Lou Christie talks about the importance of sustainably sourced timber

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014.

Deco magazine have featured Bookie, designed by Lou Christie, in this months issue. Deco magazine asked Lou Christie why she thinks it is important to specify sustainably sourced timber.

Launched at the Hay Literary festival, Bookie has also been featured in GQ and French Elle.

For full Deco article click here.

Site photos of latest project by christie studio

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014.

Christie Studio was commissioned to design a bespoke staircase and separate storage units for a child’s bedroom. Working closely with the client, careful consideration was given as to how the space would be used by the children, to create niches for special objects and unexpected slits for secret spy holes, with the added advantage of optimising the natural light available. The staircase also provided storage space and a desk area.

One of the biggest challenges was working with the limited space available and coming up with a clever, efficient design with an element of fun!.

All timber used is FSC sustainably sourced and beautifully made by the local craftsman Stevie Pond in his workshop and on site.

 

Herefordshires first ever Pedalhaus tour

This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014.

Pedalhaus  – The combination of low energy design, architecture and cycling…..

This was the first Pedalhaus organised by George Mikurick of Architype. The idea was to look at a few projects, past and present in Herefordshire.

We met on a murky day and rode to HARC (Archive facility) in Rotherwas, the UK’s first Passivhaus archive project designed by Architype (with Nick Grant and Alan Clarke as consultants) currently being constructed by Kier, where we had a fascinating tour of the building. From there, we cycled back to Hereford, where we visited two retrofit projects by SimmondsMills.

After lunch we made the epic journey (in the rain!) for Mike Whitfield’s passivhaus.

This is definitely the way forward for new builds and retro fit. I wonder when the major house builders will get into passivhaus?…

For more information on sustainable building and design see the AECB website

Passivhaus building tour by bicycle

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014.

All you PedalHausists (and cyclists) add 11th October to your diaries for the Herefordshire event organised by George Mikurcik of Architype.  This is the first pedalhaus in Hereford and will look at a few projects, past and present. This will surely provide inspiration for producing more energy efficient buildings

I have booked my place and oiling my wheels as we speak!

Vectorworks event in Bristol

This entry was posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014.

design for success

I’m attending this event where I’m learning about BIM in Small Practices and real live projects. I’m currently using Vectorworks 2014 for drawing production and want to find out more about it’s capabilities. The event runs on 29 October 2014 and is open to all

Some of architecture’s worst buildings

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014.

Some of Britain’s worst architecture… Carbuncle Cup 2014 winner announced 

“Woolwich Central ticked all the boxes for this year’s wooden spoon. A classic case of gross overdevelopment, the scheme is lumpen and oppressive and towers over its predominantly low-rise neighbours. It even manages to make its immediate neighbour, Greenwich council’s none-too-insubstantial town hall, and former Carbuncle Cup nominee, look like a pimple on the face of a morbidly obese bully.

The variegated stripy grey cladding does nothing to disguise the bulk of the scheme and the attempt to break up the vast facade up into smaller, more visually manageable elements by inserting areas of yellow is doomed to fail.

But the building’s worst crime is it diminishes the efforts of those who have worked hard to regenerate this run-down, deprived part of London. The architecturally decent Royal Arsenal Riverside housing scheme has rejuvenated the river. There have been significant, award-winning public realm improvements to the town centre and the area has been opened up with new transport links including the DLR extension and Crossrail has the potential to transform Woolwich when it comes to the area in 2018″.

Our judges had nothing good to say about the building. Owen Luder described it as “oppressive in terms of shape, size and colour and a negative contribution to the overall environment of the area”. Ike Ijeh described it as “overtly militaristic, defensive, arrogant and inept”.

Read more www.bdonline.co.uk

Red magazine feature on Perrydore

This entry was posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014.

Just noticed this feature from Red magazine on Christie studio’s project. For more reasons to have a holiday, check out the full article Perrydoretumblr.com

Inspiring spaces #1

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014.

Summer holidays spent in Hastings, had a lovely time at this beautiful gallery space, The Jerwood Gallery Hastings. Great transitions between inside and outside, impressive void spaces and a simple palette of materials which really work here…check it out yourself

Let there be light

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014.

Let there be light Click on the link to see how christie studio transformed an unloved farm outbuilding into a holiday let for all seasons.

Annual networking event 2013

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

Attending annual networking event at HCA this evening covering a range of topics with guest speakers, Steve Wright and Peter Mc Luskie

 

 

Elm House

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2013.

“We found and purchased a house in a lovely position but realised the building itself did not work for us as it was. We knew the kind of place we wanted to live in but needed help to realise it.

Lou took a very detailed brief and produced optional proposals for us to consider. She helped us to find a fabulous architect, as it became clear the project would require specialist planning input and some new build elements. What Lou produced exceeded our expectations and very cleverly used the existing space; we only required a compact extension to give us all the accommodation we needed. She took on board all our needs and we now have a house we love to live in. She was with us every step of the way, absolutely wonderful.”

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Transitions

This entry was posted on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013.

“The Transitions team will be working on site for over a year and we needed an office that was good to work in and also very distinct from the prison environment. It needed to speak of the project’s core mission: to create new spaces and approaches to working with offenders, while increasing their chances of rehabilitation. All on a small budget and done in a way that meant we could involve prisoners and officers in the process. We are delighted with the results, which required a great deal of flexibility and foresight about working in a particular environment. For example, our tables were made in the prison workshop and designed with the restrictions that this bought to bear. They have become a source of pride for prisoners and a talking point for those visiting the office.”

Rachel O’Brien. RSA Transitions, Project Director

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Services

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012.

Christie Studio offers a range of services to suit clients’ individual needs for interior architecture and design. The core aim is to help you, the client, achieve your ambitions by guiding you through the design and realisation of your project.

Offering consultancy, design-only and freelance design services.

Services include:

  • Feasibility studies and conceptual designs
  • Drawing production, documentation, specifications and supervision
  • Space planning and auditing
  • Creative lighting concept design
  • Bespoke furniture design
  • Furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E) specification
  • Project management
Projects are run in accordance with guidelines laid down by the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

 

Technical

Vector works 2017 is the Computer Aided Design package for the production of technical drawings. It is widely-used and cutting-edge software. It offers good compatibility with other CAD tools, producing drawings, which can be easily exported to other packages.

Fees

Christie Studio charges competitive rates in accordance with guidelines by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) affiliated with the BIID.

Industry Links

British Institute of Interior Design (BIID): http://www.bida.org

Government Links

Planning Portal: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk
Building Regulations: http://www.communities.gov.uk

Process

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012.

process

Christie Studio takes a flexible approach to each project, delivering tailored and individual solutions


Clients look to hire interior designers who are responsive to their different circumstances and needs. Communication is central to the process. Louise develops unique designs through close liaison with her clients and through close collaboration with the project team. This helps to realise clients’ aspirations and their projects to exceed expectations


Christie Studio creates inventive yet practical solutions that elevate projects beyond the ordinary at any budget…

Louise’s work varies from small solo projects to larger collaborative endeavours, in which she works alongside architects and other professionals. She has links with architectural practices in both South Wales and London.

Christie Studio adds value to projects

Louise offers specialist advice, helping to maximise what can be achieved. She produces spectacular results by optimising space and light, enriching the palette of materials used and finding the most suitable finishes and fittings. She can also assist in the hiring of other professionals and craftsmen where necessary

At a small percentage of the total cost of your project, Christie Studio fees will prove a sound investment

About Me

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012.

 

Christie Studio specialises in interior architecture and design. Its focus is the transformation of interior space and the realisation of its true potential


Taking a collaborative and inquisitive approach, Chrisite Studio produces fresh and exciting interior architecture and design, which reflects the collective input of each member of the project team


Christie Studio showcases the talents of Louise Christie, an interior designer with excellent academic and professional credentials


Louise has a proven track record of developing inventive, inspiring and appropriate solutions for residential, retail, office and rehabilitative environments

She has a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design and an MA in Interior Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University

Her professional experience includes working for architectural practice HLM in Sheffield and London, where she built up extensive practical knowledge, working on large-scale projects in both the public and private sectors. Louise worked for several renowned London-based retail design and brand consultants, including Conran Design Group, 20 20 and Davies Baron – now DDSB. She also worked as a Design Project Manager for the retail giant Arcadia group

Louise has teaching experience, having tutored at the London Institute – now University of the Arts, City of Westminster Adult Education Services and North East London Polytechnic

Louise has worked on a wide range of projects. These include residential interiors, large and small-scale furniture pieces, office refurbishments and therapeutic environments. Her work has been featured in Architects’ Journal, GQ and the French edition of Elle Decoration

During the past three years Louise has furthered her understanding and experience in the residential sector whilst working as an Associate Director for the design company BOX66 


Louise is passionate about interior architecture and design. She is committed to continue exploring its transformative potential and developing her specialist skills

The Byway

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012.

“The building we found was in a good location with great potential. Lou worked with us to re-model the building into an office space which would reflect our ethos and complement our brand identity. We wanted to use locally sourced, eco friendly materials wherever possible. We needed to maximise the limited natural light available on the ground floor and make sensible use of the two storey building. Our budget required careful management and some focus to create an impressive entry to the building. Lou helped us to achieve all these objectives by producing an inspiring design concept and space plan, followed by drawings to submit for planning, help with specifications and finally working drawings for construction. We are delighted with the results.”

Webster Wickham BWA Design

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The Peren

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012.

“We employed an architect to work on our barn conversion, but wanted some extra help with the interiors to optimise the space and give a fresh and contemporary feel, without spending a fortune. Lou helped us to achieve this. We are delighted with the results and think that her input really gave us an edge in a very competitive holiday market. Our guests love it. We would not hesitate in recommending Christie Studio.”

Simon and Andrew, Further Afield

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