The Design Questionnaire with Laura Marino of Studio L, London
In this edition of Love Happens’ Proust-style Design Questionnaire, join us for a peek inside the creative design mind of London-based interior designer Laura Marino, founder and creative director of Studio L, London.
“Studio L endeavours to create buildings and spaces that are discerning, unexpected, aspirational with a touch of fantasy. Every building and home tells a story from the moment you see it, and Studio L aims to build a cohesion from the outset.”
Read on to learn more about Laura Marino and be inspired by a selection of gorgeous interiors by Studio L, London!
Inside Studio L, London
Character and soul radiate from Studio L, London’s designs. With over 20 years of experience and a little black book of craftsman and artists, Laura Marino is a master of her trade. From residential buildings, private homes, and commercial spaces to CGI’s and bespoke show homes for developments, Laura develops, designs, and delivers unparalleled style and narrative to each of her projects.
Most recently Laura completed a stunning bespoke show home for Westminster Fire Station, a Grade II listed Edwardian gem reimagined as a collection of 17 beautiful boutique apartments with a landmark restaurant, in the heart of Victoria.
In addition to creating live spaces, Studio L is also a master at presenting their design concepts with CGIs. The studio works with the best visualizers in the industry to achieve high-quality CGIs like this gorgeous living room design done for Alchemi Group.
A Peek Inside the Fabulous and Inspiring Mind of Laura Marino with the Lh Design Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being at our home in the US during the summer, with my family and friends having excessive fun and many laughs and knowing everyone is healthy.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Weekend mornings to myself and my love of wallcoverings and textiles.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I can’t say I have just one. My relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. Starting my interior design company Studio L, London a few years back when I was already co-running another property development management company, Alchemi Group. Staying true to myself. It’s a constant battle but worth it.
What profession does your alter ego have?
Oh for sure a Rock Star. Or a detective.
The project you will never forget.
Westminster Fire Station, it’s been a long time coming, I think it’s going to be a truly special residential gem in the locale of Victoria.
Your favorite business tool or resource.
Good old fashioned Google. I love researching. We also use Smart Draw, which is pretty handy.
The most timeless design.
I think if you take the time to curate what you love, and only what you love over time – it will always be timeless. Rash purchases rarely are. We’ve taken a lot of time and care to pull together the bespoke show home for Westminster Fire Station to make it look curated over periods.
As far as an actual design that is enduring…….
A ceramic subway tile of hearty quality will never tire. It’s been endured since its invention in 1904, and especially if it’s capped off with a classic black bullnose tile and a black and white mosaic floor pattern or a striking marble. That look is timelessly classic.
Also, an English club chair with a rolled slope arm is a timeless furniture design.
The biggest business faux pas.
Letting your ego get in the way so you cannot take on board valuable feedback from a client.
What 3 words come to mind when you think of the luxury decor brand KOKET.
Fanciful, bold, sensuous.
Love happens when…
I am my best self.
Explore more of Studio L, London’s beautiful work at www.studiollondon.com!
Words by Anna Beck Bimba