An experienced team of multidisciplinary designers

About

Global award-winning designers

We are a global team of over 35 strong and work across 7 cities. We have won industry awards for being one of the most innovative female led design agencies in Europe and for leading the hospitality industry in design. We are recognised for pushing boundaries and creating unique narratives for all of our projects from luxury hotels and resorts to wellness, food and beverage, residential and leisure.

Every project is unique & defined by strong narratives

Established 12 years ago by CEO Hilary Lancaster, FIG has grown to become known for it’s unique approach. Every project is different. We don’t ‘copy paste’. Our portfolio is varied due to our versatility and our ability to adapt the design specifically and totally to the brief of the client. We avoid a ‘house-style’, so that every project in the world is like no other.

We value diversity & collaboration

Our ‘Global Studio’ is made up of a diverse collaboration of highly talented designers – each one of us is at the top of our field. Our studios work together to bring fresh influences and ideas into our work via our own internal cultural diversity. The future is about collaboration – within our team, with clients, with suppliers, and fellow consultants. We are not ‘diva’s’. Our collaborative approach makes our projects smoother and communication lines are open – making for harmonious working relationships which we believe is one of the secrets to successful property development projects.

We are local, global & sustainable

As designers we have a responsibility to specify sustainable products and materials. We have a world-wide database of suppliers but will always prioritise sourcing in the country we are working in, using and supporting local suppliers and local teams, which ultimately saves our clients a lot of money while saving the planet too.

We bridge the two worlds of luxury and lifestyle

We have deliberately chosen to be both luxury and lifestyle interior designers. We are just as passionate about designing 5 Star Hotels and resorts as we are designing trendy edgy urban hotels, bars and restaurants. We love it all! Within the studio we have designers who have more luxury work under their belts and the same for the designers who are best at the edgy work – so we simply allocate the right designer to the right project! We do not believe in being pigeon-holed! We are free to design in many disciplines – that is where out talent lies.

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Our clients

Professional collaborative relationships

We have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most high profile clients in the world. We pride ourselves on our client relationships whether with individuals, developers, brands, or project managers. Our flexible working style allows us to adapt to every clients needs while working collaboratively and professionally at every stage of the project.

Our team

Passionate about everything design

Globally we have a team of 35+ people – all of us at the top of our game. We are comprised of mostly mid to senior level designers with a core team of Design Directors and Partners leading teams and projects across all of our studios. We are structured in a way that allows us the flexibility to work on both small and large projects. We have a group of small offices globally instead of one large office in one city. This means that we can use one team locally or we mix teams from a variety of cities depending on the resource and expertise required. We are truly a ‘global studio’. Below is our core senior team and our team PA.

CEO | Creative Director

Hilary Lancaster

Hilary is an award-winning designer and has been working in design for the last 20 years across all sectors. She began her career in Singapore with the large architectural firm, DP Architects, conceptualising the interiors of the landmark building – the Esplanade, Theatres on The Bay.

In Singapore she also started an award-winning interior design school teaching residential interior design. After moving to the UK she worked for prestigious architectural firms including HOK and Benoy Architects before heading up the interiors department of Dexter Moren Architects where she ran hotel projects for operators Accor and Intercontinental in London and Dubai as well as other retail and residential projects in London.

In 2007 she established Fusion Interiors Group (FIG) which she started with the design of a 5* Ascott Somerset luxury serviced residential property in Shanghai. Since the success of this project she has maintained Ascott as a client and worked with many well known commercial clients currently with Club Med.

Her design of the SKYBAR cafe in Manchester won a RIBA award and she has won ‘Most Innovative Interior Designer In Europe’ Build Award, 2016 and 2017. In 2018 and 2019 Hilary won a Global 100 award for excellence in Hospitality Design and Best Female owned Interior Design Company.

Design Director | Partner UK

Sarah Dudley

Sarah started her career in advertising before moving into interior design. She worked on branded retail environments for Philip Morris and Tesco non-food, as well as designing the flagship stores for high street brands such as Fornarina, Radley and Simply Be. Sarah has also worked with Historic Royal Palaces and Jaguar Landrover on a number of projects. Sarah was key in producing the interior design concepts for the Accor Hotel brands Novotel, Mercure and Ibis Styles and worked for Hyatt Hotels Corporation on Hyatt Place and Hyatt Centric for the European market. Sarah developed innovative interiors for both the Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House brands.

Design Director | Partner Dubai

Cecilia Clason Skjorten

Cecilia has been working for almost 20 years as an interior designer. She started out working in London with some of the city’s most respected interior designers, then she moved to Dubai in 2006 to work for Sheik Mohammed. Having delivered hospitality projects in the UK, UAE, France, Norway, Oman and Saudi Arabia, Cecilia has joined forces with Fusion Interiors Group to expand the group internationally. Clients include Aramco, Ritz Carlton Group, Holiday Inn, Jebel Ali Hotel Group,The Kempinski Hotel Group, The Radisson Blu Group, Shangri-la and Traders.

Design Director | Partner UK

Stuart Edney

Over his career Stuart has worked on a number of significant hotel projects for major brands including Hilton at London Heathrow Terminal 5, The London Landmark Hotel, Hyatt Regency, Sofia, Bulgaria and has also worked extensively with Accor hotels, primarily on the Novotel brand in the UK and Northern Europe.

Stuart is also a passionate restaurant designer, having worked on the development of the Browns Restaurant Group. He has been key in delivering a number of restaurants including Coya Peruvian Restaurants in London and Miami and Jamie’s Italian in Bath, UK. Stuart joined FIG in 2011 and is running projects from the London base.

Design Director | Partner Sri Lanka

Dipika Dharmadasa

Dipika is a renowned Architect in the tropical Island of Sri Lanka. She registered with the ARB(Architectural Registration Board) in 1999, and has served both as a member of the Council and Board of Management of the Sri lankan Institute of Architects.

Dipika established her career even before she graduated from the Colombo School of Architecture, by designing her award winning private residence. Her career as an Interior Designer started in the early 1980s and later after qualiflying and training as an Architect she established her architectural practice in the year 2000, together with her partners, team and specialist consultants providing consortium consultancy services.

Her projects include Leisure, Business Hotels, contemporary and traditional restaurants, schools, commercial and retail buildings, residences and apartments.

Design Director | Partner Turkey

Umut Servan

Umut began his professional career in Istanbul, where he worked for various residential, retail and hospitality projects. After moving to Paris, he took the role of senior concept designer for many international architecture and interior design projects. Since then, Umut has developed innovative and creative design solutions that combine creativity and technology with high-end detail solutions and innovative material combinations. Since the beginning of 2019, he has been working as a partner and senior interior designer at Fusion İnteriors Group on international scale hospitality and retail projects.

Senior Interior Designer | Jeddah

Rushdha Hamza

Rushdha graduated from the Academy of Design in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She began her interior designer career at the offices of Dipika Dharmadasa where she rose to the position of senior interior designer. She moved to London in 2006, where she has worked on many projects with Fusion Interiors Group based in India, Jordan, Dubai and the UK. Now, Rushdha lives in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Rushdha is known for her eye for minimalistic design. She excels at design detailing such that she can translate the most basic of sketches to design drawings.

Personal Assistant | London

Alvaro Andruk

Alvaro joined FIG in 2017 and has since been a huge asset to the team. Alvaro is a brilliant multitasker and has the challenging role of managing Hilary’s diary, the teams marketing, maintaining all of our connections, news and social media. His speciality is organising FIG’s events!