Founder and creative director of Designers Guild, Tricia Guild is known for her bold, original fabrics and wallpapers, with two flagship stores in London, as well as branches in Paris and Munich.
When Guild started her business more than 40 years ago, it was in a small shop selling Indian-inspired fabrics. Now, she is at the helm of a global empire, and her style signatures are instantly recognisable.
Whether it is pairing patterns with florals or vibrant hues with paintwork effects, Guild’s use of striking colour combinations is both trendsetting and inspirational. While she has legions of fans, she also counts the British royal family as clients and has worked on numerous hotel projects. As the author of 15 books, Guild has written about everything from gardening to city living and is one of the most influential contemporary interior designers in the UK.
What have you learnt from travelling around the world?
There is always something to discover and be inspired by.
Designers Guild is known for its colour and creative collaborations – from where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration can come from a variety of sources – art, architecture, fashion, nature and, of course, travel. I am a firm believer in the idea that you are what you see. If we open our eyes to the world around us, we cultivate a sense of the beauty that surrounds us, and we subconsciously train ourselves to edit what we like and what we don’t, thereby establishing our own sense of style and colour.
Where are some of your favourite places to stay?
(Photo: Hotel Duc De Saint-Simon)
In Paris, I love to visit Chez Georges (1 Rue du Mail) for dinner – it is the most traditional of Parisian restaurants with a wonderful classic setting, the most delicious food and staff who really look after you. I’d stay at the Hotel Duc de Saint Simon (above; 14 Rue de Saint-Simon), a beautiful 18th-century townhouse hidden in the bustling Saint-Germain district – I love the contrast of going back to peace and calm in the heart of the city’s famous existential and artistic quarter. When I visit Milan for the annual furniture fair, I always like to eat at La Bagutta – a Milanese institution (Via Bagutta 14) and the city’s best trattoria.
What do you always pack for holidays?
A gorgeous scented candle. Our wild fig is one of my favourites.
What does the word luxury mean to you?
Quality, style and a sense of timelessness.
Written by Penny Mccormick for Silverkris