Karen enjoys working across all areas of design be it furniture, product, accessories or interior design as many of them are inter-related which also helps to keep ideas fresh and interesting. She is also interested in new materials and technologies and how they can be incorporated into contemporary design. She also enjoys working with many different types of materials from wood, leather, fabrics, china and glass. Within product design she often likes to mix media where manufacturing allows.
Over the years Karen has also undertaken a wide variety of project management roles from complete house and hotel refurbishments to shop refits and exhibition stands. She also works with both individuals and businesses to help them make the best of their environments. In a modern world where spaces can become too cluttered or just don’t function as they should Karen helps people to both de-clutter and make the spaces work in a more ergonomic way as it has been shown that the way we live or work can have an effect on our mental health and also productivity.
Karen has always been interested in re-purposing old elements be it pieces of architectural heritage being built into a new building or old pieces of wood being made into beds or general pieces of furniture with the help of amazing crafts people. This ethos can also be seen in her range of bags using unusual elements found in antique markets to give them a quirky and unusual twist.
Having always been a maker Karen also designs and makes her own bags. Mainly they are handmade and hand stitched by her, using traditional skills and tools. Whilst all items are branded, she takes a very minimal approach and prefers to allow the designs to speak for themselves. When hand stitched a traditional saddle stitch is used which is much stronger than a machine loop stitch. Linen thread is mostly used which is very strong and available in a beautiful array of colours to match the leathers. A small range are a combination of Karen’s skills and a British manufacturer.
As we live in an increasingly competitive world unfortunately there is so much indiscriminate copying, so Karen is proud to be a member of ‘Acid’ who try and take steps to safeguard original design.