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Brabantialife’s Design Insights: The National Design Academy’s Director of Studies

anthony rayworthThis month we are privileged to have an exclusive interview with The National Design Academy’s (NDA) Director of Studies, Anthony Rayworth. The NDA is also supporting our Design Your Bin competition to find an aspiring designer to create a new design for our 2013 Retro Bin range.
Anthony holds a Master of Design Degree from the Royal College of Art, London, is now a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, an Affiliate Member of the British Institute of Interior Design, a Member of the European Academy of Design and an Approved Lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.



1.What or who inspired you to have a career in design?

My art teacher at school, Peter Smith

2.What trends have you most enjoyed working with?


  • High-Tech, especially by Joe d’Urso in the 1970s
  • Memphis, Alchymia and the Italian Radicals 1978-88
  • Currently, I am very interested in Antiquarian Minimalism as evidenced by Axel Vervoordt

3.What decorating techniques/ideas would you recommend to a homeowner who wants to update a room without spending a fortune?

Simple, inexpensive materials in their natural state can feel luxurious. Cotton lining used generously for curtains, washable linen or calico slipcovers for upholstery, scrubbed wooden or polished concrete floors, dimmable lighting and one fabulous non-functional item

4.What are your favourite design magazines?

Architectural Digest & Objekt International

5.How about your favourite website or blog? where it is possible to find everything from a Salvador Dali sketch to Lower Palaeolithic flint stone tools

6.Tell us about one of your favourite projects

Developing a suite of Interior Design, Retail Design and Heritage Interior Design courses from Foundation Degree, through BA(Hons) and on to Masters, for the NDA Foundation ( has been an exciting journey both intellectually and structurally

7.What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

Your instincts

8.What’s your favourite colour combination?

It changes, but right now its Violet and Caramel

9.Are there any insider interior design top tips we should know about for 2012?

Be yourself and be kind to our planet

10.And lastly…(cheeky I know!) what’s your favourite Brabantia product and why?

I have the very large (45L) bright steel touch bin as a laundry basket, I love it



Thanks to Guest Blogger Anthony for sharing his expertise and insights. If you would like to find out about being a Guest Blogger, please do get in touch with us.

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