Podcast Ep 6: The Case For Emotional Design with Fran Hickman
The purveyor of fashion-forward interiors details her commitment to emotion-driven design
A prominent figure in the new wave of generation-defining British interior design talent, Fran Hickman is a name you either know or you should know. A House & Garden 100 and LuxDeco 100 honouree and the Elle Decoration British Interior Designer of the Year for 2019, Fran began her design career at Soho House. There she turned her hand to hotspots such as Babington House and Shoreditch House before stints at prestigious—and very different—studios Colefax and Fowler and Waldo Works. Since setting up her own studio in 2014, she’s been responsible for London’s Moda Operandi flagship store, a pop up for Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop as well as numerous other award winning residential, hospitality and retail projects.
Such a stellar portfolio is the result of Fran's unique approach to design. The creative advocates design storytelling: the power of design choices in telling one’s story—be that for a person or a brand—the beauty of creating the right feeling within that space and, ultimately, design’s ability to influence our personal narratives by changing how we act.
Listen in as LuxDeco Chief Creative Officer Jon Sharpe discusses emotional design, the power of storytelling and why feeling is just as important as form and function.
- Where a good design story starts at 17:58
- Fran’s unique take on the Form v. Function debate at 27:11
- What home means to her at 34:15
- And the Marmite piece in her home at 56:55
Fran's Emilia Wickstead store design
The designer opted for a modern, feminine touch for this London boutique store with an ever-deepening pink colour palette and pared back design choices.
Fran's Designs for Moda Operandi London flagship
Lauren Santo Domingo turned to Fran for the London flagship of her luxury fashion e-store.