Claire started her career as a graphic designer and worked at Cosmopolitan Magazine and advertising and marketing agencies. In 1989 she set up Style and Vision specializing in food packaging and promotion
“It was a fabulous grounding”, she says. “To have to work with that level of obsessive detail, to be able to take a design brief and hone in on the personality of a product has enabled me to quickly identify how clients want to express themselves. Art directing photographic shoots gave me the thrill of working on a bigger scale and communicating everything about a product with one single viewpoint”.
Claire’s first interior design project was the exterior and shop of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, quickly followed by the head office of Rank Screen Advertising in Wardour Street.
“At art school sculpture was always my passion, so to be able to transition from the relatively tiny realm of packaging to furniture and interiors was both instinctive and exciting. It’s the ability to think 3 dimensionally and care deeply about detail and quality that counts”.
Claire made her interior design television debut on Animal Park talking about her design work for Lord Bath at Longleat House where she worked over a period of 13 years creating a unique set of rooms “for the 21st Century” as Lord Bath requested. Following this she designed for and presented on BBC1’s DIY SOS with Nick Knowles.
Her design work has taken her worldwide, recently completing two luxury harbour side properties in Sydney.
“It’s the design process that is my passion,” she says. “There is nothing quite like talking to a client and finding out what makes them tick, to producing drawings, selecting the perfect materials and overseeing it all coming together. It’s a tremendous buzz.”