About Us

Kate Spence has led the interiors team at HUB Architects and Designers for 14 years alongside her partner, architect Simon Watkins. With a career in design spanning over 30 years, her work is timeless with a focus on the essence of good design. She gains inspiration through listening to her client’s interests, lifestyle and what is important to them, while she unearths a building’s history, its’ context and surroundings.

Having been involved with the restoration of many listed buildings, Kate has a broad knowledge of conservation in interiors and architecture. Her approach is sustainable and respectful, with a desire to preserve and enhance.

Kate’s design is underpinned by her sound technical experience. As Co-Director of an architecture and design practice, she understands the craft of building. She can deliver carefully detailed drawings for construction, fine joinery and lighting with careful consideration of budget, social and ecological environments. With this attention to a project brief and careful consideration of the social environment and budget, Kate is able to specify the best interior products, informed by regular visits to tradeshows, art and craft fairs and galleries. She shares her passion for colour, furniture, art and antiques to enable her clients to make their spaces truly remarkable and unique. Above all, Kate’s greatest pleasure is to create places where people will love to be.

What services do you provide?

Architecture, Interior Design

How would you describe your style?

"My style exudes effortless comfort, crossing both traditional and contemporary aesthetics and managing strong bold accents with elegant restraint. Often projects have elements of wit and surprise and can on occasions be grand and theatrical. It is this sense of fun and quirkiness alongside well-crafted details that uniquely defines each of my projects."

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

"We were engaged to provide a full interior design service to transform a 1950’s, five-storey “shell” into a central London home for a developer. The client’s brief was to design a house of distinction that could be marketed to an international central London buyer. The building sits in a conservation area but is not listed. In response, I re-configured the existing shell and installed an interiors scheme that referenced the building's heritage and provided interior design, with engaging elements of wit and surprise. I provided a full package of working drawings and specification for the installation of bathrooms, the kitchen, staircase and joinery while coordinating and concealing mechanical and electrical installations. We also provided lighting design and full FF&E design, supply and installation. 

My first challenge was to give the house interiors a strong identity. By taking inspiration from the mid-century shell and designing a new staircase, which faced the main front entrance, we were able to set the tone of the house. Specifying affordable off-the-shelf, stylish marquetry doors gave me the opportunity to continue the palette of materials and quirky 1950's influence throughout the house. The original basement shell was soulless, but with the installation of a fireplace and sofa area, as well as library shelving to warm up the family room adjacent to the kitchen, this area became comfortable and practical. Throughout the project, careful attention to detail allowed for comfort cooling to be invisibly installed. 

An element of surprise and intrigue was added by inserting two bathrooms behind wardrobe jib doors in the master suite. Quirky charm was achieved on the second and third floors, continued with a basic palette that supported bolder FF&E for the girls and boy’s bedrooms. On the top floor, a sleek, elegant corner sofa became the focal point for the light glazed room overlooking Hyde Park. I designed the lighting, supplied all curtains and organised the final show house dressing for the marketing launch. We designed and liaised with the Italian kitchen installer, and worked closely with the main contractor and cabinet makers along with the stone supplier. I specified all tiling and carpets, wallpapers and finishes, and designed curtain installations and coordinated the client’s own furnishings with new furniture and soft furnishings. Finally, we commissioned and hung paintings by fine artist Nick Sargent. The project was delivered on programme and well within the prescribed budget."

All images: Tony Murray

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