HAVE YOU MET: LUKE ARTHUR WELLS
We are absolutely thrilled to be starting off our new 'Have You Met...' series with the lovely Luke Arthur Wells. After discovering interior stylist and business owner, Luke on The Great Interior Design Challenge in 2014, we thought it would be great to catch up with his journey since his appearance on the show. You're going to love him!
To start off, can you tell us a little bit more about you: where are you from, what did you study?
I’m originally from a town just outside of London called Hemel Hempstead, but I moved up North for university and have ended up settling in the Manchester’s city centre. My course at university was fashion styling – however, that doesn’t mean just picking clothes. It was all about exploring the creative process of photography sets, creating effective mise-en-scenes for fashion editorials and I even dipped my toes into food styling through it.
So, you started your wonderful interior design journey on The Great Interior Design Challenge back in 2014. What made you want to apply and what was your highlight on the show?
I’d watched the show the previous year and thought it looked like a lot of fun, but it was a lot more stressful than you’d imagine! I didn’t go into it with any expectations of using it as a platform for a business, I just wanted to give someone one really great room. I met some great people during the experience – both home owners and fellow contestants, which was a definite highlight, especially happy homeowners after the reveal was out of the way.
It must have been an amazing experience. How was it being judged by industry names such as Daniel Hopwood and Sophie Robinson?
Sophie and Daniel were really lovely, and I just tried to soak up as much as I could when they proffered any advice or tips to me. While interior style is always subjective - a matter of taste – the pair of them really do know what they’re talking about when it comes to how a space comes together visually.
Now you run your own wonderful interior styling company and eShop. Can you tell us a little bit about it and when / how you started?
I launched a website after my time on the show, more as a portfolio than anything, but soon decided I wanted it to be more than that. After some serious research I soon found some great design houses and independent designers creating some beautiful products with which I knew I could work well and fit in with my aesthetic, and once I’d sorted all the logistical side of the business, the shop was ready to go.
Did you seek anyone’s advice or insights before you took the plunge and what is the best piece of advice you were given?
The whole thing came about so organically that it didn’t feel like a plunge at all – and I was fortunate enough to be working enough as not to have to rely on the shop for income while I started it up. As it continues to grow, however, I’m trying to bring on board more and more talent with skill sets different to mine. The realisation that you don’t have to be good at every part of a business to make it a success is probably the best thing I’ve discovered. It’s liberating and gives you the opportunity to learn from others. Team work makes the dream work!
How would you describe the aesthetic of your work, or the Luke Arthur Wells style / brand?
The work you see through my social media channels and shop is what I love in my own home – it’s my comfort zone. That’s what I wanted the shop to be in order to put across genuinely to people my passion for what I do. I love products that are simple, but striking, relying on shape and texture more so than bright colour.
You have some beautiful and inspiring pieces in your eShop (we particularly love the glass display domes). Which are your favourite?
You might spot from my Instagram feed (@lukearthurwells) that I’m fond of a bit of foliage in an interior scheme, so it follows suit that the shop is filled with beautiful things to put plants in. Vases, planters, glassware and even baskets – I really love styling them up.
What are you working on at the moment? Can you give us an idea of what design briefs you are currently working on?
After working on some designs that have been adventurous and extravagant with colour, the latest design brief I’m working on is quite refreshing. Earthy tones and lots of gorgeous stained wood with a Scandinavian edge. I’m currently getting to grips with a uniquely shaped living room – lots of measuring angles and doing floor tile sums, so it’s not all glamour!
Last question, if a budding interior designer walked up to you in the street, asking for your advice, what would it be?
Designing is all about the people. Compromise as much as to make sure you create a space that they will love living in, while ensuring you’re still proud to put your name to the resulting space.
Website - www.lukearthurwells.com
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