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In Profile:
Studio 44 Design

In Profile:

Studio 44 Design

Shortlisted: for 1 category

The International Design & Architecture Awards 2024

Name: Philippa Buckley

Company: Studio 44 Design

Position within company: Owner & MD


Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)

I am a trained Silversmith, in addition to  Third Level education in the following disciplines: Arts Degree, Business Management and Interior Design.

How would you describe your personal design style?

Classic Contemporary.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Architecture, Travel, Trade Shows, Design magazines and Fashion.

What projects are you currently working on?

Both Residential renovations for Private Clients and commercial fit-outs. For developers in Dublin.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

In terms of manufacturing the emphasis is on sustainability.  Furniture design tends to either look back in terms of the form & function; with an influence for 2024 from the 1960’s.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2023 and beyond.

Sustainability, durability, energy efficiency, minimalist design, industrial, Scandinavian.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?

Very important as it showcases the very best in terms of international design.

What was your favourite project to work on and why?

The project that I have submitted as the Clients were keen to take on board the detailed layout plans and design aesthetic as presented.   They choose the carefully considered pieces of furniture and accessories as we presented to transform this out-dated house into a design led home that now functions for the family to live, relax, entertain and work from.

What was your most challenging project to work on and why?

A recent project whereby the budget was very constrained, there was no contingency in terms of funds as issues arose during the renovation process.  The kitchen which was the key component in the project was delayed by weeks from Germany due to transport which, caused huge stress issues for the family and to myself.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

Lighting layout plans, good light fixtures and a lighting control system. Good flooring as it’ forms the basis of the design aesthetic, good joiner, and other craftsmen/women as without the various skillsets our design work would not translate into the vision that we aspire to achieve for our Clients.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

To continue working in this field of design as I am passionate about it.  Renovation projects are perhaps my favourite sector of this industry, despite being time consuming; it is all about taking the Clients on ‘a journey’ from concept through to completion and hopefully enriching their lives in terms of well-being along the way.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?

A fabulous ring my late husband bought me as a total surprize a few years back.

Your favourite holiday destination?


Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? 

The Merrion in Dublin, as that’s where I am from.

Your favourite book, film & song?

This Year, Book: What I loved  by Siri Hustvedt  Film: Oppenheimer, Song: Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight.

Your favourite food and drink.

Prawns & Chablis.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

In my back garden if the weather is nice!

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

In fashion.

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