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Designer Month: Sandra Coppin



April 8, 2016 11:31 am

Welcome to the first instalment of our Designer Month.

Each week we will be featuring a different Top Interior Designer or Architect, so keep your eyes peeled for our next blog.

Our first architect is Sandra Coppin, Sandra and her business partner Bev are both award winning architects. Before co-founding her practice ‘Coppin Dockray’, Sandra studied with Bev Dockray at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. They then worked closely together for 15 years before founding their design studio.

Crosswater asked Sandra the following questions;

Where do you find your inspiration for your designs/concepts?

Our inspiration comes from all over – from understanding the site in its historic and physical context, from a client’s brief, from literature, film and the arts, as well as from the everyday objects and rituals in our lives.

Do you have a favourite design/project/concept?

The showroom at Lake View without any question. The client was ambitious and had confidence in us. This is amply evident in the completed project.

Do you have any tips for budding designers?

Learn to draw by hand.

What are the essentials you carry with you on an average working day?

My sketch book, a fine black felt tip pen and my phone.

Do you prefer Modern or Traditional styling?

We love good design from the ancient to the contemporary.

What are your five top tips for home owners for their bathrooms?

A simple idea, well executed is often better than a number of bold ideas, especially in a small room.

Ensure you have a variety of lighting – from good, even light around your mirror for daytime use to soft, warm lighting for evenings. Always avoid overhead spots as they cast harsh and unflattering light on your face.

Avoid tiling walls directly to the floor. A skirting in a colour to match the floor creates a tidier detail.

Free-standing baths need space around them. Resist squeezing them into small bathrooms.

If in doubt, use marble!


To find out more about Coppin Dockray visit their website

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