6th November 2020 | IN EXPERT INSIGHT | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn Episode Eight The Fundamentals of Space Planning in the Design Process with Matthews Rea Interiors This episode of the SpeakEasy podcast welcomes the interior design masters behind the award-winning practice, Matthews Rea Interiors. Founders, Lauren Matthews and Louise Rea address the fundamentals of spatial planning and tell us why it’s so integral to the interior design process. Matthews Rea have quickly gained a reputation for their timeless interiors. The founders share their individual backgrounds within the industry, and how the successful Surrey and Hampshire-based design practice was formed. Highlighting integral differences in interior architecture, design and decoration, Lauren and Louise bring their years of design experience to offer professional insights on spatial planning. Addressing the fundamental role of space planning when it comes to the interior design process, Matthews Rea stress the importance of collaboration and timing when it comes to project development. Covering effective approaches to space planning and discussing essential elements, they explore the core design considerations, from ascertaining the brief and understanding client’s lifestyle, to developing the design narrative and ensuring the internal spaces are maximised, utilised and zoned in a way that is functional and fit for purpose. Lauren and Louise offer their exclusive design tips for designing and planning spaces, from building narratives and storytelling, to working on balance, sightlines and symmetry. The team share some key visual tricks to zone and configure interior spaces to create intrigue and harmony. Tune in to the whole conversation to discover more. Listen on Spotify Louise Rea Louise Rea has over 20 years of experience in the interior design industry, working in high-end residential and hotel design across the UK and abroad. With in-depth knowledge designing bespoke furniture and joinery, she works with artisans and craftspeople to bring individuality to a client’s scheme. Lauren Matthews Lauren Matthews’ First-Class Honours Degree in Interior Architecture and Design, combined with many years of hands-on experience in the field, means that she understands the importance of practicality when it comes to creating everyday living and functional working environments. Stay up to date with the latest episodes and click here to find out more.