Essential Magazine July 2016

Blackshaw Interior Design: Breathing Design into Retail Premises

Savvy homeowners know that when it comes to interiors, few teams are as talented, efficient and trustworthy, as Blackshaw Interior Design. Founded and managed by Sally Blackshaw, an interior designer who specialised in retail design and marketing at university, the firm is famed for having completed a selection of luxury villas along the Coast, though retail is another of the team’s driving passions.

Retail, in fact, is on Sally’s mind the day of my visit to her stunning showroom. She greets me in her usual warm manner, which lifts the spirit and puts one at ease instantly (probably one of the reasons why clients love dealing with her). She is beaming with excitement about two recent projects: the Pure Skin Spa at the Oasis Business Centre on the Golden Mile, and Tartufo restaurant in the Old Town. “When it comes to retail,” she enthuses, “customers have an instinctive idea of whether or not something is well designed. They can’t exactly pinpoint why, but they know. What makes or breaks good design is whether or not you have ensured that the space exactly fits the business’ purpose and values; that the design creates the right ambience for the product or service being offered.”