This year for International Women’s Day, we wanted to share with you our Top 5 Women in Design who inspire us every day. Whether they are the design leaders of the future, or design innovators from the past, the women below continue to lead the way across all aspects of design. Read on to see who our favourite architects, interior designers and furniture gurus are, and share with us anyone who inspires you!
Ray Kaiser Eames
As one half of the design powerhouse that is Eames, Ray was an American Artist, filmmaker and designer responsible for some of the most notable contributions to architecture, design and furniture. Her designs are as popular now as they were in the 1940’s with husband Charles Eames saying;
“Whatever I can do, Ray can do it better”
Ray Eames was known for using molded Plywood in her designs, such as the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, and later working with Fiberglass & Plastic as seen on the classic Eiffel Chair. Who would have thought back in 1951 when the Eiffel Chair was created it was still so popular in 2017! Just goes to show the power of great design, and great female design at that!
Kelly Hoppen MBE
We have all seen Kelly on TV recently on shows such as Dragons Den and the Interior Design Challenge, But Kelly Hoppen has been a leader in Interior Design for many years- in fact Kelly’s first interior design job was at the tender age of 16, when she had the opportunity to design a friends kitchen! Along with being a well known Dragon, Judge and Interior Designer, Kelly is also an Author of 8 books, Winner of many awards such as the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award and Everywoman Ambassador Award, and an MBE… Is there anything this woman cant do?!
As one of the greatest Female Architects of our time with a career spanning over 25 years, Zaha Hadid created some of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Iraqi-born British Designer designed the London 2012 Aquatics centre, with is swooping curves reflecting waves on the water and adding a softness to the harsh outline of Londons high risers. Hadid sadly passed away in March last year, however her incredible designs live on in this years Brit award, and also the 2022 Fifa World Cup venue in Doha which is still under construction.
As an Interior Stylist, I find Abigail Ahern such a great source on inspiration. Abigail always seems to be one step ahead of the game, from her use of dark inky colours, maximalist interiors and her design masterclasses which she holds in her own home. She is realistic when it comes to interior design and always addresses those tricky faux pas on her blog, making interior styling and design easy for everyone! To top it off, Abigail has also written 3 interior books, which have been published world wide! ‘Colour’ is a personal favourite of mine, whether you turn to the dark side or stick to a neutral colour pallet, it is full of amazing inditer tips and pics!
So if you’ve not already, check out www.abigailahern.com to see her full collection and blog- I promise you will return time and time again!
Finally, we want to celebrate the life and works of Greta Grossman. In a time dominated by male designers, Greta was one of the few female designers to rise to the top and become a leader in the mid-century modernism movement. This Scandinavian designer moved to LA in 1940 and helped shape Californias architectural and furniture design scene. You may not have heard of Grossman, but I don’t doubt you will find her designs instantly recognisable. From Desks to lighting, Gretas stand out creations are timeless and still used within modern interior design… If you designs are still being produced 80 years later then you know you’ve made it!
On International Women’s Day, we want to thank all women across the world for your outstanding contributions to design, be if fashion, furniture, art or architecture. Heres to Girl Power, and proving that we, as Women, are not to be underestimated!