About Us

Established in 2019 by founder Lois Skelding, Design & Lo is an interior design studio specialising in residential and boutique hospitality design. Based in Hove, East Sussex, the studio creates unique interior spaces combining a modern aesthetic with classic elegance.

After obtaining a first-class degree in interior architecture and design, Lois spent ten years with London-based interior design practices working on award-winning projects in the UK, Europe and the US, such as the restaurant Alchemist based in Copenhagen, recently voted 5th best restaurant in the world, before launching her own design studio.

Lois and the team are passionate about creating spaces that are individual and timeless whilst ensuring each is considered and functional. Lois offers a personalised and collaborative design service to ensure our client’s desires and expectations are delivered. Design & Lo aims to make interior design accessible and approachable, combining warmth and familiarity to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for our clients. Lois particularly cares about high-quality design, championing local craftsmanship with a timeless aesthetic. She believes that a curated balance between old and new produces distinctive and unforgettable spaces.

Design & Lo’s services include interior and architectural design to cater for a range of budgets, working on projects across the UK and further afield. Lois offers a variety of services including a full bespoke design service, E-Design, or hourly consultation if you need help with specific design decisions or want to get those specific design queries answered.

How would you describe your style?

"Design & Lo’s style is the perfect balance of modern design with classic traditional detailing. Timeless interior elegance is at the heart of each project, complimented with a curated blend of unique items, layered colours, and considered patterned features. Lois is passionate about craftsmanship and sustainable quality products which she strives to celebrate in each project.

With experience in architectural design, Lois carefully plans each design around scale, form and light with a strong sense of usability to ensure interiors are beautiful yet functional."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"One of Design & Lo’s most notable projects was the extension development located in Balham, London. The brief was to turn a tired one-bedroom Victorian ground-floor flat into a modern and spacious home, perfect for entertaining friends in the city.

Although the original rooms had some stunning period features, they weren’t celebrated, and the overall layout was uninspiring and impractical. Like so many Victorian configurations, the kitchen was small and buried in the centre of the apartment with doors opening onto a dark side passage.

Design & Lo surveyed the flat and drew up the plans, re-working the whole layout of the flat according to the client’s needs, so each room was a better proportion, and the overall flow and general circulation were greatly improved. 

A light-filled extension was added, making full use of the side return, adding much-needed square footage and creating a large kitchen, living and dining area which became the hub of the home. Bespoke angled steel windows and doors were installed which contrasted perfectly with the existing period features of the property whilst a small lightwell in the centre of the flat meant we could maximise the natural light throughout creating a view through to the courtyard garden.

For the kitchen/living area, we chose a fresh and neutral modern base colour for the walls which paired perfectly with the statement charcoal grey kitchen with beautifully designed knurled brass ironmongery. Vintage French mirrors with a rustic patina and mid-century chairs were added to create a timeless, crafted elegance. A classic oak dining table with benches was introduced to create laid-back warmth and feature concrete and resin pendants creating a layered lighting scheme and atmospheric mood.

The Design & Lo team designed the layout, material specification and bespoke joinery for the courtyard garden. It was important to create a strong connection between the indoor/outdoor living spaces, so the team were considerate of the material finishes being used in all spaces. Lois was conscious of bringing the greenery from the outdoors in, balancing the industrial nature of the steel windows and doors with the softer natural tones.

As with all projects, Lois carefully listened to the client and their requirements to create soulful, individual designs that expertly blend modern and classical elements. In this instance, the team worked closely with the contractor to ensure that the project was as smooth as possible."

Matt Clayton Photography and Ben G Waller Photography