Emma Hunter - Interior Designer

Emma Hunter graduated from Chelsea's MA in Interior and Spatial Design and now works as a freelance interior designer.

Why did you choose Chelsea's MA Interior and Spatial Design course?

I'd met the course director, Ken Wilder, and his knowledge and passion for spatial art and design was inspiring. I also knew the College encouraged its students to explore and develop their artistic interests in a very broad sense. Plus, the workshop facilities are great.

What was your most memorable moment at Chelsea?

Being joint winner of the British Land competition for a temporary public installation on Euston Road, in London. I got to work with young people from the local community and it was great to see their confidence grow during the process. The installation was originally supposed to last for three months, but it ended up there for around a year and a half.

What was the first job you took after graduating?

The same job I'm in now, working as a freelance interior designer for an architecture practice.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve just finished refurbishing office space that holds over 200 people, which involved lots of bespoke joinery and installing a massive sliding wall right through a big social hub area.

I’m also working on a series of clay sculptures outside my paid employment and, if these feel right, I’d like to make some in bronze too.

Is your current work related to your studies at Chelsea? 

Yes, the course has had a lasting impact on both my professional and personal work. My MA allowed me to get a job doing more interesting conceptual work, and I’ve also carried on working for the youth centre I collaborated with during the British Land project.

Any tips for Chelsea students?

Use the workshops every hour they're open and collaborate with people from outside your course - you’ll learn more this way.