I'm Leo, an interior designer with a background in theatre production and the arts.
I love creating warm, functional, and calm homes and workplaces for my clients to enjoy.
I am particularly excited by colour and the way it creates atmosphere and mood in a space.
I have built two homes with my architect husband Rupert Scott (Open Practice Architecture). The first home we transformed, the Gin Distillery — once a commercial warehouse in Whitechapel — was longlisted for a RIBA 'House of the Year' award in 2018. And now we have almost completed converting a former garage in East Dulwich into our family home.
For me, the magic of these projects has been breathing life into unloved derelict buildings: creating unique and beautiful homes that weave sensitively into the cityscape and will stand the test of time.
Before launching Kinder Design in 2019, I set up two coworking studios in east London. Designing and managing two characterful office spaces gave me insights that I now bring to play in my work as an interior designer. If you have an office that needs renovating, get in touch as I love helping craft effective and homely work environments.
I am resourceful, able to solve challenges, and identify talented collaborators for each design project. These are skills picked up during my previous career as a theatre producer and arts consultant, and through managing our two house build projects.
The overarching ethos of Kinder Design is to be kind. Kind in our relationships with clients and colleagues, sensitive to our surroundings, and without harmful impact on the environment.
I am based in East Dulwich in South East London but work across the city and further afield. Please get in touch if you think I’d be a good fit for your project.
Photography by Rebecca Maynes & David Butler