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Inside Stories: Designer Case Studies, session 1

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BIID members are invited to attend the latest in our Inside Stories: Designer Case Studies series.  

Members will be treated to two inspiring case studies presented by Interior Designers, Ed Plumb and Sarah Ellison. This event is a fantastic opportunity for BIID members to gain insight from two fellow practising designers into real life projects.

With our BIID award-winning speakers providing honest ‘behind the scenes’ stories, guests will obtain knowledge of the practicalities of delivering a successful project, what challenges our speakers encountered, how they dealt with them, and what they were most excited about during their projects. As the speakers share some top tips for working on various design projects, you can be sure to leave this webinar informed and inspired as you look forward to your own upcoming projects.


Over the 90-minute webinar, the designers will introduce their projects and will be available for a short Q&A each following their presentation.

Story 1 - Ed Plumb, Studio Found

  • Project: The Libertine at the Royal Exchange 
  • Size: 650 sq m
  • Photographer: Billy Bolton & Studio Found

BIID Interior Design Awards 23 – Winner, Central London Region and Interior of the Year Prize

Located in the Grade-1 listed historic underground vaults of the Royal Exchange, The Libertine, designed by Studio Found, is one of London’s most exciting new hospitality venues.

Judges applauded the project for honouring the building's history and seamlessly merging old and new elements. Judges praised the imaginative upholstery, wall finishes, and material choices, creating a captivating atmosphere and enhancing functionality. The result respects the building's shape and history while breathing new life into the space.

Despite complex design challenges and pandemic related delays, this captivating space has been designed with diverse and compelling zones, which thoughtfully incorporate historical elements while preserving the space's uniqueness. The judges felt this project showed great imagination, expertise, and creativity and commented that the design successfully creates an intoxicating sense of atmosphere and drama, and that all visitors would surely be cast under its spell of fun, glamour and effortless cool.


Ed, the driving force behind Studio Found, specialises in crafting exceptional hospitality and retail spaces worldwide. With a diverse background spanning designing for startups to major brands, Ed meticulously shapes both grand concepts and finer details in his designs. His approach centers on creating lasting spaces that defy fleeting trends. Expert in harmonising form and function, Ed has seamlessly integrated modern design into historically significant landmarks like the Tower of London and The Royal Exchange.

At Studio Found, Ed guides his team of designers, focusing on close collaboration with clients. Emphasizing partnerships, he ensures each design reflects the combined expertise of Studio Found and the client's vision. This results in tailored, enduring designs that meet the client's unique needs. Ed's commitment to timeless design and collaborative efforts defines Studio Found's dedication to crafting enduring, personalised design experiences created by our passionate team.

Story 2 - Sarah Ellison, Frank & Faber Ltd

  • Project: No. 1 Bruton - The Forge
  • Size: 147sq m
  • Photographer: Emma Lewis

BIID Interior Design Awards 23 – Winner, South West Region

The Forge at Number 1 Bruton forms part of an acclaimed boutique hotel, located in Bruton, Somerset. Faber & Faber were commissioned to oversee the transformation of this historic building into 4 additional luxurious boutique hotel bedrooms.

The judges admired how the design maintains consistency across diverse architectural buildings, blending rustic simplicity with playful elements. Resourceful use of vintage and reclaimed furniture adds character and sustainability. Skilled resourcefulness, room planning, and a harmonious blend of materials and craftsmanship create a cohesive and award-worthy environment.


Sarah is the founder and creative director of London based interior design studio Frank & Faber who work across high end residential, hospitality and commercial projects.

At Frank & Faber, they take a collaborative approach, and each project is uniquely tailored to the tastes and lifestyle needs of their clients. Although not slavish to a period or aesthetic, their projects are unified by an innate warmth and character, an eclectic mix of old, intentional textural variation, consistent use of quality materials, and a bold approach to colour. While attention is paid to every detail, the culminating look is intentionally uncontrived, lived-in, and evolved rather than overtly designed.

Their sustained principals of authenticity, quality, and people-cantered design have won them a broad range of clients across both the residential and commercial sectors, both in London and throughout the UK. Recent projects include an award-winning boutique hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a Georgian Estate, and a Neo-Georgian new build in Hampstead Garden Suburbs.


  • An insight into the inspirations and complications of delivering successful interior design projects.
  • Exposure to how other designers run their projects and their approach to working with contractors, suppliers, and other built environment professionals.


BIID Registered Interior Designers, BIID Associate & Provisional Associate members, Employees of Registered Design Practice Members and BIID Student members.

As this is an exclusive event for BIID members, we regret that your registration will be cancelled if you are not a member, please note this to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information

This is Session 1 of two Inside Stories: Designer Case Studies evenings, please join us for Session 2 on Tuesday 12th March 2024 with Rose Peploe from Artistry House and Sophie Pringle from Pringle & Pringle.

Once you have registered for this event and your ticket has been verified, you will be emailed the Zoom meeting link the day before the session.  If this event is fully booked, please join the waiting list. If you are no longer able to attend, please inform the office so that we can give your spot to someone else. Please note BIID events are in the time zone London GMT. 

This event will not be recorded

Attendance to this event equals 1.5 hours of Structured CPD

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