Carden Cunietti was founded by Audrey Carden and Eleanora Cunietti. They met in a London antique fair while both scouting for distinctive pieces for clients. They established Carden Cunietti store in London’s Notting Hill in 1996. Their dramatic, eclectic accessories and interiors fittings from around the world became renowned. They now concentrate full time on their thriving interior design practice in central London.
We kindly asked them to give us an little interview and we received this amazing responses, that enlighten and inspire any design lover. Take a look:
How do you feel after receiving this award?
We were delighted to receive the award. It’s great to have your creativity and hard work recognized by one’s peers.
What are your inspirations?
We find inspiration in lots of places; fashion, art, magazines and web sites such as yours. We get fixated on colours that we love and foreign travel always sparks new ideas.
Which interior designers are you fans of?
Jean-Louis Denoit, Thomas O’Brien, Muriel Brandolini
What is your favorite project and why?
The current project is usually the favourite as you are fully engaged in the creative process.
What’s your criteria for the products you choose to your designs? And where do you look for them?
The product should be fit for purpose and be aesthetically pleasing. We source from all over the world, from suppliers as far afield as the Phillipines, the US and Japan. We attend all the trade fairs, shop for antiques from 1st Dibs so our vintage pieces could come from Miami or San Francisco or Chicago and are constantly on the look out for new manufacturers.
How did your partnership started?
We were working individually as interior designers when Eleanora was approached to pitch for a large project and asked me to help. We worked well together and discovered we had the same likes and dislikes and decided to join forces.
Can you describe us your day at the office?
I wouldn’t say there is a typical day which is part of the fun of being an interior designer. We often attend site meetings first thing in the morning with the architect, contractor and any other members of the design team. The client is often present at these meetings too. When we are preparing for a presentation we work in our well stocked library pulling finishes, fabrics and furniture for schemes. We present to our client in different ways… with mood boards or 3-D visuals and large samples. A client presentation meeting runs for two or three hours generally. The most satisfying part of the job is when we install our projects…it’s so exciting unpacking all the furniture and seeing the design come to life and a house become a home!
Some exclusive pictures of the project their recent project:
Also they kindly sent us the picture of their library and my reaction was: OMG. They call it “the engine room of the studio”. Looks really like a laboratory! Amazing!