Based near Monmouth, Katie Rapp interior design consultants is a husband and wife team established in 1993. Katie is the contact for lifestyle and furnishing and has lent her name to the company. Julian deals with the structure, (interior architecture) form and engineering of design. The two mesh to provide seamless assistance on all design and interior decorating matters. “We treat the project’s entire site as one, decorating from the inside out. The structural elements of any project are its assets…each surface, recess and fitting has to be much more than its function…why waste a blank canvas”.
Katie refers to herself as a decorator. Although her customers will recognise her as a designer, she feels it is a far more precise description of her involvement with them in “making a home” and it also distinguishes her role away from the hard structure of building. Because of her joie de vie, Katie is the natural focusing point for the majority of customers and her her name seems to get irreversible welded into people’s minds. It is not surprising then that Katie has now leant her name to the business run by her husband Julian.
Both Katie and Julian emanated from a design orientated education; Katie through textiles and couture and Julian through art and commercial graphic design. The company has naturally evolved through sound guidance and trust from a business they started back in 1993. creating bespoke drapery. The company has its roots in manufacture and installation and because of this knowledge it places them in good stead to advise on a variety of matters from soft furnishing and hard furnishing, paint colours and objet d’art. Fundamentally to the company’s success is its knowledge of traditional high-end drapery techniques replicating the standards of the classic designers. With an engineering twist of their own they get the most from their drapery, sometimes in the most impossible situations. “We treat the project’s entire site as one, decorating from the inside out. The structural elements of any project are its assets…each surface, recess and fitting has to be much more than its function…why waste a blank canvas”