A distinctive award winning philosophy design practice in London for interiors with integrity and meaning.
You see people uncomfortable in their skin, in their clothes, and in their houses. What does it mean to feel ‘at home’? In which way is home connected to our personality, to our needs, growth and to issues of safety and security? With a background in History and Philosophy Dagmar Holub set up Designer’s Atelier in 2008 as she wanted to help clients reflect and articulate who they are so they could create a home that is personal and very much an extension of themselves. We at Designer's Atelier do not provide a prescription or ‘How to..’ manual but rather prepare clients for a journey, a journey that uncovers who they are beneath the clutter of their everyday life.
It was a heartbreak that set off a chain of events that altered the course of Dagmar’s life. Finding herself newly single on the property buyers’ market she decided to purchase an apartment in the heart of Bratislava’s old town, Slovakia, which took her own journey of self-exploration to the very next level. Dagmar got her father who had built the family house involved, which she knew would result in differences of opinions on a variety of issues but this taught her the art of negotiation in dealing with differences that are valid but will not necessarily work. Dagmar loved the process of transforming HER own space in HER own image’ and it was this project that triggered a career change, as a result she signed up for an open plan diploma course in interior design with KLC School of Design, London.
One year in to her course, Sir Terence Conran and Philippe Starck judged Dagmar worthy of second prize in the One to Watch Mydeco competition which aimed to discover the UK’s most promising designers. BIDA Review magazine showcased her as runner up in the Il Tempo Abitare competition. Two years later Dagmar was one of three winners in Homes & Gardens magazine’s competition sponsored by renowned interiors brand Sanderson in their search for a designer who could bring English style to a 21st Century interior. Most recently, Designer's Atelier was awarded Best of Houzz 2016 and our design concept inspired by the humanoid race known as the Na’vi and their environment from the movie Avatar has been selected to appear along three other designs from a set theme of ‘Famous places that never existed’ at the ‘Grand Designs Live’ in Birmingham!
We at Designer’s Atelier are currently working on ‘The Kaleidoscope Collection’ with up and coming textile designer Ewelina Mlynarek which launches at Decorex International this year. This exclusive collection of upholstery fabrics, velvet cushions, wallpapers and fine bone china is made in the United Kingdom using the finest materials. Our recent projects include a five storey grand townhouse situated opposite the British Museum, a two-bedroom apartment in South Kensington, a retail design for a Mexican restaurant in Blackfriars, London. Past projects include sourcing beautiful one-off pieces from around the world, purchasing for a private residence in Dubai, a penthouse design inspired by the human body; a cushion collection which sold at Harrods.
Designing a home involves more than just drawing plans and choosing colours or furniture as important as this may be, it requires decisions about how you want to live. The emergence of a desire to express ourselves is to be taken seriously because of the financial commitment that ownership involves. The most pervasive reason for holding back is the element of risk. “Be careful!”, “Play safe!”, “Know your place!”, “Don’t use that colour!” - is what you are likely to hear in the process of becoming YOU. What if you said yes? Where would it take you?...