Emma Fraser
— Design Assistant

January 27th, 2017

Q & A with Robyn Reid – Design Assistant, Banchory

Emma Fraser, Design Assistant / January 27th, 2017

Robyn joined the Murray and Murray design team in May 2016 and you will find her stationed in our Banchory showroom as one of our design assistants. Watch this space however! Robyn is en-route to becoming a very successful designer in her own right and is currently starting to command her own projects.

A day in the life of Robyn consists of working on smaller scale design work such as cloak rooms, boot rooms, bathrooms and wardrobes, as well as maintaining the showroom. If you visit our Banchory studio you are more than likely to be greeted by Robyn and she will give you the guided tour – and perhaps a coffee as well!

Studying 3D Design at University and specifying in jewellery design gives Robyn a keen eye for detail and appreciation of the finer mechanics of design work.

So let’s delve a little deeper in to what makes this up-and-coming M & M designer tick.

If you were to pick an interior space, anywhere in the world that inspires you, where would it be and why?

The Mercato Mall in Dubai. Firstly, because I like shopping but also because the interior is designed to look like a Mediterranean town during the European Renaissance. The architecture captures elements from different artists spanning over several centuries and cities; primarily Florence, Venice and Pisa. Once you enter the grand glass-roofed main atrium you need to look up and appreciate the bright colours and unique facades which are a feast for the eyes. I love that the Mall transports you to another time and place that is so completely at odds to the city outside.

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What is your favourite M & M project past or present?

I really like the colour of this kitchen which is calming and relaxing. I also don’t think that it will age, like a bold colour scheme can. The ergonomically designed appliance bank is at a perfect height for access and can be hidden away with the bi-folding doors. I also love how the dining table is very much a part of the island, allowing the cook to remain sociable when guests are over for dinner. I also like the use of a pocket door to hide away the toaster. Finally, I’m a big fan of the slab door with a beaded frame. This profile gives just enough detail without being too fussy.

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Who inspires you within the design world?

Two design companies inspire me:

Finnish home furnishing, textiles and fashion company Marimekko. I lived in Finland for 6 months, whilst studying. I gained a great appreciation for Finnish design and Marimekko are unique due to their fantastic bright and bold patterns.

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Alessi because I like their sense of fun, bringing a lightheartedness to ‘everyday’ objects. My Grandma owned some of their products, as did my Mum and now so do I. Some of my favorites are the Anna G corkscrew, Merdolino toilet brush and the Voodoo knife block.

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Aside from interiors what other creative industries are you interested in?

Jewellery making, dancing, crafts, drawing and painting. I also enjoy making 3D pieces from found materials to decorate our walls at home. My very own she-shed at the bottom of our garden has become my creative haven. Whenever I can get out there to make things time just seems to disappear. In the colder months I migrate indoors and take over the study with all my supplies!

How would you best describe your style?

When creating visuals for clients I enjoy putting in final touches that give them more of a lived in look. I work hard to imagine what our clients would have in a space, so if I have met them I try to personalise the kitchen as much as I can whilst still remaining neutral enough, so as not to distract from the overall design. I appreciate that these visuals give a good idea of what the finished piece should look like, but I aim to provide a neutral, yet homely image.


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What would be your dream project?

I would really enjoy a project in a building with plenty of character; with unique and interesting features. Something like a church, steading or an old school house for example. It would be even better to be involved with many other elements in the house as well as the kitchen so that there is a continuity throughout. The proportions and scales in these properties would really stretch the abilities of our cabinet makers, allowing us to showcase exactly what can be achieved with truly bespoke interiors.

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