INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US WHERE YOU’RE BASED
Hello, I’m Louise Richardson or as most people get to know me, Lou of Lou’s Upholstery. I’m a Londoner at heart but now living and working in Brighton. My work shop is a 10-minute walk from our house which I share with Alex and Pip our cat.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I run my own upholstery business in Brighton and teach upholstery in London at The Goodlife Centre. My upholstery work includes anything from antique restoration to modern recovers, loose covers and soft furnishings and also seat weaving which includes cane work, rush seating and Danish cord work.
DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN STYLE IN THREE WORDS
Eclectic, muted, vintage.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER PLACE TO SHOP?
I don’t really buy many newly made pieces of furniture. My work is all about renewing furniture and I try and bring that approach into our home. Re use, renew, recycle. Atomic Antiques on Shoreditch High Street is great for quirky pieces, Danish and European furniture and lighting.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
Myself regarding the standard of work, as it's all customer based, so they choose the final look - the fabric and decorative details. I restore their furniture for them and I help with recommending what may be suitable but ultimately it is their style choice. My design influences would be Charles and Ray Eames. I love that they brought an element of fun and played with their designs and their own home.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE ON A PROJECT?
Splitting my time between the workshop and paperwork, as it is an ongoing battle to keep up with both!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SPACE IN YOUR HOME?
We’re in the middle of renovating our house, and the kitchen is the most finished, so, for now, I’d have to say the kitchen. My most important space in my home is the bedroom as it's where I leave everything else behind and relax in. While working in Australia, I made a Grant Featherston replica of a 1951 R160 chair and footstool from his contour series. It’s incredibly comfortable and belongs in the living room. It’s everybody’s favourite chair when they come round to visit.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DESIGN ADVICE?
Include plants and/or pets in your home. Plants add colour (scientifically green makes us happy) and can be very sculptural too. Personalise your space with items you collect from travels or even charity shops and car boot finds - things that you love. My cat is a great stress buster and always makes the house feel alive.