Utopia    People 03 Apr 2018
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We speak to designer and TV star, Linda Barker, about style, surfaces, bathrooms and more…

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What first ignited your interest in interior design?

I became interested in design at a very young age – I was decorating my grandma’s house in school holidays for some spending money and I was always asking to decorate rooms in my family home. I really thought about it as a professional career
when I was in my mid-twenties and my first home ownership got me excited at the prospect of decorating.

What most inspires your work?

Seeing new designs at the trade shows is always inspiring. I love exhibitions at the NEC and Excel in London, and at Maison et Objet in Paris. Books and magazines always pique my interest as well as following favourite designers and manufacturers on social media.

You’ve teamed up with Multipanel in a bid to make 2018 the year of the bathroom – why do you feel it’s needed?

I feel as if bathrooms have taken a back seat to the kitchen over the last few years; there have been so many changes in the way we see our newest kitchen designs. But now the time is right – the bathroom is an important room to get just right as it’s such a personal space.

Tell us about the Linda Barker Collection – what’s the inspiration behind it, what are the key components and which element are you most excited about?

I’m launching a collection of 13 new wall panels which are all inspired from what we see in the natural world. Real stone, marble and wood are important looks for the range as well as corten steel and concrete surfaces. The full range looks incredible as we have taken inspiration from the natural surfaces that have long been used in the most expensive bathrooms, hotels and spas… My panels look like the real slabs but take a fraction of the time to install – I couldn’t be more thrilled about this exciting collaboration.

Describe your perfect,luxury bathroom…

Modern and fuss-free with a grand, freestanding bathtub 
and a pair of countertop basins, ideally on a seemingly floating shelf. I’d have a large, walk-in shower and discreet loo. First class, dimmable lighting for long luxurious soaks yet bright enough to apply flawless make-up. A small table would be positioned next to the bath with lovely bath products and skin moisturisers promising silky skin, along with a few magazines to ensure a longer stay.

To hear more from Linda, pick up the latest copy of Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom, here!

 

Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine
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