100% Futures preview Lucy Turner Answers Despoke’s Questions

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Lucy Turner has received national critical acclaim. The Telegraph considers her amongst the elite cabinet makers currently working in the UK. Exciting and distinctive Lucy utilises the latest technologies and materials in the creation of her bespoke contemporary furniture. Her unique process is transferable across the spectrum of interior design.

What made you become a designer?
I just followed a path where I could make things all the time. I still make things

Where did you study design?
University of Plymouth – Exeter campus

What was the first thing you designed?
A bit embarrassing but when I was very young I had a fascination with making cardboard telephones, loads of them, all different styles and colours. Weird I know.

How do you define good design?
Simplicity and longevity. Everything should be made to last

What would you be if you weren’t a designer?
A goat farmer, for meat not cheese, I saw a programme on it and I have always wanted to be a farmer’s wife, have kids (excuse the pun) running around covered in mud!

Which design of yours are you most proud of?
I don’t think I am there yet, I am a bit fickle like that. I create something, love it and then think, what’s next? I create that, and then love it, so on and so on. The piece that furthered my career, helped me get onto a business placement was the Manhole Cover Bath mat. A bit gimmicky looking back but it certainly helped me along the way so I am proud of that.

Anything in your career you wish you had done differently?
I wished I forced myself to use the workshops more at uni, they were a great gift and I am kicking myself for not gaining all the knowledge that was offered. I am catching up now though, and learning to grasp every opportunity to learn a new skill, you never know when it will come in handy!

Any designers you most admire?
The Danes. All the designers who worked for Ercol back in the day, oh and Michael Marriott

Tell me about your design style at home?
Eclectic, changeable- as I am always discovering new things and bringing them home, my boyfriend goes mad ‘not another thing’, they are all from second hand shops of course. That is where I get my inspiration; I love auction houses and second hand shops.

We have a large framed picture of the queen from her coronation in the loo and dotted around our very
small flat (it is like a caravan without wheels) is a collection of embroidered banners that come from the local village hall. They are all from the annual plays that were held. My favourite one that hangs on the door of the bathroom says ‘such things happen’ 1954.

We love red, turquoise, grey, black and wood. There is always a fresh bunch of local flowers on the blue Formica kitchen table.

I do not keep anything I make but I might treat myself, when I get time to a watermelon sideboard.

Website: www.lucyturner.co.uk

2 Responses to “100% Futures preview Lucy Turner Answers Despoke’s Questions”

  1. Catherine August 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I love the cabinet in the main photo. Great colours and great images.

  2. helen morris August 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    I was drawn to read the post by the stencil-like pineapples.
    Your flat sounds wonderful, I love the idea of the embroidered banners. We have coronation queen stuff at my home. I am now off to read more about your work.