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Katharine Pooley

Founder, Katharine Pooley, Global Interior Design and Architect Practice

Katharine Pooley is renowned worldwide for the singular beauty and power of her extraordinary interiors, as well as for the dedication and elegance with which she embraces all aspects of life. Established over 19 years ago, Katharine’s London-based, interior design and architecture studio creates innovative designs and exquisite, award-winning, spaces. Recently named as “British Interior Designer of the Decade, Katharine’s design vision is limitless and unconstrained by genre.

With an impeccable portfolio of the most extraordinary, one-of-a-kind interiors, found in grand residences around the world. Her eponymous luxury lifestyle brand spans from residential, hospitality and commercial interior design, to collections of furniture, lighting, decorative home accessories and objets d’art. her signature sumptuous and vibrant designs can be

Overseeing her team of 49 interior designers and interior architects, Katharine’s personal approach ensures every detail of every project and product is exquisitely realised and impeccably finished. Projects range in scale and style, from traditional country estates to contemporary homes, hotels, luxury spas, modernist beach villas, historical palaces, traditional castles, ski chalets, private jets and yachts.

Katharine is currently working on many international projects, including: the magnificent Chateau de la Croix des Gardes, set imperiously, 700 feet above the Mediterranean, overlooking the Bay of Cannes; an impeccably detailed super-yacht for a returning client; a beautiful English country estate; an elegant Paisan residence, several London properties and developments; a beach villa in Sardinia; a contemporary apartment overlooking Central Park in NY; a beach villa in the Bahamas; a large private residence in St Tropez; a ground-breaking, development in Monaco; an architecturally, awe-inspiring, palatial villa in Kuwait and a handful of statement properties in Dubai.

Katharine is a passionate champion of British artistry and workmanship. Her intuitive and personal, luxurious interiors have changed the face of contemporary British design, creating a global aesthetic that has, at its heart, the finest historical craftsmanship.

Born in Hertfordshire, schooled in Oxfordshire and France, and then predominantly brought up in Bahrain, followed by 16 years in Asia, Katharine’s global sensibility was obvious from a young age. Hailing from a family of adventurers and aeronautical enthusiasts, Katharine’s passion for exploration has been a lifelong inspiration. An intrepid traveller, she has visited more than 150 countries and, along the way, has summited many of the world’s highest mountains; driven a team of dogs on a sled to the North Pole; and crossed the Sahara Desert on horseback, amongst other exciting adventures. A tenacious, driven business woman, as well as a truly original and adventurous interior designer, Katharine’s energy and positive spirit are legendary.

Inspired by travel, the natural world, architecture, fashion, literature and art, Katharine views Mother Nature as her greatest inspiration: “The beauty and diversity of our surrounding environment is a constant solace and inspiration. My aesthetic is a juxtaposition of so many different and evolving passions and loves, but my appreciation for the natural world is the seed of every design; its beauty is infinite and extraordinary.”

“Spending my time in nature alongside animals and wildlife is one of my greatest pleasures in life, so preserving it and designing sustainability is, naturally, always at the forefront of my mind.” Philanthropy and sustainability are equally important dimensions of Katharine’s work. As an ambassador for The Childhood Trust on their ‘Decorate a Child’s Life’ program; a member of the Board of Trustees for The British Forces Foundation; a member of the Board of Trustees for Kings College Hospital for 17 years and a trusted ambassador for Al-Johara Group. Katharine applies to her many charitable pursuits, the same drive and determination with which she undertakes her design projects.

In 2017, Katharine published her first book, “Journey by Design” with Assouline.