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Jiin Kim-Inoue

MEET THE DESIGNER

After studying architectural interior design at the Inchbald School of Design in London, Jiin Kim-Inoue, worked for Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo and the Swedish interior designer Staffan Tollgard in London. In 2007 Kim-Inoue joined Finchatton as its design director and has gone on to design interiors for historical houses, new buildings and superyachts. Her recent projects include Twenty Grosvenor Square, a development with Four Seasons in Mayfair and family houses in Holland Park and Notting Hill. Jiin lives in Battersea, southwest London.

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Jiin Kim-Inoue, Finchatton's Design Director

What excites you about working for Finchatton?
The diversity of both the projects and the people.

What is your favourite Finchatton project to date and why?
I have many favourite projects at Finchatton for different reasons but one of the most memorable projects I was fortunate enough to have been involved with was an apartment in Knightsbridge for a young family. When we handed over the project, our client cried and said it was even better than she had imagined. At the end of the day, this is why I became a residential interior designer and I am humbled when you get such feedback.

What inspires you?
Challenges…. Whether it is physical, spatial, or emotional (usually a combination), challenges inspire and motivate me to be a better designer.

What do you love most about your work?
What I love about my job is that I can play a part in making people love and enjoy their homes. It is a privilege to be invited into someone’s home, get to know them and how they live, and deliver them a home they will love and cherish. It is such a rewarding experience.

How would you describe your design style?
If my design style was described as being considered and considerate, I would be very happy.

Before becoming a designer, what did you do?
I have a degree in biochemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and used to work for a pharmaceutical company and a pharmacy.

What is your house like?
Colourful and comfortable.

What are your biggest passions?
Outside interior design, my current obsession is floral design, as I’m about to embark on a professional floral design course. I have seen the positive impacts flowers and plants can have on our wellbeing, especially during lockdown, and would like to know more about it so I can bring it more into design.

What advice would you give to a student wanting to enter the interior design industry?
Listen to your clients. Remember you’re designing someone’s home and respect their wishes. Don’t take design too seriously!

What do you see for the future of design?
That it will be more introspective than outward-looking.

What is the most unique request you have received in a client brief?
One of my clients with a beautiful house in Beverly Hills said he was only using 15% of the house. His brief to us was to make his house whole again so he can enjoy all aspects of the house. It is actually not a unique situation as we encountered similar situations many times before. However, it was unique in that the client knew exactly what he wasn’t happy with and was able to clearly articulate the problem.

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