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Designer Spotlight - Suzanne Goodwin

Posted on November 26, 2012 by Amy There have been 0 comments

Everything Begins somewhere.  Tell us a bit about your background – what path led you to what you are doing now?

I am originally from Ireland. I left in the early 1990’s and came to London to study for an MA in Womenswear at the Royal College of Art. When I graduated I moved to New York and worked for Isaac Mizrahi. I set up my London design Studio in 2010 after many years of working as a designer in the fashion Industry. I have worked with great designers on some really exciting projects. Textile design has always been paramount importance to my work. It was always my ambition to start my own business. In 2010 the time just felt right for me to do so and here I am two years in…

Suzanne Goodwin, British textiles Designer - Designer Cushions and Designer Textiles.  Buy Suzanne Goodwin online at Everything Begins. Suzanne Goodwin, British Textiles Designer.

What challenges have you faced since starting out as a designer and on the flip side your biggest triumph? 

Building the brand and product range is always challenging but then I enjoy a challenge. On the flip side the reaction to the Collection has been really positive. This year alone I have found great stockist, gained new customers and been involved in a wonderful design collaboration “Heal’s Discovers 2012” which have all been incredibly exciting.

How would you describe your work & what would you say is the most special thing about your work?

Colourful, contemporary and timeless. Everything I design and make comes from the heart.  When people invest in a product I hope it gives them that special  “feel good” factor.

Suzanne Goodwin's latest designer cushions and designer textiles.  Buy Suzanne Goodwin at Everything Begins. Suzanne Goodwin's latest collection of designer cushions and designer textiles as launched at Tent London 2012.

What are you most proud of in your work?

The colourful prints, quality and finish of each product.

What kind of material do you think has great possibilities?

Neoprene. I’ve always loved performance fabrics.

Which product would you redesign if you could?

Not so much redesign but I would love to reupholster the “ Ploum” Settee by Ronan &Erwan Bouroullec  for LigneRoset in one of my digital prints. That could be fun!

Suzanne Goodwin Designer Textiles for Ploum Sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec  for LigneRoset Suzanne Goodwin's designer textiles would look rather fab on the Ploum Sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Ligne Roset would they not?!

What would be your dream creative project or collaboration?

I would love to do a special collaboration with Ligne Roset or Moroso.

If you weren’t a designer what would you do?

Photographer or Florist

What inspires you?

People, places, travel, photography, art, pretty much everything!

What are your favourite reads, both magazines & blogs?

My favourite blog is Abigail Ahern, which I read daily without fail, I’m a huge fan. It’s brilliant. I’ve just discovered “Acne Paper”magazine published by fashion brand Acne. Issue 14 features one of my favourite cities New York.

Suzanne Goodwin Designer Cushions - Suzanne Goodwin's Latest Collection of Designer Cushions as launched at Tent London Suzanne Goodwin's latest range of stunning cushions as launched at Tent London, 2012. These designs look fantastic integrated into smaller outdoor spaces - think balconies and courtyards paired back with timber.

What are you listening to right now?

Emelie Sande, Maverick Sabre and Mary J Blige.

What books would we find on your bedside table?

Sarah Moon’s new photography books  “12345”. They are a series of beautiful books featuring some of her most inspiring work to date.

Sarah Moon 12345 and Acne Paper Magazine Suzanne Goodwin cites the beautiful photography book of Sarah Moon, Sarah Moon 12345 as sitting a top her bedside table. Acne Magazine is another recent discovery of Suzanne Goodwin, the magazine of one of our favourite clothing brands, Acne.

What art would we find in your home?

You would find mostly photographs but in my dreams it would be a painting called “Girl with Braids” by Modigliani.

What does a perfect day off look like?

A perfect day for me is the ones that just seem to happen spontaneously shared with family & friends and includes good food, conversation & laughter.

You live & work in London, one of our favourite cities.  Fill us in on your must see / must do experiences. 

A Walk in Hampstead Heath. The view of London from Parliament Hill is stunning. The V&A - I just love this place and everything in it.  When you finish looking around you must visit the Vistoria&Albert Museum Café one of London’s most ornate cafés. It is out of this World. The Tate Modern- This is a really amazing space, wonderful exhibitions and is free to visit.

Favourite shops in London? 

Liberty, Selfridges, Doverstreet Market

My favourite secret shopping places: Abigail Ahern in Islington and Lamb Conduit Street (The British Museum is within 10 minutes walking distance).

Suzanne Goodwin's Designer Textiles, designer cushions and designer throws as seen in House & Garden Magazine Suzanne Goodwin's designer cushions & designer textiles as featured in Britain's House & Garden Magazine. Click the image to browse and shop Suzanne Goodwin's designs online.

What/were was the last amazing meal you ate?

Place:   Le Duex Salon a beautiful Parisian brasserie in the heart of London's Covent Garden.  Meal: Cheeseburger with French fries. The best ever.

Place: Elk in the Woods, Camden Passage, Angel, and Islington.  Cocktail: A “suck em up” lemon sherbet” – Sublime!!

Most treasured possession?

A charm bracelet my parents gave to me as a child.

Where would we find you on a Saturday?  Doing what?

Having a walk in one of London's great parks, catching up with friends over lunch.  Or visiting an exhibition. It’s generally pretty relaxed.

London’s best kept secret?

Next time you’re in London check out the late night talks at the V&A. In the past few years I’ve listened to Paul Smith, Orla Keily and Thomas Heatherick talk about their careers and experiences. It’s a really inspiring way to spend an evening.

And finally, let us in on a little secret? 

If you love flowers take a trip down to Columbia Road flower market late on a Sunday afternoon engage in some good natured haggling and before you know it you’ll be walking away with an arm full of the most beautiful bunch of flowers for a fiver

We asked Suzanne Goodwin to share her favourite products from Everything Begins' independent and emerging artists and designers.

Take a look at the Suzanne Goodwin edit.

Rise and Shine Affordable Art Print by The Lepolas Rise and Shine Affordable Art Print by The Lepolas. Click the image to view and buy the affordable art print.

Rob Ryan for Alphabet Bags Rob Ryan for Alphabet Bags available from Everything Begins. Click the image to view and buy online.

Weston Scarves Madagascan Agate Scarf Weston Scarves Madagascan Agate Scarf. Shop Weston Scarves at Everything Begins. Click the image to view & buy online.

Xavier & Me Designer Rug - ID Collection Xavier & Me Designer Rug - ID Collection. Available in three colourways. Click the image above to view and browse online, including Xavier & Me's designer cushions.

welovekaoru Fine Bone China Lace Teacup & Saucer welovekaoru Fine Bone China Lace Teacup & Saucer handcrafted in Stoke on Trent, England's historic ceramics centre


This post was posted in Designer Interviews and was tagged with Abigail Ahern, Acne Paper, Designer Cushions, Designer Textiles, Elk in the Woods, Everything Begins, Handmade Cushions, Le Deux Salon, Ligne Roset, Ploum Sofa, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Royal College of Art, Sarah Moon 12345, Suzanne Goodwin, Tate Modern, TENT London, The V&A

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