This week we catch up with BA Interior & Spatial Design 2014 graduate Leonora Gray as part of our ‘One Year On’ series.After graduating last year I moved to Paris to work with a design studio where I worked on projects ranging from an installation for Paris Fashion Week to the design of bespoke furniture items. I learnt a lot from working on different scale projects and collaborating with people from various design backgrounds.
In my final year at Chelsea I developed an identity within my design practice which has stayed with me, a sort of playful and poetic narrative. I still enjoy the fabrication process very much and have been influenced a lot by using organic materials such as wood.
The degree show was the first live project that I worked on from brief to completion, a lot of the skills that I learned from setting it up have been useful to both working in the industry and developing as a designer as I learnt how to deal with real life constraints.
The main piece of advice I would give this years graduates is that design transcends language so I would always encourage designers to live and work in different countries.
You can see more of Leonora’s work on her website – www.leonoragray.co.uk