Media I 10 minutes with Sanipex and Paul BishopFeb 22, 2021
Prestigious bathroom and living suppliers Sanipex recently caught up with the "iconic" Paul Bishop of Bishop Design to discover what lead him into the world of interiors and to uncover some deeper details behind the man of the hour.
Q1. What do you believe shaped you as a designer?
I think it was actually witnessing my parent’s questionable decoration as a child… that definitely helped me realise what kind of designer I DIDN’T want to be! All jokes aside, I truly believe it was the exposure to a multitude of experiences that I have absorbed through life and the incredible diversity of contributing genres and sub-cultures growing up.
Q2. Could you tell us more about yourself and what prompted you to take up designing as profession?
Originally perusing a future in sports, an injury during my academic years led me down a completely different path – ultimately towards my career in design as I had a natural passion for art in all its guises. Throughout the course of my studies, I was fortunate enough to achieve a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture from Manchester University and two bachelors; one in Interior Design from Kingston University and the other in Furniture and Product design from Brighton School of Art.
Upon graduation from my Master’s degree, an opportunity to relocate to Dubai presented itself; a region at that time that was somewhat off the radar commercially as a destination hub. Without knowing where the city really was, I arrived on Valentine’s Day in 1996.
Eventually Bishop Design was born in 2004 following some very questionable living arrangements, unforgettable moments and a bunch of crazy stories from my first 8 years in the desert.
Q3. What would you say are your greatest design tools?
Pen, scale ruler and drafting paper – coupled with an unbridled passion and creative spirit.
Q4. What was the market’s initial response to your ‘slightly rebellious style’?
At Bishop Design we’ve always strived to break the boundaries in the sense that we embrace change and diversity in our methodology. There’s always a refinement and professionalism in everything that we do. Unlike others, we steer away from having just one style of design which allows us the ability to constantly produce something unexpected every time. I like to think that’s why we’ve earned such a reputable position in the market.
Bathroom design is incredibly important when it comes to the hotel environment. This is why we are fortunate enough to partner with leading experts such as Sanipex to ensure that we achieve the highest standard of finishes and aesthetics for the end consumer. Notable projects in particular that we’ve worked on recently together include Al Mouj by Rotana in Muscat, The Intercontinental in Business Bay for Hotels and Ketch Up on Bluewaters, Dubai.
For the full Q&A, head to the Sanipex website right here.
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