BA (Hons) Interior Design Top-up -

Abby Laybourne

Interior Designer

What was your background before KLC?
From studying psychology and philosophy at University, I invested in a career in professional services with PwC within audit and assurance. I spent 18 years travelling the world, building teams and helping solve client's problems and loved it!

Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
I've lived in many different places and countries and from a young age would spend hours reimagining spaces - how they could be improved and what emotions this could evoke, a habit that hasn't left me. I'd reached a position in my life where I wanted to pursue this passion and solve problems in a more creative and engaging way!

Tell us about your experience with the course
The course is challenging, engaging and extensive. I can't believe how much I have learnt in what is a relatively short space of time - it's reassuring that at any age or walk of life, you can still learn, develop and achieve.

What are your design interests/strengths?
I love both residential and commercial design and how they can offer a physical experience in completely different ways. My passion is to ensure great design is accessible to all whether that's on a small residential scale or on a larger commercial offering.

I would describe my skillset as an all-rounder from concept development, to technical drawing and producing engaging final presentations - all underpinned by strong problem solving.

What space inspires you?
Spaces that take advantage of the natural light and physical environment around it. For me this is the foundation for a strong emotional connection.

Who is your favourite designer?
I don't have any one favourite designer and love a variety of design from product to interiors to fashion. What I respect and admire most is the ability to take something that may look obvious or common and with a unique interpretation can change it into something completely different and engaging. Whether that's through use of pattern, colour, materiality or manipulation.

Where to from here?
I'm considering doing the BA (hons) top-up year to gain my degree in interior design and extend my knowledge of commercial design. However, I am always open to opportunities in working with a mixed practice design studio.

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