Studio QD, based in London, specialises in residential and aviation interiors. Jena Quinn and Lucy Derbyshire met as senior creatives at NH Design, working with Nicky Haslam, and, since 2015, have directed their own high-end projects in the UK, Switzerland and France. They fuse American scale with a joyful English wit and colour palette to create a style that’s playful, individual and intelligent.
Where do you both live?
Lucy Derbyshire: I live in Chiswick, in west London. We moved from Notting Hill during the pandemic as we needed more space – a two-bedroom flat with two children was a recipe for disaster. The area has a real sense of community, a beautifully eclectic mix of architecture, and neighbours who actually help each other out – who knew?
Jena Quinn: We moved to Fulham from Kensington in search of greater space for our growing family. At the time, our daughters were in school in South Kensington and my work often brought me to Lots Road, the creative hub of the interior-design industry. I have the great fortune of having a five-minute walk to my office.
What’s the style of your home?
LD: I would describe my house as a charming detached cottage – granted, it is slightly more charming now than when we bought it. It was built in the early 1900s and was originally a shop, which explains a few quirky design features. It’s bursting with character and wobbly lines, which I adore. There’s not a single right angle. I’ve managed to disguise that by losing corners in fitted joinery and layering in design features that shift attention away.
JQ: Our home is a fairly typical terraced house. At the time of purchase, the garden was overgrown, water was running down the walls and the 1980s interiors looked like they were from The Bonfire of the Vanities. We gutted it all, expanded at the back on two floors, and reinstated elements such as the fireplace. It was an interior designer’s dream. It’s a treat to live in a home that you have personalised for your family.