Interview: Georgina Cave

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Georgina Cave founder of Cave Interiors, a London based design firm specialising in end-to-end design and spatial planning within old and new-builds alongside some of London’s leading architects.

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

Whilst my true passion is for interiors I have always loved architecture, whether it be inside or out. After working for several years as a specialist painter and having completed several home renovation projects of my own, I was frequently asked to help people with the design of their homes. After completing a course in Interior Design at The Design School in Queens Park, I formed Cave Interiors in 2002 and the rest is history…… to speak.

Do you have a creative process when looking for inspiration?

I am always influenced by the architecture of the building, but most importantly the people who inhabit them so my inspiration in terms of our projects always starts with getting to know the building and getting to know how our clients live, their routines, likes and dislikes etc. The client’s existing art collection if applicable can also be a great inspiration for the colour schemes (this can be seen in some of the imagery here), however we are often called upon to source the art also. Once these crucial elements are understood visual creativity follows on easily. My fascination with the visual arts, new designers and anything interiors related certainly helps. I like to be different but not for the sake of it. Coming up with new ideas is always exciting but they need to make sense.

If you weren’t an interior designer, what field do you think you would be working in?

I can’t think of anything I’d love more than interiors, so the nearest thing would have to be architecture.

What would be your dream project?

I think many interior designers would say a small boutique hotel and I’m no different, it’s definitely on my wish list. However we're currently working on the complete renovation of a villa over looking the bay of Ville Franche and Cap Ferrat in the South of France for lovely returning clients. It’s not as glamorous as it sounds, getting up at 4am for site visits is gruelling, but the shell of the house is spectacularly exciting and will be even more so once finished. The end vision and the clients being such a joy to work with make it my dream project of the moment.

Are there any trends you’re excited about at the moment?

I love colour and print so seeing that return is lovely. I’m also absolutely loving the trend for statement lighting pieces and in particular the use of multiple pendants grouped in different sizes. Ilse Crawford, an interior designer whose work I admire hugely, does this so well and even incorporated this concept into the community kitchen in Kensington that she designed which shows it needn’t be the most expensive solution either.

You recently ordered some Peruzzi Rose, may we asked how it was used?

We used it to make up some cushions for a Living and Dining Room scheme, backed with your gorgeous Alessio velvet in Fawn which made a beautiful combination.

Finally, what is your favourite fabric from Chase Erwin?

Oooh that’s hard, but currently it would have to be Rocco in Platinum. We used it on the sofas where we had the above cushions. It has a great rub test so answered the brief in terms of durability and the subtle shimmer gave it an elegant touch whilst still being liveable, both of which were so crucial to this particular scheme.