A highly organised designer who fervently believes in ‘design without compromise’ for her top-end clients. Whether private or commercial, Katharine Pooley’s work is faultlessly chic and ultra luxurious, teamed with state-of-the-art technology. She is committed to British craftsmanship: beautifully made and innovative furniture or finishes, designed with a contemporary eye, often feature.
After a career in international finance, Katharine went on to open her eponymous boutique in 2004 and her design studio in Chelsea in 2005. She opened a showroom in Doha in 2013, and in 2014 she launched Katharine Pooley Development, specifically aimed at the commercial sector. She oversees a staff of 40.
As well as converting a listed Mayfair town house back into a grand private home, Katharine’s design teams are working on a private villa in Doha, a condo apartment in Singapore, projects for Richard Branson’s family in London and the countryside, and a large private home in Africa. The company’s first commercial boutique-hotel development in China is also currently underway.
Most unusual design request?
‘A palace in Kuwait for my client’s 200 eclectic works of art, sculpture and antiques – with the collection as the design starting point.’