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Alana Colville

Store Manager, Aberdeen

Group 157

When did you first become interested in design?

I have been interested in art and graphic design since I was quite young, and developed a really strong interest in design while I was at high school. This was lost a bit while I was at university, but as soon as I made the career move into furniture it all came flooding back. I was able to help clients understand the potential of their space and easily visualise what could be achieved.

What is your design style?

This is a tough one! My own space is pretty maximal – I wouldn’t say that this is fully by choice, but having a toddler will do that. Personally, I love to incorporate organic shapes, especially soft curves to contrast with the more expected linear forms of most furnishings.

Where did you start when it came to designing your own space? 

For myself I am focussed on creating a cosy and welcoming space to come home to after work and enjoy. So, for me I maximised on seating space within the living room and worked from there.

What was the biggest challenge that you had to contend with, and how did you resolve it?

Definitely storage! I imagine that this a challenge for any household with children.

It wasn’t easy, and was very much a case of using my initiative to think up smart solutions, often utilising pieces of furniture in slightly unexpected ways. For example, a blanket box used as a coffee table with inbuilt storage for toys.

What is your favourite part of the design process?

Seeing the moment that it clicks with the client, and they fall in love with the design or perhaps certain chosen pieces of furniture. The moment they realise this is what they need to bring their vision to life.

Also, the completed project because that’s really where being able to start enjoying the design kicks it. It’s easy to think of it as the end of the story, but actually it’s only the beginning.

Which modern design trend most resonates with your personal sense of style?

Does tartan count? Only kidding… (kinda)!

I would probably have to say the renewed appreciation for natural materials. I’m not really one to be influenced by fast fashion trends and am more inclined to make a decision based on longevity both in terms of craftsmanship and styling.

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