What is your name and job title?
My name is Sarah Jane Matthews and I am the founder and head designer at Bambizi.
Can you tell us a little about the interiors collection you have entered into the awards, and why you think it is award winning?
Bambizi came about when I became pregnant with my first daughter. Frustrated by the uninspiring aesthetically unpleasing cots that were available to me in the market place I set about designing my own dream nursery.
Bambizi launched in Harrods 3 years ago and has gradually built itself to be one of the leading nursery furniture manufacturers in the world. We have designed and made furniture for royalty, famous sports stars and celebrities and regually feature in Hello and OK magazine.
How do you distinguish your collection among the plethora of interiors collections available?
All our furniture is hand made from our factory in Warwickshire. We do not mass-produce, nothing is flat pack. We use only the best solid hardwoods and veneers. And can adapt and change anything to the client’s wishes.
Our furniture is all built to grow, from a cot that changes into a bed, to then be changed into a sofa. All our pieces have been built to last.
What do you think are the hallmarks of outstanding design in the wonderful world of interiors?
Unity of all three are what makes brilliant design. We all expect functionality with our furniture. We expect well-made, solid pieces that can withstand the vigour’s of family life. We also expect well designed , practical pieces that make the challenge’s of having a baby easier.-Soft close runners on the drawer units.
A cot that changes into a -bed making the transition to ‘big bed’ that much easier.
Clever storage solutions that can grow as your baby does. But most importantly, beauty is what brings outstanding design together. How those pieces make you feel as you enter the room, is what really matters. A beautiful space should offer you a sense of calm. A timeless space that you could spend hours in, sat rocking by the window for afternoon cuddles and story time.
How do you balance practicality with beautiful design?
A lot of my pieces are very practical, as I have 3 girls and know the changelings of being a mummy. But practicality doesn’t ever have to compromise beauty. When designing a piece I have to ask, what does this piece need to offer a customer-how long will it last, how can it be adapted and changed over the years to family life. What materials can be used to offer this longevity? Can it still be used when the babies have flown the nest? And then I design something beautiful, that offers all of the above and more.
Where do you source your inspiration?
Everywhere I go I’m constantly watching everything. From the lady with a beautiful print on her summer dress, to the French daybed in the shop window of our local antique shop. I’m always looking for new and inspiring solutions for my customer to have their dream nursery. Always looking for ways to make the space more beautiful and functional..
Why did you enter your product into the Junior Design Awards?
Because I feel Bambizi offers something unique to our customers. Not just here in the UK but all over the world. We wave the flag for British manufactured products and design. And we’re passionate about well made, beautiful pieces of furniture that don’t ever compromise on beauty for functionality.
What is the parenting product you wish you had designed?
I recently stumbled across a baby car seat that turns into a pushchair with the flick of a button. I thought this was brilliant, as my car never seems big enough for all my children and everything that goes with them.