On Good Form

On Good Form

Locally born, but now dividing her time between London and Guernsey, Nicole was first inspired to set up her now blossoming interior design firm by a project in her previous career. In a job that could daunt many, she found her life passion when given the task of managing the 20,000 sq ft fit out of new premises for their City investment bank.

Finding her calling here, Nicole then took what ‘felt like such a risky step at the time’ by leaving her career, to study interiors at the cutting-edge Chelsea College of Art & Design. But she says ‘It turns out it wasn’t such a risk after all. With my family background in the construction industry at Garenne Group, and being involved in setting up a couple of businesses, creating my own interior design company was a natural step’.

Because each project is so very different – Nicole says she doesn’t have one style and has enjoyed working on a mix of exciting projects recently – designing a fun and inspirational environment for a new office in St Martins, a re-fresh of a local pub’s interior, renovating a few large family homes, and even a luxurious Swiss ski chalet.

‘I want to create beautiful homes and appealing commercial interiors and believe that delivering great results relies on getting to know my clients. An essential element of the design process is spending time with people, discovering their way of life and truly understanding their aspirations.’

Nicole’s approach is responsive and flexible, from the full ‘start-from-scratch’ design ideas for new builds by sister architecture company PF+A, to just selecting a few finishing touches, materials and colours for an existing room design scheme. Challenging the perception that interior design is only for the rich, she says she can often save people the cost of her fee through the purchase of goods at her trade rates.

The key to her success is mixing her creative flair with her ‘not so little’ black book of suppliers and sources of specialty materials from all around Europe. She can save you hours of trawling online looking for furniture and lighting. ‘Many people will be surprised and delighted to hear that designing your own sofa may be no more expensive than buying one from the high street. I can guide you through the process of commissioning bespoke furniture.’

Personally, I’d like to try her interior styling and personal shopping services. I’d like to know how to create a look to tie everything together, on a budget, in a Scandinavian meets cottage meets contemporary way – yet still soft and cosy. Possibly a tall order, but I’m excited to find out what Nicole can suggest.

Contact

Guernsey Studio

Guelles Court
Guelles Lane
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 2DD

9am - 5:30pm   |   01481 712633

contact@pfaarchitecture.com

Jersey Studio

12 Britannia Place
Bath Street
St Helier
Jersey
JE2 4SU

9am - 5:30pm   |   01534 767950

contact@pfaarchitecture.com

Internship

PF+A love to see into the future. You can help by doing your internship with us. If you're an architectural student looking for something a little different come and spend your time in the Channel Islands.

Job Duties

  • Assist our creative team in producing concepts/visuals/documents 
  • Create dynamic written and graphic content
  • Assist in the day to day running of our busy design studio

Your skills:

  • Highly self-motivated
  • Resilient
  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Cooperative
  • Open minded
  • Proficient in Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, Vectorworks, Indesign

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Architectural Technologist

We're looking for an Architectural Technologist to join our Guernsey family. Someone who longs to make the world a better place, who dreams about making a difference and wants to make an impact today. Someone who strives to be excellent at all they do, is unwaveringly honest and passionate about what inspires them.

If you believe in enhancing people’s lives, if you believe you can make a difference and if you want to wake up every morning and spend the day with people who believe what you believe; then boy, do we have a job for you.

Recognition, respect and love in return...oh, and some money.

Please apply in confidence via email enclosing a kick-ass alternative to a CV to: John Hibbs – john.hibbs@pfaarchitecture.com

Your skills:

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Ollie Muston MCIAT

E: ollie.muston@pfaarchitecture.com

T: 01481 712633

Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

Now with a total of 21 years’ experience within the industry, his expansive knowledge not only covers all areas of a very vast field, but includes all aspects of a project from inception right through to the final handover of a completed project; which, for Oliver is the most rewarding experience. 

Oliver’s exceptional wealth of knowledge has lead him to gain his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and was formally invited to become an Interview Assessor for the Institute in 2015, a position limited to only a small number and in which someone can only be invited by the Institute.  Oliver completed the necessary assessor training a few months later.  

Ever striving to continue growing and expanding his professional knowledge, Oliver is a driven member of PF+A and one of the top in his field. With his professional yet friendly approachable nature he is an individual able to facilitate and communicate to clients, contractors, sub-contractors and other third parties to ensure that a project is always the best it can be.  Internally an exceptional trainer to the less experienced members of the team with an ease of teaching methods to ensure an unseamingly level of continuity for their development.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys spending time with his young family of three daughters, experiencing travelling and cultural diversity and of course Guernsey’s beautiful outdoor environment.