Growing up in the country Sarah Mitchenall regularly raided her father’s shed, creating anything that took her fancy from old bits of wood and nails. Her playground was self created in freedom.
After studying Fine Art and travelling the world, she returned to the UK and spent several years importing fabrics and antiques from Asia, designing clothes and curating artistic spaces before entering the world of landscape design.
Her award winning company – Sussex Garden – has designed and project managed hundreds of gardens attracting a wide range of clients from the UK and Italy. There is a richness and diversity to her work, born out of these experiences, which is evident in both her gardens and her own home.
Sarah’s training in sculpture gives her a unique perspective. She sees space and shape where others might see colour and pattern. She draws on her architectural strengths to redefine conventional interior layouts and overlap these into outdoor spaces.
Having decided to carry her skill set through to interiors Sarah applied to a televised design show and was recently announced the winner of the BBC2 program, The Great Interior Design Challenge, 2016.
Alexa de Castilho
Brazil in the 70’s, London in the 80’s, France, Spain and Portugal in the 90’s. Each a different landscape and inspiration that shaped Alexa de Castilho as an artist and an individual.
It was London where the antiques markets taught her the art of discovery. As the treasures piled up her distinctive style took shape.
A trained guilder, Alexa began with restoration, specialising in 17th century French furniture and Ming dynasty lacquer for museums. With an urge to create she moved on to designing and making her own furniture and lighting ranges, which were stocked at Harrods and Selfridges.
For Alexa jewellery was a natural progression. She experimented with her own designs, instinctively reaching back to her childhood in Rio. Drawing on a colourful family history added a uniquely personal narrative depth to her pieces. Shapes and designs coming straight from the heart.
Her award winning jewellery collections are stocked in exclusive boutiques worldwide and are regularly featured in the fashion press.
Alexa’s home, frequently used in photoshoots, is testimony to her glamorous history and instinctive grasp of style, colour and space. Interior design and styling soon became a clear progression in her creative career.