East London Renovation
Anna Burles runs a distinctive West London interior design studio on the banks of the Grand Union canal in W2.
She is a highly original interior designer and her clients include stylish homeowners, hospitality, media and retail brands and well known personalities.
Anna and her team design spaces full of creative touches, juxtaposing vintage classics with next generation design. Her work often includes bespoke art pieces specially created by Anna in collaboration with her business partner Dex.
The studio's clients include singer songwriter Ellie Goulding and an eclectic range of fashionable individuals across London, from Dalston to Shoreditch, Notting Hill, Kew, Richmond, Marylebone and Kensington. Anna has been working with Ellie for several years and is about to design her third London home. The studio is also working on the design refresh of a large 7-storey Art Deco apartment building in Central London and has just completed the design of a light-filled private apartment in Kensington. They have just completed an exciting design project in a Listed Town House on an Islington garden square and are staging a new Clients' home in Regents Park.
On the commercial side, the studio designs restaurants, bars, cafes and retail spaces and are currently working on the design of their second Kricket in the new BBC TV Centre. They designed Kricket Soho last year, a two storey London restaurant which will serve stylish Indian Small Plates and Cocktails. Other recent projects include the interior design and branding of a new creative workspace hub in West London and the design of a new home for Advertising Agency BMB in London Bridge (for which they were finalisted in the Office Design category of the SBID International Interior Design Awards and then went on to win in the Interior Design Category of the Creative Pool Awards). Other commercial projects completed in the last year include the interior design and branding of an artisan pizzeria in Brighton and specialty Cigar brand James J. Fox's retail space within Harrods, Peckham Pizzeria Made Of Dough and Hawaiian Sushi Island Poke restaurant in Broadgate Circle. The studio is also designing a Vietnamese restaurant in Notting Hill and various other exciting restaurant projects are in the pipeline. Most of the studio's projects are in London but they have worked internationally, designing a large number of Specialty coffee shops across Russia and China. Other career highlights include the design of a Fantasy Bedroom ‘set’ as part of the Coronation Festival in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, which was visited personally by the Queen. Anna's design for KLC sat next to room-sets from the Royal Palace Designers and John Lewis.
Alongside her work in the industry, Anna is a full member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and one of their Registered Interior Designers. She is also a part-time tutor and lectures at the prestigious KLC School of Interior Design in Chelsea Harbour, where she originally trained. She also Chairs their Alumni Advisory Board. In a former life, Anna used to style fashion events and pop up spaces, and she brings some of this theatricality to her work in interiors.
Anna Burles founded her interior design practice in 2009, trading under her own name. And then merged studio practices with Graphic Designer and Graphic Artist Chris Trotman in 2012, to form Run For The Hills, a now award-winning multidisciplinary design shop specializing in interiors and branding. Both Anna and Chris have backgrounds as Creative Directors in Branding and Marketing Agencies, before setting up Run For The Hills, so the studio works across every element of a commercial design. Designing not just the interior of a restaurant or retail space, for example, but also the branding, the logo, the menu, the look and feel of the signs and awning outside, even the packaging on the shelf and the uniforms the staff are wearing.
Taking a full service approach, Anna and the interior team lead projects from initial design concept through rigorous design detailing and production to final on-site installation, styling and snagging. They also design a lot of bespoke furniture and lighting pieces within their projects. The studio also creates its own art collections, which they regularly exhibit at The Other Art Fair.
Anna passionately believes interiors shouldn’t just be designed to be striking, but planned intricately to make the people using them more productive and happy or inspired.
For commercial projects, this strategic design approach includes carrying out in depth market analysis and brand positioning for commercial clients before the interior design concept stage even begins. And then re-assessing the design throughout the detailing and final styling stage to make sure the end design looks amazing and achieves what the business needs.
That same level of consideration and detailing is brought to bear in residential projects too. Taking time to really understand your Client Brief and helping bring your vision to life in a truly exciting way. Creating a design which doesn’t just look great, but also really works for the way you live your life.