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15 Sep — Interviews

Interview | Ten Minutes With Guy Goodfellow

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Guy Goodfellow set up his own company by the same name in 2002, following eight years at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler. As well as being an esteemed interior designer, working on projects internationally from grade listed period houses to town apartments, he also has his own fabric collection, reflecting his love of characterful interiors and timeless understatement.


Q – How would you describe your signature style?

Relevant to the house, first – Relevant to the client, second – Relevant to me third!

Q – Who is/are your favourite designers?

John Saladino, Emma Burns, Jaya Ibrahim

Q – What do you like most about your job?

Houses were my hobby since childhood; apart from my love of cars and dogs, my world consists of nothing else..

Q – What’s the hardest part?

Assessing the fee to charge and agreeing this with the client.

Q – If you were to own one design classic piece?

Jaguar XK120

Q – What inspires you the most?

Seeing something I’ve drawn come to fruition.

Q – Where’s your favourite place to be?

My house in Oxfordshire.

Q – What is your most treasured possession?

A painting of a Cotswold landscape, purchased after tough negotiation, at its second appearance at a Battersea Antiques Fair.

Q – What period of design would you ideally live in?

Apprentice to Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, 1550

Q – Complete the sentence – ‘home is…’ 

‘ …always a building site’!

Q – Tell us about one of your design projects you’ve worked on?

One client asked for a double shower (with two thermostats and shower heads) but also so her husband could read a paperback whilst showering…

Q – One key bathroom essential you could not live without?

A view from by bath.

Q – Where in the world you have stayed that the bathroom design stood out?

Hotel Endsleigh, Tavistock, Devon – owned and designed by Olga Polizzi. The bathrooms are simple, traditional.

Q – If you could give one piece of advice re bathroom design what would it be?

Ensure you can reach the shower controls without getting wet – also, you can reach the towel rail on exiting the shower.

To find out more or get in touch, visit Guy Goodfellow’s website at