designs with 1950s influences through furniture etc. My projects have mainly been mixing the old and new which I love!
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What is your dream interior design project?
Designing a bar and hotel in Ibiza, Spain!

What do you feel is your biggest achievement working at Curve?
The complete renovation of a Victorian cottage in Uppermill, Saddleworth. We ripped out the whole house top to bottom, moving walls and creating a space in the loft. I project managed the build and interior and now we are currently moving onto the garden, working alongside the landscape designer which is very exciting!!!

And your favourite moment?
Seeing how happy the clients were when they came back from America to their completed project at the Uppermill project.

What are your favourite products, brands and designers?
I love Dare Studio, Unto This Last (pictured), Rothschild and Bickers – their lights are a thing of beauty. My favourite designers are Tom Dixon, Thomas Heatherwick and of course Gaudi!

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What is your first choice of radio station in the studio?
Radio 1, but I’m way down the hierachy with the choice of radio station he he!

What is your favourite building in Manchester?
Rylands Library. Love the old and new contrast.

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Aside Manchester, what is your favourite city?
Barcelona, one day I will live there, I’m all for Curve Barcelona!

Favourite after work cocktail?
Mojito- fresh and minty! He he.

Thanks for your time Georgie, maybe as a treat we’ll let you have Radio 1 on for an hour!!

Meet the Designer: Jessie

Welcome to our brand new feature ‘Meet the Designer.’

It was Jessie’s idea to write a blog feature to introduce you to our design team in an informal way, so you can find out a little more about the fab team of people we have here at Curve. So, we asked her to go first …

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How did you come to be working at Curve?

I chanced my arm .. walked in the doors of the Curve studio and explained why I should work here!

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, vintage, alternative, unique, bold.

What is your dream interior design project?

A vintage style boutique bedroom, or maybe a nightclub, bar and party room!

What do you feel is your biggest achievement working at Curve?

Completion of a fab apartment project in St George’s Church, Castlefield.

And your favourite moment?

Going to Milan for design week.

What are your favourite products, brands and designers?

Zaha Hadid, Moroso, Penny Seume, Boco do Lobo.

What is your first choice of radio station in the studio?

6 Music!

What is your favourite building in Manchester?

Longford art deco cinema in Stretford

Aside Manchester, what is your favourite city?

Milan

Favourite after work cocktail?

Pina Colada

Thank you Jessie – Jess is currently involved in designing a show home for PH Properties’ beautiful new development in Mellor, the design of a city centre apartment Deansgate, Manchester, phase 2 of Gelli Gynan hall in Wales and the design of brand new premises for Purple Wifi in Ashton.