An interview with Tiffany Duggan
Studio Duggan creates distinctive and well considered interiors for high-end residential and boutique commercial projects. The studio was founded in 2011 by Tiffany Duggan, who also has a background in set design. West London serves as the Studio’s base, where Tiffany leads a passionate and creative team of twelve. In this interview, Tiffany discusses what led her to start the company, her design approach and some of the biggest interior trends to have emerged this year.
Our projects are always unique as they are inspired by our clients whose requirements differ dramatically from project to project. We offer a very thorough and intimate design service, where every detail has been carefully handpicked with the client in mind – beautiful cutlery, hand painted waste paper bins and monogrammed linens are just a few of the ways we personalise our client’s homes in a subtle but comforting way. We love to create a design story for our clients to immerse themselves in – a ‘world’ in which all elements are both harmonious and personal.
After a stint in scenic painting for the theatre, I completed a 6 month internship at Elle Decoration looking to transfer my skills to interior styling. Styling was a great experience and really opened my eyes to some amazing materials and suppliers (who we still work with today) – but ultimately it was too transient. I wanted to create functional and beautiful spaces with longevity. I worked for a small, prime property developer for a number of years, designing the interiors of some amazing spaces, which gave me invaluable hands-on experience. It was a natural progression for me to open my own design practise several years later and luckily the projects have since flooded in through word of mouth. Our team has grown considerably but organically in the last four years and we are working on some wonderfully exciting projects.
Our style does differ from project to project but there are certainly some constants that permeate across our design work. A balance of textures and materials is a must – without this interiors appear flat and uninteresting. Likewise, we like to choose a combination of old and new furniture to avoid the look from appearing ‘over designed’. The best spaces are those which appear to have developed over time. We don’t like to endlessly replicate a style – we work with the existing space and needs of our clients to create very special and personal spaces. I also like to introduce an element of whimsy to inject a touch of fun and prevent the space from becoming too staid.
The first step is always the concept stage. We spend a lot of time with our clients looking at images, materials and fabrics and earmarking anything that they are drawn to – or not as the case may be. Following this, we prepare concept boards to illustrate the ‘look and feel’ suggested, and also present our first draft layout plans for discussion.
We used the Bayern Ivory in a hotel project – I loved the scale and proportions of this. Also the Vivienne Medium Smoke worked really well in the bedroom of a luxury show-home we did for a London property developer. We paired it with an organically shaped side table and soft lines and bubbled glass worked really well against the clean lines of the rest of the room. The Sophia Olive is wonderfully sculptural and the proportions are perfect, we have used this a few times.
Below: Vivienne Smoke Table Lamp,
Below: Sophia Olive Table Lamp,
We try not to be overly influenced by passing trends or fads, although inevitably everything acts as inspiration. Travel always dictates that I return invigorated with fresh ideas. I love the work of Jacques Grange, Axel Vervoordt, Dimore Studio and Roman and Williams in NYC – all very different designers but equally inspirational.
We are seeing a return to honest materials reinvented in a contemporary way – natural and unfinished brass, raw woods and imperfectly perfect ceramics are all saturating the design industry right now.
My all time favourite landmark is the Michelin building in Chelsea – but I would love to get my hands on the Bibendum restaurant inside!
I love the Bari Antique Ivory and the Hericus Antique Ivory for their rustic texture and curvaceous lines. I used the Hericus a few times. The Abies Vintage Green Cone is beautiful and really interesting too – I’d love to place it with something unexpected – like an antique Gustavian console.