Intro - name, discipline, where are you based ....?
Sophie van Winden, interior designer and co-owner of interior design studio Owl Design.
We are based in the Silver Building – a brutalist building now full of creative companies in London’s Docklands
What's your pelican story - what inspired you to start out in Interior Design?
I guess it started from childhood, I loved moving my room around and used to spend my time on holidays drawing up pencil plans of my bedroom working out where I could reposition my furniture when I got back!
Also, after my parents separated (from about 11 years old onwards) we moved a lot, always buying run down places, renovating them and then moving onto the next property. I absolutely loved it! It was so exciting seeing how you could transform a wreck to a home with some paint, new flooring and a lot of elbow grease. All through my childhood both my parents loved bright colours and bold patterns, so I am definitely not afraid of colour and they always asked my opinion, which must have given me confidence going forward.